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Reviews: What Do Critics Think of Teeth Off-Broadway?


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Reviews: What Do Critics Think of Teeth Off-Broadway?

The world premiere musical from Anna K. Jacobs and Michael R. Jackson is now playing at Playwrights Horizons.


Jenna Rose Husli, Wren Rivera, Alyse Alan Louis, Phoenix Best, and Helen J Shen in Teeth
Chelcie Parry

The world premiere run of Anna K. Jacobs and Michael R. Jackson's Teeth officially opened Off-Broadway March 19, and the reviews are rolling in. The new musical was originally scheduled to open March 12, before being delayed by cast illness. Performances began February 21 at Playwrights Horizons, where the extended run will continue through April 14. 

Based on the 2007 horror comedy film of the same name, Teeth follows evangelical Christian teenager Dawn O'Keefe, whose body bites back when men try to violate her. Sarah Benson directs and Raja Feather Kelly choreographs the work, which explores the battling forces of sexuality and religion, revenge and transformation. Lyrics are by Jackson, music is by Jacobs, and the book was penned by both. It is presented by Playwrights Horizons in special arrangement with Mark Gordon Pictures and LD Entertainment.

Read the reviews here. 

CitiTour NYC (Brian Scott Lipton)

New York Magazine/Vulture (Sara Holdren)*

New York Stage Review (David Finkle)

New York Theatre Guide (Amelia Merrill)

The New York Times (Jesse Green)*

TheaterMania (Zachary Stewart)

The Washington Post (Brittani Samuel)*

The Wrap (JD Knapp) 

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Playbill will continue to update this list as reviews come in.

The cast includes Alyse Alan Louis (Amélie) as Dawn O’Keefe, Steven Pasquale as Pastor Bill O'Keefe, Courtney Bassett (Natasha, Pierre, & the Great Comet of 1812) as Promise Keeper Girl Becky, Phoenix Best (Dear Evan Hansen, The Color Purple) as Promise Keeper Girl Fiona, Will Connolly (Once) as Brad O’Keefe, Jason Gotay as Tobey/Truthseeker, Jenna Rose Husli as Promise Keeper Girl Trisha, Jared Loftin as Ryan/Truthseeker, Lexi Rhoades as Promise Keeper Girl Rachael, Wren Rivera as Promise Keeper Girl Stephanie, and Helen J Shen as Promise Keeper Girl Keke. Casting is by Taylor Williams and Alaine Alldaffer.

The production features scenic design by Adam Rigg, costume design by Enver Chakartash, lighting design by Jane Cox and Stacey Derosier, sound design by Palmer Hefferan, orchestrations by Kris Kukul, special effects design by Jeremy Chernick, music supervision by Julie McBride, music direction by Patrick Sulken, music contracting by Kristy Norter, intimacy direction by Crista Marie Jackson, and fight direction by Robert Westley. Amanda Spooner is production stage manager and Thomas Dieter is stage manager.

For tickets and more information, visit PlaywrightsHorizons.org.

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Photos: Michael R. Jackson's Teeth Off-Broadway





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