Queens Boulevard

  • Date:
    December 1, 2007

    What the press had to say.....

    "More disappointing, the musical scenes are dull pastiches, a mix of pop and bits and pieces borrowed from India, Japan and Ireland. The choreography, by Peter Pucci, is clunky. "
    Caryn James
    New York Times

    "Boulevard" gets points for diversity, but Mee and director Davis McCallum haven't developed this into a production with a whole lot to say."
    Joe Dziemianowicz
    New York Daily News

    "A Multicultural stew, it boasts a dazzling set (by Mimi Lien) depicting the titular street in all its tacky international glory. Unfortunately, it's all downhill from there." & "Mee's forced attempt to provide a picaresque fable based on every culture under the sun feels less organic than merely showoff-y. "
    Frank Scheck
    New York Post

    "The dialogue, collated by Mr. Mee from sources ranging from Internet Web logs to Homer, has a deliberate lack of fireworks. There's almost a Hallmark-card quality to the sentiments characters express at important moments. Sometimes the slenderly written speeches work, and sometimes they don't, but Mr. Mee remains committed to his aesthetic, and Mr. McCallum sets a galloping pace that smooths over the rough patches. "Queens Boulevard" isn't a perfect ride, but it pulses with its own insouciant energy."
    Joy Gooswin
    New York Sun

    "Mee�s point: that the �social love� of a community �makes a safe place for our personal love to flourish.� If Mee doesn�t quite dramatize this sentiment, it still gleams encouragingly amid the neon and glitter. Dig in the dancing Queens, indeed."
    Rob Kendt
    Time Out New York

    "The scenes (are) wildly inconsistent in quality, pertinence and performance, in need of sharper editing and tighter staging to keep them in their place. "
    Marilyn Stasio