From “Drawing Room Comedy as Fabulous Invalid” by Art Hennessey:
At Hibernian Hall in Roxbury, a quiet riot is taking place. Peter Snoad’s play Identity Crisis, directed by Jackie Davis, has a diverse audience sending laughter up into the high ceiling of the Hall’s third floor playing space.
Hopefully the play won’t fly under the radar of the Boston theater scene, or the eyes and ears of those who write about it, but that is entirely possible. The playwright doesn’t come with a New York pedigree, the playing space isn’t in a trendy area, and the play itself is that kind of comedy that goes in and out of fashion with theater folk and critics alike.
Identity Crisis is a drawing room comedy or, more appropriately a living room comedy. Who really hangs out in drawing rooms these days? Like many classic comedies and farces it involves a marriage, social conventions, class, a little sex and, oh, Race. …
So, the living room comedy is dead, long live the living room comedy!
The Mirror up to Nature: Boston Theater and Beyond, November 24, 2014. Click here
for full review. Art Hennessey is an actor, director and playwright. He was the co-founder of Essayons Theater Company. www.arthennessey.com
From “Identity Crisis” by Kilian Melloy:
Peter Snoad's new play Identity Crisis does what plays of this sort ought to do, and does it with flair: It tackles thorny social questions and disarms them not only with humor, but with precise and devastating wit. This is both an "issues" play and a satire, but it's more than that, too, a farce with a solidly constructed narrative core and some delectable meat on those bones. … A fantasy - like a farce - relies on outsized, brightly hued elements. They allow us something to hold fast to while the material takes us into strange, sometimes bizarre or even outré terrain. Taken as a whole, and with this cast (and zippy, light-on-its-feet direction by Jackie Davis), Identity Crisis is a crisis only to the characters. For the audience, it's a tart, fresh, smart take on things that have grown toxic in the culture at large. If laughter is the best medicine, our healing around issues of race and social privilege begins here.
EDGE Boston, November 24, 2014. Click here
for full review. Kilian Melloy serves as EDGE Media Network's Assistant Arts Editor, writing about film, theater, food and drink, and travel, as well as contributing a column.
Pictured from left to right: Richard Caines (Frankie White), David Josef Hansen (both Alan and David Guthrie), Sochi Fried (Marcia Silverstein), and Sheree Galpert (Sylvia Silverstein).