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"A merry adventure...directed with a sprightly hand by Mark Shanahan... the whole affair is breezy and relaxed while also theatrically broad and grand... What's not to love? A royal theatre treat for children of all ages!"
"The Alley Theatre's 'Hand To God' is laugh out loud, tears-in-your-eyes, dangerously close to wetting your pants funny. [Steve Pacek's] performance is a master class...
HAND TO GOD The Alley Theatre
THE THREE MUSKETEERS
The Alley Theatre
PRIVATE LIVES The White Heron Theatre
The biggest revelation of this production is the richness of characterization that director Mark Shanahan the five actors- Jeremy Shamos, Nina Hellman, John Ellison Conlee, Celia Keenan Bolger and Jan Neuberger- have discovered behind the glittering surface of Coward's brilliant repartee and verbal virtuosity."
PETER AND THE STAR CATCHER
Arkansas Rep and TheatreSquared
"Whimsical, comical and downright magical... The show’s never-ending swirl of make-believe and laughs culminate in a command that rings clear to the second star to the right and straight on ’til morning: Play.
-- The Soiree
HOLMES AND WATSON The Alley Theatre
"Director Mark Shanahan’s production is tight and precise, balancing well the clever, suspenseful elements typical of a Holmes mystery with its great humor... a production that feels almost cinematic in its staging...what a ride. It’s got everything you can want from a Sherlock story ."
CONSTELLATIONS Hudson Stage
CONSTELLATIONS Hudson Stage
A MERRY LITTLE CHRISTMAS CAROL
ADAPTED AND DIRECTED BY MARK SHANAHAN
Florida Rep and Mile Square Theatre
"I’ve seen my share of Christmas Carols... This is one of the best.
"Spirited and superb! A beautiful adaptation...
Quite possibly the best version of the story I've seen."
"A Christmas Carol has had many, many adaptions for all forms of media and art. Mile Square Theatre's "A Merry Little Christmas Carol" might be the finest yet. It's pure theatricality and invention is nothing short of brilliant... The simplicity is genius."
SHERLOCK HOLMES AND THE ADVENTURE OF THE SUICIDE CLUB
With Greg Boyd, Alley Theatre
"A polished production- dramatic surprises- pure entertainment!" -- Houston Press
George Street Playhouse
Adirondack Theatre Festival,
Mile Square Theatre
"A great piece of theatrical fun. Mark Shanahan, who has played his share of dashing heroes on the stage... has directed the George Street production with a welcome sense of warmth and playfulness." -- New York Times
"Shanahan's direction is breathlessly brisk and playful." -- Houston Chronicle
"Shanahan and the four actors milk this concept for all its worth. Works like a charm!" -- Cape Cod Online
OTHER DESERT CITIES Hangar Theatre
HOW THE OTHER HALF LOVES
Florida Repertory Theatre
"With director Mark Shanahan and a sextet of highly skilled actors, this production is a master class in how to execute this type of comedy... Mr. Shanahan knows comedy, and it shows...this production gets it right in every way possible!"
HOUND OF THE BASKERVILLES
Hangar Theatre, Weston Playhouse, Cape Playhouse, Florida Rep, Depot Theatre, New Jersey Rep,
Hudson Stage Penguin Rep
Virginia Stage, Theatre Squared
"Fluent and farcical! Shanahan gives the two act romp a slap dash treatment ... [with] frisky action. " -- New York Times
"A master class in funny! " -- Florida Weekly
"Sweetly silly...A happy spoof. A winning playfulness among the cast." -- New York Times
"Perfect!" -- NPR
"A Holmes run!....Non stop hilarity!" -- Syracuse New Times
HAY FEVER Florida Rep
"Superb... thoroughly enjoyable from beginning to end...You will be delighted to see this crisp, classic comedy!"
TOM JONES Florida Studio Theatre World Premiere
"Shanahan...pushed all the right buttons. The safety bar came down and the ride was on!" -- The Observer
A CHRISTMAS STORY Arkansas Rep
"Funny and feel-good -- brilliant as a leg lamp gleaming in a window... Directed by Mark Shanahan, the cast adeptly fulfills its nearly impossible task: breathing new life into a story everyone knows... While much of the show is intended to tickle, a few moments are downright tender. Did we really just get teary at our 3,294th viewing of A Christmas Story?"
AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS
Alley Theatre, TheatreSquared, Florida Rep
"Director Mark Shanahan splashes Verne with charm, invention, and abundant eccentricity... Given a big wet kiss of vaudeville, English panto, Monte Python and the Marx Brothers... it slobbers all over you and you beg for more. " -- The Houston Press
"The production really goes above and beyond the magic I was hoping for when I wrote the script"
SOME ENCHANTED EVENING
"A gem of a show!" -- Barnstable Patriot
Workshop at The Westport Country Playhouse
Howard McGillin returns to Westport -- Playbill
THE QUEST FOR DON QUIXOTE Theatre Squared
" Mark Brown's Quixote headlines the Arkansas New Play Fest!" -- Broadwayworld
THE GREEN CROW CAWS
The Irish Repertory Theatre
Sean O'Casey Reading Series
"O'Casey's grand, humorous salute to St. Patrick's Day; uproarious send-up of The Playboy of the Western World riots; and dire meditations on the possibility of Russian paratroopers dropping from the skies onto the Emerald Sod." -- BroadwayWorld