"Admirable... Ms. Lazarus's clever adaptation is smoothly suited to our times... (Shaun Bennet) Fauntleroy is a lovable Rose, and Chris Ceraso is powerful as a dangerous male officer. Zachary Clarence (gives) a lusciously layered performance... (Catherine) Curtin is at her best!"
“Soulful… brisk-paced… Barre and company don't lose the spirit of
Rostand's original poetry and adds its own panache.” CurtainUp
“Lovely… striking… enjoyable innovations… well done and likely
to entertain.” -Stage Buddy
“Imaginative direction… The music (is) beautifully played and
sung… a worthy endevor.” -Times Square Chronicles
OTHER QUOTES FOR BURNING:
“An intriguing take on Cyrano’s themes… well conceived, trenchant, illuminating… (Playwright Ginger) Lazarus, the actors and director have done their finest work… Burning should be seen for its innovations and its vital subject matter.” -Theater Pizzazz
“Catherine Curtin as Cy (melts) into her character and is utterly convincing as the army sergeant whose promising career was cut short by being too outspoken about her own sexual orientation. Shaun Bennet Fauntleroy and Sean Phillip are also excellent.” -CurtainUp
"Filled with passion... Burning explores critical themes that rarely find a place on stage... captivating... tense and powerful... led by the
remarkable Catherine Curtin (who) drives the play forward, never faltering... extraordinary." -THEATER IN THE NOW
"Compelling and surprising… One knockout punch after another... Beautifully performed." - Broadway Radio
“You must give the artistic director Eric Parness credit for pairing
up the old chestnut with a contemporary play that resonates with our
cultural moment… It's the overall excellence of the acting that
really makes this double bill of something old plus something new catch
The critics are raving about R.U.R. and THE TRUTH QUOTIENT!
"Both of these works are well-written with fascinating, thought-provoking concepts...The acting, whether human or robot, is superb, and the direction is tight...Treat yourself to both - the future is, was, and may be right before your eyes." ELJnyc.com about both
"Mr. Manley keeps this story from straying into Twilight Zone territory by skillfully supplying subtle twists and an ending that is both surprising and perfectly apt...It's great to see a rarely revived classic staged with such great care...Both plays should be seen as they enhance one another and provide insights into our clamor for more and more technology." Theatrescene.net about both
"The Truth Quotient is well-paced by Parness...Manley raises interesting questions about the nature of faith, trust and love..." Associated Press about The Truth Quotient
"Director Eric Parness is also a genius at maneuvering the thoroughly talented cast...By all means, take a date to this engrossing play, or take your parents." NYTheatre.com about The Truth Quotient
"Have I got a treat for you...reimagined and restructured for our times by Lee Eric Shackleford...the play remains faithful to Capek's masterpiece...It's excellent." Liz Smith, wowowow.com about R.U.R.
"This production is worth the time for those interested in going back in time to see one of the great wonders of world theatre." Examiner.com about R.U.R.
"I'm thrilled that this company exists...it's a unique idea...it gives both new playwrights a chance to shine and also puts the spotlight on plays that have been neglected...I do advise getting to see not one of these plays, but both of these plays, to compare and contrast." Peter Filichia, BroadwayRadio.com
Resonance Ensemble's Artistic Director Eric Parness speaks with Steven Fechter, playwright of Shakespeare's Slave, about this world premiere play.
Resonance Ensemble's 2011 season includes a new adaptation of Shakespeare's Henry IV. Watch this video of the four adaptors describing their process creating the piece.
Resonance Ensemble's production of The Glass House receives three New York Innovative Theatre Award nominations:
Outstanding Actor in a Lead Role:
Joie Bauer, David Bishins, Gina Nagy-Burns, James Patterson, Chris Skeries, Harris Yulin, Janet Zarish
Outstanding Innovative Design:
Daniel Heffernan (Projection Designer)
Reviews for The Glass House
“The Glass House, a new, immensely satisfying one act play written by June Finfer; brilliantly directed by Evan Bergman and produced by the Resonance Ensemble at Theatre Row’s Clurman Theatre is theatre at its best… smart writing, intelligent direction and four riveting performances… The Glass House is simply not to be missed… Janet Zarish is spellbinding… Harris Yulin is commanding and oozes Germanic charisma… Gina Burns shows strength and courage… David Bishins does a real star turn. He’s remarkable… a very special production and I urge you to see it.”
“an absorbing drama… Harris Yulin and Janet Zarish are just what the playwright must have envisioned.”
“(An) ambitious new play… Harris Yulin (brings) an excellently calibrated mix of egoism and humanity to van der Rohe… there's a courtliness to the actor's portrayal, as well… Resonance certainly deserves acclaim.”
“a carefully and methodically constructed bit of theater… Zarish brings a cool professionalism to the role… Harris Yulin does a masterfully understated job with the role… The payoff of The Glass House is wonderful… Finfer, does a great job in bringing it out.
