Directing Reviews

Review: 'Perfect Wedding' at ISU pure bliss

By Marcia Weiss

The Pantagraph Newspaper (Bloomington, IL)

September 25, 2009



"What a shame that it can't run for another weekend. It's a wild ride of a show, pairing vigorous intellectual debate about the exasperating nature of human relationships with red-hot choreography."


"Playwright Charles Mee posts his work free online, and encourages other artists to "pillage them to create something new and uniquely personal." And that's precisely what Ferreira and his youthful and exuberant cast have done."

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"There is not one weak link in this entire cast, and it's evident they had a grand time putting their own stamp on this crazy-quilt show...the audience was whooping and cheering at the curtain call - clearly, they all had a good time, too."







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By The Pricking of my Thumbs, Something Wicked This Way Comes: A Review of ISU Theatre’s production of William Shakespeare'’s The Scottish Play

​By James L. Seay

T​he Pamphlet Press

April 15, 2010

"The production is tightly and imaginatively directed. Even the properties and the costumes, done in what I might call an Eleventh Century Grunge, works extremely well."



"The first thing to really grab the eye was the opening scene, a battle scene beautifully and fantastically choreographed by Fight Choreographer Paul Dennhardt. Dennhardt’s fight choreography was highlighted many times during the performance, and, in every instance, was so beautifully done as to be actually frightening. Sitting in a front row seat, I often felt I was about to get a combatant in my lap or a dagger in my throat. I actually became less of an auditor and more of a participant, which was thrilling."

"The acting in this production is first rate...this production of The Scottish Play is well worth the cost of admission. Go see it."



"...the curse did not make itself known during the production that I audited at Westhoff Theatre in I.S.U.’s Centennial Hall. Everything went exceptionally well, even for a production that was done completely in the round."



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"The play was well-crafted, and the choices were strong and compelling. The entire last half of the play was stunning, and very, very moving. Some of those images will stay with me for a long time."

 

                                                                                                                                 Henry Woronicz

                                                                                            Artistic Director

                                                                                            Oregon Shakespeare Festival (1991-1995)

                                                                                            November 13, 2010






 

Immorality Part Deux: "Les Liaisons Dangereuses" at ISU

by Julie Kistler

A Follow Spot

November 13, 2010



"As Valmont and Merteuil, Josh Innerst and Jessie Dean come off clever and seductive, playing somewhat younger, more headstrong versions of the characters than you may be used to if you've seen the movies with John Malkovich and Glenn Close or Colin Firth and Annette Bening in those roles. It doesn't hurt that Dean looks absolutely gorgeous in her pre-Revolution French finery."





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The Tempest Review

by Larry Stark

TheTheatreMirror.com 

December 7, 2007

"Like a slash of pure lightning remaking the world, this brilliant production of Shakespeare's "Tempest" is here for only two more performances leaving only lovely memories behind. Get there if you can!"

"Oh, and the music creeping by us on the waters! Dawson Hill & Chris Montecalvo have turned synths into what sound like rhythmic tropical marimbas and, perhaps improvising in synch with the action, add their own eloquently magic music to the whole."

"And remember this name: Jon Ferreira. He has been Mercutio and Mark Antony and will be touring next spring as Bottom and Tybalt, but here he was 11:11's director, melding a mix of familiar faces with several others new to Boston, giving each its moment of magic, teasing excellence to new heights, and making "The Tempest" for all too brief a time, luminously new again."

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Always… Patsy Cline a Crowd-Pleaser at Penobscot Theatre

By Robin Clifford Wood

Bangor Daily News

Sept. 11, 2012



"Word must have gotten out — the show is a hit...Judging by post-performance buzz, this show is a crowd-pleaser. Grab a friend and go see 'Always… Patsy Cline' at the Penobscot Theatre Company. You’ll find yourself repeating the words I heard on the way out of Sunday’s show: “Wasn’t that fun!” “Did you love it? I loved it!” “I’ll be singing all the way home!”



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Patsy Cline Reborn at Penobscot Theatre

By Allen Adams

The Maine Edge

September 12, 2012 



"A show like “Always…Patsy Cline” that is constructed so heavily around the music runs the risk of becoming more of a revue than a full-on musical, but director Jon Ferreira has managed to avoid the concert vibe and really focus on telling the story of the intersection of these two women while still celebrating Cline’s wonderful catalog."



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