Thursday, September 13th, 2018BWW Review- Nancy Grossman- "KISS OF THE SPIDER WOMAN: The Power of Love:
"Gamble is also making his Lyric Stage debut and, after a busy summer of being a chorus boy, it is nice to see him stepping front and center in a meaty role. Valentin's dark fierceness stands out in contrast to Molina's airy demeanor, and Gamble conveys his character's anger with taut muscles and clipped speech. When called for, he can deliver a song sweetly, but he displays the necessary intensity for Valentin's anthem of hope and defiance ("The Day After That")."
Thursday, September 13th, 2018Sleepless Critic Review - "‘Kiss of the Spider Woman’ spins a fascinating web"
"Taavon Gamble is also impressive as proud, indignant revolutionary Valentin, a man of few words. His stirring number, The Day After That, offers immense insight into Valentin’s visceral strength. Cavazos and Gamble’s scenes together are riveting, both delivering shrewd and gritty performances."
Tuesday, September 11th, 2018Arts Fuse Review- Kamela Dolinova- “Kiss of the Spider Woman” — Captivity Made Memorable"
"Gamble as Valentin is pure masculine power — honor, machismo, and all the toxicity that comes with it. He carries his darker numbers ably, drawing on his resonant yet sharp-edged baritone. The rough intensity of his voice makes the performer’s tender moments all the more heart-piercing. Gamble’s wiry physicality brings a stomach-churning immediacy to the visceral scenes involving torture and privation. His softening, first in scenes with his absent girlfriend Marta, then toward Molina, is an adroit study in reluctant vulnerability."
Monday, September 10th, 2018Theater Mirror Review- Michele Markarian- "Seductive Spell with “Kiss of the Spider Woman”
"Taavon Gamble, one of the more versatile actors working on the Boston stage today, is superb as Valentin. He allows himself to be affected by Molina and we watch, scene by scene, as his character breaks down the protective layer he’s built around himself."
Monday, September 10th, 2018On Boston Stages Review- Rich Fahey- "UNLIKELY LOVE FLOWERS IN STIRRING ‘SPIDER WOMAN"
"Gamble has been cutting a wide swatch in the Greater Boston theatrical community with fine performances in properties as diverse as “Ragtime," “Dames at Sea" and “Oklahoma!" and here he gets a chance to further demonstrate his range as Valentin, the macho revolutionary.
He later finds the courage to befriend and show compassion a cellmate who could not be any more different.
Valentin’s steely backbone that allows him to resist the torture later also allows him to display his softer side as he also embraces the cinematic fantasies that allow he and Molina to escape the reality of their existence."
"Gamble’s star has been ascending for some time, and you can expect Cavazos and Yuen to also be that much more visible going forward after their star turns.
“Spider Woman" is both a difficult piece to do at all and especially do well, but Lyric has pulled it off gloriously."
Tuesday, September 4th, 2018Theater Mirror Review- Tony Annicone-"KISS OF THE SPIDER WOMAN a Gritty,Liberating Love Story"
The third leading player is the dynamic,Taavon Gamble as the tortured revolutionary" ".. sings the powerful “The Day After That" where those who oppose an oppressive regime soon disappear for good. Taavon’s voice soars in this show stopping number."
Tuesday, September 4th, 2018Boston Globe Review- Don Aucoin- "A wrenching escape into fantasy"
"anchored by a trio as accomplished and committed as Eddy Cavazos, Taavon Gamble, and Lisa Yuen." "Gamble brings both intensity and sensitivity to his portrayal of Valentin, deftly conveying the sense of a man slowly discovering new depths in himself."
Monday, September 3rd, 2018Boxing Over Broadway Review - Bobby Franklin- "Kiss Of The Spider Woman Spins An Interesting Web
"Mr. Gamble has done a marvelous job in bringing so many conflicting emotions to the stage in a way that we can understand them and share in his growing affection for Molina."
