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Natural Life

From 5 member  reviews
Members say: Great acting, Absorbing, Ambitious, Edgy, Masterful

About the show

Inspired by real events, Eduardo Ivan Lopez's play explores the relationship between a female murderer on death row and the reporter who covers her story. More…

Inspired by a real-life incident in the 1980s, 'Natural Life' explores the relationship between death row inmate Claire and TV reporter Rita. Rita's objectivity is challenged when she discovers the mitigating circumstances that drove Claire to commit her crimes, including abuse, forced prostitution, alcoholism, violence, and desperate but ill-fated attempts at redemption. In Rita's effort to "set the record straight," she bonds with her subject.

Member Reviews (5)


Great acting, Absorbing, Ambitious, Edgy, Masterful
Avg Score

Absorbing, Edgy, Ambitious, Clever, Great acting

See it if you like thought provoking theater

Don't see it if just want to dance and sing

Great staging, Great acting, Edgy, Ambitious, Resonant

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.

Absorbing, Great acting, Epic, Masterful, Intense

See it if You want amazing acting in an intimate setting. Schreiber studio is tiny with big productions, better than Broadway and far cheaper.

Don't see it if You'd rather spend $150 on not so good productions on Broadway!

Absorbing, Great acting, Masterful, Profound, Thought-provoking

See it if looking for a powerful and relevant drama. It's a beautifully written true story that deserves to be recognized.

Don't see it if looking for a more light-hearted fare. This play has a lot of substance but there is graphic material that may make people uncomfortable.

Heartwrenching, intelligent, and very well written

See it if You have a soul. This play touched me in a way only a couple plays ever have. I was sobbing at the end of it. So real and so tragic.

Don't see it if You are looking for a lighthearted show.

March 29th, 2016
"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 p...
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March 13th, 2016
"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 a...
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March 21st, 2016
"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 ...
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March 17th, 2016
"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 ci...
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