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  • Robert LeBlanc:
    8 Jun. 2021
    I had the privilege of seeing this twice as a part of Theater Unmasked performances and love it. It is a natural progression of the inspiration with brilliant moments and some real candy for the actors to bite into. It’s a wonderful mix of comedic beats with earnest delivery of clarity. This is a great show to perform live.
  • Matthew Weaver:
    22 May. 2021
    I had the pleasure of watching this play as Theatre Unmasked's first full-length Zoom performance.
    Hayet's script takes a look that's both compassionate and hilarious at the fates of the original golden ticket holders of Wonka's chocolate factory. Every continuation Hayet imagines here makes absolute perfect sense as a logical continuation of the original tale, and yet is wholly original itself. A delightful showcase that allows each individual cast member their moment to shine, it would be a success whether on stage or on Zoom.
    Just as Roald Dahl envisioned, Hayet brings a lot of humanity to the fantastic.
  • Harper Lee:
    11 Mar. 2021
    Eat bitter, taste sweet. Absolutely brilliant. I loved being re-introduced to these characters as fully fleshed-out human beings, and not just as mere warnings or caricatures for badly behaved young children. This a play for folks who still believe in and long to see magic, even if their childhood has long since ended. Hilarious and heartfelt.
  • Hayley St. James:
    29 Jan. 2021
    “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” was my favorite film as a child, so this play was tailor-made for my enjoyment. I wish I could come up with a sequel to a childhood favorite as deliciously funny, wise, and perfectly executed as “Everlasting Chocolate Therapy.”
  • Lisa Dellagiarino Feriend:
    28 Jan. 2021
    I love this play. We catch up with the kids from "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" fifteen years later and see how the experience has shaped and changed them. The characters are fantastic, the dialogue is sharp, and the jokes are perfect. I didn't want it to end. I especially loved that each character got a moment of poignant reflection, even in the midst of the hilarity. You feel for all of them, even as you're laughing.
  • Enid Cokinos:
    26 Jan. 2021
    “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” was one of my favorite movies! Steven Hayet has put an amusing spin on what happened 15 years after Mr. Wonka took Charlie under his wing. A pretty sweet gig for Chuck (who has taken on Willy’s mannerisms and flipping words around), not so great for Bo, who is still blue. I love Bo’s line, “Who’s going to have a crush on a blueberry?” The play leaves the audience wondering (and hoping?) that Chuck can work some magic and return Bo to her former self. A fun short play!
  • Sam Sommer:
    2 Jun. 2020
    An amazingly funny play with a concept other playwrights (myself included) should be kicking themselves for not coming up with earlier. What seems like a simple story is actually very meticulously crafted with certain beats and tones to make any audience member feel like they were their former child self when they first read the source material. Hilarious, lovable, and moving in so many ways!
  • John Bavoso:
    14 Mar. 2020
    This is exactly the kind of escapist silliness I needed today! Hayet constructs an A Doll’s, Part 2-esque premise and then delivers on it with hilarious dialogue and references to other properties. It’s so much fun to revisit these characters 15 years later and see how their experiences have changed them. If you’re craving a bit of levity these days, read (and produce) this winningly whimsical play!
  • Jordan Elizabeth Henry:
    3 Mar. 2020
    Oh my god, this play. I love it. So imaginative, laugh out loud funny, and sweet. A truly inspired idea: the kids from the chocolate factory fifteen years later, with all their neuroses and biases and attempts at forgetting their childhood traumas. It's hilarious, but it has so much heart at its center. It's truly a play about accepting change and embracing your identity. I would so dearly love to see a production of EVERLASTING CHOCOLATE THERAPY.
  • Doug DeVita:
    8 Feb. 2020
    This play, a sequel of sorts, is an everlasting gobstopper of purely imaginative fun. Endlessly hilarious, there's a vein of bittersweet nostalgia running through it which makes its spoonful of medicine go down easily without ever becoming overly saccharine. Wonderful, absolutely wonderful.

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