|Winner of the 2014 Tony Award for Best Musical|
Under Darko Tresnjak’s witty direction — supported by the drolly imaginative scenic and projection design of Alexander Dodge and Aaron Rhyne, respectively — a series of morbidly hilarious events unfolds, involving simulated cracked ice, spilling pools of red and shadows of hysterical people running back and forth.
– USA Today –
With its sumptuous design elements and versatile ensemble taking on multiple roles, this is a small-scale show that feels both intimate and lavish.
Part of the fun (and there’s a lot of fun to be had) is not only guessing how each death will happen, but watching them as they do. Director Darko Tresnjak, who stages the show in and around Alexander Dodge’s gorgeous Edwardian toy theater of a set, makes excellent use of projections (by Aaron Rhyne) and good old theatrical ingenuity (my particular favorite was flying red and black feathers as brains) to showcase the myriad ways that Mays meets his maker.
– Theatremania –
And the production team (which also includes projection ace Aaron Rhyne, lighting designer Philip S. Rosenberg, sound designer Dan Moses Schreier and costumer Linda Cho) adds dazzle to scene after scene, including one that seems to cross Monty Python with “Vertigo.
– UT San Diego –
Aaron Rhyne’s projections are essential to creating the visual effects (Mr. Rhyne’s work just keeps getting better and better).
– Talkin Broadway –
…particularly as aided and abetted by projection designer Aaron Rhyne’s clever animations.
– Stage Scene LA –