Congrats to Michael Peretzian and Rogue Machine Theatre for winning Best Production of a Play (intimate theatre) at the Ovation Awards.
Mike Fischer, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Carefully plotted, asking big questions, without being overt or preachy. Some of those questions involve the Iraq War, but as a symptom of something that’s both more personal and more political: the split personality of a country whose misogynistic fathers have always believed in regeneration through violence — condemning their self-loathing sons to repeat a past those offspring won’t acknowledge and can’t remake.
Dave Begel, OnMilwaukee: This is a play about memories, both the honest ones and those created out of whole cloth… It is an emotional play and a sad story of broken dreams, broken promises and broken spirits. A tough play, with many layers and a subtext that demands exploration.
– Joshua Sanchez’s movie of Four opened nationwide. Stephen Holden praised the movie in the New York Times, writing “The close-ups of faces convey reams of inchoate emotion and enhance the stumbling poetry mouthed by characters whose urge to connect conflicts with their innate sense of caution. As fireworks explode, you feel the excruciating isolation of people who have little reason to celebrate.”
Charles McNulty, Los Angeles Times: Combining the scrupulous attention to detail of a fine short story writer with the imaginative freedom of a path-breaking dramatist, Shinn proves himself to be a dramatist whose work throws acute light on the internal havoc driving our American waywardness.
Pauline Adamek, LA Weekly: Sophisticated and elusive, presenting only tantalizing fragments and expecting you to make the connections. Shinn perfectly captures the discomfort of a relationship that exists only through a marital connection yet becomes cathected and extremely complicated.
Don Grigware, Broadway World: A play of great complexity and sorrow with little humor, yet totally worthy of your attention.
Tom Chaits, Stage and Cinema: A deep look into our culture of victimization… The ambiguities that abound in Dying City may leave the viewer with an empty feeling at first, but time and reflection fill the void with a resounding and resonating truth.
Joshua Sanchez’s movie adaptation of Four screens at the Toronto LGBT Film Festival on May 30th. In an advance review Robert Bell of exclaim.ca writes, “In having captured the pain of youthful insecurity and the nature of socially imposed self-hatred, in addition to understanding the need to replace unfulfilled familial affections with hollow sex, Sanchez has crafted a thoughtful and timely work.”