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"Whimsical, lyrical, and magical. A cornucopia of imaginatively crafted and elegantly integrated design elements. Charmingly acted portrayals of delightfully distinct characters. Rich with touchingly expressed insights about the journey to human connection. All these attributes add up to say that the vision of Melissa James Gibson's BROOKLYN BRIDGE has been fully realized in Ricky Araiza's staging of the play at the Paul V. Galvin Playhouse on ASU's Tempe campus. Olga Bezpaltchikova is utterly enchanting and endearing as Sasha, a latchkey kid and a New York City 5th grader whose immediate predicament is the completion of an essay on the Brooklyn Bridge. ...All the players are pitch perfect in the renderings of their characters. ...Ricky Araiza's direction...has masterfully blended cast, set, costumes (Lindsey Halfhill), and lighting and media design (Jamie Arakas and Ian Shelanskey) into a theatrical architecture that is as awesome as the Bridge. He has created a magical urban landscape populated by the equally magical and diverse personalities that define a city (the postal worker, roller skaters, the pizza delivery guy, and even shadowy figures). In particular, set designer Brunella Provvidente fulfills her goal of constructing "a diorama on stage" of Sasha's world ~ an incredibly dynamic flow of partitions and elevating floors.,,,it is the architecture of the staging and the heartful performances that pull the audience to awe. Kudos to ASU's School of Film, Dance and Theatre and Theatre for Youth for this marvelous must-see gift. Kudos to the young actors whose stagecraft and artistry are a joy to behold." -Herbert Paine, Broadway World (click here to read the complete review)