Tuesday, June 12th, 2018On Boston Stages Review- Rich Fahey- " REAGLE’S ‘CHORUS LINE’ FAITHFUL TO CREATORS’ VISION"
"The Reagle production benefits from the multi-talented Taavon Gamble as Richie, the cocky, athletic African-American dancer.
Again, not every dancer n the Reagle’s production is as accomplished as Gemelli, Gamble and McKinney. "
Sunday, June 10th, 2018BWW Review- Nancy Grossman- "A CHORUS LINE High Kicks Reagle Music Theatre's 50th Season"
"One of the familiar faces is Taavon Gamble, whose Richie, the former basketball star, is electrifying."
Sunday, June 10th, 2018Theater Mirror Review- Tony Annicone- "Reagle’s A CHORUS LINE is a Singular Sensation"
"Two other cast members doing a good job are Taavon Gamble as Richie, the basketball player who wants to be a kindergarten teacher who does a great jive dance and solo part in “Hello 12" "
Saturday, June 9th, 2018Boston Arts Review - Beverly Creasey- "Hello Again CHORUS LINE"
"Best of all in Reagle’s production is Taavon Gamble as Richie He sure can “do that." He’s delightful. He’s funny. He can sing and oh, can he dance!"
Tuesday, May 1st, 2018Theater Mirror Review- Tony Annicone- "Trinity’s “Ragtime” a Breathtaking Musical Extravaganza\"
\"Taavon Gamble is a tower of strength as Booker T. Washington who tries to guide Coalhouse’s journey back to redemption. His powerful voice sells his songs and his lines as this important historical figure.\"
Tuesday, May 1st, 2018BWW Review- Veronica Bruscini- "Trinity Rep's Season Closes with Resounding RAGTIME"
"..while Taavon Gamble brings great dignity and gentle strength to his portrayal of Booker T. Washington."
Sunday, September 17th, 2017BWW Review- Nancy Grossman- "Dames At Sea Bon Vogage!"
"Gamble is a charming and smooth leading man, guilelessly juggling the two women who take turns at his side. His voice is sweet and rich, beautiful on its own or in harmony with Aardema, and he taps like the best of the dancers in those 30s musicals."
Wednesday, September 13th, 2017Stage Whispers Review- Gail Lowe- "Dames At Sea"
"Add to the mix Taavon Gamble as Dick, hoofer extraordinaire; Dance Captain Gamble is a master of the art of tap and, though dance was not required in his recent role in “Jonah and the Whale," also staged in Stoneham, he excelled in both productions."
Saturday, September 9th, 2017Theater Mirror Review- Tony Annicone- "Dames At Sea"
"Ruby’s love interest, Dick is wonderfully played by Taavon Gamble. Dick is not only a sailor but an aspiring song writer. His duet with Ephie is splendid and he dazzles the audience in “Broadway Baby" which is not the Sondheim song from “Follies" but was written four years before it. Their other duet is “There’s Something About You" which is greeted with thunderous applause. Taavon also does a super job with Michael in “Dames at Sea" which opens the second act on a high note."
Monday, July 10th, 2017The White Rhino Report- Al Chase- REVIEW: "Captain Andy's Cotton Blossom "Show Boat" Ties Up.."
"another level of artistry when he was joined by the trio of stevedores, Kelton Washington, Taavon Gamble, and Davron S. Monroe. The contrast between Joe's deep bass notes and the trio's more lilting harmonies gave me chills. It was the highlight of the show for me."
Sunday, June 18th, 2017BOSTON ARTS REVIEW - Beverly Creasey- REVIEW: "JOYOUS JOSEPH"
"Her clever tango enlivens “Those Canaan Days" and a charismatic Taavon Gamble makes short work of the calypso caper."
Sunday, June 11th, 2017REVIEW: Reagle Music Theatre of Greater Boston’s lighter ‘Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dre
"Another excellent number that depicts the brothers’ united front was delivered by Taavon Gamble as Naphtali, a catchy, amusing song called Benjamin Calypso."
