Reviews: What Do Critics Think of Off-Broadway's Islander? | Playbill

The Verdict Reviews: What Do Critics Think of Off-Broadway's Islander?

The production reopened Playhouse 46 at St. Luke's April 21.

Bethany Tennick and Kirsty Findlay in Islander

The U.S. premiere of the new musical Islander officially opened Off-Broadway April 21 at Playhouse 46 at St. Luke's, becoming the first production to play the newly renovated venue. 

Islander tells the story of a girl who dreams of a life past the shores of her little island and goes on a new journey when a mysterious stranger washes up with the tide as she stares out at sea. The Scottish folk-inspired score features looping technology for a sound mix created live during the performance.

Read the reviews below.

The Daily Beast (Tim Teeman)

The New York Times (Alexis Soloski)

Theatrely (Joey Sims)

Playbill will continue to update this list as reviews come in.

Transferring to the U.S. following a 2019 Best New Musical–winning debut at Edinburgh Fringe, the production stars the work's original cast, Olivier Award nominee Kirsty Findlay and Bethany Tennick.

Conceived and directed by Amy Draper, Islander features a book by Stewart Melton, music and lyrics by Finn Anderson, lighting design by Simon Wilkinson, costume design by Hahnji Jang, and sound design by Sam Kusnetz. Molly Morris, Helen Milne, Martin Platt for Pemberley Perry / PW Productions, and James Simon serve as producers.

Playhouse 46 at St. Luke's is the freshly renovated iteration of St. Luke's Theatre. The venue was operated by Edmund Gaynes and West End Artists Company from 2006-2020, when the agreement ended due to the pandemic.

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