UB Spectrum Reviews Four THD Productions

Published December 6, 2022

Picture of three female actors on a couch. One is crying, but comically.

Photo by Ken Smith, from Noises Off.

Photo of four dancers in black and white harlequin costumes.

Photo by Ken Smith, from Emerging Choreographers Showcase

Sincere thank you to UB Spectrum and writer Alex Novak for their extensive coverage of our fall season of productions!

If you missed them, here are links to four of Novak's reviews this semester: https://www.ubspectrum.com/article/2022/10/zodiaque-dance-company-brings-feminism-and-artistry-to-the-forefront

Excerpt: “Rights are being potentially taken away from women,” choreographer Kerry Ring said. “And so I really needed to make a piece that was about women having rights, which was symbolized by paint in color, and then having that stripped away. It’s really just my hope for my students, for my daughters, for myself to really step into the idea of voting, having their voices heard and stepping into the work of that,” Ring continued. “I was really hoping that the idea of disrobing in front of an audience to say that these rules are not to be put on me, but to be empowering those decisions.”


Excerpt: The show delivers uncensored, relevant comedy with a tongue firmly in its cheek. But it also speaks sincerely to the challenges and mental healing that young people inherently experience. “It’s kind of about community which sounds so cheesy, but they highlight a lot of everyone’s flaws or quirks but then everyone has this sense of camaraderie,” Haylee Brown, a senior musical theatre major, said.

Two dozen dancers on stage, arms in the air.

Photo by Ken Smith, from Zodiaque Dance Company 48th Season Fall Program

A dozen performers on stage in reverie.

Photo by Ken Smith, from The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee


Excerpt: Although “Noises Off” is near impossible to explain, the connections it formed and the boisterous laughter in the Drama Theater warrant no explanation. It’s a play about sardines, backstage lunacy, nuanced doubling and sheer bewilderment — not simple in the slightest. But UB’s “Noises Off” brought together a room full of people who needed a good laugh, and it really is as simple as that.


Excerpt: Emerging Choreographers Showcase was a springboard that allowed the potential of its soon-to-be graduating and masters students the chance to weave their own deeply-personal and expertly-choreographed narratives through dance.

“It’s really invigorating and exciting to have a creative platform like this because a lot of other [performing arts] schools don’t allow students to do things like this,” Woollis said. “We have a lot of really helpful faculty and staff that really push us to pursue our largest creative vision that we possibly can. It’s so refreshing to be able to take a deep thought and express it in this way… that’s me, that’s part of me on stage.”