Wednesday, April 10, 2019

reviews - SISTER IN LAW - The Phoenix Theatre Company

Eileen T'Kaye and Laura Wernette
photo by Reg Madison Photography
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 April 28.

"Sandra Day O'Connor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg are two groundbreaking individuals who found ways to make America a more equal place for women as the first two women to serve as Supreme Court Justices. While Jonathan Shapiro's play Sisters in Law, which is making its world premiere at The Phoenix Theatre Company, isn't perfect, it is a fast-paced, funny and fascinating 80-minute drama with excellent performances by Laura Wernette and Eileen T'Kaye as O'Connor and Ginsburg....Depicting the idealist and the pragmatist who found a way to overcome their vast differences to make them both stronger individuals, forms an especially relevant lesson in our current derisive, political climate where it seems finding a common ground is virtually impossible. While it may have a few shortcomings, Sisters in Law is a warm, witty and ultimately moving document of the remarkable friendship between these two powerful women." -Gil Benbrook, Talkin' Broadway (click here to read the complete review)

"...Both (Sandra Day O'Connor's) grace and her steel are on full display in Laura Wernette’s delightful portrayal. ..after 13 years as the only woman on the court, to welcome Ginsburg (played by Eileen T’Kaye) into the smallest of sororities. But not only do the two women have different legal and political philosophies, their personalities immediately clash as well...Shapiro’s script...is rather lacking in the slyness department, and T’Kaye’s Ginsburg comes off as a single-minded scold, or, as O’Connor puts it, an ideologue. As a result, the women’s rivalry comes through loud and clear, but their affection for each other is muted and often feels forced....." Kerry Lengel, Arizona Republic (click here to read the complete review)

."...The play in its current form isn’t particularly theatrical. Even if the dialog engages, movement is at a minimum, giving the two actors little to do other than to stand near each other, walk around a chair or a desk, and talk. Close your eyes and the piece would be equally effective as an audio/radio play without a need to change. Seeing it live adds little, other than the enjoyment of watching Laura Wernette and Eileen T’Kaye and their high-energy verbal sparring matches...." -David Appleford, Valley Screen and Stage (click here to read the complete review)

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