New York Times, “Splendid”

Village Voice, “Exquisite”

Philadelphia Inquirer, “Engrossing”

Edinburgh Festivals Magazine, “Dazzling”

St. Louis Post-Dispatch,“Bold”

Edinburgh Spotlight,“Tantalizing.”

Oslo Aftenposten, “Brilliant”

Arkansas Gazette, “Athletic”

Shanghai Daily, “Multi-racial”

Arbeiderbladet, “Exciting”

Ulster County Townsman, “Sublime”

Backstage, “Beautiful”


“Firing Up the ‘Nutcracker’” New York Times

“dances to a local theme.” Shanghai Daily

“Crossing national and cultural boundaries.”

                                         BeijingTelelvsion Weekly


Michael Mao’s Firecracker

                        to blaze the nights of Beijing.”

                                         China Daily

“Already a hit before the premiere.”

                                         World Journal 世界日報

‘Firecracker' – Jews in Shanghai?”

                                          Village Voice

“Mao has achieved what many artists in Shanghai are searching for: a style which can best be described as cosmopolitan,a style which, while personal, speaks to both Eastern and Western sensibilities.”                             Wen Wei Bao