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Praise for Radiance!
The Journal News

"[Radiance] shines thanks to spectacular performances by a four-person cast directed by Christopher Grabowski.…The chemistry between the actors is palpable. …Obie Award-winner McCann is transfixing…Cruz’s Paddy is a deeply sympathetic figure…Lauwers is superb. Rachel Ann Jones [is] funny, magical and hopeful.

By orchestrating such outstanding performances, director Grabowski… [creates] a concentrated emotional experience."

- John P. McCarthy, The Journal News

Praise for Axial Theatre

"The theatre has grown into one of our community's most remarkable gems"

Michael J. Smith, Westchester County Legislator

Praise for Awake and Sing!

"We want to thank you so much for bringing "Awake and Sing" to Pleasantville via Axial Theater. We were blown away by the production we saw last night and the high level of acting by the company. Peter Kramer of the Journal News should be reviewing this for the county. Keep up the good work. We always look forward to your ventures."

Elaine Hartel and Herman Poritzky

"I had the opportunity to see this show in preview last night. This is the best local theatre company I have seen in a long time. They actually are local actors, but they are also Equity actors for the most part. I was impressed and it takes a lot for me to be so inclined. The ensemble was excellent..."

Mary Crescenzo, Peekskill-Cortlandt Patch

"(Ann) Gulian shines in the play's lead role as Bessie Berger, the family's matriarch. Her character works tirelessly to keep her family afloat, while making sure it's done her way. Gulian talked about the uniqueness of her new role."

Christopher Michael McHugh, Ossining-Croton on Hudson Patch

Praise for The Clearing
The Journal News

In “The Clearing” — Jake Jeppson’s play about siblings and secrets, now in a stunning premiere at Pleasantville’s Axial Theatre — the Ellis brothers couldn’t be less similar.

Axial’s creative departments have all outdone themselves, making “The Clearing” one of the most complete and well-mounted productions in memory at Axial.

- Peter Kramer, Journal News
(posted 4/30/2012)

This show was truly remarkable. I was simply floored by all aspects of the production and moved in a way that I haven't been by live theatre in awhile.

- Lindsay Brill, audience member
(posted 5/15/2012)

Praise for Axial Theatre
The Journal News

Axial Theatre is part lab, part collaborative, part performance troupe.

- Peter Kramer, Journal News
(posted 3/20/2011)

Praise for Welcome: This is a Neighborhood Watch Community
NY Times...

[A] well-acted production presented by the Axial Theater Company… [in Howard Meyer's] well-structured play. The entire cast does a nice job. Ann Gulian is Harris’ wife, Lorraine, who teaches yoga to convince herself she’s not rich and superficial; Rachel Ann Jones is Leila Stanton, Lorraine’s pal, who always heads straight for the bar; Jon Lindstrom is particularly convincing as Warren Stanton, Leila’s confident, take-charge husband, who has some unfortunate ideas about how to keep an eye on your children; and Justin’s little sister, Abigail, is played by Willa DeRose, a fine little actress who is just plain adorable.

Anita Gates, NY Times
(posted 11/17/2010)

Janet Langsam,
Executive Director of ArtsWestchester

Last Saturday night, I relived my children’s teenage years at the Axial Theatre. Written by Howard Meyer, the play… is about parents and their teenage son dancing around issues of self discovery and the family chaos it wreaks; great ambitions, success and how these affect family values; and mentoring, as in “Who is fit to do it?” and “What does a teenager need from a role model?”  If you still have a sense of humor left after you raise your kids, you’ll howl at the father, played by David Deblinger when he says: “I’m a parent, son, and when you’re a parent… we’re capable of some extremely bizarre behavior when it comes to our kids.” Josh Hecht, the director… likes to break down boundaries between the actors and the audience. He succeeds. If you close your eyes, you can feel like you are in Greenwich Village of the ‘60s, only closer to home.

Janet Langsam, from her column in
Westchester Business Journal
ArtsWestchester
(posted 11/17/2010

Praise for Cherrie and Jerry

"It was such fun to laugh and laugh again in the theater. "Cherrie and Jerry" is uproarious and tender with performances from the actors that will make you want to run up on stage and hug them. Rachel Jones' Cherrie is wonderfully slutty and real and Jess Erick's Evelyn is so funny and authentic she steals her scenes. Bravo to Howard Meyer for writing great, insightful theater."

- Cynthia Magriel Writer, New York Times

"...Relax and laugh the night away...Mr. Meyer is dead on."

- Robert Heisler, Journal News

Praise for inside-out

"If you want to feel deep compassion, laugh with delight straight from the belly, cringe with recognition, and fill your senses with wonderful theater go and see the four one-act plays, "inside/out" that open Axial Theatre's 10th anniversary season. The acting will make you forget you are in a theater."

- Cynthia Wetzler, New York Times

"The public doesn't know what they're missing. The work you do shakes up my world, and it takes days for the dust to settle down - usually, in a slightly new construct. Angel Beast gave me a new look at the relationship between my father and I, and I'm sure The Inside/Out plays will do the same."

-John Daubney, author

General Praise

"This grass roots theater company has the great mission of creating and performing new works for the stage. The plays are written by new and accomplished writers and performed by an incredibly talented company of actors."

-Steve Apkon, Executive Director, Jacob Burns Film Center

Axial is a hotbed of creative productions and learning.”

-Michael Milius, Bedford Record Review

“The premiere theatre in Westchester.”

-Rick Helfenbein, NCCTV

 

“…one of the leading theater organizations in Westchester County”

-Bedford Record Review

 

Praise for AngelBeast

"Axial Theatre's production of AngelBeast receives high praise from Westchester Journal News critic Bob Heisler calling it a "bold new play" that "you'll be talking about for a long time."

“AngelBeast is a bold new monster of play. (It’s)… an evening of adult theatre full of fascinating choices by the playwright and the actors. See it and you’ll be talking about it for a long time.”

-Bob Heisler, Journal News, Gannette Papers


"AngelBeast is a play that haunts you long after you walk out of the theater. Howard Meyer has created characters with many layers and exquisite vulnerabilities brought to life by an electric cast. The ending is a show stopper."

-Cynthia Wetzler, New York Times

"AngelBeast is a powerful and intelligent new play with great humor and heart -- a compelling new look at the "sins of the father." You don't have to go to Manhattan to see exciting theatre and an immensely talented company of actors."

-John Bedford Lloyd, actor: John Adams (HBO), The Bourne Supremacy, Philadelphia

Praise for Two Hearts

“A thoughtful and emotionally engaging evening of theatre… you’ll be talking about long after you leave the theatre.”

-Bob Heisler, Journal News, Gannette Papers