Reviews: Strengths And Stumbles In Six Plays

“Branden Jacobs-Jenkins manages something rather astounding: he speaks to an audience exhausted from family plays and race-relations-themed plays, and makes us take another look at a genre we thought we’d had enough of.”

Review: ‘Gnit’ Plays Well With A Classic Tale

“In one particularly inspired move, Eno conflates the crowds of citizens who mock and harass Peter into a single role named Town, handled here with terrific multiple-personality comic brio by Danny Wolohan.”

Reviews: Coming To A Theatre Near You (Maybe?)

“No matter how unlikeable they are or how repugnant their choices, we come to understand how they got to be that way, which makes their ugliness and and their pain impossible to dismiss.”

HumanaFest in Six Words

Our colleague Lou Harry is one heckuva wordsmith — and he’s always up for a creative challenge.  In that spirit, I asked him to write six-word reviews for each show in the festival.  Here’s what he came up with:          O Guru Guru Guru…          Twisted life straightened via […]

Read The Stage: Going Forward

Peter Gnit: A whiny, dorky narcissist who somehow has women, from his long-suffering mother to the sweet Solvei, ruining their lives for him. Old story, right? Yes, really old story. Gnit (guh-NIT) is Henrik Ibsen’s Peer Gynt, which was in turn based on the fairy tale Per Gynt, altered and adapted, stripped of some of […]

‘Gnit’ Goes High-Concept For Jokes, But Some Fall Flat

“After two and one-half hours (including intermission), I found myself just wishing Peter Gnit would shut the hell up.”

Swollen Egos Stride the Stage

“The most intriguing works in the festival, now under the direction of Les Waters, take the audience on engrossing journeys through the thick underbrush of the human psyche as it is shaped by family, society and the divided impulses of the self.”

Review: Which Play Should You See This Final Weekend?

“As a rule, I’ll take big, audacious plays over smaller, safer ones—even if ambition sometimes leads to missteps.”

Will Eno and the terrible fate of being understood

“It seems that the search for the self has had a good hundred year run, or 150 year run here, and I thought maybe some slight corrective was needed,” says Eno.

Review: ‘Gnit’ is smart, funny, tough to love

“‘Gnit’ is wickedly funny, relentlessly intelligent and very well-executed by director (and artistic director) Les Waters, the cast and the design team. It’s also tough to love.”

Review: ‘Gnit’ journey is fun, difficult

“The transformation [Peter Gnit] seeks on his journey ‘to discover, to uncover, the authentic self’ never gives him the dramatic return he seeks.”

Review: ‘Gnit’ takes the audience on a wild ride

“Gnit is oddly entertaining. And being an observer to Peter’s self-centered journey through life makes even the most egotistical among us seem saintly.”

Will Eno explores identity in ‘Gnit’

“It’s not necessarily identity in a political sense. It’s more about phrasing it as a question: ‘Do I exist?’ That isn’t meant to be too philosophical, but just the way a kid might say it or think it.”