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The Egg Progect

nytheater now, August, 2015

 

Theatre is Easy, August, 2015

 

The Collage of Cultures in Four Saints

OPERA THINK TANK, October, 2014

 

MY PURPLE WIG

CBS' The Couch, February, 2014

Stage Directors and Choreographers Journal

Spotlight on the Guest Artist Initiative, Fall, 2013

 

THE GONDOLIERS

CT Post, October 29, 2011

                 "The sun always shines in Gilbert and Sullivan's "The Gondoliers." The music sparkles, the lyrics bubble, and true love triumphs over all. Director Andrea Andresakis gave numerous nuances and details to her characters, putting her particular stamp on Gilbert's creations.The Troupers Light Opera Company, celebrating its 65th year doing Gilbert and Sullivan operas, performed "The Gondoliers" at New Canaan High School last weekend; the group concludes its run this Sunday. The cast, composed of some regulars, some newcomers, and some returning soloists, acquitted themselves well throughout. "

-Jerome R. Sehulster

 

Chestina Vanessa Poulson

theday.com, April, 2011

 

BALLROOM

Virginia Pilot, February 9, 2009

                 "Musical drama makes case it's never too late to find love..."  As long as it is dancing, "Ballroom" is fine... Of its Tony nominations, "Ballroom" won only one - for choreography. The show's ballroom dances, which are designed to provide an alternative world to the working-class folk who escape to the ballroom each night, run the gamut from waltzes and foxtrots to tangos, sambas, rumbas, lindys and cha-chas. A major fault of the Broadway show was that its dancers seemed too professionally Broadway and not silver-haired denizens of a "real" place such as this room. Meredith was wise in tapping the wealth of ballroom dancing talent in local dance schools for the ensemble, re-choreographed here by Andrea Andresakis. The local ballroom dancers are the real stars..."

-Mal Vincent

CRIMES OF THE HEART

The Evening Sun, October 17, 2008

                 "Weaving parody and melodrama seamlessly... The tone of the play, written by Beth Henley, changes effortlessly from comedy to drama in the blink of an eye. The chemistry among the three sisters, ranging from childlike silliness to raging contempt, is utterly believable in any family context, and the three members of the Chenango River Theatre cast bond them with the audience over the course of a couple hours as if they’d known them their entire lives...No matter what level of dysfunction your family copes with on a daily basis, trust me when I say it’s nothing compared to what the McGraths are going through down in Greene. So take a break from reality and revel in someone else’s trials and tribulations for a while. It’s good therapy." Complete Review

-Jeff Genung, Managing Editor

Anchorage Daily News

Arts Feature Story, February, 2008

 

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Big, bad wolf, February, 2008

 

IOLANTHE

The Advocate & Greenwich Time, April 2, 2006

                 "Troupers' Iolanthe Shines in New Venue! Director Andrea Andresakis, in her second season with Troupers, again brought a steady flow to the action on stage. At every turn one is acutely aware of the differences in rank and style between the characters. Her fairies are happy and bouncy, her Peers are stern and solid, but there are also countless little ways in which Andresakis brings the characters to life."

-Jerome R. Sehulster, Special Correpondent

THE SOCERER

Stamford Advocate, April 10, 2005

                 "Troupers Cast a Spell With Rarely Performed Gilbert and Sulivan Gem! The Troupers Light Opera Company gave us a colorful, festive, energetic production of Gilbert and Sulivan’s "The Sorcerer" this season. In a word, it was enchanting...In many ways, it was one of the Company’s best productions, more consistent in it’s artistic values than previous efforts... Add to this director Andrea Andresakis's fine sense of movement and flow, and you had a completely satisfying show...Director Andrea Andresakis tapped the essence of Gilbert's characters, at each step setting the stage for the comic changes wrought by the magic draft. She developed these, however, without recourse to irrelevant or distracting silliness. As said above, her fine sense of movement was evident throughout... Seasoned Gilbert and Sullivan fans may have seen The Sorcerer before, but I'll wager they haven't seen a better one than this in years."

-Jerome R. Sehulster, Special Correpondent

THE WIZARD OF OZ

Queens Chronicle, August 15, 2002

                 "The Wizard of Oz Production Wows Audiences in Bellerose! The many merry Munchkins are all adorable and obviously well rehearsed... "Merry Old Land of Oz" is an eye- popping number ...the slick and fast- paced "Jitterbug", cut from the film's original version, has been included here to provide a choreographic highlight. Kudos to Andrea Andresakis, the show's choreographer and her associate Mary Kennedy."

