Ambitious, Edgy, A gripping and occasionally funny theological debate on women’s reproductive rights., Indulgent, Clever
About the Show
The Drilling Comedy presents this world premiere comedic drama where four women discuss friendship, faith, fertility, and cheesecake
At their weekly potluck gatherings, Susan, Jennifer, and Brenda are as likely to exchange recitations of scripture as they are casual insults over what exactly is in the "potato thing" that Brenda brings regularly. A fundamental disagreement is prompted when Susan, the hostess of the gathering, asks: when the Angel Gabriel appeared, did Mary have a choice, or could she have said no to bearing Jesus? Swanson's timely play poses intractable questions: Do women have free will? Do they want it? Do they want it for each other?
"The play is firmly anchored around the dinner table, a risky move considering how stale such scenes can look in the theatre. However, the layout works...Director Hamilton Clancy embraces the realistic dialogue and stages the entire dinner very subtly, allowing the words to be heard. 'Gabriel' presents an honest and relevant conversation with witty jokes and compelling characters portrayed by wonderful actresses, though it might benefit from being shortened."
"Quite timely. The discursive structure and combative argument among four highly individualized women, laced with humor and pathos, allow for a differentiated view of an explosive topic...Director Hamilton Clancy brought together four superb actors with whom he produced, over an extended workshop process, a tight, well-paced performance of a smart play."