Broadway World Review: A CHRISTMAS STORY Is A Perfect Salty Cookie at Pittsburgh Public Theater
"When Agnello gets a chance to pop off, instead of just being the straight man in the relationship, it's ON. The highlight of the evening is a wordless farcical chase sequence set to "The Nutcracker Suite," involving the leg lamp, a sandwich and a jar of pickles. Agnello's physical comedy performance is
I Love Lucy worthy."
On Stage Pittsburgh: Review: Delights Abound in Pittsburgh Public’s Lavish ‘Christmas Story’
"The lamp plays a big part in a wordless scene, among my favorites and skillfully executed with precision by McGeever and Agnello. All you need to know is it also involves a sandwich, and provides one of many opportunities for McGeever to raise frantic to an art form. Agnello, the opposing force to his relative chaos, masters the art of keeping calm while carrying on."
Pittsburgh Post Gazette: Review: "The Tempest' Ushers in a magical new era at the Public
"Along the way, Stephano and Trinculo, who in some productions are as tiresome as any of Shakespeare’s comic relief clowns, are actually laugh-out-loud funny, thanks to Bethany Caputo and Jamie Agnello."
Pittsburgh City Paper: Review
Pittsburgh Public Theater Makes The Tempest Feel New Again
"Kaminski clearly knows how to cast the heck out of a show, as demonstrated by the array of talent...Especially delightful are Bethany Caputo and Jamie Agnello, who play Stephano the drunk (Caputo) and Trinculo the clown (Agnello) with big, expertly executed, vaudevillian-style physical comedy."
The Pittsburgh Tatler
"As parents tend to do, both loom large in Ralph’s memory, and McGeever and Agnello finesse the tricky task of embodying the comic dimensions they assume in his remembrance while also letting us see the adult motivations and experiences that would have been invisible to him as a child. They’re also really fantastic in a couple of bravura comic lazzis that showcase the lengths married couples will go to avoid direct confrontation."
The New York Times:
Review: 'Up and Away,'
A Trip Into the Clouds for a Special Audience
"Worthy endeavors are easy to applaud, but “Up and Away,” which I attended one morning this week with a school group of 7- and 8-year-olds, is small-batch, immersive theater at its most thoughtful and deliberate. Making its audience feel welcome and at ease is fundamental to the production — an approach a lot of mainstream theater could stand to learn from."
The New York Times:
'Up and Away,' For Young Audiences Who Don't Like Surprises
"For an audience that sometimes doesn’t feel welcome, we wanted to create an experience that was the opposite of that, where we are waiting for them to arrive,”
-Jonathan Shmidt Chapman, director