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ALBERT HERRING

“Under the imaginative direction of Dorothy danner, the singers created a fine impression of class conscious English village life at the turn of the century.  Characterization and manners were handled deftly, and the satire emerged extremely funny.”

OPERA NEWS
 

THE BARBER OF SEVILLE

 “Danner, who did the uproarious staging of The Mikado several seasons ago, treated Barber without falling over the cliff of slapstick.  She kept the energy level high and added numerous imaginative touches----these artists paid tribute to Rossini, whose music too often is taken for granted as facile.  But only real genius can bring characters  to such gleeful life and compel us to care about their plights, however antic they may be.

CLEVELAND PLAIN DEALER
“When they happen to meet on equal terms, art and life don’t always do so without the breaking of some crockery, even some heads, before the accident is cleared away.  But on rare occasions the meeting of the two is so felicitous as to create a sort of Uber Art( or Uber life) that carves its own creative category.------------Arguably the evening’s biggest star was director Dorothy Danner.  A director’s genius is not just in exercising control over all aspects of production but in the adroit allowance of freedom.”
WILLAMETTE WEEKLY---PORTLAND, OREGON
 

LA CENERENTOLA

“The trick here lay in the smart, witty direction by Dorothy Danner that exploited the work’s youthful charm without relying on gimmicks or excessive slapstick.”

THE PHILADELPHIA ENQUIRER
 

DIE FLEDERMAUS

“This Fledermaus was one of the most thoroughly enjoyable operatic experiences I have ever had.”

WASHINGTON POST

“Directed with constant inventiveness by Dorothy Danner.”

SAN FRANCISCO CLASSICAL/VOICE

“Two performances and Dorothy Danner’s superb direction escalate Chautauqua Opera’s Die Fledermaus from the usual comic ambiance into the realm of “Dizzying”.”

THE BUFFALO NEWS
 

MUSICALS AND PLAYS

MAN OF LA MANCHA

“Dorothy Danner, who staged and choreographed the show, possesses the most fertile directorial mind that has been applied to a Connecticut Opera production in many seasons.  With ideas that are earthy, funny and sexy, Danner scoops up this sometimes touching, but often treacly and forced  meditation on the resilience of human spirit, and whips it into a bracing piece of theatre.”

THE HARTFORD COURANT
 

SOUTH PACIFIC

“Much of South Pacific’s success is due to the stage director and choreographer, Dorothy danner, whose nuance, balanced directions draws naturalistic acting and high Broadway style dancing from the performers, all in a tight production, that transports the audience to the island of the South Pacific toward the end of World War11.”

THE SALT LAKE TRIBUNE

“Director. Dorothy Danner’s genius is seen throughout this production.  She masterly crafted the staging and choreography including the scene changes to create a seamless whole.  Rarely has the gamut of human conflict and emotions encountered in this show been so honestly interpreted.”

CACHE MAGAZINE
 

I DO! I DO!

“The Skylight’s sleek, effective new production of I DO! I DO! Does just about everything right in updating this 1966 musical satire with fresh appeal for modern audiences,  Much of the credit must go to stage director Dorothy Danner, whose subtle staging brings a refreshing transparency to what might have been a dated, sentimental revival.”
MILWAUKEE EXPRESS

“Their timing hits the mark on every level.  Their complicated physical comedy, orchestrated by Dorothy Danner, not only went off without a hitch, but also played out in a way that might happen in real life.  Their emotional responses to one another, their dancing, their rhythm in music and in dialogue were all at once theatrically impeccable and utterly natural.”

MILWAUKEE SENTINEL JOURNAL
 

THE FOREIGNER

“On refreshingly rare occasions a director has a concept that guides the entirety of a production.  Dorothy Danner’s approach is realized in every aspect of The Foreigner.  The result is a cohesive totality that is intelligent, and full of “the healing power of comedy.”

STATE NEWS
 

THREE PENNY OPERA

‘This is the best directed production of Three Penny opera that I have seen anywhere in the world ----and I have seen hundreds.”

JONATHAN EATON, KURT WEILL  EXPERT
At the Omaha Opera Weill symposium 
 
 
     
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