Review: EVERYTHING IS WONDERFUL at CATF | Broadway World

Review: EVERYTHING IS WONDERFUL at CATF | Broadway World

A beautiful story of redemption and forgiveness within a family, Everything is Wonderful truly is a wonderful show at CATF this summer. While still handling a dark subject matter, the tone and eventual outcome of the show is much more light-hearted than one would expect walking in and Ed Herendeen’s direction of the family tale of love and loss is astounding.

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CATF Review: ‘Everything is Wonderful’ | The Frederick News-Post

CATF Review: ‘Everything is Wonderful’ | The Frederick News-Post

As is usual with Contemporary American Theater Festival productions, the play “Everything Is Wonderful” asks more questions than it answers.

Can the grace of God, or the passage of time, heal all things?

Is it possible to forgive and forget on demand?

And, rather than “forgive and forget,” is there value in remembering?

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Review: Confronting the Paradoxes of Faith in EVERYTHING IS WONDERFUL | Broadway World

Review: Confronting the Paradoxes of Faith in EVERYTHING IS WONDERFUL | Broadway World

In Everything Is Wonderful, featured in this year’s Contemporary American Theater Festival in Shepherdstown, WV, playwright Chelsea Marcantel has dramatized these paradoxes in the context of an Amish community. On the evidence of the play, the Amish are generally peaceful and forgiving; indeed, we are introduced at the outset to Eric (Jason Babinsky), a young outsider who through negligence has done a terrible wrong to the community, and comes seeking forgiveness and healing, and receives plenty of both.

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A theater festival in the bucolic countryside, but boiling underneath | The Washington Post

A theater festival in the bucolic countryside, but boiling underneath | The Washington Post

Staging an ambitious roster of plays — and this year, boosting its calendar for the first time from five entries to six — the festival under founding producing director Ed Herendeen has matured into one of the nation’s most satisfying seasonal destinations for original drama.

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Everything Is Wonderful (CATF review) | DC Theatre Scene

Everything Is Wonderful (CATF review) | DC Theatre Scene

This would be an explosive landscape for any playwright, but Chelsea Marcantel navigates it with great care and considerable wit. She plays with time a bit, yo-yoing back and forth whenever she needs the past to illuminate the present.

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Brace for fun in Source Festival’s new plays | The Washington Post

Brace for fun in Source Festival’s new plays | The Washington Post

Highlights include “This Is the Big One,” Chelsea Marcantel’s artful portrait of six people who experience a roller coaster in drastically different ways.

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Seeing tomorrow’s subscription season today at Louisville’s Humana Festival | Chicago Reader

Seeing tomorrow’s subscription season today at Louisville’s Humana Festival | Chicago Reader

The seedbed for new plays has a winner in Chelsea Marcantel’s Airness. The beating heart of the piece is the tiny counterculture inhabited by her oddball peers—a band of losers with exalted noms-de-air like Golden Thunder, Shreddy Eddy, Facebender, and Cannibal Queen.

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Humana Theater Festival Report | Santa Barbara Independent

Humana Theater Festival Report | Santa Barbara Independent

If you are looking for an amazing piece of theatre that will get you on your feet tapping, wailing and clapping in mid-air – while also moving you to reflect on and care for yourself – look no further; this bad boy is for you.

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Offscript Podcast: David J. Loehr’s Trip to the Humana Festival | American Theatre

Offscript Podcast: David J. Loehr’s Trip to the Humana Festival | American Theatre

Every other week, the editors of American Theatre curate a free-ranging discussion about the lively arts in our Offscript podcast. The segment includes interviews with ATL artistic director Les Waters and playwright Chelsea Marcantel about her play Airness, about the wild world of air guitar competitions.

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Standouts at Louisville’s Humana Festival | Cincinnati City Beat

Standouts at Louisville’s Humana Festival | Cincinnati City Beat

Chelsea Marcantel’s ‘Airness’ crafted a set of characters with grand personas and gave them very human backstories, while Molly Smith Metzler’s ‘Cry It Out’ poignantly portrayed a pair of very different new-neighbor moms.

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Air guitar battles, bonding mothers, and more from Humana Festival | Indianapolis Business Journal

Air guitar battles, bonding mothers, and more from Humana Festival | Indianapolis Business Journal

“Airness,” by Chelsea Marcantel, concerns six misfits who, in competing in air guitar competitions, celebrate their individuality and the joy of music while realizing the need for connectivity. With a funny and appropriately music-minutia-laced script, the play never condescends and, in this production, proved to be the most smile-inducing play I’ve seen in quite a while.

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Review: ‘AIRNESS’ Finds The Sublime In The Ridiculous | WFPL.org

Review: ‘AIRNESS’ Finds The Sublime In The Ridiculous | WFPL.org

Marcantel, along with director Meredith McDonough and a talented acting company, takes the surface ridiculousness of air guitar and embraces it, amplifies it, and then reveals the yearning, magic, and — yes — artistry beneath the veneer.

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The Humana Festival of New American Plays is thoughtful and superb | LEO Weekly

The Humana Festival of New American Plays is thoughtful and superb | LEO Weekly

Chelsea Marcantel’s “Airness,” directed by Meredith McDonough, is, in a word, dazzling. This may be the most talked-about production of this year’s Humana Festival. It’s a fun, colorful romp set in the world of high-level, air guitar competitions. If you want to see this one, act fast.

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Air-guitar story ‘Airness’ a fabulous play about joy of pretending | Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Air-guitar story ‘Airness’ a fabulous play about joy of pretending | Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

When those artists are air guitarists, they even compete in annual competitions, several of which form the backdrop for Chelsea Marcantel’s “Airness,” a fabulously fun piece that’s the best of the six full-length plays featured at the 41st Humana Festival of New American Plays concluding here on April 9.

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Chuck and Tina Live From Louisville: Airness Review | 88.1 KDHX in St. Louis

Chuck and Tina Live From Louisville: Airness Review |  88.1 KDHX in St. Louis

Chuck Lavazzi and Tina Farmer of 88.1 KDHX in St. Louis review Chelsea Marcantel’s comedy “Airness” at the 2017 Humana Festival of New American Plays.

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