Rising Sun Performance Company and FRIGID New York @ Horse Trade present the NYC premiere of this drama in which a therapist journeys into a young patient's imagination. More…
'Child's Play' centers around a traumatized child who has stopped speaking. As her therapist struggles to peel back the layers of mistrust, she realizes she must enter this little girl's internal world to help her confront the dragon that has stolen her voice and threatens to destroy her completely.
"A mystery story, cleverly crafted to keep us glued to scene after short scene. The solution to the mystery isn’t much of a surprise. In fact, I was a little disappointed...But in this psychological what-done-it, the psychology is smartly conceived and revealed...Hill and his cast make it engaging and effective...Cantisano’s mute performance is a thing of beauty in itself...'Child’s Play' isn’t perfect, but it’s a strong piece of theater on a number of levels." Full Review
“Cantisano’s performance as Cindy and her transformation from tortured girl to triumphant young person in control of herself is worth watching. Mercedes Vasquez gives a dynamite performance as a very strong woman who is shutting out her family…Director Brock Harris Hill helps us get into the characters’ heads so we can confront the sensitive, unpleasant truth. This happens at a decent pace, never boring, always making me want to embrace the evolving complexity of the story.” Full Review
See it if great acting and story telling make choosing what to see easier. Great production, craft, performances and costumes.
Don't see it if you are looking for large production or for a less serious or light hearted look at therapy.
See it if you like an intimate theater experience, a good storyline about what might lead a child to stop speaking and want to support local theater.
Don't see it if you only like tourist-y, big productions and/or don't want to be engaged in a story about how a therapist might unlock a child's secrets.
See it if Well written and acted drama about a child therapist working with an emotionally distressed youngster and her family.Realistic and engaging
Don't see it if If you are uncomfortable seeing dramas containing issues of sexual abuse and family dysfunction.
See it if you want to see a play about a child, how she copes with abuse and how she and her family are helped helped through therapy.
Don't see it if You want to see a polished production dealing with child therapy.
See it if I was pleasantly surprised. I was completely drawn into the story and enjoyed this production.
Don't see it if It's a small downtown theater so bear that in mind. But it is an intriguing story and some of the actors are really wonderful.
See it if You would enjoy observing a series of child therapy sessions to help a child deal with extreme trauma.
Don't see it if You are looking for a highly polished production. This is definitely rough around the edges. No interest in the methods of play therapy.
See it if You know someone or someone's child who is dealing with this issue (you probably do). A good portrayal of therapy with a child.
Don't see it if You aren't interested in independent and experimental theatre.
See it if You're looking for a warm engaging piece tackling a difficult and heavy topic which has effected many people. Very important
Don't see it if You're expecting a large big budgeted production with spectacle or dense serious drama
See it if the issue presented in the play is one that we need to keep fresh in our minds- the show was light but true to its core.
Don't see it if if you are afraid of the dark secrets lurking in families all around you
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