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Geffen Playhouse
Thru - Sep 29, 2019

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Broadway World- Recommended

"...Directed by Marti Lyons with choreography by Jessica Lee Keller and fight choreography by Steve Rankin, taking place in a time identified as "Then-ish but equally of our moment," we are taken into the lives of five people living in the quiet village of Edmunton, four of whom live in a castle with one an outcast living in alone in the woods after being labeled a "witch.""
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Shari Barrett

Stage and Cinema- Highly Recommended

"...Silverman’s script is full of dark humor that not only allows us to be fully engaged throughout the 95-minute one act, it helps to take in the heavier critique of modern times. The play’s universality comes in questions that have plagued man — or, at least, Faust — for millennia: For what are you willing to lose your soul? Is it worth it? Is it us who ultimately does the Devil’s work? Did the devil make us do it, or was he just a cattle prod? (We’re never really sure in Witch what becomes of the souls once the devil is in possession of them.)"
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Tony Frankel

Stage Scene LA- Highly Recommended

"...Is there something you want so badly that you’d give up your soul to get it? That is the question Jen Silverman poses in Witch, her devilishly clever, deliciously laugh-packed, decidedly dark look at gender, class, and the future of life as we know it, set way back in Jacobean England but told in a vernacular as contemporary as the latest Netflix hit."
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Steven Stanley

Haines His Way- Highly Recommended

"...From Dante’s Inferno and Milton’s Paradise Lost to Disney’s Fantasia and Broadway’s Damn Yankees, The Devil has been a popular character in books, music, film and stage works. He is often shown willing to grant a human whatever they may want in return for their soul. He is sort of like Aladdin’s Genie only with eternal damnation as the final reward. Playwright Jen Silverman has written a very funny, modern tinged take on Rowley, Dekker & Ford’s 1621 Jacobean play The Witch of Edmonton. The Geffen Playhouse is currently presenting Witch in their intimate Audrey Skirball Kenis Theater."
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Rob Stevens

On Stage and Screen- Highly Recommended

"...Lyons’s direction features perhaps the most creative use of the Audrey Skirball Kenis Theater, the Geffen’s smaller space, to date. Scenes with Elizabeth unfold on the ground level, inches away from the audience and very accessible, while the stage above extends for the scenes with the royal family, forcing you to quite literally look up to gaze upon them, emphasizing their higher status. While the costumes (Danae Iris McQueen) are period, the dialogue is purely modern, serving as a reminder that give or take a few details, the heart of this fable is rather timeless. The action clocks in at a tight 95 minutes that fly by so quickly it is a surprise when you realize the story has already reached its end."
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Erin Conley