|Possum Dreams||None Too Fragile Theater / Akron, Ohio/June 2014|
Possum Dreams in New York, at Shetler Studio's Theatre 54
"If you think there are problems with your relationship, you haven’t seen anything until you’ve seen Ed Falco’s Possum Dreams. This new, extraordinarily edgy piece of theater crosses boundaries much further than vulgarity. Brace yourself for a failing marriage between two people who could not be more opposite. This is the kind of theater that New York City could use more of. Raw, witty, unfiltered, and sadistic are just a few words to describe this premiere piece.
"Possum Dreams goes against the grain of commercial theatre. The play was meant to be appreciated for its portrayal of human depth without limitation. This is what an audience craves but is too afraid to ask.
"The set was simple, the theater intimate. The stage is set in the living room of an upper-middle class couple whose relationship has been gradually declining for eight months prior. On this particular evening, when their teenage twins are both out for the night, stuff hits the fan.
"Leighann DeLorenzo and Andrew Narten, who play the only two characters who appear onstage during the entire show, command your attention for this 90 minute (no intermission) production. DeLorenzo’s presence is natural. Her character is demanding: fluttering through every emotion in the book; she plays it with grace and dignity. This actress has no qualms. Narten, who begins the show as the more introverted, serious character of the two, slowly lets his guard down and opens up to new unpredictable levels. Both actors approached their characters in an honest and nonjudgmental manner which the play’s success rode on.
"The places Possum Dreams goes are beyond conventional. The characters are vulgar, violent and sexually perverse, making the show extremely memorable, hilariously funny and uncannily realistic. The actors had a ball destroying the set, destroying each other and destroying all the boundaries to which theater generally adheres. Best of all, the audience reveled in this destruction and were left begging for more."
--Gabi Levin in New York Theater Guide
Possum Dreams in Akron, at None Too Fragile
"Stunning performances in Possum Dreams"
--April Helms, The News-Leader
"Possum Dreams feels like a kinky, unhinged cousin to Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? and God of Carnage; it's a play with similar DNA but willing to go further, break more windows, get into more trouble, than its older relations. In doing so, it's more absurd but somehow, more exhilarating . . . ."
--Andrea Simakis, The Cleveland Plain Dealer
"An amazing, intense experience . . . . this is a rip-snorting piece that rivals the intensity (if not the byzantine complexity) of Albee’s George and Martha, and other renowned on-stage wedded disasters."
--Christine Howey, Rave and Pan
"Kudos to None Too Fragile for sticking to its edginess and bringing contemporary drama to the stage. Co-founder Sean Derry (who did a wonderful job bringing this new work to life) commented that the theater wants to bring “stories that need to be told.” This is one of them, and it is well worth seeing."
--Roger Durbin, Knight Arts
"To say this work is intimate would be an understatement. The play, which runs about 100 minutes with no intermission, is a nonstop scene of domestic combat, both verbal and physical. . . . The play’s end is emotionally overwhelming as we realize that both Walter and Jan are afraid to face their mind-blowing new reality. In this moment of simple yet brilliant staging, we still wonder if there might be a smidgin of hope for this couple."
--Kerry Clawson, The Akron Beacon Journal
"Andrew Narten and Leighann Niles DeLorenzo are superb . . . They rant, harass and taunt with glee. . . . They each present several powerful and hysterical monologues which are worth the price of admission . . ."
--Roy Berko, The News-Herald