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"Not for the faint of heart...The writing and direction of this raw play are most arresting in the moments of violence, and in the moments when the unctuous misapplication of Scripture screams hypocrisy...This play reminds us that we must not be allowed to cover over the ugly wounds that still fester from the abuses of slavery and its lingering aftermath...For those who have the courage to confront the ugly realities of the past, this production is worthy of your consideration.” Full Review
“A compelling and masterful drama...The play draws in the audience at a primal level as we see three individuals struggling with the affects of PTSD...Calderon explores themes of hyper-religiosity, betrayal, guilt, denial, rituals, mental health, the trauma of war, and the insidious effects of poverty and racism to weave together a troubling tapestry...The acting...is mesmerizing...They are directed...in a way that gives them free rein to vent their rage, frustration and fear.” Full Review
"The variety of musical styles kept the evening interesting with torch songs, Gershwin-esque ballads, and the wickedly ironic 'My Boy In Blue.' Mr. Bolen's vocal range handled the full spectrum of styles, and he and Mr. Cohen blended seamlessly throughout the show. Woven into the fabric of the songs and the narrative are grim reminders of how precarious life could be for a gay man in NYC in the '60s...Delightful and thought-provoking...Don't miss it." Full Review
"These three actors have created powerful characters. Leonard is fairly two-dimensional, but he is written that way because he is basically a boor...Mr. Maierson raises many issues of sexuality, identity, communication, longing, courting and seduction, and healing. As director, the playwright has these three actors tuned like a string trio that plays several movements in a variety of tempi and keys...This world premiere of this fine play is well worth your attention and reflection." Full Review
“Deeply moving...Playwright Szymkowicz has sensitively drawn each of these characters, and director Scott Ebersold has molded this ensemble into a team that functions with passion and conviction. The overall impact is strong and sobering, getting across a message of anti-bullying without being preachy or polemical.” Full Review
"'Straight' is beautifully written, brilliantly directed by Andy Sandberg, and superbly acted by the trio of Jake Epstein, Jenna Gavigan and Thomas E. Sullivan...My one criticism of this drama is that I would have preferred to see more time with the three characters on stage together...But I quibble, for the overall effect of 'Straight' is stunning in its power and nuance...New Yorkers, there is no excuse of not ordering your tickets to 'Straight'." Full Review
"Cipriano's voice and stage presence are such that with the opening note, I turned to see where the sound was coming from and who might be producing such perfect music. From that moment, I was drawn into this fisherman's net...The story line is remarkably similar to that of 'Mama Mia'...For this staged reading limited production, Director Michael Leeds has assembled a stellar cast...Delightful little gem." Full Review
"This year's three choices for 'Inner Voices' are each extraordinary, both in terms of writing and performing. Taken together, they function as a triptych, each panel telling its own story while echoing themes from the adjoining works of art...Artistic Director Paulette Haupt has woven together the individual voices of three playwriting teams, and has found a way to harmonize them with one another...One of the most moving and satisfying evenings of theater I have experienced this season." Full Review
"A thrilling song cycle...Four gifted women sing the songs...The loose thread that ties together the songs in this cycle are women and their struggles - with men, with body image, with weight, with looks, with relationships, with hope for the future...My only complaint was that the amplification of the piano sometimes drowned out the singers in the intimate space that is Players Theatre." Full Review
"Lillian Meredith keeps the pace brisk, and she elicits acting from this fine troupe that is compelling...Each of these actors creates a character who is true to the spirit of Chekhov - passionate, troubled, and disconnected in some way from others, from the world, and from themselves...This is a production filled with passion and pathos...This adaptation invites us to revisit this familiar work with fresh eyes." Full Review
"A fascinating show that you will not want to miss...This production is the first time that these two Calderon plays have been performed together as a single piece...Talented and energetic ensemble...I left the play intrigued, energized and inspired. I encourage you to make your way to the East Village between now and Sunday to catch one of the final performances of this unique treasure." Full Review
for a previous production "An intriguing new work that examines many facets of terror and loss of freedom. Under the steady directorial hand of Lindsay Eagle, two actors reveal multiple layers of themselves as their time of incarceration together lengthens…Both actors are superb in portraying the terror and boredom of indeterminate incarceration…A provocative and well-conceived play." Full Review