Theatre & Opera
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PRESS
Catfish Moon
"The result is an audience pleasing comical/musical romp in a Music Hall in jolly old England.
The humor, music, dance, and audience involvement are accomplished in a most delightful way."
"Deftly manipulating his kinetic tableau, guest director Frank Kuhn nets a fish tale large enough to hold
boyhood nostalgia, grown men's frailties and womanly candor, while he scrupulously avoids the
temptation to be maudlin with syrupy, bless-your-heart moments. . . What we do get is a sensitive story
with a sharp, defensive spine, about how three middle-aged guys, friends since childhood, find a way to
reconnect and each learn in his own way to love, to forgive, and to find the meaning of life at the end
of a fishing pier."
The Mystery of Edwin Drood
Nomination, Best Director of a Musical, 2008
- Pagosa Springs Daily News
- Denver Post Ovation Awards
- Greenville News, South Carolina
Sweeney Todd
"Best Director, 2006"
-Asheville Citizen-Times, North Carolina
Rigoletto
"… an all-around superb production of the opera. . .Kuhn's work seemed outstanding throughout. . .
Kuhn's direction of some of these scenes may be what keeps them bearable and believable."
Best Opera, 2002
- Sacramento Bee
Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune
"Funny, frank and involving. Under Francis X. Kuhn's fluent direction, Frankie and Johnny act out an
edgy mating dance."
- Newark Star-Ledger
A Christmas Carol
"The production…has been propelled from the expected to the extraordinary…attending to
not just the festivities of an obligatory seasonal entertainment, but to Dickens's fierce concern
about 'the innumerable poor."
- New York Times
"This year's two major improvements are livelier direction by Francis X. Kuhn and a superlative
performance by Jeff Weis as Scrooge. The pace is practically breathless, and the large cast functions
flawlessly together."
- Trenton Times
The Daughter of the Regiment
"With the singing lesson that begins Act II the performance took off and maintained its elan to the
end."

- Opera News
"Under the direction of Francis X. Kuhn. . .the show is a consistent crowd-pleaser from start to
finish…Director Kuhn must take a good deal of credit for the production's success, with his simple
expressive staging…Kuhn also shows himself a master of the stage picture--his opening tableux for
each of the two acts are simply breath-taking."
- Wilmington News Journal
K2
"Francis Kuhn directed…with sensitivity, with feeling, but with a stark sense of drama every
step of the way. There are no parts to 'K2'…there is only the play--the entity, 'K2'."
- WNRK, Newark, Delaware

Cinderella (Rossini)
"The actual star of this 'Cinderella' is Francis X. Kuhn… This director has energy and
imagination to spare. His staging snapped, crackled and popped, and still had elegance… Kuhn
shows a marvelous sensitivity to the interaction of music, words and movement…By all means
see it--this production is the best opera mounted in New Jersey so far this year."
- Newark Star-Ledger
"Kuhn doesn't merely bring the story to life, he gives physical dimension to the music."
- Bergen County Record, New Jersey

The Woolgatherer
"Francis X. Kuhn's direction should also be lauded for his dead-on grasp of the characters and their
motives. His feel for how people relate to one another was clear."
- Ocean City Sentinel-Ledger, New Jersey

A Lesson From Aloes
"The current production…does more than illustrate the lesson. It hits like a punch in the gut. It
fulfills the role of a good conscience and good theatre."
- Atlantic City Press, New Jersey
Lone Star/Laundry and Bourbon:
"Kuhn's style is authoritative, witty and sharp, with each moment milked for its maximum comic
effect, and all of the mood changes subtle and forceful. If ArtVentures can get services like his on a
regular basis, they will be a theatrical force to be reckoned with in Dallas…Catch this shining Lone
Star."
- Dallas Times Herald, Texas
"Wickedly funny in parts, the play is a window into the fragility of power. . . . the audience is
sold on the historic evening's sometimes sinister possibilities. . . . Take me off the shelf and
mark me sold."
Nixon's Nixon
- Clarion Ledger, Jackson, MS
"I have seen the works of Tennessee Williams slaughtered by the best. Director Francis Kuhn
has achieved something I have long thought impossible--he has put together a production of
'Streetcar' that was more than just entertaining. Kuhn's 'Streetcar' was exciting, from curtain to
curtain call… I would recommend boarding USM's "'Streetcar Named Desire' and riding it to the
end of the line…and back again."
- The Advertiser News, Hattiesburg, MS
A Streetcar Named Desire
"Brought tears to my eyes. Singing and acting came together with force. Francis X. Kuhn…turns the
unconventional space of the meetinghouse to his advantage and gives these scenes a dramatic
presence…'Harriet, The Woman Called Moses' succeeds in bringing the audience a moving experience
that crosses racial boundaries."
Harriet, The Woman Called Moses
- Wilmington News-Journal, Wilmington, DE
"One of the finest operatic offerings ever presented in this city…a visual and aural event to remember.
Bravo!"
Lucia di Lammermoor
- Richmond Times-Dispatch, Richmond, VA

Frank Kuhn
The Drunkard
"An engaging revival . . . makes a good case for the piece's being more than a quaint theatrical curio
. . . the narrative is punctuated throughout with songs, dances and even a couple of barroom brawls,
which keep things lively"
- Denver Post Ovation Awards
The Lonesome West
"The physical encounters are most terrifying, illustrating the exaggerated hyper-masculinity found in
this superstitious and sentimental society. . . Brilliant direction by Frank Kuhn and exceptionally intense
acting by this capable cast make for an overwhelming audience experience and must-see theater."
- New York Times
"Under the deft direction of Francis X. Kuhn, The Drunkard comes to life vividly and entertainingly
in this production. Kuhn doesn't shy from the piece's presentational style, and in fact elaborates on it
with the addition of several temperance songs interspersed throughout the proceedings . . . I heartily
recommend
The Drunkard for its insight into the evolution of our national character and its
odds-defying playworthiness in 2010."
- NYTheatre.com
"Kuhn has obtained performances that are more nuanced than one would epect . . . a vigorous
production that holds the attention until the play's inevitable happy ending."
- TheatreScene.net, New York
Orlando (Handel)
"The key to a success with 'Orlando' happens upon singers injecting their characters with the right
dose of humanizing emotion. This was a hallmark of this Francis Kuhn production."
- Sacramento Bee
Godspell
"Fropm the brilliantly-staged opening number, 'Prologue: Tower of Babble,' to the well-known
'Day by Day,' 'Godspell' was inspired, thought-provoking and uplifting."
(Best Professional Musical)
-The Press, Lehigh Valley