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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Humana Fest’s ‘Airness’ is the Most Fun You Will Have at the Theater This Year | Insider Louisville

Humana Fest’s ‘Airness’ is the Most Fun You Will Have at the Theater This Year | Insider Louisville

“Airness” follows Nina O’Neal as she tries to find success in the world of competitive air guitar. This is hands down the most fun you will have at the theatre this year. The world of the play is filled with huge characters and, yes, lots of air guitar performances.

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Comedy reigns in ‘Airness’ — Review | Louisville Courier-Journal

Comedy reigns in ‘Airness’ — Review | Louisville Courier-Journal

by Elizabeth Kramer , @arts_bureau The venue — shabby and dimly lit — could be any bar in America. They are in Staten Island, San Diego, Boston. And in each, there are the characters in Chelsea Marcantel’s new play “Airness” who take the stage as competitors working to qualify for the United States Air Guitar Championships. In “Airness,” which opened Sunday in the intimate Victor Jory Theatre at...

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Buzz-eriously! 3 Reasons to See EVEN LONGER AND FARTHER AWAY from The New Colony | Buzz On Stage

Buzz-eriously! 3 Reasons to See EVEN LONGER AND FARTHER AWAY from The New Colony | Buzz On Stage

by Andrea Pikscher  | Tuesday, April 19, 2016 Reason 1: Take A Seat, Any Seat Right when you walk in the theater, there’s no proscenium, no curtain, in fact the actors welcome you right into the space. Feel free to take a seat in the bar with them, or sit on the outside of the action. Reason 2: Music To My Ears Even Longer and Farther Away follows a brother and sister hiking the Appalachian...

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“Even Longer and Farther Away” Rings Familiar at The Den Theatre | Chicago Stage Standard

“Even Longer and Farther Away” Rings Familiar at The Den Theatre | Chicago Stage Standard

by Melissa Wiley | April 19, 2016 | 3/4 stars Getting lost in the wilderness in order to find yourself is as old a story as storytelling itself, and New Colony’s production of Even Longer and Farther Away has taken up residence at the Den Theatre to deliver yet another iteration. Fortunately this one is well worth the price of admission, not because of its original spin but because it’s telling...

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The Five Best Things to Do in Chicago This Week |Chicago Mag

The Five Best Things to Do in Chicago This Week |Chicago Mag

CIMMfest, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Even Longer and Farther Away, Rhona Hoffman Gallery, and the Taj Mahal Trio Published 4.13.16 at 5:12pm The Five Don’t-miss picks for Wednesday, April 13 — April 19, 2016 1 — Chicago International Movies and Music Festival 2 — Chicago Symphony Orchestra 3 — Even Longer and Farther Away THEATER Chelsea Marcantel ambles the Appalachian...

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