Motel Cherry OFF-BROADWAY REVIEWS

  • NY TIMES

  • BACKSTAGE

  • NY THEATRE

Opening Night:
June 21, 2012
Closing:
June 30, 2012

Theater: HERE Arts Center / 145 Ave. of Americas, New York, NY, 10013

Synopsis: 

Local calls, ice and the little soaps are free. But careful, walls are thin, and your secrets might seethe through.

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  • NEW YORK TIMES REVIEW OF Motel Cherry

    Rooms Where Norman Bates Would Feel at Home

    Claudia La Rocco

    June 25, 2012: Functional is all I’m looking for.” So announces the hustling copier salesman, Mark (Mike Shapiro), about his modest expectations for overnight accommodations. It’s a low bar, but sorry, mister, you’ve checked into the wrong establishment.

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  • BACKSTAGE REVIEW OF Motel Cherry

    Motel Cherry

    Jonathan Mandell

    June 24, 2012: "Motel Cherry," the third and final play in Clubbed Thumb's Summerworks 2012 festival, is in part an updated and downsized American version of the 1932 movie "Grand Hotel," the Oscar winner about the intersecting lives of a hotel's guests, in which Greta Garbo famously utters the line "I want to be alone." But Peggy Stafford's new play does more than just mix and match guests in a motel in a remote area of Washington state. The nine actors also double as animals, inanimate objects, and characters straight out of unfamiliar fairy tales.

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  • NY THEATRE REVIEW OF Motel Cherry

    Motel Cherry

    Adam Burnett

    June 23, 2012: When we are allowed to reside, for a time, in in-between spaces there is a thrill that occurs, giving us the freedom to explore what might happen if we indulged in our deepest wishes. This is why we travel, why we get lost, and why the motel room has gained a mythic status as a site for transgression and potential revelation. These one-off nights on the way to our final destination always seem a bit surreal, from the tiny bars of soap, to the already-made bed, to the noises on the other side of the wall. It is this in-between space, between home and somewhere else, that we often consider how our deepest fantasies, as sordid as they may be, might be realized.

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