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Reviews for Judy and the General

  • "Delightful production with stage and musical direction by Michael W. Tan. FrisinoToohey's new musical is well written with adroit lyrics, clever jokes, and timeless themes like poverty, freedom, feminism, and love."

    DC METRO Theater Arts Review by Allie Press, 6/30/2018.

  • "A definite crowd pleaser, if the opening night audience's reactions are any indication. It is rare indeed to find a contemporary playwright who takes on a re-telling of a (mostly) biblical story, let alone set it to music. But tell it Ms. Toohey does."

    MD Theater Guide Review by Timoth David Copney, 7/1/2018

  • "Rosemary Frisino Toohey has given us a strong piece to mull over. Her script is spot on in all aspects including dialogue, structure, and timing. It's witty, engaging, and tells this epic story in an accessible, witty way that is entertaining and keeps the attention of the audience."

    Backstage Baltimore Review by Jason Crawford Samios-Uy, 7/6/2018

  • "Toohey shines with creative genius and musical know-how when it comes to the character of Judith, who is often and mostly referred to as "Judy." This is one of the show's most redeeming features; the core protagonist has a clear trajectory, character arc of growth. The solo songs written for Judy define the protagonist's voice, shape her story, and are arguably the finest songs in the show."

    TheatreBloom 7/6/2018

  • "The blending of biblical locations and plots with modern idioms and attitudes serves to create a world that is brand new...It's a brilliant start and I can't wait to see what Rosemary Frisino Toohey is going to do next with this piece."

    BITRSISTERS 7/12/2018

  • Hear WYPR theater critic J.Wynn Rousuck's review of FrisinoToohey's 1st musical, in this interview with Tom Hall: wypr.org

  • Critical acclaim for Under the Poplar Trees:

    "The Baltimore Playwrights Festival�s production at Fells Point Corner Theatre hits right between the eyes and touches the heart." Baltimore Gay Life

    �An intensely compelling and evocative tale of life�this play is a startling gem�a masterpiece with vision.� TheatreBloom.com

    ��a significant event in theatrical history.The play was that good." The Baltimore Guide

    �Poplar Trees reminds us of the resilience of the human spirit and the need to celebrate those who made a difference.� MD Theater Guide

    ��approaches the incredibly tragic subject of the Holocaust with delicacy and unnerving grace. This play is epic, universal, big�the themes hum and resonate like a tuning fork to your heart.� The Bad Oracle

  • Reviews for FrisinoToohey's most-produced play, In The Tank :

    "Are lobsters philosophers at heart? Are humans really at the top of the food chain? Depends who's telling the story...in this well-versed one-act play."

    Review by Rosanne DellAversano, Arden Club Theatre, Arden, Del.

    "Ideal for high-school performers or community theatre groups."

    Review by Sarah Graves, Halifax County Middle School, South Boston, Va.

    "Lots to laugh about and lots to think about. A wonderful vehicle for two actors, and the impact changes depending on your casting."

    Review by Lorna Stratton, ICHTHYS Theatre, Brantford, Ontario, Canada

  • Reviews of other FrisinoToohey plays:

  • Fish From Heaven gets a thumbs-up from Opplaud Washington in a reading at the Kennedy Center. "For our money Rosemary FrisinoToohey's Fish From Heaven was the standout here, deftly pitting a Latin American couple against each other over cultural and religious values."

  • Gravy Anxiety is called �charming, honest� by The Midland Reporter Telegram

  • The A Word is described as "masterful" by The Baltimore Examiner

  • BroadwayWorld.com calls The Body Washer "stunning," while ReviewPlays.Com describes it as a "powerful piece of theater."

  • The Oakwood Register (Dayton, Ohio) calls G-Man a delight: "It deals in depth with the Sturm und Drang of a young man who feels he is a failure in his late father�s eyes but not in his own. The protagonist, Benjamin Norsworthy, almost convinced me of the nobility of hauling trash. He also got to spend cameo time in bed with fabulous Annie Pesch, on vacation from her career in New York. Both of her characters, one-night-stands in the amorous life of our refuse engineer, were hilarious and brimming with originality."