The Golden Apple (Lyric Stage, 2014)

  • Named one of the Top Ten Theatre Productions of 2014 by The Dallas Morning News
  • Named one of the best theatre productions of 2014 by the Dallas Observer


“…brilliantly, [Hayden] Clifton’s wordless Paris speaks through his sensuous dancing, choreographed by John de los Santos, which proves irresistible. Resistance is futile when it comes to The Golden Apple.”


“The Golden Apple, as performed by Lyric Stage, offers one of the most complicated, entertaining, and satisfying American musical theatre performances I’ve experienced in a long time. The high point of Act One is “Lazy Afternoon”, sung by Helen (who started the Trojan war by eloping with Paris). …when statuesque, comely blonde Danielle Estes explodes into full-on assertive, seduction mode as she croons “Lazy Afternoon” to her intended lover Paris (sometimes stretched out fully prone on the floor), one feels intense heat rolling off their exchange, a heat that in no way indicates woman as submissive sex partner. Choreography by John de los Santos and full engagement in the scene by both Estes and Clifton make this the most pleasurably steamy sex scene I’ve witnessed on stage all year.”


“Choreography by John de los Santos creates beautiful images here, as when Helen croons ‘Lazy Afternoon’ on her back to Paris as he drags her by her outstretched ankle across the stage floor.”


John de los Santos comes up with a bouquet of choreography to fit the widely varied requirements of the divergent scenes.”


John de los Santos ably handles the choreography and musical staging, with terrific work with the Paris dances.”