Thursday, June 1st, 2017THEATER MIRROR- Tony Annicone- REVIEW: Reagle’s “JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT”
"The standout solos include the country western song “One More Angel" sung slowly and sadly to Jacob and then with wild abandon by Bernie Baldassaro in his lilting tenor voice, the Benjamin Calypso is sung by Taavon Gamble another powerful tenor, and another voice that soars off the charts is Jacob Sherburne who sings the French type song, “Those Canaan Days."
Tuesday, May 2nd, 2017MOTIF MAGAZINE- REVIEW: "OSTC’S VICTOR/VICTORIA IS TOPSY-TURVY FUN"
"two dancers also surprise with some impressive vocal numbers. First, dance captain Taavon Gamble sizzles in “Le Jazz Hot," displaying some pretty good chops to go along with some pretty smooth moves."
Tuesday, March 7th, 2017WINTHROP SUN- SHEILA BARTH- REVIEW: "‘Jonah and The Whale,’ A modern musical take on an ancient"
"Gamble and Sarah Elizabeth Pothier emanate loving chemistry. Their joy of being together, and learning they’re about to become parents, is touching."
"Gamble unleashes his powerful voice in solo, “"Lord, Am I Dying"" and finale number, “Prayer"."
Friday, March 3rd, 2017BOSTON AND BEYOND- SUSAN MULFORD- REVIEW: Jonah and the Whale
" Jonah, brilliantly performed by the multi talented Taavon Gamble, is a happily married plumber with a loving wife, Susan, played by Sarah Elizabeth Pothier."
" if you are looking for good, soulful entertainment with a symbolic vent, then this original bluegrass/folk musical featuring a cast of some of Boston's finest and favorite performers should be experienced."
Thursday, March 2nd, 2017STAGE WHISPERS- GAIL LOWE - REVIEW: "JONAH AND THE WHALE"
"During the opening performance on Saturday, Feb. 25, memorable performances were turned in by Gamble (his debut at Stoneham Theatre)"
"The story explores faith, loss, and survival against unbeatable odds as Taavon Gamble portrays Jonah as a man who can fix anything, from a stuck window to a clogged drain, but when it comes to fixing his own life, he is at a loss until he repents and turns his life over to God."
Thursday, March 2nd, 2017WICKED LOCAL- LISA SULLIVAN BALLEW- REVIEW: A whole of a tale: 'Jonah' delights at Stoneham
"I cannot recall a more enjoyable and immersive 90 minutes than the ones my husband and I spent in the quaint, coziness of the Stoneham Theatre last weekend, watching a matinee performance of "Jonah and the Whale"
"The singular production brought several fresh faces to the Stoneham Theatre stage. Taavon Gamble, in the title role of Jonah, made his Stoneham Theatre debut performing admirably as the troubled young man finding his way in the world after tragedy strikes."
Tuesday, February 28th, 2017THE THEATER MIRROR- Michael Hoban- REVIEW: Rousing Folk Rock in Stoneham’s ‘Jonah’ as Real as It
"The cast, from Jonah (Taavon Gamble) to the Sea Captain (Kathy St. George) especially when she’s rocking the river boat chanty and storm number (“Bully Boys" and “Comes the Storm"), and everyone in between, sing like anything."
"this debut musical is perhaps real as they come: posing both timeless, thorny questions that it won’t give pat answers to, and doing it with the verve, and entertainment value that is foundational to any full-lived life. Jonah can’t fix life. But maybe he can live it."
Tuesday, February 28th, 2017ON BOSTON STAGES- Rich Fahey- REVIEW: MUSICAL FABLE ‘JONAH’ BOTH ENTERTAINS AND UPLIFTS
“Jonah" benefits from glorious voices in the lead roles: Gamble – part of a wonderful cast in the recent “The Scottsboro Boys" at Speakeasy Stage — as Jonah and Pothier as Susan."
"There’s no falling chandeliers, cats in costume or flying witches. But musicals come in all shapes, sizes and styles, and the Stoneham Theatre’s production of “Jonah and the Whale" is a gentle musical fable, winningly performed by both cast and musicians."
