|J. Kevin Tallent, Raymond Cusick, Rich Rose, Kamy Renee Johnson, and David Michael Paul|
Photo by Renee Ashlock
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"..Scottsdale Desert Stages Theatre's...production of Broadway Bound, while veering more toward the dramatic than the comical, features a talented cast, confident direction and skillful creative aspects that bring out the emotion in this bittersweet tale of growing up and learning to laugh through the tears and drama of family strife....Director KatiBelle Collins has assembled a fairly adept cast who are equipped to get across the dramatic moments in the play...As the two brothers who squabble and bicker as they attempt to write their comedy sketches, David Michael Paul is endearing and charming as Eugene, and Raymond Cusick is vibrant and animated as his older brother Stanley....As their mother Kate, Kamy Renee Johnson is quiet and tender, projecting a firm exterior that she wants us to believe is as steady as a rock, yet through Johnson's clear, nuanced portrayal we see Kate's about to fall to pieces....J. Kevin Tallent delivers one of the best performances I've seen him give as Jack, the father who has been cheating on his wife and who yearns for a change from his restrictive, repetitive life...It's a beautiful, bittersweet, simple and unpretentious play and Desert Stages' solid production is full of heartache, beauty, love, and complex emotions—just like life." -Gil Benbrook, Talkin' Broadway (click here to read the complete review)
.".. "The production is more effective when the play ignores the quips and becomes dramatic. Particularly good is the lengthy stretch in the first act between J.Kevin Tallent’s pop and Kamy Renee Johnson’s ma as they confront each other, revealing truths and feelings of a marriage spiraling down. The play was a finalist for the Pulitzer, but not for comedy, for drama, and it’s in those scenes with mom and dad, and later in the second act... that gives director KatiBelle Collins’ production its heft."...." -David Appleford, Valley Screen and Stage (click here to read the complete review)