Sunday, September 15, 2019
reviews - ACTUALLY - iTheatre Collaborative
highlights from local critics reviews - (click link at bottom of each review to read complete review)
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"In any confrontational situation where only two people are present there are almost always three sides to the story: the often conflicting beliefs of what transpired from each of the two individuals and the truth of what actually happened. In Anna Ziegler's fascinating 2017 play Actually, which is receiving its local premiere in a thought-provoking and well-acted production at iTheatre Collaborative, the individuals are two college students embroiled in a rape charge....Ziegler has a clear sense of how to make a situation such as...a rape trial between two college students both riveting and theatrical. She also has a keen ear for appropriate and realistic dialogue....Under Rosemary Close's superb direction, Elizabeth Broeder and Raphael Hamilton are both excellent as Amber and Tom, delivering well thought out, three-dimensional, and clearly defined portrayals....In the well-crafted script and the beautifully acted portrayals in iTheatre Collaborative's production, both characters seem to be telling the truth, but the truth is very murky. The audience is faced with the challenge of deciding whether a rape took place, even if, under these circumstances, the question is almost impossible to answer. " -Gil Benbrook, Talkin' Broadway (click here to read the complete review)
"He said. She said. Two simple sentences that frame the headlines of our times, reflecting the disparity between two deeply held but very different versions of a shared but allegedly non-consensual sexual experience. ...In her riveting and provocative play, ACTUALLY, Anna Ziegler compels us to confront a vexing question: how and by what criteria do we adjudicate the truth and determine guilt or innocence on the charge of rape?...iTheatre Collaborative's stirring production... tautly directed by Rosemary Close and featuring bristling performances by Elizabeth Broeder and Rapheal Hamilton...an emotionally harrowing trial of self-reflection, self-justification, and self-revelation....You will not walk away from this show unscathed by doubt and the inability to be certain about what actually happened. Such is the conundrum of this issue. You will, however, leave with the knowledge that you experienced a profound and sensitively delivered production." - Herbert Paine, Broadway World (click here to read the complete review)