See it if you want a thought-provoking, if somewhat dated, early Marsha Norman play exploring the struggle of a woman coping with life after prison.
Don't see it if you are not prepared for a serious but slight (and, at times, slow-moving) drama that deals with some uncomfortable issues.
See it if you want to solve some of the problems of the world. This play makes one say What can we do to improve our prison system, Better than orig.
Don't see it if you want to leave the theater happy. The Seeing Eye Company tackles a problem and we are left to solve it
"The cast gives impassioned performances and Cronican is especially poignant as the determined, conflicted Arlene...While every corner of the theater is well utilized, the pacing tends to lag and lighter moments of humor are lost in the process. That said, the weight and menace of the story remains very much palpable…'Getting Out' is a deeply relevant story that calls attention to the fight of victimized women, a mission that enormously warrants this earnest revival."
"Ultimately the play, like life, offers no simple answers—but it conveys, with heartrending honesty and compassion, the struggle of someone fighting for her life against incredible odds. As usual, the direction by Erin Cronican and all of the performances was outstanding...Both Erin Cronican who plays Arlene and Candice Oden who plays Arlie touched my heart."
“A richly layered production...Erin Cronican both directs and stars as Arlene, so tightly wound and passive...The cast as a whole is very good, with standouts being Ms. Brandberg as Arlene’s mother, showing us both her bitterness and her grudging effort to be supportive; and Mr. Carrieri as Carl, embodying both threat and sexual allure...Neither the playwright nor this production offers easy solutions.”
"Many of the issues with ‘Getting Out’ lie in the somewhat weak material. Though the play is peppered with some satisfying dramatic moments and a compelling premise, some important holes in the prison narrative give the audience few opportunities for to truly sympathize with the present, rehabilitated Arlene…The show is also stocked with some wonderful supporting turns from a veteran cast…Though the pacing of the play overall is quite good, the overall feel of the piece is one of anti-climax."