2010 Non-Equity Jeff Nominations|
Best New Adaptation
Jared B. Moore
Best Lighting Design
THE MAN WHO WAS THURSDAY
"TOP TEN PLAYS OF 2009 ... New Leaf’s new adaptation of G.K. Chesterton’s 1908 satire about a man who finds himself tapped by Scotland Yard to infiltrate a council of anarchists was blessed by playwright Bilal Dardai’s deft touch and the shrewd, apparently endless inventiveness of director Jessica Hutchinson and the company’s resident designers. New Leaf has often found innovative ways of looking at its unique space; here the troupe did it several times in the same night. Add an ensemble equally adroit with the urbane and the farcical, and this theater experience is one we’d like to revisit every day of the week."
"RECOMMENDED ... a whip-smart adaptation ... Jessica Hutchinson's inventive staging and an agile ensemble find the right balance between the ridiculous masquerades of the anarchists (one in full Cyrano regalia) and the chilling realization that, once unmasked by the world, none of us knows what our next step should be."
"FOUR STARS ... a piece that flirts with the spectacular ... Dardai has structured his tale deftly ... the director and her designers ... compel us onto our toes"
"HIGHLY RECOMMENDED ... a smorgasbord of theatrical delights: from intelligent, often hilarious acting from the entire ensemble to director Jessica Hutchinson's delightful, innovative staging and Nick Keenan's ingenious sound design ... Dan Granata's delivery and timing are a marvel ... a beautifully coordinated, versatile and very talented cast ... Bilal Dardai has wisely retained the complexity and richness of Chesterton's literary prose."
"Unbelievably contemporary ... what an original way to approach a halloween production ... quite spooky and quite interesting"
"There’s no doubt about the determination of New Leaf’s promenade production. A lot of loving ardor went into every aspect of this disciplined deception... [Dan Granata as Syme] takes us through this warren of a plot with the same precision that Chesterton showed his readers 101 years ago. Let’s hear it for thinking theater!"
"RECOMMENDED ... Jessica Hutchinson’s directing is hip, astute and responsive, with a semi-promenade that makes brilliant use of space and has actors circulating amongst the audience without any sense of clumsy attempts at “interactivity.” Acting is deft across the board ... along with gorgeous technical theater"
"I don’t think that I’ve seen a play as amusing, witty, clever, intelligent, engaging, moving and intense as New Leaf Theatre’s The Man Who Was Thursday."
THE MAN WHO WAS THURSDAY
by Bilal Dardai
based on the novel by G. K. Chesterton
directed by Jessica Hutchinson
A World Premiere
Sean Patrick Fawcett
Michelle Lilly O'Brien
Production Manager & Sound Design