INDEPENDENTS

"A thing to savor...we are treated to the ease of Charlie Polinger’s direction and the smooth sailing of Stephen Feigenbaum’s folkish tunes and Mark Sonnenblick’s lyrics, evoking sea chanteys and a life of plunder." -- NY Times (Critics' Pick)

"The moment the first song begins you immediately sit up straight in your seat...easily the best new show I saw at Fringe NYC this year. Throughout the show the songs are consistently witty, sophisticated and hummable." -- Huffington Post (also named #8 on their best shows of 2012)

"Stephen Feigenbaum’s ebullient tunes tack smoothly between sea chantey and indie folk-rock, and the book and lyrics by Mark Sonnenblick and Marina Keegan are broadly comic but also soulful and surprisingly pithy." -- TimeOut NY (Critics' Pick)

"An affecting portrait of the young and aimless...you may find particular poignancy in many of Mark Sonnenblick's lyrics." -- The Village Voice

"Propelled by rollicking folk anthems by composer Stephen Feigenbaum and clever, often very funny lyrics by Mark Sonnenblick...Independents' breezy charms sail straight to the heart of young adulthood’s growing pains. Not only did I enjoy every song, many of them succeeded in teasing out new information, keeping the story evolving." -- NY Theatre Review

 

MIDNIGHT AT THE NEVER GET

"The show is so smart, so funny, so moving, and the songs are so well done, that the audience bristles with the excitement of being present at the birth of what might well be a major musical...The songs themselves are a marvel...not one misstep. Solid, literate, witty lyrics, paired with melodies that recall the Great American Songbook in entirely appropriate ways for the time and story at hand, provide a score that is wonderfully familiar and entertaining. The book is just as strong." -- Bistro Awards

"Packed with a satisfying mix of torch songs and zippy little numbers, the music and lyrics of Mark Sonnenblick, who plays the show’s onstage pianist, are as easy to consume in one bite as they are to chew on for a while (you’ll find yourself preferring the latter). But it’s Sonnenblick’s book, along with co-creator Sam Bolen’s unsinkable Trevor, that allows “Never Get” not just to fly, but to soar." -- The Villager 

"The timeline of events is carried along so beautifully through songs...a one of a kind show...left me completely enraptured." -- NY Theatre Guide

"Mr. Sonnenblick's score is catchy, smart, an homage to a time gone by and relevant to today. The script is touching, warm, real, and moving...Midnight deserves a first rate run at an off-Broadway theatre or club. This is sure to be a cult hit like Hedwig." -- Times Square Chronicles

 

STOMPCAT IN LAWNDALE

"I didn't know what was happening but then it was awesome. If I remember to like you guys on FB I will." -- drunk guy in a bar

"Stompcat is the single greatest band to grace my bar. Holy purr." -- an unprompted bartender

 

EVERYTHING AT ONCE

"The performance is backed by a strong trio of singers but its real value lies in writer Mark Sonnenblick’s ’12 lyrics and their undeniable relevance [...the show is] successful exactly because it’s the stuff of our nightmares, and what we know is waiting for us the moment we wake up." -- Yale Daily News