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reviews

A Midsummer Night's Dream

"Goren is a director with a distinct style, and she is skillful in selecting plays that give her sufficient latitude to add and develop her viewpoint. A Midsummer Night’s Dream is a fine example, because of its fantasy storyline and characters, and a play-within-a-play. This production features elements which Goren has utilized in the past, including gender-bending casting and the use of puppetry... Goren [rejects] ethereal imagery in favor of a harsher, dystopian aesthetic. In keeping with the ecological theme, a potted plant is the only greenery that disrupts a metallic, sterile tableau. The stage is littered with silver trash cans and buckets, and white detergent bottles form the base of puppets used in the show."

- Donald H. Sanborn III, Town Topics

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The Whale in the Hudson

 

"The play, which invites audience participation in performing the catchy 'Whale in the Hudson' jingle with voice and hand-gesture, is at times whimsical, at times absurdist, and even a bit heartbreaking.  It's a potent mix of emotions for a younger audience who will no doubt enjoy watching a play in which kids are more important than adults." 

- Donald Brown, New Haven Review

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"Written by Brad McKnight Wilson and directed by Maeli Goren, The Whale in the Hudson is the first Cab show in a decade designed for young audiences, with a special matinee, audience interaction, and eye-catching, raucous musical numbers built in especially for kids."

- Lucy Gellman, Arts Council of Greater New Haven

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The Children's Hour

 

“Directed by Maeli Goren, Princeton Summer Theater’s bold production emphasizes the theatricality inherent in Lillian Hellman’s 1934 play [The Children's Hour]… The direction and performances highlight the poignancy of Hellman’s script.”

- Donald H. Sanborn III, Town Topics

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Metamorphoses

“Ms. Goren and her troupe have created a kaleidoscope of theatrical ingenuity seldom seen."  

- Stu Duncan, U.S. 1

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"The pacing is just right and each of the tales in Metamorphoses is captivating. Clever staging and the use of versatile props such as hoops, fabric, and chairs highlight the fables.”

- Marina Kennedy, Broadway World

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“This Princeton Summer Theater ensemble, under the direction of Maeli Goren, is abundantly creative, imaginative, and talented...The evening is replete with humor and emotion.” 

 - Donald Gilpin, Town Topics

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