A brief sampling of reviews from some recent productions.
Next To Normal
"Director Fred Sternfeld has never been better...I've never been so impacted emotionally by this play..." - Christine Howey, CLEVELAND SCENE full review
"A notable theatrical event...full of joy and sadness and surprise."
- Tony Brown, THE CLEVELAND PLAIN DEALER full review
“This is a magnificent production...director Sternfeld, the maestro of the massive musical uber-production, here is working with about 76 fewer actors than usual. But he keeps every beat change razor sharp and brings out poignant dimensions of these two beautifully written characters." - Christine Howey, RAVE AND PAN full review
Ragtime, the musical
"No director in the region can fill a proscenium arch quite like Fred Sternfeld, and his staging of the brawny musical Ragtime was a prime example of his talents...Sternfeld mastered the sweep of events while polishing every small moment until it gleamed."
- Christine Howey, CLEVELAND SCENE
"Fred Sternfeld's moving Ragtime had more immmediacy and power--at a fraction of the ticket price--than most Playhouse Square [Broadway] tours."
- Linda Eisenstein, ANGLE MAGAZINE
"Fred Sternfeld's...Ragtime played to record audiences and was simply superb."
- Violet Spevack, CLEVELAND JEWISH NEWS
Gruesome Playground Injuries
“Director Fred Sternfeld shapes the pacing of the scenes with clear understanding...resonate with depth, subtlety, and dark humor.” - Christine Howey, CLEVELAND SCENE full review
"A wonderful production...sensitive direction." - Bob Abelman, NEWS-HERALD full review
"The sort of work that lodges in your brain like a piece of shrapnel. Filled with humor, pathos and self-awareness." - Andrea Simakis, THE PLAIN DEALER full review
"Imagine my surprise to have enjoyed the intimate Fairmount Center version far more than the glitzy Philharmonic incarnation...Director Fred Sternfeld has put together a uniformly strong cast that negotiates Sondheim's songs with expressive and rhythmic aplomb."
- Donald Rosenberg, THE PLAIN DEALER fulll review
"Many productions are more of a song-fest than a story with songs about the pros and cons of marriage. Not so with the Fairmount Performing Arts Conservatory's production at the Mayfield Village Civic Center. This is a Company chock-full of talented actors who can sing, dance and generate rich, interesting characters, brought together by a director who marries Sondheim's style with Furth's storytelling. - Bob Abelman, NEWS HERALD full review
The Bluest Eye
"A most absorbing evening...Fred Sternfeld's strong direction creates sufficient dramatic tension, keeping the audience, including this reviewer, thoroughly engaged."
- Fran Heller, THE CLEVELAND JEWISH NEWS full review
"Director Fred Sternfeld has a firm hand on the many disparate elements in this 90-minute piece." - Christine Howey, THE CLEVELAND PLAIN DEALER full review
A Little Night Music
"Captivating...Sternfeld captures the show's swirling beauty."
- Donald Rosenberg, THE PLAIN DEALER full review
“In the hands of director Fred Sternfeld, it gets an audience-friendly approach...has charm and humor...a wonderful theatrical experience.” - Roy Berko, THE TIMES NEWSPAPERS