Monday, February 27th, 2017ONSTAGEBLOG- Angelica Potter - Review: 'Jonah and the Whale' at Stoneham Theatre
"The final two songs, “Lord, Am I Dying?" and “Prayer" were genuinely and powerfully sung by Taavon Gamble. As Jonah realizes the error of his ways, he asks “Lord, give me time" and knows he must return home. His performance really touched the audience. The prayer for more time is universally common: more time to make things right and more time to spend with family. The final minutes of this musical left many in the audience teary-eyed and in search of tissues."
Thursday, December 22nd, 2016THEATERMANIA- "12 Standout Shows of 2016 From Across America"
The Scottsboro Boys — SpeakEasy Stage Company
The Scottsboro Boys is an effective and affecting piece of theater that is not only to the credit of creators, Kander, Ebb, and Thompson, but to Paul Daigneault's sharp-edged direction, Robbins' multistyled choreography, Matthew Stern's music direction, and the splendid cast as well. All of their forces combined result in a truthful and brave production of a show that feels like anything but a timepiece."
Sunday, July 17th, 2016NEW HAVEN REVIEW- DONALD BROWN- REVIEW: "That Toddling Town" CHICAGO
"Among the ensemble men, my eye most often followed Taavon Gamble, who also plays the Judge, and Danny McHugh, who also plays Sergeant Fogarty, and does a nice bit of soft-shoe early in the show."
Thursday, July 2nd, 2015THE JOURNAL TRIBUNE- REVIEW: BY: Morton Gold \"The Addams Family’ delivers fun and entertain
"The direction and choreography by Taavon Gamble was imaginative and professional. This show and its production would be a hit in any theater. To Ms. Grant, the executive producer at Arundel, I would state that you’ve hit a grand slam home run with this show."
"If one wants an entertaining theater experience, I’d catch this show before it closes on July 11."
Thursday, October 2nd, 2014SOUTH COUNTY INDEPENDENT- BY: Liz Boardman- REVIEW: A loverly 'My Fair Lady'
"A shout out to ensemble member and dance captain Taavon Gamble, an Ocean State Theatre regular, who makes the most intricate choreography look effortless and has a winning stage presence. I hope they eventually produce a show that moves him into a more prominent role."
Tuesday, July 1st, 2014SEACOAST ONLINE- BY: Laura Dolce- REVIEW: "Barn's “A Chorus Line” a singular sensation"
"Gamble and Producing Artistic Director Adrienne Grant have a hit on their hands with the show, playing through July 12 at the playhouse.
In fact, “A Chorus Line" just may be the best show I've ever seen at Arundel Barn Playhouse, and the cast the most varied and talented.
Wednesday, August 7th, 2013BROADWAYWORLD- BY: Scott Moreau- REVIEW:"You 'Can't Help Falling In Love' with ALL SHOOK UP at T
"It's clear from the very start of the show that director/choreographer Taavon Gamble understands this show, this era, and what the show requires. His choreography is inspired by popular dance moves of the 50's, but he makes these now well-known dances fresh and new with his own twist. More than that, you never feel he has given the performers anything that is over their heads; he has catered to their abilities and strengths which results in their dance breaks looking clean and concise, and proves that he is a choreographer who understands that dance is a collaborative art. Particularly strong is his choreography for Phylicia Freeman as Lorraine in "That's All Right". He showcases her strong technique and ability to a tee. His direction is simple, yet never predictable, and it is clear that he pushed these performers to find the realism in these character's lives; when it may have been an easy choice to portray one-sided characters or caricatures of people. He may be new to The Arundel Barn Playhouse, but after this strong showing, I have no doubt they will want him to return again and again."
"After having seen the rest of Arundel's strong offerings this summer, I would have to say this is by far their best production of the summer.
Wednesday, July 3rd, 2013THE JOURNAL TRIBUNE- REVIEW: "‘Chorus Line’ at Arundel is a sensation indeed"
The award-winning show “A Chorus Line" is now showing at the Arundel Barn Playhouse, featuring a talented cast of singers and dancers. This performance of “A Chorus Line" is exemplary and is well worth seeing."
