As Fagin in Oliver!
“Neal Mayer’s Fagin is the standout performance of this production. He not only makes the despicable Fagin engaging, but he sings with superb enunciation and each note is pitch perfect. Fagin is a nasty piece of business, but Mr. Mayer makes the manipulative criminal a likeable one. He ably fills the shoes of all the previous talented actors who have played Fagin on the West End and Broadway stages.”
“Of the many “Oliver” productions we’ve seen, Neal Mayer’s humanistic portrayal of the underground thief, “Fagin,” is surely one of the best. In this actor’s interpretation, fascinating Fagin, father figure to his gang of starving street orphans, becomes a character that one could both sympathize with and love. It’s worth a trip to Ivoryton for Mayer’s performance alone.”
On CT & NY Theatre
“It is Neal Mayer, as Fagin, who consistently keeps the show above water. His oleaginous Fagin is sly, conniving and yet, beneath it all, quite lovable, and his “Reviewing the Situation” is the high point of the evening.”
Connecticut Critic’s Circle, Geary Danihy
“Neal Mayer's funny and wily Fagin seems completely at one with the world of Dickens and his second act showstopper, "Reviewing the Situation", is performed with great brio.”