Their Reviews

September 1, 2014



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Closes Sept 14

The critics respond to Gidion’s Knot
Tim Treanor . DCTheatreScene   a story of irredeemable grief.
Tanya Pei . Washingtonian   If Gidion’s Knot were an installment of a TV series, it could be considered a “bottle episode.”
Nelson Pressley . Washington Post   … sharp as a knife, but undone by threadbare plot details.
John Soltenberg . DCMetroTheaterArts   At the core of this inexorable and engrossing drama by Johnna Adams is a disturbing enigma…
Jennifer Perry . BroadwayWorld   …not one of your standard, paint-by-the-numbers, afterschool special type of plays about bullying in the schools.
Elliot Lanes . MDTheatreGuide   Any play that deals with a hot topic like bullying in school is likely to get a lot of attention from theatre companies across the country.


Closes September 21
The critics respond to Molly
Richard Barry . DCTheatreScene   Love is lonely business in the literary-historical, one-person play Molly by George O’Brien.
Chris Klimek . City Paper   It seems shortsighted or worse to dismiss Allgood’s story… as a mere footnote of literary history.
Missy Frederick . Washingtonian   Meet Molly. She’s a hard woman to root for, and a hard woman to relate to, and the audience has to spend quite a bit of time with her …
Michael Poandl . DCMetroTheaterArts   Scena has gone green, and I’m not talking about reusable grocery bags.



Closes September 14
The critics respond to She Kills Monsters
Richard Barry . DCTheatreScene   D&D is not therapy.” That’s what Tilly, a charismatic tomboy played by Rebecca Hausman, tells her older sister Agnes in the hilarious and fluid Rorschach production…
Andrew Lapin . City Paper   …exactly as fun as a show about young adults playing Dungeons & Dragons should be, and maybe that’s enough to ask for.
Alan Katz . BroadwayWorld   Nostalgia used to be a disease. It’s where we get the word homesickness from.
Roger Calin . MDTheatreGuide   It seems fitting that LARP and theater would eventually meet.
Peter Marks . Washington Post   …Rorschach Theatre boldly goes where a generation of dungeon masters has gone before, to tell the story of a young woman who, in losing herself in a game, reclaims a long-gone loved one.
Michael Poandl . DCMetroTheaterArts   She Kills Monsters is bad ass.


Closes September 21
The critics respond to Shining City
Mark Dewey . DCTheatreScene   Shining City raises a question about our demons: do we make them up to punish ourselves, or do they exist outside us in the world?
Chris Klimek . City Paper   [Conor McPherson] was newly divorced and newly sober by the time of Shining City, a vivid and convincing dissection of regret.
Andrew White . BroadwayWorld   Then there are …the chimeras of lives we might have led and relationships just within our grasp that, for whatever reason, were never meant to be.
Roger Catlin . MDTheatreGuide   Shining City is thought to be the pinnacle of playwright Conor McPherson’s powers,
Cyle Durkee . DCMetroTheaterGuide  
Conor McPherson loves the supernatural. His plays exude an otherworldliness that seeps into the dialogue and infects the players.



Closes September 21

The critics respond to Sunday in the Park with George
Jayne Blanchard . DCTheatreScene   inspires like a great work of art. You never tire of looking at it and you see new things, feel new things every time you take it in.
Doug Rule . MetroWeekly   a fresh, snazzy production of Sondheim’s Seurat-inspired musical Sunday in the Park with George
Trey Graham . City Paper    “Color and light,” as one number in Sunday in the ParkWith George puts it in deliciously staccato rhythms, are what the post-impressionist painter Georges Seurat was obsessed with manipulating.
Charles Shubow . BroadwayWorld   Director Matthew Gardiner works wonders with Sondheim musical.
Barbara Mackay . Theatermania
   Turning chaos into order, dot by dot.
Tim Smith . Baltimore Sun   Has any creator in the realm of musical theater ever considered each syllable of text, each note and harmonic turn as deeply as Stephen Sondheim?
John Glass . DramaUrge   A play that reflects the creative process should be messy, chaotic, come with stretches of ennui, sound discordant, and contain characters that take on a life of their own.
Peter Marks . Washington Post   Sometimes, a painting strikes you as so glorious it seems to sing to you. On far rarer occasions, it actually does.
Mark Beachy . MDTheatreGuide   You will never look at a painting the same way again …
David Friscic . DCMetroTheaterArts   … each element of Signature Theatre’s stunning production of Sunday in the Park with George flows seamlessly together to create one unified artistic entity.

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