Critics Love The New Acting Company

The Villager
By Tim Lalumia
Published: May 22nd, 2012

Jack and the Beanstalk


"...The always hilariously inventive direction of Stephen Michael Rondel led this tightknit company in yet another stellar theater experience by stretching the boundaries of the stage and leading an audience on a riotous adventure..."
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New York Times
Spare Times: For Children
By Laurel Graeber
Published: April 28th, 2011

Snow White


"...By the time this show's wicked Queen says (mistakenly, of course) that she ate Snow White's heart "with some fava beans and a nice Chianti," you've long since realized that you're not in the land of the Brothers Grimm anymore, or of Disney. This production, directed by Stephen Michael Rondel for the New Acting Company, brims with pop-culture references (that one was Hannibal Lechter in the film "The Silence of the Lambs") that make adult theatergoers laugh but that go right over children's heads. With incidental music that includes techno, Queen and Aerosmith tunes, this is a rare "Snow White" with teenage appeal..."
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Read more reviews of the New Acting Company's 2011 production of Snow White at:
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New York Times
Spare Times: For Children
By Laurel Graeber
Published: April 30th, 2010

Peter Pan


"...A new production of this J. M. Barrie classic offers something that may seem even more remarkable than a magical, ageless boy who flies: a boy playing a magical, ageless boy who flies.
Defying the tradition of casting a woman, the New Acting Company, a program of The Children's Aid Society, has based its "Peter Pan" on John Caird and Trevor Nunn's 1982 Royal Shakespeare Company adaptation, a partly narrated drama that starred a young man. Stephen Michael Rondel, this version's producer and director, takes that conceit further. Here Zach Zamsky, 12, makes a charming Peter, conveying all the exuberance and mischievousness of, well, a 12-year-old..."
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Read more reviews of the New Acting Company's 2010 production of Peter Pan at:
TheaterOnline.com
NYTheatre.com


New York Times
Spare Times
By Laurel Graeber
Published: May 23rd, 2008

Alice in Wonderland


"...'ALICE IN WONDERLAND' Unless you're an Oxford don with a fondness for nonsense rhymes, onomatopoeia and ceaseless puns, any faithful adaptation of Lewis Carroll's "Alice" books is likely to be more fun to watch than to listen to. That is mostly true of the New Acting Company's "Alice in Wonderland," playing through this weekend in Greenwich Village. Its script, by Brainerd Duffield, includes large excerpts from Carroll's original text, drawn from both "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" and its "Through the Looking Glass" sequel. But this production is so visually rich and energized that children unused to unadulterated Alice-isms aren't likely to mind that a lot of the dialogue is jabber — or "Jabberwocky," whose non-English English is recited several times..."
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New York Times
Family Fare
By Laurel Graeber
Published: May 13th, 2005

The Hunter and the Hunted


"...The young hero of The New Acting Company, a program of the Childrens Aid Society, latest production worries that he doesnt fit in with his peers or his parents. This may sound like the typical estrangement of a preadolescent who feels that those around him are a different species. But this is Mowgli, the boy of "The Jungle Book," and his fellows really are of different species - namely a bear, a panther and a pack of wolves.
Monica Flory's script is both scrupulously faithful to Rudyard Kipling and completely original in its approach. While Kiplings story is basically a grand adventure, this version takes its subtext - a boys quest for identity - and makes it the heart of the piece. It includes all the books action and even some of its dialogue, but increases the emotional resonance. The only substantive change is the more hopeful ending..."
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NY Theatre
By Martin Denton
Published: March 27th, 2003

Wild Thing


"...Wild Thing, the new family show from The New Acting Company, embodies the best kind of children's theatre. It's not so long that the youngsters get bored and start to fidget, nor is it so simple-minded and watered-down that the adults get bored and start to fidget. Instead, it's a play with a message that everybody can learn from, told in a stylish and clever way so that everybody can enjoy it..."
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