VICUÑA


Reviews

"Zeitgeist artistic director David J. Miller has assembled a cast as skillful as Amir's work on Seaman's suit. Steve Auger displays terrific authority as Seaman—properly cagey and egotistical in both speech and body language. Robert Bonotto—always a riveting Zeitgeist regular—smartly understate Anselm's general reserve and fires up his contrasting frustration. Jaime Hernandez, a standout as Amir, captures his escalating angst and enduring respect for Anselm." - Jules Becker, South End News
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"If “Vicuña” isn’t quite the warning that it might have been pre-election, then what is its role now? Is it a funeral for democracy? An elegy for the complacent?""
- Christopher Ehlers, WBUR ARTery
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"Miller’s cast is first rate, with Robert Bonotto leading the pack as the astute tailor, shrewdly turning Baitz’ lines into witty repartee. Steve Auger has the formidable task of turning Trump funny when it’s almost impossible for us to think anything he does is humorous."
- Beverly Creasey, Boston Arts Review
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"... Zeitgeist Stage Company’s production of Jon Robin Baitz’s scorching satire, 'Vicuña.’ ...What makes Steve Auger’s performance and this David J. Miller-directed New England premiere of 'Vicuña’ so darkly compelling is the knife-edge of danger the actor brings to the character of Candidate Kurt Seaman. That’s the thing about Trump satires: They are unsettling precisely because they seem so close to actuality."
- Don Aucoin, The Boston Globe
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"Miller’s direction is crisp and the performances are stellar, across the board. The candidate, Kurt Seaman (a frighteningly good Steve Auger) is an oversized, blustery, bald man whose daughter is his campaign manager."
- Nancy Grossman, Broadway World
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"The small impressive cast of five are a treat to see and hear from Auger's horrific bombast to Bonotto's patient wisdom, to Hernandez's passion, to Chakravorty's conflict, to Holley's deal-making. [Playwright] Baitz presents some intriguing and original twists and turns, none of which will be revealed here"
- JAck Craib, South Shore Critic
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Love! Valour! Compassion!


Reviews

"There is a great deal of heart that radiates from Miller’s affectionate revival and from the terrific ensemble of actors that make Love! Valour! Compassion! one of my favorite productions of the year. "
- Christopher Ehlers, digboston
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"It’s a heartbreaker of a play, full of rage and mirth, sadness, and sarcasm, all of it affecting and brought vibrantly to life by an extraordinary ensemble of actors Prepare to be moved. DO NOT MISS."
- Joyce Kulhawik, Joyce's Choices
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"Love! Valour! Compassion! is now at Zeitgeist Stage Company in a warmly empathetic production directed by David J. Miller. For all his freewheeling demeanor, it is Buzz who reveals surprising depths, entering into an unexpected relationship despite his fear of intimacy and further loss. It is Buzz, too, who asks the fraught question that’s always lurking there, for the eight friends and for all of us: “Who’s gonna be there for me when it’s my turn?’’ That we believe the reassuring answer he receives is a testament to the quality of this fine production."
- Don Aucoin, Boston Globe
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"After 24 years, the laughs are a bit different and the lines that bring tears have shifted, but Love! Valour! Compassion! remains one of the most touching portrayals of gay relationships in modern theater."
- Clinton Campbell, Edge Boston
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"By play's end, Miller's stellar cast makes "Love! Valour! Compassion!" a must-see outing"
- Jules Becker, Bay Windows
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"Who better than David J. Miller and Zeitgeist Stage Company to present a contemporary production of McNally's play which captures the zeitgeist of the early 1990s? Miller directs a septet of actors who craft an ensemble work, an egalitarian troupe who support each other's efforts, much like a group of friends taking turns in the limelight."
- Nancy Grossman, Broadway World
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"With skillful direction and a really remarkable ensemble," says Jared, "we are quickly drawn into a tight-knit family of friends hellbent on making each other matter, even if the rest of the world won’t see it that way."
- Jared Bowen, WGBH
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"LOVE! VALOUR! COMPASSION! is Terrence McNally’s valentine to old friends, their pleasant company and above all, their resilience. Director David Miller’s jaunty production for Zeitgeist makes the Tony Award winner seem as fresh as it did in 1995. The bitchy banter is still amusing, the quirky characters are still fascinating and the presence of AIDS is still … always …. heart wrenching."
- Beverly Creasey, Boston Arts Review
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"It's both funny and bittersweet, thanks to this terrific ensemble. The play, and this production of it, are profoundly loving, valiant and compassionate. This is one of this company's finest and most memorable productions in a wonderful season."
- Jack Graib, South Shore Critic
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STEVE


