Tuesday, March 26, 2024

Review Highlights: EDUCATING RITA - Order Chaos Theater Company

Cynnita Agent and Peter Cunniff
Photo by Todd Sandberg

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 7

"Willy Russell's Educating Rita is a charming drama that depicts the transformative power of education. With two wonderful leads, Order Chaos Theater Company's well-directed production skillfully balances humor, poignancy, and social commentary....Russell does a fine job exploring various themes such as class, education, and personal identity which are still as relevant today as they were when the play first premiered in 1980...However, despite the play's many strengths, this is a two-act drama that runs over two hours with only two characters and one set, so there isn't a lot of varied movement or action, with certain scenes that tend to veer into repetition. While these instances do not detract significantly from the overall enjoyment of the play or this production, they do serve as minor distractions from an otherwise engaging drama. Under Mark-Alan C. Clemente's insightful direction, Russell's witty and incisive dialogue is delivered with precision and flair by Cynnita Agent as Rita and Peter Cunniff as Frank, both of whom breathe depth and authenticity into their portrayals."  - Gil Benbrook, TalkinBroadway.com (click here to read the complete review)

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