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REVIEWS: COOL HAND LUKE

THE SIEGEL COLUMN:
"Under the direction of possibly the most imaginative director working Off-Broadway today, Joe Tantalo, Godlight has blazed a unique trail..."

THIS WEEK IN NEW YORK:
"Once again, the staging is the star in this Godlight production...But the strong acting, and expert unique staging, will keep you chained to your seats."

THE SIEGEL COLUMN:
"Under the direction of possibly the most imaginative director working Off-Broadway today (or at least the most underrated), Joe Tantalo, Godlight has blazed a unique trail by being both highly faithful to their source material while doing so with little more than piercing intelligence, and highly inventive lighting and sound design...The show is a revelation. Less a battle between cruel prison overseers and a free-spirited man refusing to be broken, this fiercely directed, intense play, with Maruti Evans providing powerful lighting design, becomes a battle between man and God."

NEW YORK POST:
"Now that’s a test of ingenuity: How do you translate COOL HAND LUKE, which takes place on a Florida chain gang, to the stage with no set or props? This kind of challenge is catnip to Godlight...the physical setting is impressively rendered...Tantalo and his team are creating a recognizable signature style, which is more than can be said of many bigger, wealthier companies."

LIGHTING AND SOUND AMERICA:
"The talented people at Godlight Theatre Company don’t merely adapt novels to the stage – they take a book, boil it down to its essence, and reimagine it in strikingly theatrical terms...director Joe Tantalo and his team have fashioned a savage tale of one man pitted against a brutal prison system...brilliantly stylized staging...this is the rare theatre company that contributes something indisputably unique to the New York theatre scene."

THEATRE SCENE:
"Director Joe Tantalo’s striking, minimalist production marvelously relies on purely theatrical imaginative devices. Mr. Tantalo’s accomplished, choreographic staging and the performances achieved often intense experiences...Lawrence Jansen is commanding as Luke, he creates a lively original characterization...Nick Paglino offers a powerfully chilling portrait of Southern authority as Boss Godfrey."

NYTHEATRE GUIDE:
"The production, directed by Joe Tantalo, is well-conceived..."

STAGEBUDDY:
"Godlight Theatre Company’s COOL HAND LUKE doesn’t pull any punches...adapter Emma Reeves remains truer to its source, touching the shadows of the crisis of faith that color it...director Joe Tantalo keeps the psyche big and the stage picture vivid...the less is more tack works."

LEITER SIDE:
"Lights, sound, simple costumes and an essentially bare set are all that Mr. Tantalo needs to conjure up the world of COOL HAND LUKE, no matter where the action takes us."

WHATS ON OFF BROADWAY:
"It is a powerful piece of theatre."

WOLF ENTERTAINMENT GUIDE:
"The stage is alive with convict sweat and cruelty by brutal overseers...the story come through with full passion as a result of its superb cast and excellent staging...Lawrence Jansen, as the central character Luke, gives a performance that ranks high among recent dramatic achievements by a leading actor...the entire cast is top notch, including Kristina Doelling as Luke’s mother. The result is a memorable adaptation of Donn Pearce’s novel into compelling theatre."

THEATRE FEEDBACK:
"Beautifully directed by Joe Tantalo...the production packs vivid performances into hyper stylized stage design."

CURTAIN UP:
"Lawrence Jansen steps into the iconic role with an effortless grace and the acting ensemble are right in step with him...COOL HAND LUKE is well worth a look"

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