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Categories: Drama, Local. From Outside Inside. Written by Michael Ross Albert. Directed by Kaitlyn Samuel.
FROM THE ARTIST:
Outside Inside is proud to present the world premiere of Miss by Michael Ross Albert.
Presented as part of The New York International Fringe Festival, Miss explores the tenuous connection between a high school teacher, her fiancé, and a troubled student. After a shocking accident irrevocably changes their lives, these three damaged souls are forced together to try and mend their broken relationships. The result is a tense three-character, hour-long drama about loss, grief, guilt, and revenge.
The world premiere production will be helmed by FringeNYC regulars, Outside Inside. Founded in 2011 by graduates of the Actors Studio Drama School, Outside Inside has produced four plays in FringeNYC to date, including the near-sold out run of The Grass is Greenest at the Houston Astrodome in 2014.
Directed by Outside Inside’s founding co-artistic director Kaitlyn Samuel, Miss features an impressive cast of some of the most exciting up-and-coming performers in New York City.
The cast includes Daniel J. O’Brien (Before and After, St Ann’s Warehouse), Adam Petherbridge (In the Secret Sea, directed by Martin Charnin; Da, Irish Repertory Theatre) and Rosie Sowa (The Improbable Rise, Fall and Rise of John Law, Dreamscape Theatre).
Playwright Michael Ross Albert is the author of several plays including The Grass is Greenest at the Houston Astrodome (FringeNYC, published in “Best American Short Plays, 2014-2015”), Tough Jews (Top Ten finalist, Jewish Plays Project; upcoming production: Storefront Theatre), Waylaid (Last Frontier Theatre Conference), Karenin’s Anna (Toronto Fringe Festival, “Outstanding New Play” – NOW Magazine), and The Big Sandy River Plays (Jenny Wiley Theatre). His play Starfishes received its world premiere at the Theatre at Dance New Amsterdam in 2011 and has been produced across the United States and Canada.
With a stellar cast led by a stalwart team of “FringeNYC veterans,” and an intense, provocative script, Miss promises to be a unforgettable world premiere and a must-see production in The New York International Fringe Festival.
"Director Samuel moves the action of 'Miss' at a reasonably even pace and supports her cast as they peel away the layers of dissemblance and desperation. It is the peeling of those layers that gives 'Miss' its strength. Too often, however, the characters get involved in implausible situations, but the denouement is worth the wait despite some bumps in the dramatic arc. Albert’s characters are well-defined and their conflicts clear. The resulting plot is interesting and thought-provoking." Full Review
"Samuel chooses to have the trio mostly stand and talk, giving Albert’s text the spotlight it deserves. Perhaps more activity would add to the tension between the characters and to the naturalism this production is going for...A shocking ending that takes place after an already unnerving twist had me wishing Albert didn’t feed the need to give me the explosion I was expecting...The story of three people who have fallen in their own personal ditches and have no energy or faith left to climb out." Full Review
"The playwright tells us way more than we need to know about way too many details, and in some cases way too many times. The play is saved by the agile direction of Kaitlyn Samuel, and the especially fine performances by all three actors. O'Brien is shackled with the largest share of the extraneous and redundant, but nonetheless manages to confront this broad range of circumstances effectively, without becoming a caricature in any of them." Full Review
See it if Your not afraid of having your mind and emotions challenged. Where everything you "see" doesn't really exist.
Don't see it if If you don't have any desire to feel squeamish and/or deal with perverse abuse.
See it if you like shows that delve into challenging and uncomfortable subject matter.
Don't see it if you are expecting to come away with a deeper understanding of the characters' behavior. The treatment is too surface to truly enlighten.
See it if you're interested in secret relationships and long wordy arguments, and about the struggle to be a high school teacher.
Don't see it if you care a lot about good staging or are irritated by too long shows. The last 20 minutes should have been cut for a stronger impact.
See it if you want to see three actors sink their teeth into complex, troubled characters. It's a showcase for some strong performances.
Don't see it if oh boy. I won't spoil the big reveal, but after you realize exactly what the story is, you'll be uncomfortable having paid to see it.
See it if You want to see some of the most amazing acting in the Fringe or ANYWHERE. This is a great piece of theater that needs to be staged again!
Don't see it if You don't want your attitudes challenged
See it if you want some great acting mixed in with some of the raw stuff of not-yet-polished theater. two male actors were phenomenal. other was not
Don't see it if you can't deal with the unevenness of fringe level work
See it if You want to see a very well-acted, well-staged, and compelling story about intense and complex relationships at prep school.
Don't see it if You should see it.
See it if You like twists that keep you on the edge of your seat.
Don't see it if You don't like new plays. While the play is a lot of fun to watch. It probably will go through some changes in the future.