The New York Musical Theatre Festival at The Julia Miles Theatre
Musical Director: Matt Castle
Choreographer: Rhonda Miller
Set Design: Jesse Poleshuck
Costume Design: Sarah Maiorino
Lighting Design: Jeff Croiter
Pictured: Stacey Sargeant, Stephen Bel Davies, Lisa Asher, Paul Wyatt, Amy Goldberger, George Merrick and Stephanie D'Abruzzo
Photo Credit: Bobby Octaviano
P R E S S & A W A R D S
NYMF's Best Featured Actor Winner-Stephen Bel Davies
The New York Times
...But the festival appears to be less about finding new modes of theatrical expression than about the next Off Broadway hit ... It certainly has a bid for some kind of success in “Austentatious,” about a community theater group staging its own adaptation of “Pride and Prejudice.” The press release invokes “Waiting for Guffman,” and the musical does partake of the sweet, earnest zaniness of a Christopher Guest film, as channeled through “The Drowsy Chaperone,” another endearing bonbon about the joys of being stagestruck.
But there were a number of good performances including ... Lisa Asher, Stephanie d’Abruzzo and Stacey Sargeant in" Austentatious”.
...this crowd pleaser makes the satire of community theatre winningly fresh again by dint of superb and drum-tight direction by Mary Catherine Burke and a wonderful cast, each member fully invested in the delightful peculiarities of his or her character.
A play about a bad play can be a dicey proposition, but Austentatious is well served by Mary Catherine Burke's speedy direction.
Credit must go to the trenchant stage direction by Mary Catherine Burke, the hilarious Riverdance parody by choreographer Rhonda Miller, and the assured musical direction of Matt Castle.