Jon Sobel ~ blogcritics*
"...The ensemble numbers vibrate with energy and color, from the opening "Food, Glorious Food," featuring a phalanx of talented child performers, through "Consider Yourself," led by a pint-sized force of nature by the name of Jeremiah Burch III "
W J O'Reilly
"Jeremiah Burch's Artful Dodger is quirky and precocious"
W J O'Reilly, host/producer PBS & WVIA-TV's
"The K-12 Conversation"
"Extravaganza! This is must-see first-rate musical theater! The melodies keep you saying, "I love that song! So this is where it's from!'... Mimi Quillin's choreography clicks. Harbor Lights' talented young cast and top notch leadership bode very well for the future of Staten Island musical theater."
LA Times Blog~Nomad~TriBeCa Film Festival~Fool's Day Review
A classroom full of kids play an April Fool’s Day joke on their cool teacher… and it goes horribly wrong. Now it’s a race against time to cover up the murder before a policeman comes to give a speech and ultimately throws them all in the slammer.
GENIUS!! Amazing execution, hysterical writing, strong acting from all points, and a ridiculous amount of carnage for a film (even a short film) with little kids in a classroom on a sunny day. All of this achieved by the children of Dee Snider of Twisted Sister. Be proud, my friend!! Director and co-writer (with brother Shane) Cody Blue Snider is a force to be reckoned with.
New York Theater Buying Guide~Ronald Gross~Editor-in-Chief
“The Theater Masters program founded and directed by Julia Hansen is a seedbed of talent and dedication. Each year the program selects emerging writers from the nation’s premier graduate schools, and brings them to Aspen, Colorado, to benefit from guidance by an established playwright – this year the renowned Theresa Rebeck (previous year’s judges have included Terrence McNally, Christopher Durang, John Guare, John Lithgow, A. R. Gurney, and Eric Bogosian).
This masterful production of the works by the class of 2013 provides convincing testimony that the program is immensely worthwhile – and deserves fresh support.
Taken together, this rich evening of drama demonstrates that talented playwrights and performers can accomplish miracles in ten minutes of stage-time. Situations are rendered memorably; characters are created that are complete and resonant.
Mary Laws’ The Drive is a stunning ghost story that brings to mind Henry James’ Turn of the Screw.
Equally freighted is the container in Handful by Amanda Jane Shank, in which two youngsters display contrasting but equally powerful attitudes towards an urn containing the ashes of their mother.
BOTTOM LINE: Our highest recommendation! The future of American theater is impressively on display in these nine 10- minute plays by students from top schools ranging from Yale to CalArts, curated by acclaimed playwright Theresa Rebeck. Our highest recommendation!”
I am the director for The Drive in the Take Ten Festival. I just wanted to say to both of you (and to Jeremiah and Carly) how excited I am that they will be joining me in bringing this play to life.
Both Carly and Jeremiah were so honest, open, and kind in their auditions, not to mention talented. We were all taken with them instantly and it was clear, quickly, that we wanted to bring them into this process.