Taming of the Shrew

Water Works Shakespeare Festival

Royal Oak, Michigan

"Zanny humor abounds in Water Works' Shrew"

Suddenly, a masked zanni appears in the aisle. And another one. And another. Quickly, the stage is overrun with characters right out of a Commedia dell'arte production - complete with aged Pantalone dressed all in red and the romantically entangled innamorati...Water Works' Taming of the Shrew, directed by Oakland University Associate Professor of Theatre Lynnae Lehfeldt, is performed entirely in the Commedia dell'Arte tradition...It's a blast...You don't have to understand the conventions of commedia to appreciate that this cast is amazing...This ensemble works together like a precision military team on crack...We'll never know if Shakespeare intended Taming of the Shrew to be played as full-out Italian comedy. But this Water Works Theatre production convinces us - by its effervescent laugh level - that it's a pretty good idea.

Encore, Patrice Nolan

Taming of the Shrew

Water Works Shakespeare Festival

Royal Oak, Michigan

"Review: 2 fests set out to tame Shakespeare's "Shrew"

 

The state’s two leading producers of Shakespeare are staging “The Taming of the Shrew” this summer, but the results couldn’t be more diverse...This is "Shrew" of a different color as director Lynnae Lehfeldt has chosen to present the action in the Italian commedia dell'arte style. White-robed clowns in masks both watch and participate in the slapstick action. The Kate-Petruchio romance plays fresher in the Water Works version,...The Water Works production earns bigger laughs,...for those who already know the story, the Water Works production, with its focus on emotion and serious silliness, is the “Shrew” for you.

Detroit Free Press, John Monaghan

Laughter on the 23rd Floor

Jewish Ensemble

Bloomfield Hills, Michigan

"Director Lynnae Lehfeldt and a crack cast of nine have crafted this irreverent recollection into a show about the miracle of a peerless creative team...Ultimately, to its credit, this production's biggest strength is its ensemble.  It takes just the right blend of people to work this splendidly together, and the result is creative magic, both here and in the context of the play,...To work in an atmosphere as special as this one in Laughter is rare enough; to recognize it accurately and do it justice in the retelling are wholly other feats -- all of which are handily achieved."

Carolyn Hayes, Encore Michigan

Seagull

Oakland University

Rochester, MI

 

Oakland University’s ‘Seagull’ Dives Deep Into Human Nature of happiness?

 

"The idea of longing and search for identity are not new, but they are worth exploring. This is what makes the performances given by these university students all the more impressive. The material is meaty and each actor makes the most of the portion he or she is given...your heart breaks for Constantine and Nina because their inner turmoil is so visibly etched on their faces and in the way they carry themselves. These actors aren’t simply speaking their lines, but going all in and inhabiting their characters’ neuroses. It’s both exhausting and exhilarating to watch and all involved should be commended for the level of professionalism they bring to the performance."

Rochester Media, Sarah Hovis

Much Ado About Nothing

Oakland University

Rochester, Michigan

What is impressive is how well these very young actors and actresses handle their roles under the able direction of Lynnae Lehfeldt."

Robert Delaney, New Monitor

A Doll's House 

Oakland University -- Rochester, Michigan

"...OU's splendid production of Ibsen's A Doll's House...This new production at Oakland Univerisity plays true to the script, setting and period, but adds a nuanced sceneic design (Jason Maracani) that forces the audience to shift its point of view in a literal way.  We enter Varner Hall's studio theatre by walking up a polished wooden floor that leads to the door and foyer of a beautiful period home.  Prominently displyed is the letter box that plays a pivotal role in the story.  We step into the parlor of Nora and Torvald Helmer and, when we take out stadium-type seats, feel as if we have invaded their home and are watcacting as witnesses, or perhaps, as judges. looking down at the intimate scandal that is about to unfold."

Examiner, Edith Cohol

Beanstalk, the Musical! 

Wild Swan Theatre, 

Ann Arbor, Michigan

"The kids were loving it!  And that's is what we look for in a play performed for kids about third-grade and under.  The production is certainly up to this company's high standard...Beanstalk finds the right balance of the characters telling the story to young audience and acting off one another. Lynnae Lehfeldt also weaves just the right amount of audience participation into the hour, and uses the aisles of the theatre well for chase scenes, as when the giant is chasing Jack."

David Kiley, Encore Michigan

James and the Giant Peach

Oakland University

 

‘James and the Giant Peach’ Is an Enchanting Odyssey Sure to Enthrall Audiences

 

This delightful production, directed by Lynnae Lehfeldt,...And this is what I appreciate about the theatre students in this production – they take it seriously. Sure, they have fun, but what I mean is even though this is a children’s production they approach it the same way they would a more serious piece of theatre.

Sarah Hovis, Rochester Media

Three Little Pigs

Oakland University

Rochester, MI

‘The Three Little Pigs’ is Great Family-Friendly Fun

"Under the direction of Lynnae Lehfeldt,...the talented cast brings the show delightfully to life...Particularly fun is the Big Bad Wolf’s “I’m just a bit misunderstood.” Honestly, if this were a Disney movie, I’d be buying the soundtrack and any merchandise that went along with it. There were at least 50 toddler-aged children at the 10:00 a.m. show I attended and it was impressive how captivated they were the entire time."

Sarah Hovis, Rochester Media

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