Alexis Soloski reviews HORSEPLAY for The New York Times:
"Ms. Pope, an assured performer with a brazen alto, shines in the role, changing her accent and identity even more often than her bloomers. “I’m whoever I need to be,” Adah tells a lover. With brio and brass, Ms. Pope is, too."
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Michael Niederman reviews HORSEPLAY for New York Theatre Review:
"[Molly] Pope owns the stage in her presentation of Menken...All of the Askew company play multiple parts, sometimes more than one in the same scene. Some standouts include Tiffany Abercrombie, who plays the corpulent Alexandre Dumas and an Ugg-A-Wug Native American Bride, Tim Cusak as both dandy and Jew, Evertt Quinton as the scariest drag queen I’ve ever seen, and Chuck Montgomery as Meknen’s long beleaguered manager and only friend."
"Horseplay remains a vital window into not just one woman’s multiple lives, but also the history of the 19th century, a time period in which the entire western world was trying on multiple personas, trying which one would fit best."
Read the full review: HERE
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Raven Snook gives HORSEPLAY 3-stars in Time Out New York:
" [Molly] Pope is marvelous, fluidly changing accents and outfits in front of our eyes (costumes, wigs, props and set pieces are all in full view), belting out a few numbers in her smoky voice and maintaining charm when delivering some very dark punch lines. "
"Produced by Theatre Askew, Horseplay is scrappy, campy and all over the place, much like its heroine."
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Talkin' Broadway's Howard Miller on HORSEPLAY:
"Under Elyse Singer’s zippy direction, the versatile troupe of actors play multiple roles, often making head-spinning rapid character and gender switches as they relate the varied takes on Menken’s biography in a wildly exaggerated style that reflects her wildly exaggerated story telling. These include Tiffany Abercrombie, Tim Cusack (Theatre Askew’s artistic director), Jan Leslie Harding, Chuck Montgomery, Everett Quinton, and Mark St. Cyr — all of them excellent."
"Molly Pope, in whose acting you’ll find traces of Barbra Streisand, Gilda Radner, Mae West, Carol Burnett, and Bette Midler — [is] a perfect embodiment of the charisma and wit of a woman determined to make her way in what was most certainly a man’s world."
Read the full review HERE.
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Zachary Stewart covered HORSEPLAY for TheaterMania.
"There is no more delightful way to learn about Menken than Trav S.D.'s Horseplay: or, The Fickle Mistress, a Protean Picaresque, now being presented by Theatre Askew at La MaMa's Ellen Stewart Theatre."
"The six-person ensemble plays a dramatis personae of seeming thousands, with each performance as over-the-top and committed as the last."
"[Molly] Pope bites into this role, luxuriating in all of Menken's ridiculous contradictions and unapologetic thespianism."
La MaMa in association with Theatre Askew present
or, The Fickle
by Trav S. D.
directed by Elyse Singer
February 13 - March 1, 2015
The Ellen Stewart Theatre
66 East 4th Street
(between Bowery and 4th Street)
New York, NY 10003
Tickets: $18 Adults; $13 Students/Seniors
For Tickets and Info: CLICK HERE