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“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.” Full Review
"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." Full Review
"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." Full Review
"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." Full Review
See it if You want to explore built-in obstacles of someone released from prison trying to find her way to a better life.
Don't see it if You are tired of stories illustrating life struggles, with the past constantly trying to draw you back in.
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
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 like straight plays that are very cerebral. It's very long and sometimes slow. It's an interesting story, that's relevant to the times.
Don't see it if You prefer less dialogue or don't enjoy long, thought provoking subject matter. It isn't recommended for children.
See it if Like to see work by a new theatre company...
Don't see it if You want high stakes theatre, that has a clear message and is enhanced with great acting. I found myself wanting more choices made.
See it if You want to acquaint yourself with a terrific company dedicated to meaningful work. Who else provides questions to spur conversation after?
Don't see it if You're looking for a fun time. This is serious work, and there is much to be gleaned from it.
See it if Thoughtful important work by an ambitious,socially responsible company interests. A flawed play in a difficult space realized by a fine cast
Don't see it if Serious drama or intent, or stage-neglected women's issues & concerns led, acted & directed by very strong, terrific female actors bore you.
See it if You're looking for something different & thought provoking with a story that resonates and is still relevant today. Character driven.
Don't see it if Staging was a bit odd&cluttered. The acting was so-so (I did love the actor who played The Mother)Was a bit hard to follow in the beginning
See it if TW: Scene of near-rape. You enjoy thought-provoking, intelligent and touching content.
Don't see it if TW: Scene of near-rape. You are disappointed by an imbalanced cast - some great performances, but also some plodding leads.
See it if you know that it is written by Marsha Norman,Pulitzer Prize winner for 'Night Mother;do not care about liking any of the characters
Don't see it if You know someone in prison or just released; expect great staging and dialogue; dislike abuse of women;hate unrequited despair
See it if you are really interested in the struggles of people coming out of prison and relationship drama
Don't see it if you really need a strong narrative arc in addition to an interesting premise, this is an important issue and idea, but doesn't go anywhere
See it if you want to support small, independent theatre and you don't mind confusing story-telling
Don't see it if you want to see a play that deals with relevant themes and an arc that can be followed
See it if You know someone in the play. The acting wasn't bad, and the actors have talent. But the play is boring and long and has no accessible arc.
Don't see it if Horribly staged for the theater. Big columns made some of the space inaccessible and they put scenes there anyways. Confusing choice.
See it if you like your theater intimate and black-box; if you like Orange is the New Black, (but without the humor)
Don't see it if you're easily bored; if you need good character development; if you expect impeccable acting; if a lot of dialogue bothers you
See it if You enjoy female driven shows about incarceration and issues around that in the South; if you don't mind only one cast member being talented
Don't see it if You need a show to have characters with dimension who aren't cliched, and a plot to be more than just adequate
See it if You want to see a play about social issues told in an unique way. You want a play that will provoke conversation.
Don't see it if You don't want a play about social issues. You want more contemporary references. You don't like experimental theatre.