Never Never Garners Rave Reviews from Audience and Critics
Four Performances Remain: July 15, 19, 23, and 25
WASHINGTON—Barabbas Theatre Company’s production of Alexandra Petri’s new tragicomedy, Never Never was welcomed with great applause and spectacular reviews when it opened on Saturday night in the 2015 Capital Fringe Festival. Both DC Theatre Scene and DC Metro Theater Arts gave the production five stars. DCTS named it a “Pick of the Fringe,” and DCMTA named it “Best of the 2015 Capital Fringe.”
Never Never is about a man who thinks he can control his deviant tendencies but now faces his greatest temptation. It’s a poignant, troubling drama, but it also delivers the biggest laughs you’ll have at this year’s Fringe.
DC Theatre Scene critic Tim Treanor raves, “Like a Hitchcock movie, Never Never is drenched with suspense; when it explodes into confrontation, every combusted minute is well earned. Every character is both authentic and credible, and we see, in a few deft strokes of Petri’s pen, the horrible dilemmas that confront each of them.” Treanor calls Petri “a Washington playwright of the first rank.” He has equally high praise for the cast of Never Never:
(Matthew) Sparacino carries the principal weight of the story, and does so beautifully… (Seth) Rosenke carries his grief and defeat with him like a second coat even while he pretends to wisecrack through life. (Latia) Stokes takes Becca’s radiant cheeriness and convincingly turns it into despair the moment she discovers Alan’s secret. And (Lizzi) Albert employs an engaging persona and good comic timing to turn what could have been a caricature into a warm, living person.
Karim Doumar of DC Metro Theater Arts writes that Never Never, is “absolutely brilliant,” and adds, “If you can only see one show at this year’s fringe festival, you ought to make it Never Never. I only wish I could give it more than five stars.” In addition to applauding the great script, Doumar makes note of the production’s visual elements. Of Greg Stevens’s set design he writes, “It was a visually awesome way of filling space on that huge stage for this four-person cast.” Doumar gushes in his praise of the cast:
- Rosenke was “the rock that held the production together…and delivered some of the most important lines and messages of the production with fantastic poignancy…”
- Stokes “was simply stunning. Her performance was emotionally dynamic and she was wonderfully expressive and emotive.”
- Sparacino gives “truly a spectacular performance.”
- Albert is “maniacally sassy, witty and pure fun…and is such an eye-grabbing commanding force on stage.”
Update: Washington City Paper also loved Never Never!
What: The final four performances of the world premiere of Never Never at the 2015 Capital Fringe Festival
Featuring: Playwright: Alexandra Petri; Director: Kevin O’Connell; Cast: Lizzi Albert, Seth Rosenke, Matthew Sparacino, Latia Stokes; Set Designer: Greg Stevens; Lighting Designer: Jason Wells
Where and When: Never Never will be performed at the Sprenger Theatre in the Atlas Performing Arts Center at 1333 H St NE, Washington, DC 20002 at the following times:
Wednesday, July 15, 8:15-9:40 pm
Sunday, July 19, 6:15-7:40 pm
Thursday, July 23, 8:15-9:40 pm
Saturday, July 25, 12:15-1:40 pm
Tickets and Passes: At capitalfringe.org, 866-811-4111, or at the main festival box office at 1300 H St NE. See website for hours.
Photos: For high resolution photos related to Never Never, including photos of the opening performance, please see barabbastheatre.com/gallery.
Barabbas Theatre Press Contact: Kevin O’Connell, 301-351-1358, firstname.lastname@example.org
Capital Fringe Press Contact: Laura Gross, 202-695-8223, c: 202-255-2054, email@example.com
Twitter Handle: @barabbastheatre
Official Hashtags: #neverneverplay, #CapFringe15, #CapFringeSoldOut
About Barabbas Theatre: Barabbas Theatre, a DC-area company, is dedicated to producing excellent theatre that causes people to think and feel. We want to inspire our audience to gain insights into the human condition, and we believe the best way for a theatre company to do that is to present compelling, entertaining, and intelligent dramas and comedies. Above all, we are guided by the pursuit of artistic excellence.
About Capital Fringe: Capital Fringe is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization founded in the summer of 2005 with the purpose of infusing energy into performing arts in the Washington, DC, region through its annual Fringe Festival and year-round Fringe Training Factory. Capital Fringe’s vigorous programs ensure the growth and continued health of the local and regional performing arts community by helping artists become independent producers while stimulating the vibrant cultural landscape in our city.
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