Dark & Stormy, Myron Frisch and David and Cindy Lutz, with Patricia Johnson, Present:


https://www.artful.ly/store/events/12370
by Sam Shepard
Directed by Mel Day
August 24 - September 16, 2017

Photo: Melissa Hesse. Hair/MUA: Crist Ballas. Design: Kevin Cannon.

"Shepard's plays are full of hard truths and shattered illusions, and you can emerge from some productions feeling like you've been boxed about the ears. Here, though, director Mel Day finds a lighter tone, leaving an even more precipitous plunge to the play's chilling conclusion. [...] This engaging production serves as a welcome reminder that although Shepard is gone, his work is still very much alive."
- Jay Gabler, City Pages

Sara Marsh (May) & James Rodríguez (Eddie) in Fool For Love. Photo: Rich Ryan

"Director Mel Day's multiracial cast is a wonderful testament to the playwright's universality as each actor manifests their character with a textured sense of a contemporary West fallen from grace and mythos. [...] Sara Marsh's fiery May is utterly feline...James Rodríguez finds Eddie's compulsively possessive characteristic...Antonio Duke gives a fine performance that blends right in with the leading couple, onto the roller-coaster that the volatile pair careen away on...and Patrick Coyle's Old Man is the best I've ever seen...this is a must-see production"
- John Townsend, Lavender Magazine

Antonio Duke (Martin) & James Rodríguez (Eddie) in Fool For Love. Photo: Rich Ryan

"Directed by Mel Day, Dark & Stormy's production is unique in many ways. The small, scrappy company run by Sara Marsh has stripped the play down to its basics: a bed, a rug, a few sticks of furniture, a window suggesting a parking lot with a menacing Mercedes idling outside. Marsh and James Rodríguez are steamy and doomed as lovers Eddie and May; Patrick Coyle is explosive as the Old Man; and newcomer Antonio Duke, as Martin, is a decent guy caught up in everyone else's mess. Staged in a warehouse studio, in your face and almost in your lap, this is as up-close-and-personal as theater gets."
- Pamela Espeland, MinnPost

James Rodríguez (Eddie) & Sara Marsh (May) in Fool For Love. Photo: Rich Ryan

"Fool For Love...is a perfect vehicle for Dark & Stormy Productions. [...] Dark & Stormy has mounted a production that serves up a cocktail of heat, danger and irony, with performances that seem to be squeezed whole from the text of the play. [...] Even if you have seen [Fool For Love], you are still advised not to miss Dark & Stormy's production, for its insights into the dynamic between May and Eddie, and for the excellent performances, especially--once again--by Sara Marsh."
- Arthur Dorman, Talkin' Broadway

Patrick Coyle (The Old Man) & Sara Marsh (May) in Fool For Love. Photo: Rich Ryan.
  
"...when I was in college, Sam Shepard was all the rage. [...] Consequently, I saw a lot of bad Sam Shepard. You have enough bad experiences, you start to incorrectly blame the playwright. So what a relief to run across a production like Dark & Stormy's Fool For Love, where you're reminded why the heck Sam Shepard was a big deal in the first place. Fool For Love can be great theater, and here, it is. 
5 Stars - Very Highly Recommended"
- Matthew A. Everett, Single White Fringe Geek

Sara Marsh (May) & James Rodríguez (Eddie) in Fool For Love. Photo: Rich Ryan.
  
"If...the death of Sam Shepard feels a little like a loss...run as fast as you can to Dark & Stormy's production of Fool For Love. It's a sort of balm - not so much because of the story which, in true Shepard fashion discomforts - but in how wonderfully this company produces this playwright's work. [...] Fool for Love is a great introduction to [Shepard's] work for someone who is unfamiliar with his plays and a wonderful celebration for those who know it well. Because Dark & Stormy is so devoted to Shepard's style of storytelling and what his plays convey, this play is bright and dark, humorous and painful, gut-churning and empathetic."
- Gina Musto, The Room Where It Happens

Sara Marsh (May) & Antonio Duke (Martin) in Fool For Love. Photo: Rich Ryan.
  
