Spoon River OFF-BROADWAY REVIEWS

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  • NY TIMES

  • Opening Night:
    July 7, 2017
    Closing:
    July 27, 2017

    Theater: Signature Theatre / 555 West 42nd. St., New York, NY,

    Synopsis: 

    Adapted from Edgar Lee Masters’ Spoon River Anthology by Mike Ross and Albert Schultz, Composed by Mike Ross, Directed by Albert Schultz and Designed by Ken MacKenzie.

    "Is your soul alive? Then let it feed!" An immersive, life affirming, graveyard musical. In a suspended moment during the burial of one who died too young, the dead come forth and share with us the unfiltered truth of their small town existence. Spoon River was named Best Musical by both the Dora Awards (Toronto’s Tony) and the Toronto Critics Association.

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  • NEW YORK TIMES REVIEW OF Spoon River

    Spoon River

    Ben Brantley

    July 16, 2017: Don’t expect the silence of the grave to be honored in the small-town churchyard of “Spoon River,” the exuberant musical from Soulpepper, the Toronto-based troupe in residence at the Pershing Square Signature Center this summer. Most of the characters in this production, adapted from Edgar Lee Masters’s “Spoon River Anthology,” may be pushing up daisies. But they are also all as fresh as those proverbial flowers, even when they wallow in regrets and recriminations about the lives they once led. As embodied by a foot-stomping, string-plucking ensemble of 19, the dearly (and sometimes rancorously) departed souls of “Spoon River” are far sprier than the lumbering zombies of “The Walking Dead.” They are also a lot more mellifluous.

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