Tuesday, March 13, 2018

reviews - GIDION'S KNOT - Stray Cat Theatre

Alison Campbell and Shari Watts
photo by John Groseclose

highlights from local critics reviews - (click link at bottom of each review to read complete review)

Click here for more information on this production that runs through March 24th.

".Something very bad has just happened in Johnna Adams' Gidion's Knot, an intriguing drama that pits two very different women in a room for 75 minutes while secrets and truths are revealed about what led up to this unfortunate, horrible event. The room where the play is set is a fifth-grade classroom and the two women are the teacher of the class and the mother of one of her students, who just committed suicide. Though not a perfect play, Stray Cat Theatre's co-production with Tempe Center for the Arts is well directed with two actresses who exquisitely deliver nuanced performances full of heightened, raw and deep emotions....The drawback to the play is that...the debate never feels truly fair...Also, for a 75-minute one act play, the facts take a very long time to be revealed... " -Gil Benbrook, Talkin' Broadway (click here to read the complete review)

"...the only thing that is really going on in the play is the slow revelation of the specifics of a violent tragedy. Any suspense is purely about the plot, because the dialogue, no matter how fiery, doesn’t engage with any deeper ideas and doesn’t really let its characters emerge as full human beings. It’s all information, no subtext..."  Kerry Lengel, Arizona Republic (click here to read the complete review)

"...Under Tracy Liz Miller’s taut direction, and told in real-time with a running length of seventy-five minutes, no intermission, Gidion’s Knot is an adversarial drama of a meeting that was arranged before a tragedy occurred. ...Like a murder mystery where the detective slowly peels back the layers of evidence..Gidion’s Knot unveils the events of the previous few days in small, conversational nuggets, slowly forming an overall picture...But despite the two outstanding performances, Gidion’s Knot is not an easy play to like. ...you may not want to look, and you may not be enjoying what you’re seeing or hearing, but you can’t turn away." -David Appleford, Valley Screen and Stage (click here to read the complete review)

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