Sakolsky provides gleeful music and sound effects."
Sakolsky's hilarious pastiche score adds a sizable dimension to the production."
"Ira's sonic accompaniment adds a rich
layer to the show."
“Ogden Nash, the 20th Century's acknowledged
master of light verse, wrote this Christmas poem for his oldest grandson
and granddaughter, Nick and Nell. A consummate family man, Nash also had
a tremendous affection for the fest of Christmas. The Christmas That
Almost Wasn't was his own personal favorite and he would have been
thrilled by the imagination, talent and innovation that have brought it
to the public in this Grammy-Nominated CD from Ira Sakolsky, Will Rhys
and the National Theatre of the Deaf!”
"Thanks for the advance listen to the
CD. I've played it three times now--each time moved and amazed by the
women's words, their voices, and the fantastic and creative way that Ira
Sakolsky edited the works. The CD captures the stick-in-the-throat and
heartachingly, moving experience the live show was. Simultaneously, it
gives listeners a sharpened, honed, more cut to the chase experience.
Ira got it just right…”
(Parent’s Choice Approved Award Winner) is the perfect gift for
parents looking for stories to read aloud to their children. The bonus
is the CD, so the child can hear the stories again and again, captivated
by the narrator’s voice.
“I always have a great time working
with you.....you really set up a great environment for creativity....
Great job on the song!!! It really sounds terrific....Your mix is clean
and punchy. You rule, baby!”
“The CD sounds amazing….what
a terrific job you did. People are already enjoying the disks”.
“I hope you know how much I have appreciated
your time, wisdom, EARS! And energy you have demonstrated during this
whole project. My heartfelt thanks to you and the wonderful musicians
you procured for my recent session to record the Hospice CD. It was entirely
a pleasure to do.
“Ain’t much out there that gets
any smoother than ’50s swing. And these four cats do it pretty damn
well. There’s a tight version of Louis Prima’s Oh Marie
and an upbeat take on the theme from The Godfather. The arrangements
are minimal (no overblown ska here) but filling. This disc’s a mere
eight tracks long, but there’s enough old-school, pork-pie-hat-wearing,
snappy-suit-sportin’ guitar-fronted swing to make you snap your
fingers or twirl a dame around the floor until you’re exhausted.”
"Ira - my family and I were thrilled
with the parody song you created for our aunt and uncle's 80th birthday
celebration. It was wonderful to present them with a one-of-a-kind personal
gift that was both sentimental and fun! Your ability to capture the essence
of their lives and then transform it into a masterpiece is remarkable.
Thank you for producing a gift of our hearts from your heart and talent."
“I am the recipient of your latest
cd that you made for my sister, Mary Jordan. I have to tell you what a
quality job you did with Neil Diamond's “Sweet Caroline.”
Also, you captured that big hairdo of mine on the front of the cd. Your
talents have brought many laughs to our “crazy” family. We
all have said that you can't retire for another six years - there are
more to come.”
"Thank you for an outstanding
evening of comedy. The show was perfection. Your routines were superb
- a perfect blend of clever banter and intelligent humor. I think you
all did an amazing job in making the audience feel comfortable right away
and offered ways to participate that were right on the money. We look
forward to working with your talented cast again in the future."
"I have been to four C.O.D. shows and
they have gotten funnier each time. Thank COD for comedy!"
"C.O.D. really drew the audience in
and made me want to volunteer to get up onstage and join the fun. The
show was well written and engaging - plus it was really funny!"
"We had such a wonderful time! Everyone
enjoyed an evening of pure joy, entertainment, and rollicking fun! Thank
you so much for providing relief for the winter blahs and putting smiles
on our faces. Bravo! Bravo!"
“With admirably little sacrifice of
clarity or momentum, three actors of great stamina and flexibility (Ira
Sakolsky, Ms. Scarl and Brian K. Jennings) give oral translations of the
other performers' signing while playing roles themselves (or, in Mr. Sakolsky's
case, providing music and sound effects).”
“Shlomo, who has ‘been infatuated
two or three hundred times'’ but never in love - before Bertha,
that is - is a most likeable character, and he is most likeably played
by Ira Sakolsky. The scenes between Shlomo and Bertha have pulse and charm.
When Shlomo's relationship with Fanny, a seamstress, is ultimately resolved,
it has real feeling.”
“Excellent work last night. I've known
you as a gifted musician. I was unaware of your obvious gifts as an actor.
I was moved and totally engaged. Bravo!”
“Just to let you know if in the future
for here or elsewhere if you ever need cover for THE OLD ACTOR, an incredible
actor and kind fellow by the name of Ira Sakolsky did the role for me
a while back and would deliver very much and MORE….trust me, Ira
is a great name to keep in your casting files for the role!!
“Thank you for the beautiful performance
and work. You are such a gifted artist and we are lucky to have your talent
and heart in our community. Thank you again for making Main Street Theater’s
first production a success!”
"I found the creating work to be the
right tool for my life and Ira Sakolsky to be the finest teacher I ever
"I find myself using techniques from
the creating class daily in my work & my life. Ira is a gifted teacher
“Thank you for being an incredible
director, teacher and friend.”