by bryna turner. world premiere. premiered: lincoln center theater, nyc. march 2017. directed by lee sunday evans. sets: arnulfo maldonado. costumes: oana botez. lights: eric southern. sound: broken chord. photography: jenny anderson, arnulfo maldonado.
"Inspired by letters between the real Mary Woolley, the president of Mount Holyoke College for the first third of the 20th century, and Jeannette Marks, the writer who was her longtime love, “Bull in a China Shop” blows every last speck of dust off these two women and their compadres. Onstage at LCT3’s Claire Tow Theater in Lee Sunday Evans’s warm, lucid, handsomely designed production, they are radiant with life." -- on BULL IN A CHINA SHOP, The New York Times. NY Times Critic's Pick
"In swift, fluid scenes—artfully accommodated by Arnulfo Maldonado’s set, which conceals an amber-lit boudoir behind a presidential office overpowered by a pattern of red cabbage roses (surely an echo of “The Yellow Wallpaper”)—Turner limns the power issues that can persist, heteronormatively, in a relationship of presumed equals."-- on BULL IN A CHINA SHOP, Time Out.
"Turner writes thoroughly exciting dialogue for each of the characters, injecting the inhabitants of this century-old world with a flavor that rings true to our modern ears while costumed in Oana Botez's long, period-specific, velvet skirts and high-necked blouses. Similarly, Arnulfo Maldonado's set is spare and furniture-free, keeping Evans' focus on the dialogue and characters clear and uncluttered.."-- on BULL IN A CHINA SHOP, Theatermania.