"An earnest but flat social drama…Jackson has compiled a plethora of problems for her well-drawn if stereotypical characters but hasn’t succeeded at crafting a smooth presentation of them. Director Glory Kadigan’s relatively inert staging compounds the play’s flaws…Considering the patchy material and presentation, the cast’s fine and emotional performances are admirable…'Safe' is heartfelt in its intentions but inadequate in its conception and execution." Full Review
"Penny Jackson is a playwright who is not particularly fussy about original plot ideas or flawless exposition. Clichés and shortcut stereotypes abound, and we can pretty much see what's coming a mile off. But she shows a real strength in the urgency of her writing. This was true of ‘I Know What Boys Want’ and it is equally true of ‘Safe,’ whose most compelling character is the pedophile Phillip.” Full Review
"'Safe' is a play which handles social issues that are relevant to today but Jackson's dialogue teeters on afternoon special...What did come across was the danger of the plot. The stakes, for the most part, were kept high even if the dialogue didn’t match...'Safe' tackles some important themes but Penny Jackson’s text and forced plot points hindered the piece. Another pass through the story will aid the play greatly. As it stands now, 'Safe' is mediocre at best." Full Review
"St. Thomas portrays the fractured Nina perfectly…Kadigan’s direction makes great use of the space to physically denote the characters’ emotional subtext…It is a solid play with strong elements that have been well-executed. However, I would have preferred less scene changes with the tension being built predominantly in the apartment for maximum effect. I would have also liked a stronger ending, as after the climax it sort of slowly fades out." Full Review
See it if you want to see a play addressing teen angst, issues that affect teenage girls in a well written uneven play with unresolved ending
Don't see it if The play address a multitude of potential teen girl issues to the point of cliche and doesn't stay focused. Ending is ambiguous.
See it if You are a drama fan. Some great performances and overall story that will hold your interest except for a few details that don't make sense
Don't see it if you're not interested in a drama centered around 2 teenage girls
See it if you like teen oriented plots and strong young actors close up and very personal. It held my attention and credulity but faltered at the end.
Don't see it if You're not interested in teen angst & you want a clear message about men who like underage girls. Script needs work, but has a strong core.
See it if You want to see a show about issues.
Don't see it if You value good writing: the 11 scenes had no flow between them & felt like 11 different playwrights wrote them. You want realistic scenarios
See it if you like dramas of teenage girls from upperclass troubled families. Realistic insights.The female leads are very talented.
Don't see it if if you want more nuanced writing, although I thought the experience was worth it despite some expected outcomes.
See it if U want to encourage teens to engage in theater. Subjects include body issues, low self esteem, disengaged parents and men who prey on girls
Don't see it if You want deep character development. The characters are pretty much stock, some serious situations resolve to easily.
See it if You like THIS IS OUR YOUTH and edgy contemporary plays about young people with a feminist twist. Two teeange girls get in trouble. Nuff said
Don't see it if You are more interested in Broadway shows or David Mamet.
See it if you enjoy black box theater that makes you think about complicated issues; if you're interested in adolescence and the inner lives of teens
Don't see it if you expect a tightly constructed plot (lags in the middle, but gets exciting at the end); if you're triggered by inappropriate relationships
See it if I think this story of troubled teens, substance abuse, self-image and family problems may resonate with teens ....
Don't see it if But it's a bit too "after-school special" or "very special Family Ties" for theater goers old enough to know what those references are.
See it if You enjoy edgy, pertinent drama's and can overlook spotty acting that overall certainly conveyed the message the writer intended to convey
Don't see it if If touchy topic's are not your thing and/or your not apt to enjoy a show who's acting is uneven
See it if You want to see good actors and an interesting story about teenage girls and their struggles.
Don't see it if You need clear and concise productions- direction mudded up both writing and acting.
See it if you love plays about teens that depict real teen problems and current issues.
Don't see it if you don't care about the lives of teenagers and hanker for shallow comedy or Broadway hijinks.
See it if you're interested in the issues of teenage girls, you don't mind a slow pace with some cliches and some over the top acting.
Don't see it if you have a short attention span, you want to be surprised.
See it if Coming of age story with wonderful performances and solid scripting. Material is provocative and handled well.
Don't see it if you find teen drama trite regardless performances. Script that could use a tweak here and there.
See it if You are interested in playwrights who have been on the scene a while, honing their craft, with something to say, if you like truthful actin
Don't see it if You prefer light musical fare to straight drama, are bothered by swearing
See it if You're interested in watching those strange teenage years and those confusing relationships; are fascinated by inappropriate relationships.
Don't see it if You want to see a polished script and strong direction. This is still a developing piece.
See it if you like the archetypes of distant father, predatory teacher, anorexic friend & overweight protagonist who lets everyone take advantage.
Don't see it if you want a fresh, authentic experience. The set, sound, and costumes were fine.
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