Reviews

"Zeitgeist Stage Company lightens up its season with this comedy by playwright Mike Gerrard. Four gay friends who once lived, worked and partied fancy free must reconcile the new realities of their lives including parenthood, wandering eyes and mortality. "Steve" is middle age on the edge. And much like life, it’s a comedy until it’s not.."
- Jared Bowen, WGBH
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"Steve probes beneath that snarky surface and touches genuine emotion — real pain, real love – that brings considerable poignancy to its portrait of two longtime gay male couples and their lesbian friend.."
- Don Aucoin, The Boston Globe
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"Steve supplies some chuckles about the vicissitudes of maturity and it doesn’t overstay its welcome."
- Bill Marx, Arts Fuse
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"Anyone who has been cheated on in a long-term relationship will fully sympathize with Steven’s actions. The other characters also go through their own arcs, each wondering if the passionate flames of youthful potential have died down to mere embers."
- Noe Kamelamela, The New England Theater Geek
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"The strongest asset that the production has is the collection of actors that have been assembled. Victor Shopov gives a great central performance as Steven (protagonist Steven), letting the audience feel his frustration as scene by scene his life begins to unravel."
- James Wilkinson, Theater Mirror
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"Zeitgeist may be off-off-Tremont, but it should be on every Boston theatergoer's map. It's never boring and is often more insightful than the product of a lot of other larger local companies."
- Jack Graib, South Shore Critic
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"In the close quarters of the Black Box Theater, one is easily swept up in the little moments shared between couples, friends, and lovers. It feels like being on Facebook live as we spy and eavesdrop on private conversations that include flirtations, jealousy, anger, frustration, despair, and soul searching."
- Nancy Grossman, Broadway World
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Steve is as much a celebration of friendship and love that withstand mistrust as a sharp examination of gay relationships. Zeitgeist Stage makes that examination a vital experience for all theatergoers."
- Jules Becker, Jewish Journal
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“The cast, under David J. Miller's direction, make Steve a tasty confection.”
- Kilian Melloy, Edge Boston
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"The writing is inspired, and the ensemble acting is flawless. This is a play you will not want to miss."
- Al Chase, WhiteRhinoReport.com
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"David J. Miller’s talented cast, led by the charismatic Victor Shopov (who manages to emote genuine pain beneath a hard crust of arrogance) have a field day with Gerrard’s angst ridden script."
- Beverly Creasey, Boston Arts Review
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Faceless


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"Faceless: SEE it! This New England premiere by young playwright Selina Fillinger and season opener at Zeitgeist Stage Company is a provocative look at the hot button issues of the day: racism, terrorism, immigration, religious freedom, women’s identity politics– all fueled by social media, and here delivered by a first rate cast sleekly directed by David Miller."
- Joyce Kulhawic, Joyce's Choices
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“Playwright Selina Fillinger’s script is taut and intense, sprinkled with uneasy comedy but driven by a host of complex, tricky issues.”
- WBUR Artery
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“Faceless is a well-written and superbly executed production, and it’s really worth seeing, both for its timeliness and for its universal themes.”
- The Theater Mirror
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“Faceless by Selina Fillinger could not be more timely. You have until October 7 to do yourself a favor and savor the writing of an excitingly fresh voice in the theater.”
- South Shore Critic
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“Faceless is involving, and the Zeitgeist Stage Company production is solid, led by fine performances from attractive performers in the lead roles.”
- Bill Marx, ArtsFuse
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“Zeitgeist has produced a compelling courtroom drama that speaks to some of the most prominent fears in our society today.”
- New England Theatre Geek
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“Faceless is a powerful, thought-provoking piece of theater, made all the more remarkable by Fillinger's story.”
– Nancy Grossman, Broadway World"
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"Despite the complex problems presented to the audience, the deep humanity of each character brings some of the biggest issues in our contemporary world to a personal level."
- Bay State Banner
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"If you see any play this week, it should be this one. This play and this production moved me to tears and caused me to think deeply about important issues."
- Al Chase, White Rhino Report Blog
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