See it if U enjoy dramas that reflect real life issues about aging but has humor, action, & subplot to make it interesting. You like great acting.
Don't see it if Not for people who have no heart, no patience, or no appreciation of the elderly & their realistic issues of aging. This is for drama fans. Read more
See it if I loved it. Grew up in Richmond Hill. Truly touching play deals with many current day family matters. Timeless play. Refreshing plot.
Don't see it if Non traditional staging. Audience on two sides of the o. If bar scenes trigger your alcoholism.
See it if If you like plays that look at real life issues in a creative way with an wonderful ensemble of actors to tell the story.
Don't see it if You have a hard time dealing with issues that we all eventually face. There are some heart-breaking issues that you may not want to watch
See it if you like to see a very well written, acted and staged family drama where all the characters are well developed and interesting. We loved it!
Don't see it if you don't like drama or you don't like to see plays about getting old or alcoholism.
See it if you like well-crafted plays with fully-realized characters each battling for his or her own survival.
Don't see it if you dislike plays with Irish characters drinking. Read more
See it if you are aging, want a voice shared about your fears and dreams, and feel as if you are ready to face the future realistically.
Don't see it if you are looking for light entertainment that will leave you laughing.
See it if You want to be transported to everyone’s fear and perhaps hope. Emotionally riveting. You are rung out in the end but maybe in a good way.
Don't see it if You want a jolly comedy/musical
See it if you like well-told stories about well-developed characters.
Don't see it if your heroes need to be ingenues
“Jackson packs generations of family drama into this one-act 90-minute ‘jukebox’ play, which has some memorable moments, lots of laughs, but an all-too-familiar feel where love, loss, and liquor seep into every scene of Irish turmoil...The fractured relationship between mother and daughter epitomizes the best and worst of the limits of tough love. In this tidy play, there seems to be a stomach for the happy drunk but not the depressive addict.”
"'The Battles of Richmond Hill' is a small play with big emotions, a finely crafted character study of people who easily might have been caricatured. Jackson's writing and MacGowan's direction make these people important."
“’The Battles of Richmond Hills’ is a wonderful play with top notch performances and a story that will have you laughing one minute and bawling like a baby the next (I know I was). The relationships all feel as real as any family and it makes us long for everything to work out. Penny Jackson manages to create a story that anyone can connect to. One that I look forward to seeing more of in the future.”
“Jackson has told a universal story in 90 minutes in which anyone can identify. It moves swiftly, brings out the emotional, makes you laugh, and makes you love. The brilliantly talented cast is rounded out by Gilmartin as the loving and spirited patriarch, Frank O’Connor; Ahnquist as the loyal and protective grandson, Brian; and Ryan as her daughter, Mary who skillfully shows how the joy and innocence one brings to themselves and others can fade away by a dark choice.”