See it if you like thought provoking theater
Don't see it if just want to dance and sing
See it if You'd enjoy a condensed troubled life of a woman bringing in ethics of the death penalty, extenuating circumstances & honouring wish to die.
Don't see it if graphic violence and subject matter are too disturbing. This isn't a happy ride, but it's well worth taking.
"Holly Heiser is committed and convincing…Fractured as it is, the story is easy to follow and moves along. The only perceptible drag is the need for frequent scene changes…Even so, Heiser manages to sustain interest....Whatever the facts of this particular case, there’s a deeper truth involving pervasive misogyny and exploitation that 'Natural Life' pulls up into the light."
"Acclaimed playwright Eduardo Ivan Lopez has molded a true paragon of the contemporary American drama...Via a script so realistic it veers on the model of a documentary, director Jake Turner contrasts hauntingly naturalistic action with surrealist, lurid staging...Heiser's supreme vulnerability and ability to balance the intelligent, articulate, and likable side of a criminal establishes an instant connection with the audience...Do yourself a favor and check out 'Natural Life.' It’s that good."
"The show features excellent performances throughout the small cast...The play’s topic is heavy, but director Jake Turner has made sure to keep the pace moving and the interest up throughout. With his great set, terrific casting and well thought out visual distractions, he has made what could be a sleeper into an edge-of-your-seat show."
"Eduardo Ivan Lopez’s play starts off stilted, but ends up creating characters and themes that make us want to question...Heiser’s portrayal is strong, unflinching and powerful. By the time the play ends we know exactly who this woman is and we feel her pain...Jake Turner’s direction is almost cinematic...It wasn’t until we got to the prison and the meetings between Claire and Rita that the show came alive. Once that happened the flashback became powerful and we were drawn in."
"Compelling characters and complex questions about crime and punishment are at the heart of playwright Lopez’s latest play...Turner’s skilled direction keeps the action moving swiftly and clearly...'Natural Life' is thought-provoking and commanding. The subject matter is timely, and fans of recent pop-culture phenomena such as 'Making a Murderer', 'Serial' and 'The Newsroom' are likely to be riveted by this exploration of the justice system, the prison system, guilt and the media."