|Shelby Maticic and Devon Mahon|
photo: Fernando Perez
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"...an updated spin on L. Frank Baum's "OZ" books... The Oz Chronicles. Shelby Maticic's love for Baum's books, and other classic children's literature, is apparent in her loving tribute that pits good versus evil in this fun, vivid, adventure. Full of recognizable characters, witty dialogue and a large number of actions scenes, Maticic's script is well plotted and intriguing. ...Ozma, the ruler of Oz, has been overthrown by Mombi, aka the Wicked Witch of the North...With her rag tag fleet of allies, Ozma discovers that the key to peace, and to regaining her thrown, may be in a young boy and girl who have found their way to Oz, yet also lack their memory. The large cast is fairly good. Maticic plays Ozma with an appropriate regal elegance but also isn't afraid to get down and dirty in the action sequences. Megan O'Connor is having a blast as the evil Mombi..Jared Queen and Kristiana Faddoul are full of innocence but also inquisitive as the Boy and Girl who find themselves pulled into the adventure....Brian Maticic's solid direction and impressive fight choreography allow the action and fantasy elements to shine through but don't let the message of the piece get lost. ..Mollie Flanagan's vibrant lighting with Fernando Perez's imaginative media design and Jessica Holt's non-stop sound design provide a constantly changing and fascinating visual and aural treat that make the magic powers of the main characters seem real. ...The beauty of Baum's books is how they allow the reader's imagination to soar. With a combination of elaborate fight choreography, imaginative creative elements, a cast that inhibits their characters with glee, and a big dose of stage magic, Brelby's The Oz Chronicles is a fun-filled, fantasy treat." -Gil Benbrook, Talkin' Broadway (click here to read the complete review)