"While there are many fine solo performances, this is essentially an ensemble cast whose members must be able to sing as well as they dance. In this production, kudos must be heaped on Taavon Gamble in his twin roles as director and choreographer."
Thursday, May 9th, 2013LOHUD- BY: Kathryn Kitt- REVIEW: "Rock musical 'Hair' brings the '60s to White Plains"
"Staging and choreography by Taavon Gamble were fluid, especially in the “Be In (Hare Krishna)" group number, capturing the texture of the time period effectively"
“Hair" builds to the richly moving and effective finale “Let the Sun Shine In."
"All in all, “Hair" at the White Plains Performing Arts Center is a captivating way to revisit the ’60s and reflect upon seminal Broadway rock songs."
Thursday, February 21st, 2013SCARSDALE INQUIRER- BY: Debra Banerjee- REVIEW: " Musical 'The Color Purple' lights up the WPPAC
"A spirited cast of singers and dancers... make this production, directed by WPPAC artistic director Jeremy Quinn, one to see."
"The dance numbers, choreographed by Taavon Gamble, are exuberant."
Wednesday, February 20th, 2013LOHUD- BY: John P. McCarthy- REVIEW "WPPAC's 'Color Purple' delves into weighty story"
"Provocative and uplifting, the production exemplifies how the joy of creativity can triumph over cruelty and hardship."
"Taavon Gamble’s choreography has ample energy"
Friday, November 2nd, 2012DAILY HERALD- BY: Christian Petroske - REVIEW: ‘Kiss of the Spider Woman’ dazzles audience
"With huge dance numbers to match its soul-stirring message, it may turn out to be everything you could want in a musical."
"The dance numbers in this production are truly huge — at one point, Aurora enters in a “bird of paradise" costume that is ten feet wide and covered in sequins — but so are its themes. Human rights, cruel and unusual punishment and exploitation are all interrogated in this deeply probing show."
"...choreographed by Taavon Gamble, whose choreography is “vibrant, fast, and so much fun to watch,"
Saturday, April 28th, 2012TAMPA BAY TIMES- BY: Barbara L Fredrickson- REVIEW: Musical leaps into the art of amazing
"Even so, there are moments that are pure magic, the most memorable when Ms. DelBeato sings a torchy Blues in the Night, as dancers Lacey Vazquez, Taavon Gamble and Maiza Ornelaz dance a torrid and heartbreaking vignette to the words."
Sunday, March 4th, 2012TAMPA BAY TIMES- BY: Barbara L Fredricksen- REVIEW: Musical revue 'Jackpot!' a rousing good
"Although all the dancers are terrific, don't be surprised if you can't take your eyes off Taavon Gamble, who, like Cassie in A Chorus Line, is a total eye magnet, with lithe moves and a relaxed style that makes you think, "Cheezum, I want to get up there and dance with that guy."
Monday, August 1st, 2011SOUTH COAST TODAY- BY: David B. Boyce - Review: ‘A Chorus Line’ raises the bar
"Taavon Gamble as the fireball Richie ups the energy ante and explodes before our very eyes. He’s a treat."
Thursday, June 2nd, 2011THE BALTIMORE SUN- BY: MARY JOHNSON - REVIEW 'Chicago' production gets it right at Annapolis
"Annapolis Summer Garden's season opener, "Chicago," gets just about everything so right that it would please the ghost of choreographer Bob Fosse, to whose memory debuting director and choreographer Taavon Gamble dedicates this production."
"The production's success is largely attributable to Gamble's smart sense of style, evident in the stark black background set and simple black costumes that enhance his dynamic choreography. Also evident in every scene is the meticulous care Gamble gives all aspects of this Kander and Ebb musical that reveals the corruption of 1920s Chicago's criminal justice system through its heroines, who are based on actual women reported on in Chicago newspapers."
"As predicted here two weeks ago, "Chicago" may be the strongest Summer Garden opener in a decade and should not be missed."