Reviews

"Reiner's unassuming persona and lack of self-indulgence allows the audience to connect with his witty pop songs in a much more personal way than if they were being presented by singers and actors layering on their own interpretations. It is one of the benefits of hearing a songwriter perform his own work and it plays beautifully here. In the short space of an hour he transitions through sixteen musical and two literary compositions that made me smile, wonder, nod, and sigh in recognition. —Broadway World

"An offbeat marriage of Sondheim and Seinfeld . . there is an iconoclastic longing in all of Reiner's songs, an unexpressed wish that love could be easier and less painful. Despite all the grief, however, Reiner is clearly a romantic. Reiner is a master lyricist . . . his rhythmic imagery and narrative drive are hallmarks of each song. This is the kind of musical revue that should run forever, not only in this small theatre in NoHo but also around the country in a variety of venues." — Backstage West

"The almost wordless “Urban Death” is no arena for actorly grandstanding, though the troupe’s performance is uniformly solid, accompanied by Christopher Reiner’s alternately ambient and dissonant score. The work is, however, a showcase for first-rate makeup, costumes and sheer, vital stagecraft." — New York Times

 "The score, much of which is original, is also worthy of note and left this writer wishing that they offered a soundtrack. Off kilter circus-sounding themes mixed with more haunting numbers make for a perfect audio backdrop for the mood of the piece and help advance the themes of this production, which reminds us how much can be accomplished in a small black-box theatre space if the gods of imagination and creation are truly being honored."  — Culture Clash

" Set to an eerie and amazing original score by Christopher Reiner, audience members spend part of their time throughout the show in the dark, waiting in suspense for the next scene to appear, not knowing where it will be - or how close." — The Fab Marquee