QUEER NEW YORK
“Yulin provides a magnetic performance from the get-go. His charismatic and charmingly human portrayal of the celebrated architect is wonderfully nuanced… Finfer has an excellent ear for natural dialogue and the characters she has crafted are fully-fleshed and three-dimensional. Evan Bergman's direction is strong and assured.”
“Harris Yulin in The Glass House is a commanding and complex Mies van der Rohe… June Finfer has a nice touch in bringing these factual figures to life. In particular, she has created a fascinating character in Philip Johnson… nimbly played by the mercurial David Bishins.”
Reviews for The Master Builder
Best of Off-Broadway
“(The Master Builder) is a must see. With its twisted characters and interesting plot points it is amazingly poignant in today's world. Beautifully directed with heartfelt investment by Eric Parness it begs for attention.”
QUEER NEW YORK
“Eric Parness, artistic director for Resonance, provides an intelligent and smooth direction to his very capable cast. (Chris Ceraso) effectively provides a strong center for the play. He is matched, quite brilliantly, by Sarah Stockton as Hilda Wangel… The scenes between the two are mesmerizing”
“Eric Parness has directed a deeply moving and surprisingly accessible production of this masterpiece featuring the effortless, virtuoso performance of Chris Ceraso in the title role. Each actor imbues this beautiful play with naked vulnerability and utter grace. I highly recommend it.”
“Chris Ceraso plays Halvard Solness, the Master Builder, so wonderfully… Susan Ferrara plays Mrs. Solness with appropriate gravitas… Sarah Stockton plays Hilda Wangel, (and) handles the coquettish duties easily… Ms. Stockton cannot help to bring to mind the young Kate Winslet… Director Eric Parness stages the scenes well.”
A CurtainUp Review
“(At times), you can feel your pulse quicken and the magic of Ibsen's story take over the stage… Sarah Stockton's Hilda Wangel possesses the right blending of coyness, passionate abandon, and the lashing bite of a scorpion…One must admire (director Eric) Parness.”
Benefit Announcement Our annual fundraising benefit will take place on Monday, March 22, 2010, featuring a celebrity reading of Eric Overmyer's Amphitryon with a reception and silent auction. More information here.
We are thrilled announce that our production of 23 Knives has received two Innovative Theatre Award nominations, one for Sound Design and one for Original Music. Our artistic member Nick Moore designed both of the production and we are so thrilled for him!
Reviews for Reflections
A sweet find… a droll surprise that’s beautifully acted… a wry study in the thin line between truth and fabrication. -The New York Times
The bill has real emotional oomph. Helmed adroitly by Resonance Ensemble’s artistic director Eric Parness, the program is diverse and inventive. -The West Side Spirit/Our Town
Our upcoming production, Reflections: An Evening of Short Plays, begins performances on May 16th at the Lion Theatre at Theatre Row!
Reviews for 23 Knives:
"An imaginative and often diverting twist on history." - The New York Times
"Entertaining and intriguing." - Show Business Weekly
"Boal's imagination is free-ranging and bold... inventive and
fascinating and filled with delicious surprises... Patrick Melville...
delivers a canny, charming, and thoughtful performance. Brian D. Coats
is terrific as Musa." - nytheatre.com
"A good old-fashioned murder mystery... Todd Alan Crain delivers an
excellent performance as Janus." - Stage and Cinema
Reviews for Caesar and Cleopatra:
"A commendable effort... A big plus is the performance of Wrenn Schmidt
as Cleopatra... Joe MacDougall as the Roman soldier Rufio and Rafael
Jordan as the artist Apollodorus are strong." - The New York Times
"I loved this play... beautiful, moving, and very timely theater." - nytheatre.com
"Chris Ceraso is top notch as Caesar... and Wrenn Schmidt is absolutely
luminous as Cleopatra." - CurtainUp.com
"Chris Ceraso manages to combine an imperious demeanor with a sense of
mischief as Caesar... Wrenn Schmidt (is) a full-fledged Shavian actress,
who embodies Shaw’s idea of a spirited girl buoyed by world politics." - EDGE New York
Check out this video featuring playwright Christopher Boal talking about 23 Knives.
Check out this video announcement about our upcoming shows:
We are delighted that our production of The Imaginary Invalid recently received two 2007 Innovative Theatre Award nominations -- Outstanding Production of a Play and Outstanding Leading Actress in a Play (Virginia Baeta).
Our 2007 benefit took place on Monday, March 19th at Theatre Row on 42nd Street, featuring a reading of Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest.
Resonance Ensemble is now in residence at Theatre Row on 42nd Street.
Resonance Ensemble is doing a great job producing these kinds of shows in rep on a regular basis, and they deserve support so that they can continue to produce and provide valuable opportunities to playwrights, actors, and audiences.