City Paper’s review of An Adult Evening with Shel Silverstein

“Another highlight hits a little closer to home. In “The Life Boat is Sinking,” a high-strung wife and mother presents her husband with an unsolvable scenario: their bed is not a bed, but a sinking dinghy whose four passengers will certainly die unless one of them is thrown overboard. Oh, and the passengers? That would be Mom, Dad, baby, and mother-in-law. Pop-quiz, hotshot – who do you sacrifice? The answer’s obvious from the start, but the tortured path to getting there provides a rare moment for physical comedy in this otherwise very talky show. Samantha Merrick’s bed-bound calisthenics and insistent interrogation propel this scene, which is nothing if not an advertisement for perpetual singledom.”

http://www.washingtoncitypaper.com/blogs/fringe/2011/07/13/hip-shot-an-adult-evening-with-shel-silverstein/

DC Theatre Scene Review of Shel

An Adult Evening with Shel Silverstein — DC Theatre Scene.

“Samantha Merrick delivered non-stop laughs, especially in her depiction of an ordinary wife slowly transforming into a belligerent homeless lady. Opposite her is Arturo Toletino, who plays her sincere worrisome husband desperately trying to make her see the truth. Together, they make an excellent comedic duo.”
Very exciting – 4 stars!!!

DC Theatre Scene Review – An Adult Evening with Shel Silverstein

“Samantha Merrick delivered non-stop laughs, especially in her depiction of an ordinary wife slowly transforming into a belligerent homeless lady. Opposite her is Arturo Toletino, who plays her sincere worrisome husband desperately trying to make her see the truth. Together, they make an excellent comedic duo.”

http://dctheatrescene.com/2011/07/08/an-adult-evening-with-shel-silverstein/

Nelson Pressley of The Washington Post reviews Shel

In “One Tennis Shoe,” a man worries that his wife is becoming a bag lady. He presents his screwy evidence gently, but it mounts against her.

Arturo Tolentino and Samantha Merrick are terrific in the bag lady piece — delicate with each other, but deeply fretful about what might be happening. (Yes, that’s cooked oatmeal in her purse.)”

http://www.washingtonpost.com/gog/performing-arts/an-adult-evening-with-shel-silverstein,1209793/critic-review.html#reviewNum1

DCist Review of Shel

“Silverstein’s playful, lyrical words are brought to life in all the pieces following this segment. Samantha Merrick plays a woman in danger of becoming a bag lady, and Arturo Tolentino, who also designed the spare, transformable set, plays her concerned husband. The two are hilarious together, getting caught up in the drama of just what is in the woman’s bag. Colvin comes back as that rhyming prostitute, offering a two-for-one deal that’s the steal of the century with cast member Julie Harris. When Samuel Wright comes in as their mark and proves troublesome, Colvin is quick to offer to “shorten” his “longevity,” with a knife. Merrick also comes back as a wife constructing an elaborate story to find out if her husband, played this time by Dane C. Peterson, would throw her, their daughter or his mother overboard in a crisis.”

http://dcist.com/2011/07/capital_fringe_festival_an_adult_ev.php