THE TEMPEST

"This Tempest urges us to take note of these diverse bodies and identities onstage, but also asks us to share Miranda’s vision of a world where those differences no longer alienate us.  In the freshest staging moment from James Dean Palmer, Ferdinand leads Miranda in a buoyant dance, wheelchair included, accompanied by a cadre of singing, dancing children.  A vibrant commitment to inclusive casting and deeply conscious of each of these aspects of identity." - Dan Rubins, Theasy.com

ARCADIA

“Under the direction of James Dean Palmer they don’t stumble on their way through explicating Stoppard’s denser ideas. They inhabit their worlds, whether then or now, with plausibility and passion, bringing their characters to vivid, colorful life.  It’s worth it to take a most unusual journey through time and human curiosity. As Hannah says, ‘It’s wanting to know that makes us matter.’” - Kay Kipling, Sarasota Magazine

 

"Director James Dean Palmer successfully keeps Stoppard’s intellectual and emotional plates spinning in the air — with no breakage at all.” " Stoppard is never empty. Beneath his big ideas and sparkling dialogue, there’s profound pain.” - Marty Fugate, Your Observer 

 

"Aided and abetted by a handsome, talented ensemble, Palmer clarifies passages of philosophical, literary, mathematical and scientific theory with glances, gestures and a truly human response that mirrors the questions and confusion on the unseen side of the impenetrable fourth wall.” - Maureen Martin, Herald Tribune

KING JOHN

"An unexpected gem!  The Texas Shakespeare Festival’s “King John” shines brilliantly. Fast-paced with dynamic performances throughout. It’s exploration of the absurd pitfalls of political maneuvering seems to be more resonant every day." - Andy Coughlan, English With A Bit of Texas

JULIUS CAESAR

"Fast-paced production and energetic performances bring a lot of life to a still-compelling story about greed, corruption and political power.  A keen sense of meaning and depth." Jay Handelman, Herald Tribune

A CHRISTMAS CAROL

“Creative genius! Simultaneously traditional and modern and very, very well done. It is like no other version ever created, for all the right reasons." — Susan McDonald, The Providence Journal 

"The mother of reinvention!  We couldn't wait to see what would come next.  Leaves us feeling as exuberant as Scrooge when he wakes up on Christmas Day."  — Kathie Raleigh, The Sun Chronicle 

"Outstanding!  One of Trinity's most unique and intriguing Yuletide offerings to date.  James Dean Palmer provides that steady hand."  — Veronica Bruscini, Broadway World 

"Awash in great good humor, brimming with original and interesting tweaks and turns, enough to make us fall in love with the piece once again. This Carol is a bright theatrical bulb." — Rich Fahey, On Boston Stages 

“Wondrous! One of the best things about the season, especially needed during a tumultuous time in our country. A tradition you won't want to miss!" — Will Demers, Edge Media Network 

"The ultimate salve for any wound, a story of transformation from hate and bitterness to love and charity. A Christmas Carol reminds us, there has always been and will always be, hope." — Grace Kelly, RI Monthly

THESE SEVEN SICKNESSES

"A brilliant production.  Palmer and Scenic Designer Deb O ingeniously recreate the space.  Precise direction.  A theater event this daring and of this caliber comes along only once in a great while and can only be described as extraordinary. To miss this remarkable opportunity would be... well, a real tragedy."   - Christopher Verleger, Edge Media Network

LEAR

“Four Stars!!! Unconventional, provocative, breathtaking. [Lear] will have particular resonance for, oh, everybody!”

 - Kris Vire, Time Out Chicago

“James Palmer’s smart production affords insights into the anguished, paradoxical bond between children and their parents.”

 - Tony Adler, Chicago Reader

“Director James Palmer works with an adept cast to give life and the illusion of direction to these narcissists and moral midgets.”  - Lawrence Bommer, Chicago Theatre Beat 

RUBY WILDER

“Every element of James Palmer's brilliantly staged, terrifying Tympanic Theatre Company production amps up the tension” HIGHLY RECOMMENDED - Jack Helbig, Chicago Reader

“Non-linear storytelling is tricky to pull off, but James D. Palmer’s direction keeps the action moving.  A whirlwind with a chill that will be hard to shake as you exit into the brisk autumn darkness” - Clint May, Chicago Critic

“A gripping tale of revenge is expertly turned on it’s head... one of those rare productions where a fantastic cast and a fantastic script come together.”   - Anuja Vaidya, Chicago Theater Beat 

ELEPHANT’S GRAVEYARD

Four Stars and Show of the Week – Kris Vire, Time Out Chicago

“Director James Palmer fills the Big Top with a-whole-lotta acts orchestrat[ing] carnies, townies and the six- piece band in a relatively small space. The feel has all the death-defying marvel of a real-life circus.” - Katy Walsh, Chicago Theatre Beat

“Director James D. Palmer creates a sepia-toned flashback with rootsy old-time songs from house band The New Switcheroo and a versatile cast that knows how to sing them.” - Lisa Buscani, New City Chicago

“Red Tape never breaks its spell and the pathetic slaughter of a five-ton rogue named Mary won’t be soon forgotten." - Lawrence Bommer, Chicago Stage Style 

CHURCH and PULLMAN, WA

Four Stars and Show of the Week – Kris Vire, Time Out Chicago

“One of the more arresting evenings of theater going on right now.” - Kerry Reid, Chicago Tribune

“Two dazzling one-acts by experimental playwright Young Jean Lee...Like the playlets themselves, James Palmer's immersive staging for Red Tape Theatre is funny, sad, strange and ultimately, unexpectedly uplifting” - Zac Thompson, Chicago Reader

“Challenging, curious, free of artifice and utterly disarming.” 4 Stars! - Kris Vire, Time Out Chicago“The pieces, both smartly directed by James Palmer, are highly immersive affairs” - Chicago Theatre Addict 

 

THE LOVE OF THE NIGHTINGALE

"A futuristic, fully immersive, hyperstylized theatricality... Director James Palmer and his first-rate design team have conjured up a strange steam-punk universe of mannequins and dystopian violence. It's a helluva performance." - Nina Metz, Chicago Tribune

“Palmer’s production is stunning, with images and scenes of immense power and thrilling theatricality. Full credit should go to the cast, an eye-popping 23, who commit fully to a challenging script and complex staging.” - Zev Valancy, CenterStage

“Red Tape’s Love of the Nightingale was refreshing, bizarre, and remarkably resonant. Palmer and his cast explode the story into life, ripping it from its ancient Greek context and filling it with anachronism and theatricality. The dream team of designers Palmer amassed has concocted a marvelous world.” - Barry Eitel, Chicago Theatre Blog 

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