Karren Alenier, aka The Dresser, Scene4 Magazine

The Act, January 14, 2011

[I] saw [UrbanArias’] production of seven pocket operas presented in just over one hour of performance time and walked out of the Arlington, Virginia, Artisphere giddy with delight. To the Dresser’s ear, the most interesting music came from Lori Laitman (The Act) and Jake Heggie (Again). Laitman’s music takes more risks with tonality…Standing head and shoulders above the set of short works both for its music and text, The Act, which concerns a knife-throwing act by a husband and wife, offers lines like “love is made of danger not romance.” Meghan McCall in her sensuous feathered headdress and violet gloves was fascinating to watch and hear.