Reviews

A sampling of reviews for Gremlin Theatre’s past productions:

Star Tribune: Odets’ Rocket to the Moon soars at Gremlin Theatre

Gremlin Theatre revives brilliantly a timeless piece from a great American playwright. (Rocket To The Moon pictured) Read full review »


How was the show: Jane Martin’s H20

The Gremlin’s production frequently rings true and doesn’t simplify its characters’ complex emotional journeys. While the show may dip its toes a little too far into shock tactics at times, it nevertheless resonates. It is far more concerned with its characters than its themes, and this serves to ultimately underline its multifaceted subject matter and leave a lasting impact. Read full review »


MPR’s State of the Arts: The reviews are in for Uncle Vanya

Insightfully perceptive and emotionally involving, Gremlin Theatre’s production of Uncle Vanya should be required viewing for anyone inclined to shrug off Chekhov as a dramatic chore. Though the work eschews romantic notions, the sincerity of unvarnished emotion only proves the more poignant. – Examiner.com

In “Uncle Vanya,” we watch Chekhov at his best — walking the tight wire between comedy and tragedy. Johnson rages like a harlequin; his Vanya packs a pistol during a tantrum against his pompous former brother-in-law, professor Alexander Serebryakov. Yet, in his verbal typhoons we realize that Vanya’s hatred is aimed not only at this insufferable visitor to the country estate, but at himself — for allowing his own bad choices and inertia to bully him into a wasted life. – Star Tribune


TC Daily Planet: After Miss Julie

Sundberg has a gift for portraying both lust and vulnerability, and she’s at her best embodying the mercurial Miss Julie. The roguish Hansen, for his part, nails the alternating pride and shame of his character: always the groomer, never the groom. And Whisner, an accomplished and busy actress whose previous shows I’ve somehow managed to completely miss, feels absolutely authentic as a woman whose patience is rapidly approaching the fine line between infinite and merely near-infinite. Perhaps most impressively, with the help of dialect coach Patrick Bailey, all three manage convincing and consistent class- and region-specific British accents. Read full review »



Pioneer Press: Sea Marks is a love story told at a refreshingly slow pace

Director Ellen Fenster wisely allows the tale to unspool at its pace, trusting in her performers and the script to carry the tale.

That trust is well-placed. In its tone and in its telling, “Sea Marks” asks us to downshift from our own frenetic place, to look at relationships from a different perspective. Its rewards are simple but satisfying. Read full review »