by mia chung. world premiere. premiered: page 73, new ohio theater, nyc. november 2018. directed by ken rus schmoll. sets and costumes: arnulfo maldonado. lights: jiyoung chang. sound: brendan aanes. photography: hunter canning, stephen cyr.
"Chung and director Ken Rus Schmoll—who, working with designer Arnulfo Maldonado, frames the production in perfectly familiar drabness—let confusion do the work of communicating a sense of chaos, as the lines between the actors’ dual identities sometimes dissolve. The double-casting is more than a gimmick: It is central to what the show has to say about what some people do or do not get from their families." -- on CATCH AS CATCH CAN, Time Out New York. Time Out New York. TONY Recommended, Five Stars. "Arnulfo Maldonado’s set is embellished with several sliding panels — some wood-grained, some wallpapered — that slip across the stage noiselessly. The actors move between their roles almost as fluidly. Mr. Biehl, Mr. Esper, Ms. Serralles: Individually, these names brighten a cast list. To have them onstage together is a kindness and a gift. Under Ken Rus Schmoll’s direction, typically cool and precise, they differentiate their roles but also twin them, showing how parents are echoed in their children." -- on CATCH AS CATCH CAN, The New York Times.
"This show takes place in a typical domestic interior which has some unassuming wood-panels that slide on and off stage. Set and costume designer Arnulfo Maldonado’s panels shift the perspective and add depth and variation to a space. With each cinematic “wipe” of the stage, the actors reset the mood and setting. The panels also indicate something unsettled and unpredictable in the space, which the play mirrors." -- on CATCH AS CATCH CAN. Exeunt Magazine.