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The Collector

From 11 critic and 9 member reviews
Members say: Riveting, Great acting, Intense, Absorbing, Great writing

About the show

Nine Theatricals / Roebuck Theatrical presents a stage adaptation of John Fowles' novel, about a disturbed lottery winner who kidnaps the object of his affection. More…

When repressed introvert Frederick Clegg wins a fortune in the lottery, he uses his winnings to purchase a large remote country house. Fueled by his obsession with beautiful and privileged art student Miranda Grey, Clegg's behavior soon takes a sinister turn as he abducts and imprisons her in his cellar amid his butterfly collection.

Review Fix

"Mark Healey’s riveting adaptation of John Fowles novel 'The Collector' keeps audiences clinging to every word, motion and breath taken by the impeccable work of Matt de Rogatis and Jillian Geurts...Thanks to wonderful performances from the small cast, 'The Collector' is a compelling thriller that’ll have you glued to your chair, even during the intermission. De Rogatis and Gertus’ depiction of their characters are pristine ones you’ll remember for years." Full Review


"Excellent staging by director, Lisa Milinazzo...De Rogatis' excellent portrayal of Frederick Clegg is unsettling especially when the character discusses his twisted logic. Geurts is outstanding as Emily, who uses every conceivable coping mechanism to deal with her horrific situation...'The Collector' depicts a rare view of a twisted individual and his unfortunate victim. It is an intense, captivating play that will keep you on the edge of your seat." Full Review

Theatre is Easy

"The two immensely talented actors comprising the cast unleash the tense emotions of their characters into this small space, pulling the audience into the room with them as they battle in a war of the psyches...The strength in this piece comes from the actors who display intense, raw emotion in their characters, under the expert direction of Lisa Milinazzo...'The Collector' is a riveting production that will have you at the edge of your seats." Full Review

Plays to See

"'The Collector' invites you to watch the abhorrent actions of a mad man from the point of view of the perpetrator. This tactic doesn’t allow you to dismiss his actions as merely evil; you can almost start to empathize with his choices...Director Lisa Milinazzo does a great job of balancing sympathy and the unthinkable...The actors did a fantastic job of bringing the accents and culture to life...This script is very strong and well brought to life in the small and very intimate black box." Full Review


"Despite excellent performances, this stage version of 'The Collector' is essentially two verbose and wearying hours...Geurts and de Rogatis have a great offbeat chemistry together that goes far in realizing this difficult material...Director Lisa Milizanno’s staging is as resourceful as possible...With all of its fine points, 'The Collector' is ultimately an inert experience due to its inherent structure and a missing spark." Full Review

Talkin' Broadway

"Once the deed is done, once the line is crossed, how can there be any turning back? That's the question being raised and also the underlying problem with the unrelentingly creepy production...This is no Gothic romance like 'Phantom of the Opera'...Instead, it is an unwavering and consistently bleak danse macabre...Thanks to the richly realized performances...'The Collector' succeeds all too well at making us feel we are being held hostage along with Miranda." Full Review

Lighting & Sound America

"Ends up being little more than a B thriller with a notably sour tang and a tragic ending that makes the entire enterprise into something of an ordeal for the audience. This is nothing against the hardworking cast of two...Overall, director Lisa Milinazzo's handling of the actors is one of the production's strengths...One may well wonder what possessed anyone to turn it into a play." Full Review

Theatre's Leiter Side

"In Lisa Milinazzo’s tediously paced, surprisingly unengaging staging of Healy’s play...Frederick is made as plain as possible, with de Rogatis wearing grungy clothing, wire-rimmed glasses, and a scruffy beard...When the first act ended, my companion asked if it was okay to leave...He had my approval, of course, while I, like Miranda, was doomed to remain, pinned to my seat like those butterflies on the walls, loved but unloving in return." Full Review


"As the play unfolds under Milinazzo's careful but plodding direction, the pressure of the situation begins to taper off and the drama's pace slackens...Both actors are as adept as the surprisingly lethargic script lets them be...What should be a tense psychological thriller sags into an extended Halloween screech. With two class-conscious characters and their battle for power, this dragged-out stage version of 'The Collector' should be more terrifying than melodramatically creepy." Full Review

Village Voice

"Free us, I scribbled in my notebook sometime in that two and a half hours. Send help...Healy's 'The Collector' is a limp string of scenes...De Rogatis lacks the necessary charisma, losing command in the show's first moments. Far more competent is the glowing Geurts, who does more with her shaky material and surrounding production...She's not the first actress to be trapped like this. Thank god this time, she'll make it out." Full Review


"I would like to say that I was enthralled by the subtle, changing dynamics of captor and prey, as Miranda and Frederick verbally spar with each other during this 145-minute drama. But the performances of this Frederick and Miranda, played by Matt de Rogatis and Jillian Geurts, lacked the nuance that would make this play sing...I felt nothing. Except perhaps the need to escape myself." Full Review

Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Intense, Relevant

See it if Well-acted and staged, captures the mind-set of a predator who regards the female as an object; terrifying in view of the coming election

Don't see it if you as man or woman have ever been abused psychologically

Absorbing, Entertaining, Great acting, Riveting, Great writing

See it if you enjoy a dark psychological drama, suspense, a show building to a climax

Don't see it if don't enjoy a psychological thriller, are offended by profanity and sexual scenes, prefer happy endings.

Also Great show, great acting, keeps you rooting for the victim and hoping ... Read more Read less

Disturbing, Riveting, Thought-provoking, Edgy, Intense

See it if You want to be drawn into a sickening psychological battle with unexpected twists and turns. A terrifying experience.

Don't see it if This is a deep play but very dark. It left me spiritually drained. The characters are unforgettable.


See it if "Matt de Rogatis plays Clegg, a bland but ultimately chilling sociopath, with shrewdness"

Don't see it if You don't like small, intense stories

Great acting, Must see, Great writing, Riveting

See it if you want to see a show full of suspense and two terrific entralling characters.

Don't see it if you despise crime shows or thrillers.

During previews
Terrifying, Outstanding acting, Outstanding direction, Masterful, Riveting

See it if You want to see the most powerful, mesmerizing play in town ! A black box theatre with just 3 rows of seats, you are in the action ! See it

Don't see it if You can't deal with situations of certain violence. This play will positively make you feel claustrophobic as it does the fine actress in it

Also I hope every show score member will see this brand new spectacular pla... Read more Read less

During previews
Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Riveting, Intense

See it if like psychological thrillers, captivity and terror. Because it's such a small room you feel less like an observer-more like your part of it.

Don't see it if you don't like kidnapping and the terror it engenders, or if abuse and confinement are not tolerable.

During previews
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Must see, Intense

See it if you want to be riveted for two hours by two excellent actors; you enjoy psychological type drama

Don't see it if you don't like being very close to the actors; you can't handle sexual themes

During previews
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Riveting, Intense

See it if you like to literally be "in" the show; the tight setting makes this intense show even more so. We feel the claustrophobia and terror.

Don't see it if you are claustrophobic; you abhor violence and sexual tension; you only like musicals; psychotics scare you to death.

Cast & Creatives (11)