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Fringe Festival Reviews

CUAdrama alums and students receive excellent reviews for their 2014 Capital Fringe Festival Shows


Directed by Elena Velasco, MFA Directing student
Cast: MFA Acting student Natasha Gallop, and alums Laura O’Brien, BM ’14 and Robert Schumacher BA ’14

Director Velasco, in her Director’s Notes, asks an interesting question. What of the woman who refuses to remain in cultural, gender based stereotypes? There are many such characters in theatre history, such as Antigone. Velasco has not given any answers (are there any?) but she poses the question with great integrity and style. 

--DC Metro Theatre Arts


La Llorona
Written by Amanda Zeitler, MFA Playwriting student
Cast: Teresa McClernon & Briana Manente (MFA Acting), 
Stage Manager: Lauren Mitchell (MFA Playwriting)
Plus: Kevin O'Connell (MA Theatre History) and alum Robert Montenegro (MFA ’14)
This play won the 2014 Wichita State University National Playwriting Award

You don’t need to be a devotee of legal or prison dramas to appreciate this intelligent, emotionally involving play. Both La Llorona and Manente’s performance demand to be remembered.

--DC Theatre Scene


Ben & Lucille
Directed by Orion D. Jones, MFA Directing student

Of over 100 shows at the festival this year, it would be inexcusable to miss this brilliance in all its radiant resplendence. Real life, truly captured by a burgeoning and clever playwright who understands dramatic tension, plot construction, character creation and overall how to compose a piece of theatre. It’s an exceptional work not to be missed.

--DC Metro Theatre Arts


The Duchess of Malfi
Associate Producer: Kiernan McGowan, MFA Acting student
Set Design: Dean Leong, BA ‘07
Sound Designer: Robert Pike, BA’14
Dramaturg: Alan Katz, MA ‘11

Several of the actors role-double in order to portray the lunatics that Ferdinand dispatches to scare his sister as the tale approaches its climax. None of the verbal ravings that Webster wrote for the scene appear here, nor are they necessary: These specters simply make deranged gestures and noises — a haunting example of the streamlined aesthetic the production strives for overall. 

--The Washington Post