Just some of the productions that Sydnie has directed recently.
Chancers by Robert Massey, US Premiere (Max & Louie Productions) Three ordinary people face ruin in the recession, but a teasing, tantalizing option could solve all their problems…a chance in a million, if only they have the guts to take it! A fast and furious comedy about the lengths we will go to when our backs are against the wall.
First Rehearsal – You Tube
“Under the direction of Sydnie Grosberg Ronga, Bush and Reckamp fuel the comedy with a pungent combination of affection and desperation”.
– Judith Newmark • St. Louis Post Dispatch • October 24, 2014
“The show is lively, with plenty of action centered in a single location, and director Sydnie Grosberg Ronga makes good use of the space, ensuring that the audience view works from every seat.”
– Tina Farmer • KDHX • November 5, 2014
The World of Sinatras by Sean O’Connor, US Premiere (Project Rushmore)
Set from 1944 to 1993 in a New Jersey suburb, this play chronicles the life of the Murdoch family as they develop alongside the turmoil of American history. As America undergoes the civil rights movement, Vietnam, the assassination of the Kennedy’s and Martin Luther King Jr., and the take off of pop culture with sex, drugs and rock n’ roll, the Murdoch’s undergo their own brewing instability.
“Costumes, lighting and sound assist the story as it moves through the decades and under the tight direction of Sydnie Grosberg Ronga reaches a cryptic conclusion.”
– Wendy Coyle · NYTheater Now · July 18, 2014
Exquisite Potential by Stephen Kaplan, NY Premiere (Project Rushmore)
All parents think their children are great. Alan Zuckerman just happens to think his son, David, is the Messiah.
Redheads and Bohemians – An original radio play by Sydnie Grosberg Ronga for Gotham Radio Theatre
Sydnie brilliantly weaved together two Sherlock classics: “The Redheaded League” and “A Scandal in Bohemia” to create a mysterious story that’s one part deception, one part humor, with a (large) side of scandal.
– Jessica Tiare Bowen, Used York City
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The Violet Hour (Max & Louie Productions). On April Fools’ Day 1919, aspiring publisher John Pace Seavering faces a serious dilemma. With money enough to publish just one work, he must choose between “a grouping of pages” compiled by his college pal Denis McCleary or the memoirs of his clandestine mistress, famous black songstress Jessie Brewster. Complicating matters further, his assistant Gidger informs him that a mysterious machine delivered to their office is spewing out papers from books published in the future.
Playwright Richard Greenberg’s two-act gem is a masterpiece of cunning and deception. Intriguing and intoxicating, director Sydnie Grosberg Ronga’s interpretation for Max & Louie Productions ensured that Greenberg’s intricately layered musings were available to the audience through the pinpoint performances of her stellar cast and whimsical technical effects. Antonio Rodriguez, Drew Pannebecker, Monica Parks, Betsy Bowman and Jake Ferree were a fascinating delight to observe. You left the show scratching your head and contemplating a return to learn what you might have missed originally.
“A strong ensemble and sharp direction make this a fascinating work that’s well worth your time and attention.”
– Chris Gibson • stlouis.broadwayworld.com • August 30, 2012
“Out of 135 productions reviewed in 2012 that reviewer ranked Max & Louie’s Production #3 out of the Best 10!”
– Mark Bretz • Ladue News • December 21, 2012