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"Jean Ann Douglass's 'The Providence of Neighboring Bodies' will remind you of our absurdist-in-chief Edward Albee...It's not easy to avoid the masters when you're trying to craft something short and sharp...A surprising and wicked little concoction...Douglass has a fine poetic ear and the actors are full of comic invention...It was impossible not to laugh, really. 'Bodies' is richly amusing, despite its strain of darkness." Full Review
"Ms. Douglass' writing is very interesting and the play peals down the layers of friendships, loneliness and prejudice. Ms. Douglass has a lot to say and it hits home in subtle through lines...This is a company, actress and playwright to keep your eyes on. If you get a chance, 'Providence of Neighboring Bodies' just may surprise you at how good it is." Full Review
"Featuring a powerhouse cast of only three and a truly thought-provoking plot that gets more intricate the more I think about it, ‘Providence’ brings a lot of great artistic decisions together in such a small space, and in so short a time…There is so much about this play that really grows on you the more you try to weave your way through its seeming simplicity…A rather intriguing production which audiences will find as interesting during as after the show has ended." Full Review
“A quirky dramedy that strikes the right chord. Douglass has an innate ability when it comes to storytelling…Where she slightly stumbles is the perception of the themes. They are clearly present yet not prominent enough to feel intentional. In the grand scope of the play, it’s only a minor blip…‘The Providence of Neighboring Bodies’ was a consistently touching…A rare beauty. Jean Ann Douglass has crafted a play that exemplifies human connection in a manner that is subtle yet profound.” Full Review
"Jean Ann Douglass’ bizarre, effervescent little play unfurls slowly like a magical flower…In a stream of narration directly to the audience, Dora goes about her quaint albeit dull day in the gentle, untroubled neighborhood of Rhode Island. It’s tediously funny…I promise there’s more in store for what becomes an allegory for the concern of the outsider, all with the pleasant veneer of smiles, comedy, and sunshine that makes for a jolting conclusion." Full Review
"Powerful text, strong direction, brilliant design, and phenomenal performances...It’s so smart and heartbreaking and agonizing...Chayes has crafted an exquisite gem full of nuanced moments and potent interactions. Her gifted hand can be seen in the clever staging and perfectly paced tension lines between the characters' inner turmoil and outward facade...This is an intelligent production that has stayed with me...A brilliant satirical metaphor that will ensure its longevity as a defining text." Full Review
"Berkeley, Parquet, and Staats are beautifully cast...Jess Chayes directs minimally, which suits the production beautifully, allowing the words to do the work...Douglass’ script is somewhat sprawling but for the most part this works in favor of helping us get to know these women intimately...The funny and quirky 'The Providence of Neighboring Bodies' packs quite a big punch, and leaves you pondering some bigger questions on the way out the door." Full Review
"'Providence' contains plenty of theater magic, using a minimal set and few props and just three characters...Douglass has a flair for soliloquy aided by a keen eye for the details of everyday life...The writing is enhanced, however, by a truly mesmerizing performance from Lori Elizabeth Parquet as Dora...Douglass’ comedy is so entertaining it isn’t until afterward that you realize it is a tragedy about America in its present chaos. That’s theater magic." Full Review
"It's a fable wrapped not-so-tightly inside a comedy that will have you literally laughing-out-loud. Parquet's Dora is magnificent in every sense of the word, and Berkeley has her character down pat...Kudos to Dutch Kills Theater Company for bringing this fun little story with a serious message to Ars Nova; it's totally worth the $20 ticket price and a great way to spend an hour or so without taking up your entire evening." Full Review
See it if you want something unique and original, charming and quirky, smart and funny. I cant get it out of my head.
Don't see it if you like tons of action, dont care about metaphor, or need everything to make perfect sense.
See it if You enjoy lovely language & good acting, even if you don't always know where it is leading. The explanatory blurb in the program is helpful.
Don't see it if You only enjoy straightforward shows where all your questions are answered.
See it if You're interested in a narrative told mainly through monologues investigating relationships based in proximity
Don't see it if You dislike quiet theatre that doesn't clarify its realism vs. fantasy.
See it if you enjoy being in an intimate space to see new works. Make sure you read the note from the playwright before the show starts.
Don't see it if you are accustomed to only seeing big Broadway shows, or if you have a limited imagination.
Also Lori Elizabeth Parquet ( DORA) is really quite wonderful.
See it if You like female-driven shows, you don't mind small shows
Don't see it if You need a lot of stagecraft and an exciting plot, you don't have a high tolerance for twee characters
See it if You enjoy non-traditional story telling; you don't need elaborate sets to put you in a place; you are interested in a fresh voice
Don't see it if You only like straightforward stories - this smacks of magical realism. You don't like shows where the actors break the 4th Wall.
See it if If you enjoy offbeat plays about friendship & social anxiety w/a magical realism twist. You like natural dialogue.
Don't see it if You prefer more realistic plays. You don't like magical realism. You don't like female-centric plays
See it if you enjoy dialogue and character driven plays with a light touch but a confusing message. I saw it with an understudy who was on book...
Don't see it if ...but still very good. All three of the actors were refreshing and charming. I just didn't get the beaver metaphor, other than a pretty...
See it if Will only get better as new cast member learns her lines but the show is a delight, serious and funny, well worth your time
Don't see it if you prefer big casts and big productions, this is more homey and comfortable feeling, you probably want a bigger show/theatre
See it if you LOVE quirky scenarios, intelligently written & lovingly embraced by the actors. This is as good as quirky gets... bizarre but great fun
Don't see it if you don't like theater in which the inner thoughts of the characters are represented via to-the-audience monologues.
See it if you enjoy a simple play with some good acting but is nonsensical with no real story
Don't see it if you expect a play that makes sense, can sit through a 5 minute monologue about how good a cup of coffee tastes.
See it if You want to see a witty play with a very unusual plot and an even more unusual mix of characters. ( I don't want to spoil the surprise ).
Don't see it if You might not like a story that goes from " normal " to " surreal ". At moments it reminds of Ionesco's writing ( with a lighter touch ).
See it if You like a light and funny play about neighbors. You don't mind simple yet effective staging. You like a play with three women performing.
Don't see it if You need elaborate staging. You are too serious and can't enjoy a light enjoyable performance.
See it if You want to watch some quirky shows. The lines are really funny and I appreciate the absurd way the characters think and act.
Don't see it if You want everything to make sense and you don't like any quirky stuff. I still can't figure out the beaver thing...
See it if you enjoy clever short shows with a strange twist; charming actors, slightly absurd plot.
Don't see it if you are a person who is very serious and doesn't enjoy the absurd in theater, tiny stages, non-existent scenery.
See it if you're familiar with the playwright's work or know the actors, I suppose. Some of the lines were funny.
Don't see it if a complete lack of action would be unbearable for you. Something about beavers... really confusing.
Also Was the beaver metaphor or was it literal?
See it if You don't mind working a bit for supper. There's quite a message in there (a VERY topical one too) if you're willing to see it.
Don't see it if You like your entertainment served up fluffy and light and with no metaphors or sarcasm...or if your a fan of that new orange president.
See it if You're into monologues. You enjoy a simple set, simple staging, an overall simple play.
Don't see it if You want something exciting and more than 3 ladies talking about their inner thoughts.