Friday, December 12, 2014

reviews THE QUILTMAKER'S GIFT, Theater Works

For more information on this production that runs through December 21st, click here.

""It is better to give than to receive" is something that every one of us was taught at a very young age and also a statement that has even more meaning during the holiday season. That saying is also at the center of the excellent production of The Quiltmaker's Gift playing at Theater Works in Peoria this month.  Josh Vern has the right blend of comical expressions and vocal prowess to pull off the selfish ruler. His temper tantrums are hilarious and his voice adds a nice luster to the many songs he sings. As the Quiltmaker, Carolyn Folks brings a lovely sense of sweetness to the part with a dollop of no-nonsense in her dealings with the King...a fun-filled holiday treat for children, families, and theatergoers of all ages."  " -Gil Benbrook, Talkin' Broadway

"a perfect Christmas present for theatergoing families.  a simple but sparkling production by Peoria's Theater Works.  Josh Vern gives an irresistibly comic performance as a petulant king.  It's not hard to guess where the story is going, but it's an amusing journey nonetheless.  Although a recent creation, "The Quiltmaker's Gift" has the feel of a timeless fairy tale and, under the direction of Rusty Ferracane, Theater Works' cast delivers the message with aplomb." -Kerry Lengel, Arizona Republic

"delightful and lighthearted...It is a tale, full of warmth and irony...a timeless message about the things in life that matter.  The message is advanced by a jubilant staging of color and choreography.  (Joshua) Vern reveals his remarkable versatility as a song and dance experience that every family ought to share. -Herbert Paine, Broadway World

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