Lesser America's world premiere drama explores vulnerability, our limited understanding of Asperger's, and how we strive for human connection, even when it seems impossible. More…
Charlie's been missing, and his roommates have a lot of questions for him. Trapped by a storm on the night of his mysterious return, they each discover how easy it is to miss the mark when it comes to the people you love.
“McMullen is a ninja—sharp, quick, crafting funny incisive dialogue. The possibility of edgy insecurity always lingers. I found myself squirming uncomfortably, laughing and feeling an at-home familiarity all at once...The actors are uniformly excellent....And as the playwright gets closer and closer to the bone, the characters become even more riveting...A finely written play about five human beings...A production of compelling depth and compassion." Full Review
"That’s probably too much to be going on at once — an emotional perfect storm. But Worsham makes sense of it with an energetic production that’s lucid even in scenes of chaos, which she balances with slowed-down moments of intimacy and quietly concentrated monologues...The cast is gorgeous, and Siebers reveals an Anna more compassionate than we might have thought...Worsham deftly ensures that there’s nothing cloying or condescending to the Asperger’s elements." Full Review
"'Agnes' has just the right balance of drama and humor...While the show is a fascinating depiction of relationships, it also reveals a lot about Aspergers Syndrome and how people strive to make connections...This accomplished troupe of actors is ideal together. The portrayal of their characters is real and relatable. You will feel like you are right in an apartment with them as they grapple with issues and desires...A very entertaining show that has significant messaging." Full Review
“This compelling drama about emotional connection is thoroughly engrossing from start to finish...While some of the plot turns might be well suited for a steamy soap opera...McMullen explores the characters’ inner motivations and how desire and the need to love and be loved can go awry. While the production initially is heavy on jokes, it soon becomes focused on heavy conflict as truths are revealed...Each member of ‘Agnes’’ cast meets the challenge of their character's emotional journey.” Full Review
"A compelling play about family, friendship, and connections...The talented playwright, Catya McMullen, adeptly sets up the backstory for her characters, foreshadowing upcoming conflicts...The rapid-fire dialogue is astonishing. The play is full of laugh-out-loud lines...'Agnes' happened to be my first Lesser America experience, but I am certain that even non-young theatergoers will continue to enjoy other equally innovative and moving productions." Full Review
"Profoundly moving...Each character’s past affects the present: what they say and do and how they interact. And all of it is written and acted with unself-conscious naturalism...Under Worsham’s excellent direction, the relationships stay in focus through smooth and rocky; tempers flare, but are never out of control, and the physical staging is artful in itself...McMullen is a playwright to watch, and 'Agnes' is a good place to start." Full Review
"Now here is a play worth seeing! For its writing, for its acting, for its wisdom...Director Jenna Worsham has assembled an extraordinary ensemble of versatile and engaging actors...All the characters in 'Agnes' experience isolation and loneliness at some point. McMullen, however, will not let her characters languish in this existential dilemma for long. Humor abounds to assuage any angst." Full Review
"'Agnes,' as directed with a clear eye on the barometric pressure by a playful Jenna Worsham, rises above the winds and waters...Trapped together against a storm, they all float around bumping and jumping into one another, discovering just how difficult it is to understand the people you love and are connected with...The actors are beautifully focused and on target with the complications presented...You’ll be moved and enlightened." Full Review
"McMullen treats these conflicts with a distinctively off-angle sense of humor, which goes a long way toward winning us over...Each of the play's laugh lines is packed with little truths; McMullen never trivializes a character for an easy gag...The script has its occasional weaknesses...More often, however, the writing has an understated beauty...Jenna Worsham's sure-handed direction, deftly balancing humor and heartbreak, results in a quintet of fine performances." Full Review
"A thoroughly engaging production that shows McMullen to be a writer with a great ear for dialog and the ability to create quirky yet genuinely believable and appealing characters...McMullen, the playwright does an especially fine job of setting things up and letting the chips fall as they may...Director Jenna Worsham has done a fine job in creating a strong ensemble feel to the performances that is well suited to the small theater space." Full Review
"It's not long before the…longings, disappointments, and frustrations of the five swirl together in what…McMullen…hope[s] creates at least a Category 1 drama. While it sometimes pounds, 'Agnes' never gets…past being a theatrical squall…McMullen crafts clever colloquial dialogue and repartee, spoken at breakneck speed, often getting the audience…to laugh. Much of it is reliably vulgar in a world where…'making love' or some other such euphemism is considered okay only if you're in your dotage." Full Review
“’Agnes’ avoids the pitfall of a ‘disease of the week’ drama, but by examining an array of peculiar characters, the drama loses focus. Commendably, the production team and cast include some artists with Asperger’s...The physical scenes are very realistic. The overlapping dialogue doesn’t make the events any clearer but that was the choice of the playwright rather than the director...'Agnes' is informative and has a highly talented cast, though the script needs more work." Full Review
"As McMullen hammers home repeatedly, 'Agnes' is about the difficulty of forming human connections, but, for the most part, she hasn't written characters who should connect, because they're either too solipsistic or paper thin. Occasionally, she'll slip in a tragic detail to encourage the audience to see a character in a better light, but it's usually so overtly manipulative that it ends up undermining the intended effect." Full Review
See it if you like supporting new plays, plays with LGBTQ themes, and non-stereotypical portrayals of people on the autism spectrum
Don't see it if you want an uplifting evening, aren’t interested supporting new works, and don’t want to spend 90 min in cramped seating
See it if You relish emotionally vivid interactions among storm-tossed characters that wrestles with what makes the human condition meaningful.
Don't see it if Being very close to intimate settings and frank sexual situations will bother you.
Also A powerful experience, both exhilarating and exhausting.
See it if Quick writing and strong acting portraying human's difficulty in making connections. Engaging dialogue and tiny theater keeps you engrossed.
Don't see it if All about character development but little plot. Leaves you wishing there was more to it or a better resolution to it all.
Also Try the standby line. Small turnout and a couple tickets available.
See it if If you like a good story, well written and very good direction.if you want to learn about aspergers.
Don't see it if A show that does not slow down at any point. Play drags for 15 minutes half way in. Cursing, straight or gay sex bothers you.
See it if You like young people jargon, spot-on characterizations of people with Asperger's.
Don't see it if You find fickle, vain young people flirting and talking about sex a lot to be excrutiatingly annoying.
See it if The play's pace is very fast and lots happens in its 100 minutes. Funny lines and poignancy, great acting, most happening at zip speed.
Don't see it if You're offended by explicit sexual descriptions or squeamish about bedroom scenes.
See it if You enjoy relationship dramas with great acting and heartfelt emotion in a modern play with appealing characters.
Don't see it if You don’t like profanity and explicit discussions of straight and gay sex, or if you don’t enjoy socially relevant plays.
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