Monthly Archives: July 2023

Orpheus Descending New York Times Feature

Written on July 31, 2023 at 2:21 pm, by

‘Maggie Siff and Erica Schmidt on a Williams Play ‘Shot Through With Desire’ “Orpheus Descending,” a rarely revived play about the treatment of outsiders, has only become more meaningful for its star and its director. Read more from The New York Times here. Orpheus Descending is playing now through August 6. Click here to learn more and buy…Read More »

Orpheus Descending Review: The New York Sun

Written on July 31, 2023 at 2:20 pm, by

“The tender side of Tennessee Williams… stage and screen veteran Maggie Siff and Pico Alexander are supported by an excellent ensemble under Erica Schmidt’s unflinching direction in this new production. Maggie Siff gives a performance of sinuous wit and ferocious resolve, showing us the life force that burns beneath Lady’s bitter frustration making her tragic…Read More »

Orpheus Descending Review: The New Yorker

Written on July 31, 2023 at 2:18 pm, by

“Siff is a powerful performer who maintains a taut string of connection with the audience…The direction is fluid and affecting.” Read more from The New Yorker here. Orpheus Descending is now playing through August 6. Click here to learn more and buy tickets.

Orpheus Descending Review: The New York Review of Books

Written on July 31, 2023 at 2:12 pm, by

“EXCELLENT ACTING AND DIRECTION …the brilliant ANA REEDER (Vee Talbot) …. JULIA McDERMOTT (Carol Cutrere), the outspoken, damaged scion of privilege….PICO ALEXANDER (as Val ) and especially MAGGIE SIFF (as Lady) imbue their roles with the gravity and wit. Siff’s wounded intensity is consistently plausible and affecting. We need to believe that Lady’s recklessness—carrying on…Read More »

Director Erica Schmidt Interview in Vogue

Written on July 21, 2023 at 1:34 pm, by

“A Drama Desk-, Lucille Lortel-, and BAFTA-nominated director and writer of works for stage and screen, Erica Schmidt has an impressive track record of bringing historical works to bear on their contemporary contexts in original and incisive ways. In this powerful and searching production [of Orpheus Descending], starring Maggie Siff and Pico Alexander, the political…Read More »

Orpheus Descending Lighting & Sound America Review

Written on July 12, 2023 at 10:26 am, by

“I wonder if the new season will produce another reclamation job as accomplished as Erica Schmidt‘s staging of this trouble-plagued Tennessee Williams work. Accomplished…gripping…a portrait of a small Southern town ruled by deadening Puritanism and brute force. It’s a way of life that crushes the weak, sensitive, or eccentric and it looks a lot like parts of America…Read More »