"Fresh and Exuberant"
HOUSE ON HAUNTED HILL
PREMIERED TO FULL HOUSES IN OCTOBER AT THE CLIFTON ARTS CENTER
An eccentric billionaire and his wife invites five strangers to a haunted house. He offers them one million dollars each if they're brave enough to spend the night. What begins as a fun "fright night" party quickly turns into a night of terror when the doors are locked and there is no escape. Is the house really haunted or are there other more sinister things going on? Based on the 1959 William Castle with a screenplay by Robb White, Michael Susko has adapted this cult film into a contemporary suspense filled play with enough twists and turns to excite every audience.
WHAT THE CRITICS HAVE TO SAY
Special kudos go to director Susko for allowing quirky personalities to shine through in quirky portrayals, rather than trying to somehow homogenize the characters. Thanks to his smart choices and the cast’s first-rate performances, this was truly a Millie to treasure. I’m not going to forget it anytime soon – Nicola McEldowney - netheatregeek.com
"Director Michael Susko’s straightforward staging realizes the piece’s humor, drama and sensitivity through accomplished simplicity." Darryl Reilly: TheatreScene.net
"And, just when you think director/choreographer Michael Susko has pulled the last rabbit out of his hat, he shares his endless creativity with us in magical imagery, special character nuances, engaging comedy and especially, a dance ensemble worthy of show stopping applause." MARY POPPINS
"From its statuesque opening montage — a stunning black and white, high society costume parade — to its poignant yet purposely undecided conclusion, — “My Fair Lady” is a sparkling triumph". Southcoast Today
"Under the precise direction/choreography of Michael Susko...this "Sound of Music" will make you forget you've ever seen it before, on stage or on film. Festival Theatre's "The Sound of Music" is as fresh and exuberant as anything previous experienced for the very first time". Lorraine Lucciola- Southcoast Today
"Singin' in the Rain delivers on so many levels that it's hard to separate them. Michael Susko, director and choreographer of the production, gives us an exquisitely well-crafted, cohesive piece of work from beginning to end". Lorraine Lucciola- Southcoast Today
"Under the insightful direction of Michael Susko, (West Side Story) delivers the goods in a powerful and poignant presentation which propels the audience to their feet at the curtain call. Michael takes Arthur Laurents well written script and makes it soar in both the comic and dramatic aspects.."
Lorraine Lucciola- Southcoast Today