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‘Elemeno Pea’: Life’s a Beach

November 21st, 2017 in 2017/2018 Season, Elemeno Pea, Molly Smith Metzler, News & Press.

Review from BroadwayWorld.com

Sing along: a-b-c-d-e-f-g-h-i-j-k-elemenopea. Takes you back, doesn’t it? How many of us thought that was one long name for a letter in the middle of the alphabet? Well, one of the two sisters in Molly Smith Metzler’s charming, funny play Elemeno Pea was convinced of it, and it became a lifelong source of embarrassment that had a powerful impact on her life choices. Boston Playwrights’ Theatre presents the Boston premiere of Metzler’s own revision of her 2011 play, set at the end of the summer on Martha’s Vineyard, where a couple of blue collar siblings from Buffalo are the proverbial sore thumbs amongst the glad-handers with their pink pants and new money.

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‘Lost Tempo’ hits the right notes

October 13th, 2017 in 2017/2018 Season, Cliff Odle, Lost Tempo, new plays, News & Press.

Review from The Boston Globe

The tale of the self-destructive artist is as old as, well, art. And jazz has certainly contributed its own chapters to that grim story, from Bix Beiderbecke to Charlie Parker to Billie Holiday.

It can’t be said that playwright Cliff Odle adds anything especially new or novel to that saga in “Lost Tempo,’’ now at Boston Playwrights’ Theatre through Oct. 22. But that doesn’t make “Lost Tempo’’ any less compelling as Odle’s drama traces the struggles of Willie “Cool’’ Jones, a gifted saxophonist who is trying to make the most of a golden opportunity while battling the temptation of drugs.

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‘Every Piece of Me’: Irish Family Drama at Boston Playwrights’ Theatre

May 17th, 2017 in 2016/2017 Season, Mary Conroy, new plays, News & Press.

Review from BroadwayWorld.com

There have been countless stories written around the theme of going home, some alleging that you can never go home again, and others subscribing to Robert Frost‘s theory that “home is the place that, when you have to go there, they have to let you in.” Closing the season at Boston Playwrights’ Theatre, Every Piece of Me by Mary Conroy is a drama about a family in Ireland whose daughter is coming home after nearly five years living in America. Her departure was marked by high dudgeon, but she is returning with hopes of reconciliation. Will they let her in?

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‘Franklin’

May 17th, 2017 in 2016/2017 Season, Franklin, News & Press, Samantha Noble.

Review from EDGE Media Network

Boston Playwrights’ Theater premieres “Franklin,” an intriguing, often gripping, new play about a lost polar expedition and the researchers — lost souls in their own right — who come looking for answers nearly 170 years later.

The play takes the true story of Captain John Franklin’s lost expedition, consisting of two ships and 129 men, which set out in 1845 to chart the remainder of the Northwest Passage, a route passing close to the North Pole by which ships could get from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific without having to sail nearly to the South Pole. Franklin’s two ships were Erebus and Terror, both of which have, in real life, been located by researchers. The object of this play’s fictional researchers’ quest, Terror, was only discovered last year by researchers from the Arctic Research Foundation. (The sunken remains of Erebus were located in 2014.)

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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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