Profound, Edgy, Intense, Great staging, Great writing
About the Show
Directed by Richard Maxwell, Jackie Sibblies Drury's world premiere play brings together two women who loved the same man, a famous photograph who's just died.
In 'Really,' a black woman takes pictures of her artist boyfriend's mom. As they jockey for a claim to him, they try to redefine themselves in the wake of his legacy. 'Really' is a play about grief, intimacy, and the difference between goodness and greatness seen through the lens of photography.
"Ms. Drury’s three-character drama may tackle issues commonly debated in aesthetic philosophy seminars, but its tone is never academic...The production deftly uses the self-consciousness of its characters to create a more pervasive, self-examining consciousness about the artistic process...'Really' induces in its audience an intense sobriety that begets dizziness...In one ravishingly realized moment, magic has happened, and it’s as unsettling as it is irrefutable."
"'Really' is slow to develop, but eventually comes into focus as a meditation on the capturing and hoarding of time. Sounds like a bold theme, but Drury arrives at it slowly and slyly...Maxwell's rigor, Drury's beautifully refined language and well-judged performances mesh impressively. What could have been a simple relationship drama with flashbacks emerges as an unnerving study of art as pollution, distraction from a world fast evolving beyond aesthetics."
"A trenchant new play in a gorgeous production by Richard Maxwell…Maxwell's direction matches form to content…The director's trademark understatement — the actors deliver their text with studied neutrality — heightens this photographic sense, the calm suggesting a throbbing undercurrent of feeling…With 'Really,' Drury and Maxwell's fertile collaboration turns the theater itself into the answer to photography's egotism. It is communitarian, not isolating; evanescent, not material."
"Maxwell's wondrous production fills this special space with huge amounts of tension and longing…Directed in Maxwell's signature style, the show brims with emotion. Maxwell's cast is fantastic, each of them greatly complementing each other…The play leaves much open to interpretation and in doing so, allows our imaginations to grab hold of it. Maxwell's production is stunning and builds on Drury's work to form a show that is hard to shake off at the end of the night."