Bess Rowen

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Reviews (6)
The Huffington Post

“The moments that this production chose to highlight from these various works revealed a story that I had not previously considered...A truly smart and performatively engaging work...If you are a fan of experimental theatre, Williams, amazing puppets, and/or plays that deal with mental health in a nuanced way, then this one is for you. And even if you aren’t very familiar with Williams’s work, I still firmly believe that this journey into the darkness of the looking glass is for you.” Full Review

The Iceman Lab
Soho/Tribeca
The Huffington Post

"'In Act III of the 'Iceman Lab' series, five female dancers evoke all of the characters in Harry’s bar. They perform McLaughlin’s choreography beautifully…At this final Act of the 'Iceman Lab,' there are so many fascinating layers that I both want to explore and also protect. In other words, I want to tell you all about the very clever way the piece uses elements such as stage directions, but I don’t want to ruin the surprises in store for those who attend." Full Review

Bianco
Brooklyn
The Huffington Post

"I found myself wearing the smile of pure childhood wonder as the entire cast of 'Bianco' showed off their impressive skills...There is no narrative, but it doesn’t need one. I will say that I felt that the first act had more momentum than the second, but there are awesome moments, literally moments that produce awe, all over 'Bianco'. So put on some comfortable shoes, put your phone away, and bring your sense of wonder." Full Review

A Simple Art
Midtown W
The Huffington Post

"This kind of story is where the Neos’ mastery of theatrical experimentation shines...One of the greatest strengths of the piece is how it manages to incorporate all three performers, and stretch the scope of impact and influence outside of the immediate story. And yet I found myself wanting to know more...All in all, I found 'A Simple Art' to be engaging, creative, and thought-provoking, and I am left feeling like true crime theatre is something I would love to see more often." Full Review

The Iceman Lab
Soho/Tribeca
The Huffington Post

"Though it’s not totally obvious, it absolutely works...An Indie-glam-rock song cycle where each song represents a different character…I found myself really wishing that Sirna-Frest would transform more plays in this fashion…In Act II, the cartoon violence and general detachment of the characters pushes the scene into another genre, but the play is still somewhat recognizable here…The contrast between these two performances is jarring and fascinating." Full Review

The Woodsman
Midtown W
The Huffington Post

"'The Woodsman' is theatre at its most basic and beautifully creative…'The Woodsman's' success isn't simply a result of good source material…Though the actors are all excellent storytellers, and the ensemble work is excellently executed, the stars of this show are three puppets...So go see this piece which has a great deal of heart, even before the Tin Man loses and finds his." Full Review