-Mark Lord

Qguide, Timesledger, August 15, 2002

                 "Music Filled Road to Oz! The production often moved into the audience, having Dorothy dance down the yellow brick road over a ramp into the center of the house, where she met the Scarecrow, quite a beautiful effect. The joy of watching the Munchkin parade march down the ramp brought giggles and sighs from the house... Munchkins, Snowflakes, Monkeys, Jitterbugs and Winkies were thoroughly rehearsed with accurate timing and synchronized dance routines...Choreographer Andrea Andresakis worked miracles in keeping everybody moving, providing simple and energetic steps that the children-and adults- could tackle successfully."

-Kent Mancuso

THE MARVELOUS WONDERETTES

Biddeford-Saco-OOB Courier, August 1, 2002

                 "The Wonderettes Were Marvelous! The show follows the quartet from Arundel High School Senior Prom in 1958 to their 10th reunion, enabling us to hear most of the top pop songs of the era. The concept works very successfully as Director/Choreographer Andrea Andresakis exploits the casts multiple talents-singing, acting, comedy and dancing. The show transcends the revue form and achieves a very high level of integrated musical, which is life affirming."

-Joe Mauro

Portland Press Herald, Tuesday July 30, 2002

                 "Thanks for the Marvelous memories! The evening was a non-stop blast from the past... Their performance captured the innocence of the 1950s when teen-age girl concerns primarily consisted of boyfriend troubles and prom queen nominations... This play is pure fun. Take a walk down memory lane with the Wonderettes. You'll be swept away."

-April Boyle

Tourist News, July 25, 2002

                 "The Wonderettes are Marvelous at the Arundel Barn Playhouse! From bobby socks to beehives, from holding hands to heartache The Marvelous Wonderettes is a musical journey through a decade of golden oldies that's sure to please any audience."

-Jennifer Lacher-Starace

Portland Phoenix, July 2002

                 "Wonder women! ...a review of the most popular "girl group" songs of the 1950s and '60s punctuated by humorous insights into the relationships between four high-school seniors and their classmates... The actors and musicians are clearly skilled and put on a professional show...The Wonderettes, whose repertoire includes such great oldies as Mr. Sandman, Lollipop and Goodnight, Sweetheart have had only a week to prepare their act, and a lot of the shows comedy comes from their flubs and bloopers...The relationships among the girls set the stage for more comic moments... Cindy Lou has stolen Betty Jean's boyfriend. Suzy keeps interrupting the performance by enthusiastically waving to her boyfriend, Richie, who is running the lights. Richie responds by flashing the lights, throwing off the girls' timing. Missy is preparing to confess her crush on one of the teachers. The dramatic backdrop isn't just pacing and filler, the elements provide context for the songs... Ten years later, The Marvelous Wonderettes are reunited at their tenth high-school reunion...the tiff over Betty Jean's boyfriend caused a ten year rift in the friendship between Betty Jean and Cindy Lou. Cindy Lou, who in high school seemed infinitely lucky in love, has experienced a humbling heartbreak. Suzy and Missy have been in close touch, and have been struggling with secrets of their own. The woman are no longer innocent, but they can still sing. Together in song, they work through some of the issues that have haunted them since high school, and rekindle the best of their adolescent friendships."

-Katherine Joyce, Electronic Link Journey, NYC, June, 1999

NELLIE

                "Nellie offers up a plot made interesting by the actual endeavors of Bly, original songs, effective choreography...Nellie is definitely worth seeing for both the information it imparts and it's execution."

-Laurie Lawson

NYC, May 19, 1999

                 "WHOA NELLIE! Congratulations are in order for the Greenwich Street Theatre's 1997 production of Nellie, which, come June, will officially be promoted from Off-Off Broadway to merely Off- Broadway status when it re-opens at the Lamb's Theatre on 44th Street. Bernice Lee's musical about journalist Nellie Bly, the Brenda Starr of her day, earned rave reviews during its Village stint; check out direction by Patricia Heurermann and choreography by Andrea Andresakis."

-Artbeat