What the critics have to say about. . .


Run; don’t walk to BOX OFFICE of the DAMNED, a musical send-up of all things theatrical. It's pure theatrical Viagra: You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll want to see it twice more!
— Philadelphia Weekly

"Musically inventive songs with bright, witty lyrics...You'll rarely see a musical with a wider range of song styles- or get more of a sense of the songwriter having a good time imitating them." — Philadelphia Inquirer

"The cast and the audience have a grand and wonderful time… clever lyrics describe and distort every possible misadventure of the Box Office Staff and the theater going public."
— Town & Village

"Fun for anyone who has ever purchased a ticket!" — This week in Texas

"BOX OFFICE of the DAMNED is out and out fun. Nary a moment will go by that won't have you smiling if not laughing out loud." — Houston Voice

"BOX OFFICE of the DAMNED is a romp, pure and simple...for theater lovers seeking light-hearted laughs, BOX OFFICE of the DAMNED is just the ticket." — Houston Chronicle

"For those in search of lighthearted fun, BOX OFFICE of the DAMNED has just the ticket." — New York Times


Heard the one about the three prostitutes who go ino the Amsterdam Café? — American Theatre Magazine, November 2003

CAFÉ PUTTANESCA. . .a rollicking evening of laughter and fun. — Talkin’ Broadway.com

"A musical full of fun-loving spirit — in sum, Ogborn has written a valentine to the golden age of European cabaret" — Atlanta Journal Constitution

Great, grown-up fun! And the tunes are terrific...a rowdy showcase of song, dance and down-and dirty comedy. — Kevin Riordan, Courier-Post

It feels as if we’re all there, hanging out in the café for an evening of frivolity—and some poignancy. The combination sneaks up on us—and that’s the remarkable thing about this play. Ogborn’s music is delightful, and audience members leave smiling. — Sally Friedman, The Central Record

"CAFÉ PUTTANESCA" a sweet treat for mature crowds. leave the kids at home along with your more puritanical friends and relatives...a delectable Dutch treat." — Alice Carter, Tribune-Review

...A delicious, lovingly produced diversion. — Mark Cofta, Main Line Times

Café Puttanesca is a fine, full, well written, well staged and all around splendid little musical cabaret. Now Michael Ogborn’s problem is, how will he top this? — Kathryn Osenlund, Curtain Up


"New, powerful, flawlessly executed" — PGN

"A pioneering work by a gifted composer. Every song Mr. Ogborn writes lights another candle in this time of darkness. With bold conviction, he has memorialized the courage of a devastated generation" —Rex Reed

"Michael Ogborn pushed back the limits of art, activism and theater for this grateful admirer. So much rage and so much compassion demand a truly fine mind and heart to convey." — Lorene Cary