The Milford Project

musicals and operas · martin and oeser · Ages 16+ · United States

world premiere
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TONY FRANKEL stage and cinema/bitter lemons certified reviewer June 11, 2011
Theatre critic from Stage and Cinema here. MILFORD may be a mixed bag, but I recommend it for one main reason: belly laughs! There were some truly inspired moments of hysterical lunacy in this espionage parody musical about a science fair, nuclear bombs, spies and first love. The music, although jaunty and fun, is a bit repetitive in its structure, but there are some inspired lyrics. (The actors MUST project more to be heard over the musicians: please, more soft pedal on the piano and more brushes on the drums!) Matthew Boehm gives a stellar performance as Richie, the Science Fair whiz kid - he really mines some comic gems. Tracy Podell has some choice moments as his lab assistant/love interest Penny (would that she had a more powerful si... full review
ELLEN DOSTAL musicals in la is my blog, i also do interviews/feature articles for certified reviewer June 13, 2011
I like a show that makes me laugh out loud and Milford delivers more than its share of fun thanks to Oeser, a comedy writer who has trained with Upright Citizens Brigade and created numerous video hits for Funny or Die. Martin’s songs that are bright and serviceable enough, but at times I had to strain to hear the singers over the musicians. That’s unfortunate because Martin and Oeser’s lyrics are quite clever and it’s a shame to miss any of the jewels embedded within. The cast is an enthusiastic group with good comic chops as a whole and an appealing commitment to the over-the-top style, although the singing is uneven. Matthew Boehm is very likeable as Richie and cast standouts include John LeMay as the power-hungry agent who kidnaps him... full review