Zeitgeist in the News

 


Eight by Tenn

Reviews

 

“This is a production worth seeing, partly because you might not get another chance to see these Tennessee Williams one-acts performed, and partly because the design is consistently impressive, from Matthew Good's detailed sound design to the painterly lighting by Erik Fox that transforms the simple set into an array of locales.”
- Edge Boston, Killian Malloy

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“There’s plenty here for the Williams aficionado to dig through, like the character in ‘Portrait of a Madonna’ who perhaps anticipates Blanche Dubois and the general preponderance of good roles for women.”
- Boston Globe, Jeremy Goodwin

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A Great Wilderness

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“Zeitgeist’s production, under the steady direction of its artistic director David J. Miller, is boosted by some very fine acting. ‘A Great Wilderness’ suggests the damage that can be done when we leave our innermost depths unmapped.”
- Boston Globe, Jeremy D. Goodwin

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“In his direction, Miller builds the tension and guides the actors through the minefield of conflicts their characters face."
- Broadway World, Nancy Grossman

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“The Zeitgeist Stage Company production is anchored to a fine performance by Peter Brown as Walt."
- Arts Fuse, William Marx

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“Where the script succeeds magnificently is with Walt, a character who comes pre-loaded with a rare generosity of spirit. Brown captures Walt to a T -- when, fairly late in the play, Walt hears of a boy who was at his cabin years ago and is told that he's the sort of father that former visitor had yearned for, you can believe it."
- EdgeMedia Network.com, Killian Melloy

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“Peter Brown is heartbreaking as Walt. ... Shelley Brown and Thomas Grenon reminded me so much of my own uber-Catholic, kinda sorta liberal parents that I almost couldn’t stand it. I related almost too much. Their work in this play will give me much to brood over. My therapist thanks you."
- New England Theaater Geek, Kitty Drexler

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“David Miller has directed this play in a subdued manner, to show what happens when ordinary people act on their own beliefs without considering the consequences. The bang comes at the turn-about ending, a surprise and the strongest scene in the play…"
- The Patriot Ledger, Iris Fanger

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“As always, director David Miller has assembled a talented cast and designed a nifty log cabin set. J. Jumbelic’s sound for each scene change makes you sit up and take note."
- Boston Arts Review, Beverley Creasey

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Best of 2015

 

Zeitgeist Stage Company’s winter production of The Big Meal by Dan LeFranc was named to The Boston Globe’s 2015 Top Ten Theater picks. In his original review Don Aucoin wrote of the show, “The Big Meal,’ in its sneaky, seriocomic way, touches some deep chords at Zeitgeist Stage.” For the complete list visit

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Zeitgeist Stage Company’s spring production of The Submission by Jeff Talbott was named by WBUR’s The Artery as one of the outstanding productions of 2015. “Thorny questions of race, overweening ambition, near-miraculous inspiration, and good old-fashioned egos collide in what might be 2015’s most complex, emotionally searing production on the Boston stage,” was the summation of the show by critic Kilian Melloy. For the complete list visit

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The Boys in the Band

Reviews

 

“As you watch Zeitgeist’s fine production of THE BOYS IN THE BAND, you’re mindful that it probably wouldn’t be safe during that era for these men to be who they are outside the doors of Michael’s apartment. … Harold is portrayed by none other than Ryan Landry, the inspired impresario of the Gold Dust Orphans. But Landry’s larger-than-life presence does not unduly tip the balance of the solid ensemble assembled by Miller… Shopov’s Michael is compellingly conflicted.”
- Boston Globe, Don Aucoin

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"But this production keeps the drama both compelling and enlightening, and these performances along with David Miller’s direction keeps it loose. THE BOYS IN THE BAND was a landmark step in that direction and changed the zeitgeist; this production continues the momentum by providing an ongoing reminder of where we’ve been so we can keep on moving forward."
- Joyce's Choices, Joyce Kulhawik

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"This is a cast that understands the universality of the material."
- WBUR-Artery, Kilian Melloy

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"It is very, very raw emotion at this very small space at the Boston Center for the Arts. You almost feel like you’re in the living room with them. And so I think you feel the emotions that wash over the characters, come over you as well."
- WGBH, Jared Bowen

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"It is a credit to Miller as director and interpreter of the playwright's work, as well as the indelible portrayals by the nonet, that each and every character becomes a living, breathing man with a credible back story. As for those who say the play is dated, it is most definitely representative of its time, but look beyond the styles and artifacts to see part of the history of the Gay Pride movement."
- Broadwayworld.com, Nancy Grossman

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"Zeitgeist Stage Company’s powerfully affecting revival demonstrates that this Off-Broadway hit (which ran for more than 1,000 performances) still resonates as a poignant call for validation, respect and understanding."
- Bay Windows, Jules Becker

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"BOYS still works … I’m inclined to think it works in great part owing to Miller’s witty direction and his talented cast."
- Boston Arts Review, Beverly Creasey

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"Under the sharp-eyed, perceptive direction of David Miller, whose gift for coaching actors is unsurpassed, the ensemble of men deliver uniquely individual performances despite the sometimes comic-book outlines of the characters as written."
- Wicked Local Brewster, Iris Fanger

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"Miller’s approach to THE BOYS IN THE BAND was the freshest that I’ve seen in the six productions I’ve caught since 1969 – when Crowley’s play was still the talk of the town."
- Filichia on Friday, Peter Filichia

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