"What stirring voices! — from the first strains of young Wendla's plaintive "Mama Who Bore Me" through the rousing group numbers like "The Bitch of Living." Waldman has cast this show perfectly, with 11 gifted young singer-actors and two adults (Dane Cruz and Sarah Dacey Charles deftly playing multiple roles)... The familiar story — young love thwarted by society — feels fresh here. Even beyond the juxtaposing of two cultures and two centuries, the traditional theme of innocence and experience is delivered so intensely it seems new again. And this particular cast of young people plays that well, in feeling performances that, in my opinion, are more moving than in the Broadway original. You see this especially in the most intimate scenes between the central couple — Wendla (played by Kelsey Lake), whose mother has kept her sexually ignorant, and Melchior (Robert Ariza), the most intellectual, socially critical schoolboy. Their actions — affections, searching, hesitations — feel genuine and authentic"
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