Hunter Gatherers OFF-BROADWAY REVIEWS

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  • NY TIMES

  • Opening Night:
    March 7, 2015
    Closing:
    March 28, 2015

    Theater: The Duo Multicultural Arts Center / 64 East 4th Street, New York, NY, 10003

    Synopsis: 

    Pam and Richard are hosting their best friends, Wendy and Tom, for an annual dinner get-together. An animal sacrifice kicks off the evening, followed by a little more sex, violence, deception, wrestling, and dancing than at previous parties. A darkly comic evening where the line between civilized and primal man is blurred, and where not everyone will survive long enough to enjoy the brownies for dessert.

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  • NEW YORK TIMES REVIEW OF Hunter Gatherers

    In ‘Hunter Gatherers,’ a Couples’ Dinner Grows Increasingly Bizarre

    Neil Genzlinger

    March 8, 2015: Plays that mix realism and absurdity can be difficult to stage effectively. The director and actors have to figure out how to do that Durang-ian swing between “could happen” and “deliriously improbable.” “Hunter Gatherers” by Peter Sinn Nachtrieb is such a play, and probably a good one, but the production by Playhouse Creatures Theater Company at the Duo Theater doesn’t really crack the code. Plenty of outrageousness is on display, but it’s undifferentiated, which means that a script full of surprises doesn’t surprise often enough. The scene is a two-couple dinner that begins weirdly and grows more bizarre from there. As the play opens, Pam (Emily Dahlke) and Richard (Joseph W. Rodriguez) are preparing to host their old friends Wendy (Megan O’Leary) and Tom (John Russell), an annual ritual that Richard, who fancies himself a master chef, takes especially seriously.

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