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- Huffington Post

Westside Theatre Off-Broadway Production of Rated P
“Sweet & Wistfully Funny” – The New York Times
Theatre Aspen Production of The Cottage
“Laugh-Out-Loud!” – The New York Times
NJ Rep production of Struck
“A Steady Stream of Good Laughs!” – The New York Times

 

HOUSTON, a play with music and dance, is the recipient of B-Side Productions’ New American Musical Award. The piece will receive a New York City workshop in September 2016.

HOUSTON chronicles two families dealing with leukemia: a Jewish family from Chicago and a Muslim family from Jordan. As the two fathers are isolated in a hospital bubble, waiting for a life-saving bone marrow transplant, MD Anderson Hospital in Houston, TX, becomes the backdrop for an unusual, and often funny, love story between their children, and an uncommon, but beautiful friendship between their wives, who are able to find true connection, and kindred spirits in one another.

 

Struck opened to critical acclaim in its world premiere at NJ REP in the summer of 2016.

Vera Resnick was struck by a bicycle in the East Village. Now she feels a strange and out-of-character connection to the college-aged biker who hit her. Was the collision just coincidence, or did larger forces bring them together? Vera, her husband, and their hippy-chic Texan neighbor, seek truth in the face of deception in this surprising and soulful serio-comedy that explores fate, family and identity.

For highlights of Struck’s “strikingly good” reviews, click here.

cottage

 

The Cottage, (a 2014 Reva Shiner Comedy Award Finalist) opened at the Astoria Performing Arts Center in 2013 and transferred to Queens Theatre in the Park in November 2014. The play made its regional debut at Theatre Aspen in the summer of 2014 and has had six additional regional productions as of Summer 2016. The Cottage is currently under option for a commercial production in New York in 2016-2017.

The Cottage is a rollicking farce inspired by the works of Noel Coward. Set in the English countryside in 1923, this tale of sex, betrayal and, oh yes, love, unfolds when Sylvia Van Kipness decides to expose her love affair to her husband and her lover’s wife. The true meanings of fate, identity and marriage are called into question as a surprising, hilarious web of secrets unravels in this ridiculous– potentially murderous– romantic comedy.

“The plays of Noel Coward are a fascinating case in point, and “The Cottage,” a comedy written by Sandy Rustin — is both a send-up and update of the Coward oeuvre. At the end of the day, the only thing that matters in a comedy is the answer to the question: “Is it funny?” I’m happy to say the depiction of English upper crust in “The Cottage,” gets funnier and funnier as you go, full of bravura performances and worthy of multiple bravos and bravas.”   – The Huffington Post

The New York Times offered this terrific review!

“Laugh out Loud” reviews click here.

rated ed

 

Rated P … For Parenthood (book & lyrics) opened to critical acclaim Off-Broadway at the Westside Theatre and was optioned for television development with ABC Studios, Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos. The musical is currently available for licensing with Miracle or Two Productions and the Cast Album is now FOR SALE!

Rated P for Parenthood chronicles every stage of modern-day parenting, from conception to college, with a giant dose of heart and humor. A versatile cast of four takes the audience through the ups and downs of child-rearing from the sublime to the ridiculous, in a series of comic and musical vignettes in under 90 minutes.

“Rated P [is a] small-scale, audience-friendly, ninety-minute Off Broadway revue formulated with an eye to sit-down engagements across the land — One can imagine regional theaters full of audiences screaming with laughter.”  –VARIETY

For highlights of RATED P’s “P is for Perfect” reviews click here.