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In Boston Playwrights’ ‘Honey Trap,’ There Is No Escaping Northern Ireland’s Troubles

February 24th, 2017 in Leo McGann, News & Press, The Honey Trap.

Review from WBUR’s The ARTery

Memory and terrorists play tricks in Leo McGann’s gripping new play “The Honey Trap.” But they’re not the only deceivers in this dissembling dance of past and present set to the music of The Troubles that rattled Northern Ireland during much of the second half of the 20th century.

“The Honey Trap,” seen here in a professional workshop production by Boston Playwrights’ Theatre and Boston University College of Fine Arts School of Theatre (through Feb. 26), begins in 2014 with an interview that is part of an oral history gathering similar to the Belfast Project undertaken by Boston College in 2001. That project drew international attention when its supposedly confidential interviews with paramilitaries on both sides of The Troubles were subpoenaed in hopes of apportioning blame for some long-ago murders.

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A master manipulator works all the angles in ‘The Atheist’

January 27th, 2017 in News & Press, Ronan Noone, The Atheist.

Review from The Boston Globe

You can’t accuse Augustine Early, the bottom-feeding tabloid reporter in Ronan Noone’s “The Atheist,’’ of concealing her unscrupulous intentions. “My rules: Do whatever you have to do to get the story,’’ she proclaims.

Augustine certainly follows that amoral credo in an absorbingly spiky production of Noone’s 2006 solo play at Boston Playwrights’ Theatre, directed and designed by the playwright himself.

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‘Faithless’: A Family in Crisis

December 17th, 2016 in 2016/2017 Season, Andrew Clarke, Faithless, News & Press.

Review from BroadwayWorld.com

Playwright Andrew Joseph Clarke sticks four people in a windowless waiting room with institutional lighting, the kind that unflatteringly shows all of your flaws, and…SCENE. While their mother lies dying in an offstage hospital bed, siblings Maureen, Skip, Patty, and the latter’s teenage daughter Sam hold a vigil, alternately debating Mom’s fate and rehashing family history, struggling to find elusive closure and rebuild lost connections.

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Stagestruck: Fierce Visions

October 19th, 2016 in News & Press.

Review from The Valley Advocate

Last week Maya Lin, architect of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, came to the Smith College campus to unveil her vision for the renovation of the venerable Neilson Library. Coincidentally, in Boston a new play was unveiled which recalls Lin’s uphill battle to fulfill her idiosyncratic vision for the design of the war memorial.

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‘Rhinoceros’ bellows its warning

February 29th, 2016 in News & Press.

Review from The Cambridge Chronicle & TAB

Just when we’ve forgotten about Eugene Ionesco’s absurdist play “Rhinoceros” and the lessons it has for us, suddenly we find ourselves in need of the play again. Fortunately, at this crucial time in history, Wesley Savick has decided to adapt the original script and direct a co-production of it by Suffolk University and Boston Playwrights’ Theatre.

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Playwrights’ ‘Back the Night’ doesn’t let go of you

February 15th, 2016 in News & Press.

Review from The Cambridge Chronicle & TAB

In her gripping new play “Back the Night,” local playwright Melinda Lopez courageously tackles issues involving physical assaults on women and how a community responds and protests the violence.

The play is driven by the action, packed with taut, crisp lines, and flows seamlessly between locations, while focusing on three college seniors who are familiar and easy to empathize with. As you watch the play, you’ll feel as if you could be observing life on any college campus, although this production has touches that definitely place it in New England. Lopez encourages theaters to change a few college and politicians’ names to make each production feel local and timely.

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Brustein’s ‘Exposed’ gives ‘Tartuffe’ a present-day political twist

December 15th, 2015 in News & Press.

Review from The Boston Globe

Back in 1961, when a teenage Donald Trump was a household name only in his own household, Philip Roth wrote that “the American writer in the middle of the 20th century has his hands full in trying to understand, and then describe, and then make credible much of the American reality. It stupefies, it sickens, it infuriates, and finally it is even a kind of embarrassment to one’s own meager imagination.’’

Moliere might have understood that creative challenge, especially if the French playwright had had a chance to survey the grotesque carnival that is American politics in the 21st century. Robert Brustein, now in his late 80s, took a very long look at that carnival, then put his own imagination to work in writing “Exposed,’’ a present-day retelling of “Tartuffe,’’ Moliere’s classic 1664 comedy of religious hypocrisy, self-delusion, and the perils of letting a scoundrel go too far.

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Love among the ruins in the Chekhov-inspired ‘Uncle Jack’

February 17th, 2015 in News & Press.

Review from The Boston Globe

When you step into the Lane-Comley Studio 210 for “Uncle Jack,” Courtney Nelson’s lush set is so enchanting it transports you instantly into the world of the play: in this case, a theater company on an old estate in the Berkshires.

Rooting the audience so deeply in the action allows playwright and director Michael Hammond to focus on the emotional heart of his characters and craft an extraordinarily moving adaptation.

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‘Chosen Child’ haunted by family memories

November 7th, 2014 in News & Press.

Review from BroadwayWorld.com

Playwright Monica Bauer had intended to write a memoir, but “popped out” a play instead. Lucky for us, because her drama Chosen Child is among the best plays I’ve seen at Boston Playwrights’ Theatre, the professional and persistently positive incubator for the production of new works by alumni of its M.F.A. Playwriting Program. Under the astute, watchful eye of Artistic Director Kate Snodgrass, and with the directorial expertise of Megan Schy Gleeson, Bauer has reworked and rewritten her very personal story into a compelling memory play which resonates (as she says) with anybody who ever had a mother.

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Celeste Oliva makes it worth ‘Reconsidering Hanna(h)’

October 4th, 2014 in News & Press.

Review from BroadwayWorld.com

IRNE Award-winning actress Celeste Oliva gives two riveting performances in Deirdre Girard’s Reconsidering Hanna(h) to open the 2014-2015 season at Boston Playwrights’ Theatre. Oliva takes on the dual roles of Hanna, an international journalist struggling to reclaim her life after her husband’s violent death, and the subject of her investigative reporting assignment, the infamous Hannah Duston, a Puritan woman kidnapped by Native Americans in 1697. Oliva distinctively inhabits these two women, separated by two centuries, yet sharing an internal fortitude and dark trait that links them across time and circumstances.

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