4 Stars From Time Out New York, and….

photo by Tom Martinez

Murder in the Cathedral press round-up:

Time Out New York. “…simply sitting inside the elegant, crumbling Church of St. Joseph makes you wonder if every show should have frescoed ranks of angels and Gabriel’s Horn reverb…”

New York Times “It’s a moment of action that you just can’t imitate on an ordinary proscenium stage. By jumping from one side of the church to the other, the production has the odd effect of seeming far away in distance but near in sound. The almost uncanny quality captures the sense of standing in awe of something ineffably vast but that still speaks to you.”

Daily News “The [Catholic] Church has always been a patron of the arts,” Harrington said. “We don’t have a lot of money, but what we do have is space.”

NYTheatre.com “St. Joseph’s is indeed an inspiring setting (especially if you are or ever have been Catholic—this is the first time I’ve ever genuflected before taking my seat at a play), and Duffy’s staging makes fine use of the space, sending the cast up and down aisles, perching them in pulpits, even seating them in the pews.”

NPAC blog. “The project is not only site specific, but also community specific. Monsignor Harrington envisioned the piece as a “real community event”, drawing in not only the Church’s small, but dedicated congregation, but also engaging area residents and the general public. In turn, it was important to Miller and Duffy that the cast represent both the congregation and the neighborhood, therefore the diverse cast is largely made up of performers from the Prospect Heights community.”

The Brooklyn Eagle “Every performance is given with passionate fervor and an air of experience”

Brooklyn Paper “The dynamic between Simmons and this fourth tempter (Jordan Coughtry) is especially compelling as the actors play out the drama by encircling the entire audience.”

Commonweal blog. “…the space, the staging, the acting, and especially the superb, transporting original music (in addition to the electric organ, there’s a double bass and a couple of horns) help the medicine go down.”

New York Theater Review. “I am reminded as I look out at our audience seated in the pews each night that this is a story not just about an innovative approach to theater with inspiring collaborators but a story about a world that seeks to commune- children, artists, nuns, musicians, white collar, blue collar, neighborhoods, people of all ages, races, social and religious backgrounds.”

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