Part of FringeNYC: In this fast-paced thriller teetering between caustic comedy and warped kitchen-sink drama, six sisters must stir a pot. 24/7. They're tied to it. By trauma? By magic...? They stir, brutally brawl, and wonder: does this really keep Babette alive? More…
Categories: Drama, Comedy, Local. Written by Scott T. Barsotti. Directed by Jessi D. Hill.
FROM THE ARTIST:
BREWED tells the story of six sisters (and one stranger). Six sisters who must never stop stirring a pot. Six sisters who take care of each other, are deeply loyal to each other, and at the same time, as playwright Scott T. Barsotti puts it, do not “settle disputes by arguing. They do it with their fists and their knees. They head butt and arm bar. They ground and pound.” The words they call to each other “ You and me, sister” reverberate through their isolated world, linking them, binding them, and, ever so slowly, causing tiny fissures, pushing their way toward the surface.
BREWED is directed by Jessi D. Hill (terraNOVA, The Acting Co.) and features Vivia Font (Rattlestick, Oregon Shakespeare Festival), Rachael Jenison (Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, The Goodman), Alexis McGuinness (Yale Rep, GEVA), Danielle O’Farrell (Chicago Shakespeare Theatre), Deb Radloff (Classic Stage Company), Stephanie Roetzel (The Old Globe), and Aubrey Saverino (San Diego Rep, The Old Globe).
"Although the summer heat can be stifling, the venue’s small size does put the audience in close proximity to the stellar all-female cast—a key factor in our enjoyment of the show. As the play mixes Christmas-dinner-gone-awry family dynamics with mystical plot points that keep the audience wondering what’s going on, the actors create a sense of real sisterhood. Within the strange world that Barsotti has created, they keep the play at a lively boil." Full Review
"Barsotti’s intriguing script is brought to life by heartfelt performances. The cast works off each other so organically you could believe they are sisters. Warden’s purposefully ungraceful fight choreography also helps set the dark and raw tone of the show...Yet the show feels slow, at times painfully so. Sometimes it drags so much even some fight scenes feel redundant...'Brewed' has a voice to offer in discussions of feminism and women in theatre, and I look forward to seeing where it goes." Full Review
See it if you want to see an all-female cast playing a family on edge with each other, constantly swearing and fighting.
Don't see it if you want something that is interesting or funny. As best put by another audience member: "Who writes that shit?" I give a C-/D+ grade.
See it if You want to see seven very talented actresses bring life to seven distinctly different roles - all of whom are given their moment to shine.
Don't see it if You don't like being kept in the dark too long. The plot is mysterious and the reveals are late in the play. But they're worth the wait.
See it if You want to laugh and cry simultaneously and understand the complexity of familial relationships.
Don't see it if You don't enjoy extended metaphors or like everything tied up neatly at the end or hate August Osage County
See it if like interesting, thought provoking, dark, plays with a mysterious edge. Wonderful acting by 7 talented women! A truly great show.
Don't see it if are not comfortable with swearing and need a straight forward narrative.
See it if 1) You want to see confident women with a strong presence own a stage and audience. 2) You'd like to see original costumes.
Don't see it if You are looking for a run-of-the-mill comedy.
See it if You're interested in plays about families that aren't just people sitting on sofas & crying. If you love strong women and burning questions
Don't see it if You have a problem with women expressing their feelings with their fists.
See it if you like heady pieces that use extended metaphor and horrific imagery to explore the beauty and toxicity of familial relationships
Don't see it if you're just looking for something light and fun. This play has many very genuinely funny moments, but it is heavy and thought-provoking.
See it if you are looking for a gritty, funny and intense show with an amazing ensemble of women.
Don't see it if you boycotted the new Ghostbusters movie or Mad Max: Fury Road based on the sex of the lead characters.