The Human Comedy OFF-BROADWAY REVIEWS

  • NY TIMES

  • Opening Night:
    May 5, 2011
    Closing:
    May 28, 2011

    Theater: Astoria Performing Arts Center / 30-44 Crescent Street, Astoria, NY, 11102

    Synopsis: 

    This coming-of-age tale focuses on young Homer Macauley, a telegram messenger who is exposed to the sorrows and joys experienced by his family and the residents of his small California town during World War II. Homer's mother Kate is struggling to support her children following the death of her husband, his older brother Marcus is in the Army, his teenaged sister Bess daydreams about romance, and his younger brother Ulysses divides his attention between the passing trains and an unrequited desire to know why his father had to die. An ode to "home," The Human Comedy is one of the most fun and moving musicals you've never heard of.

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  • NEW YORK TIMES REVIEW OF The Human Comedy

    World War II and Coconut Cream Pie

    Ken Jaworowski

    May 24, 2011: There’s enough corn to feed an army in “The Human Comedy,” a severely dated yet wonderfully staged musical by the Astoria Performing Arts Center. The production, with 25 actors and 6 musicians, is an ambitious undertaking, met with an impressive level of skill. But time has turned this overly sincere tale into a gob of sticky sweetness.

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