'Sisters' mellow, but the music really swings
By Bob Goepfert, - The Record  11/24/2004

It gives you some idea about the relationships in the show when the brightest dramatic moments come from the all-purpose actor Michael J. Farina, who plays all the men who entered their lives.  Farina is a joy to watch, as he adds fun, energy and cheer to the tepid story. He is the reason - beyond the music - to attend this show. He is wonderful in everything, and he does a great Carmen Miranda, making "Rum and Coca Cola" the evening's show-stopper.
(SISTERS OF SWING, Capital Repertory Theatre)
 

Suck duck and you know what, are superb. I donít mean great I mean superb. Michael Farina as God with a backwards baseball hat on, Roberta Gumbel and that little girl Chiara Navarra have voices to die for.
-David Richardson
 
"Michael J. Farina and Rachel Cohen are in excellent form here."
 - talkinbroadway.com
The one other pleasure seeker, the masochistic Mr. Barville, is played to the hilt by Michael J. Farina who also doubles as a greedy landlord named Mr. Sneed.
-
A CurtainUp Review
Fanny Hill
 
The other interesting thing abut "Sweet Charity' is how much play it gives to supporting cnaracters.  Michael Farina makes the best of several small parts, then wows the audience near the finale with his singing on "I Love to Cry at Weddings."
  by John Pantalone, South County Independent.

 

The lead roles are sharply acted--even the minor part of dancehall owner Herman is terrific when Michael J. Farina sings "I Love to Cry at Weddings."
  -Bill Rodriguez, The Providence Phoenix
Cap Rep 'Sisters of Swing' succeeds despite script
By Paul Lamar

"One thing the script does get right is calling for one man to play the part of various men in the women's loves, and Cap Re has found the right man.  Michael J. Farina sings, mugs, and dances with aplomb, bringing down the house whether in drag or as Woody Woodpecker

The biggest laughs in the show are due to the performance of Michael J. Farina as Gangster #1 and Kurt M. Buckler as Gangster #2.  Decked in striped suits, spats and wide-brimmed hats, they are a 1940's version of the mobsters on The Sopranos except much funnier.  Their one song, "Brush Up Your Shakespeare, " was a true showstopper and had the audience demanding encore after encore.

-Don Collester, Fifth Row Center

By E. Kyle Minor
   As the two Runyon-esque gangsters, Michael J. Farina and Kurt M. Buckler stop the show cold with their "Brush Up Your Shakespeare"
 
By Lee Williams
Published: Thursday, March 27, 2003

  Sung by two clownish thugs who find themselves on stage by accident, the comedic "Brush Up Your Shakespeare" was one of the favorites opening night. Michael J. Farina and Frank Kopyc cavort about the stage in true stooge fashion, evoking a kind of innocent humor that is all but dead now.
(KISS ME KATE; Houston's Theatre Under the Stars)
 
September 21, 2002
'Kiss Me Kate' is simply 'Wunderbar'
PLAY REVIEW: 'Kiss Me, Kate' with Cole Porter's music and lyrics has rarely sounded more delightful or looked brighter than in the new full-scale revival at the Westchester Broadway Theatre.  By James F. Cotter   For the Times Herald-Record

   Michael J. Farina and Curt M. Buckler team up as a couple of gangsters who stop the show with their rendition of "Brush Up Your Shakespeare."
(KISS ME, KATE; Westchester Broadway Theatre)

 

Westchester/Rockland
Kiss Me, Kate
 Reviewed By:
Michael Portantiere - TheaterMania.com

Even an absolutely stellar production of Kiss Me, Kate with superb leads can be stolen by the actors cast in the roles of Gangsters 1 and 2; that's just the way this musical is set up. At WBT, Michael J. Farina and Curt M. Buckler walk away with the show, partly because the shortcomings of the rest of the cast and the production make their own work seem all the more invaluable. Needless to say, "Brush Up Your Shakespeare" and its encores bring down the house, but Farina and Buckler score many other times throughout the performance.
(KISS ME, KATE; Westchester Broadway Theatre)

 

December 2, 1998
Holiday on Nice
Miserly Ebenezer Scrooge learns about the yuletide season in Syracuse Stage's A Christmas Carol

By James MacKillop -
Syracuse News Times

New to the cast is scene-stealing
Michael J. Farina as the rotund Fezziwig, the spirit of lost jollity. Farina's dive over two barrels marks his skills as a physical comedian, and his breath-clutching ability to hold against all physical limits suggests operatic strengths. In a second role, almost unrecognizable, he's Old Joe, the buyer of goods filched from the dead, a subtle parody of Scrooge himself.
(CHRISTMAS CAROL; Syracuse Stage)
 

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