Sunday, February 25, 2018

Sunday, February 25, 2018 2:40 am by M. in    No comments
Jen Silverman's The Moors is performed in Durham, NC:
The Moors
by Jen Silverman
February 22 – March 10, 2018
Directed by Jules Odendahl-James
Produced by Manbites Dog Theater

A family quarrels. A governess arrives. A servant schemes. A hen falls from the sky. A hound hunts his prey. Join us for Jen Silverman’s decidedly modern take on the Romantics’ dark and brooding landscapes. Finalist for the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize.
Triangle Arts Entertainment publishes a review:
Jen Silverman’s dark comedy, The Moors, previewed at Manbites Dog Theater on Thursday night to a sold-out crowd who delighted in the eyebrow-raising and irreverent trip into the bleak landscape that inspired the Emily Brontë classic, starring Heathcliff and Catherine Earnshaw. Silverman utilizes that stark setting, places very different characters into the windswept countryside, then turns the conflict between them on its ear.
The result? An excursion into the world of women, left alone to their own devices to dream and survive and to determine their place in what is, for them, a rather gloomy world. Though the story is a darkly funny one with many original lines that make you feel guilty for laughing, the show’s bright and shining moments are the result of an extremely talented ensemble led by director Jules Odendahl-James, in her last directorial assignment for the beloved institution. (...)
Jen Silverman, an award-winning playwright whose work has been performed throughout the United States, is highly considered as a playwright, as well as a novelist (with two books under contract with Random House). She uses her talent as a satirist to bring an otherworldly feel to this play that references not only the bleak landscape that the Brontës used as a backdrop for several novels, but also mentions the Brontë sisters’ brother, Branwell, as an important component of the story, yet he’s a character who never comes on stage. (Dawn Reno Langley)
IndyWeek also reviews it. 

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