THE HOUSE OF BLUE LEAVES
"her best local
work to date… Filmer holds her very impressive
production on the right side of credibility, deftly
directing gobs of farcical action involving nuns
on the top of furniture and maintaining the necessary
tension between pain and amusement"
– Chris Jones, Chicago
"Ann Filmer's blistering production --
cast to perfection, and bruising in its roller-coaster
ride from the comically manic to the sadistically
pitch black -- is revelatory… This is the
first time the play's poetic title really hit
home. Highly Recommended"
– Hedy Weiss, Chicago Sun-Times
"The trick is to make the play both achingly
funny and painfully real. This production succeeds,
hilariously. Director Ann Filmer's five-star revival
for Shattered Globe Theatre erupts in a kind of
comic fever; the consummate cast never drops the
energy or condescends to the neurotically needy
characters… Highly Recommended"
– Lawrence Bommer, Chicago
"The exceptional cast trips lightly during
the play's frantic, slapstick scenes and treads
softly during its somber moments thanks to director
Ann Filmer. This production crackles."
– Barbara Vitello, Daily
"Any successful presentation of The House
of Blue Leaves begins with the director, who must
meld the wildly disparate elements in the play
into something resembling a coherent whole…
director Ann Filmer weaves the play's zaniness,
absurdism, and tragedy into a seamless unity."
– Dan Zeff Copley, News
"It's a compliment to director Ann Filmer
that her well-cast, well-paced and worthy revival
of this thirty-five year-old tragicomedy allows
one to not only laugh carelessly but also to think
carefully… a funny yet also a surprisingly
darker production than I would have ever expected,
and it1s also emotionally richer for it."
– Fabrizio O. Almeida,
"What hasn't changed since its premiere
is the problem of keeping the screwball action
from dissolving into the same frenetic chaos it
depicts. Fortunately, this Shattered Globe production
has at its helm Ann Filmer."
– Mary Shen Barnidge, Windy City
"Director Ann Filmer has her players
oozing every terrific moment in a highly theatrical
production that quickly engages us into the wild
world of 1965… Shattered Globe has set the
bar quite high with this fabulous production.
What a wonderful night of theatre!"
– Tom Williams, Chicago
• JEFF RECOMMENDED
Josh Bonifas, Kurt Chiang,
Peter DeFaria, Jacquelyn Flaherty, Gwynn Fulcher,
Heather Graff, Ann James, Doug McDade, Eileen
Niccolai, Linda Reiter, Kevin Viol
Arow Blackdragon, Kevin
Hagan, Shelly Strasser-Holland,
Joshua Horvath, Cybele Moon, Musical direction
by Edward Reardon, Dialect direction by Clare