The Violet Hour
"Engaging, Intriguing and intoxicating, The Violet Hour is dense in it's myriad possibilities and well worth your attention. Even at that, you'll likely leave scratching your head and contemplating a return to learn what you might have missed originally."
"It's easy to root for a play that is both inventive and unexpected. All in all it's a refreshing and felicitous evening of thoughtful theater."
" The actors are all playing at the top of their form and I enjoyed and admired almost every minute of it."
"The venue of the black box theatre in the former B'nai Amoona Synagogue building enhances the "unstuck in time" motif of this impressive work staged by Max and Louie Productions."
"These are some great young actors to watch while your ears exult in the equally great writing of Richard Greenberg's 2003 play."
"Mark Wilson's handsome set is framed with projections of arched windows, and is complimented by Maureen Berry's provocative lighting design"
"Twists And Turns Enhance "The Violet Hour" Plot At Max&Louie's Latest"
"A strong ensemble and sharp direction make this a fascinating work that's well worth your time and attention"
"Out of 135 productions reviewed in 2012 that reviewer ranked Max& Louie's Production #3 out of the Best 10! "
The New Century
"I talked to Paul Rudnick on the eve of Max and Louie Productions presentation of his play The New Century, which consists of three one-act vignettes and a fourth, titled “The New Century,”which ties all the characters together. It is hugely entertaining, but is also a profound statement on gay life from the perspectives of a PFLAG mother, a flamboyant cable TV talk show host, and a mother who has learned to deal with grief through crafts. Rudnick uses comedy to convey his observations on art and life."
"Rudnick, 54, who acknowledges that he has always been funny, has been professionally funny for decades."
"Paul Rudnick just may be the funniest playwright around. A perfect little production!"
"The evening contains so many gut-busting one-liners that those with heart conditions are advised to steer clear."
"It’s not every day that a comedy writer gets a laugh on every line he intends to be thighslappingly funny, but Paul Rudnick does so with The New Century.”"
"The acting is impeccable and the direction by Brooke Edwards is sure. The actor’s body language and Edwards’ use of the (small) space lends an operatic feel."
" The songs are eerie but alluring with accompaniment by a wonderful Henry Palkes at the piano. The costumes by Cynthia Lohrmann are perfect, and the scenic design by Will James Stacey is simple but effective and works well to accentuate John Blunk's potent lighting. "
It Had To Be You
"Director Sydnie Grosberg Ronga draws fine work from this cast, and keeps the action moving."
"…the laughs seem to flow naturally, of their own accord. The performers, Stellie Siteman and Jerry Vogel, never assault or harangue us; they are pleasant..."
"One of the top stage achievements this summer has to be the production of the two-act play, “It Had to be You,” now on board at the Marvin and Harleen Wool Theater at the JCCA"
"These producers sniff out comedy! The latest troupe on the St. Louis theater scene, Max & Louie Productions, takes its name from a pair of newcomers..."
"Christopher Waller’s messy, cluttered set fits Theda’s scatterbrained personality and is handsomely lit by Glenn Dunn’s lighting, most appealing in its late-night illumination, with sound..."
"Ms. Siteman is a remarkable comic talent"
The Lady With All The Answers
"Stellie Siteman really nails Ann Landers, down to that Chicago dialect"
"Either Stellie Siteman channeled Anne Landers or she's one of the best actresses I've ever come across."
"Siteman eases her way through the evening with the aplomb of a veteran fly fisherman who can reel in her catch while barely moving her wrist."
"a charming one-woman showthat stars Stellie Siteman"
"makes its local debut in a stylish presentation offered by Max & Louie Productions"
"Ill confess here and now that I truly hate to review one-person shows. But, for once, there's no fear in my mind that I may run out of amazing details to relate."
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