"Alprin shows her affinity to classic
theatrical structures but also her facility for humorous dialogue …
Karen Doubek provides a subtle performance of the grief-crippled mother."
"Alprin's script contains quite
a bit of humor ... real humor and insight as it deals with issues of grief,
remorse, and the pain of letting go. Aimée Meher-Homji's delivery
and comedic timing are wonderful."
"Tragic vaudeville … Alprin's
intelligent dialogue doesn't pander to the audience."
"The dialogue here is witty …
Jennifer Berg is intense and spunky as Alexa … she's a pleasure
to watch … Paula Alprin, who wrote the play, also plays its most
enjoyable character, Ella … who hilariously harnesses her karma!"
"The author presents us with a jewel
of a comic monologue, so offbeat and funny that it shines out like shook
foil … brilliant!"
How often do you walk the line between comedy and tragedy and search for humor in grief? You may watch Alexa's Necklace and ask yourself "Am I in the right theatre?" Well, you are in the right place at the right time to experience a profound odyssey through the fury of grief and the quest for accountability in a cursed life and, if you find that you are smiling through the show, don't recuse yourself from laughing. Weaving around the delicious plot line of a story handed down through the ages, the company has worked to juggle levity and sincerity, and perform a story replete with characters that you may find in The Odyssey.
When I walk into this exquisite place, I relish the visual connection to the ancient Theatre of Dionysus, where it all began. There are tiers of seats rising from the circular floor which is connected to a modest stage and there is not much depth in the proscenium. I stand humbled by the architecture. Alexa's Necklace endeavors to give an offering to the important relationship between architecture and literature (in the form of the written drama) which was so prized by the Greeks. Offering a new play in this elaborate theatre compelled us to work toward the grandeur of performance. We uncovered the layers of complexity inherent in the script with style, with panache and with an articulate vision.
And, oh yeah, it was great fun.