"This intimate setting...makes one feel like they're right in that seedy motel with May and Eddie... [...] Being that close to the action of the play means the actors have nowhere to hide, and they don't. Rather, they're all incredibly open and vulnerable and present in this messy situation. Sara Marsh and James Rodríguez have a dark and intense chemistry...and are individually strong as well inhabiting these complex characters. Patrick Coyle is an ominous presence as the old man...Antonio Duke is May's sweet and normal date who unknowingly gets involved...The whole cast works well together under Mel Day's direction, with great use of the almost in-the-round space. If you've never experienced Sam Shepard's work, Dark & Stormy's intense and gripping Fool for Love is a great place to start."
- Jill Schafer, Cherry and Spoon

Patrick Coyle (The Old Man), Sara Marsh (May), & James Rodríguez (Eddie) in Fool For Love. Photo: Rich Ryan
  
"Dark & Stormy's flexible space brings the action right into audience's laps...the hot and cold relationship between Eddie and May plays out just a few feet away, and the Old Man rocks silently on his chair just as close to the action. [...] Sara Marsh and James Rodríguez bring an appropriate amount of heat as May and Eddie...Patrick Coyle's steely intensity...is arresting and his presence looms (as it should) over the whole show. Antonio Duke brings a fresh look to Martin, who often comes off as just a wallflower...Duke, however, offers up some inner strength that Martin usually doesn't have."
- Ed Huyck, Massed Gadgets of Hercules


James Rodríguez (Eddie) & Sara Marsh (May) in Fool For Love. Photo: Rich Ryan


DARK & STORMY PRODUCTIONS
named
BEST THEATER OF 2016
by City Pages!


"How did tiny upstart Dark & Stormy take the prize? It happened through the dedication of a handful of talented and committed artists who want the very best on stage... Artistic director Sara Marsh has, over the course of a few years, crafted a must-attend company out of a simple desire to put on great shows with great acting."




Dark & Stormy Productions honored by critics in 2015!

 
Extremities 
 by William Mastrosimone
named a Top Ten Production of 2015 by Rohan Preston of the Star Tribune 
and Ed Huyck of City Pages!


From L: James Rodríguez, Emily Bridges, Sara Marsh, & Tracey Maloney in Extremities. Photo by Heidi Bohnenkamp.
"Sara Marsh is the founder of this nimble company and the star of most of its shows, and for good reason. She was riveting as a would-be rape victim who turns the tables on her attacker in Mel Day's tense and taut production."
- Rohan Preston, Star Tribune


"Dark & Stormy brought audiences into a living room where a young woman fought off her attacker -- and was then forced to decide whether he lived or died. Compelling acting and directing meant we also lived and died with every twist.
- Ed Huyck, City Pages

 
Extremities  
honored in Lavender Magazine's 
Best of 2015 in Theater!


"Best Stage Combat Direction: Annie Enneking, Extremities, Dark & Stormy Productions; Henry IV, Part I, 10,000 Things Theater; The Jungle Book, Children's Theatre Company"
- John Townsend, Lavender Magazine  
 
Sara Marsh & James Rodríguez in Extremities. Photo by Heidi Bohnenkamp.

"Crème de la crème performances: Sara Marsh, Extremities, Dark & Stormy Productions"
- John Townsend, Lavender Magazine
 

James Rodríguez and Sara Marsh in Extremities. Photo: Heidi Bohnenkamp.


The Hothouse
by Harold Pinter
named Best Production of 2014-2015 by Sophie Kerman of Minnesota Playlist!

Clockwise from L: John Catron, Bill McCallum, Mark Benninghofen, Sara Marsh, Robert Dorfman. Not pictured: Bruce Bohne. Photo by Heidi Bohnenkamp.

"This is a “Best of” article, so I realize I need to pick something that was actually the best: I’m giving this one to Dark & Stormy’s The Hothouse...Of all of the points that stood out about the shows I mentioned above, The Hothouse had it all for me this year."


  

Dark & Stormy Productions honored by critics in 2014!


Clockwise from L: Bill McCallum, John Catron, Mark Benninghofen, Sara Marsh , and Robert Dorfman. Not pictured: Bruce Bohne. Photo by Heidi Bohnenkamp; design by Kevin Cannon.

The Hothouse
by Harold Pinter
Directed by Benjamin McGovern
named a Top Production of 2014 by Ed Huyck of the City Pages!

Clockwise from L: Bill McCallum, John Catron, Mark Benninghofen, Sara Marsh, Robert Dorfman. Not pictured: Bruce Bohne. Photo by Heidi Bohnenkamp.

"Nothing says Christmas like Harold Pinter and torture, especially when it comes wrapped up with a great cast, direction, and concept that saw the show played out in an echoing atrium."
- Ed Huyck, City Pages



Dark & Stormy Productions honored by critics in 2013!

 

 


 

Speed-the-Plow named a Top Ten Production of 2013 by the Star Tribune:


"Director Ben McGovern teamed with actors Sara Marsh, Bill McCallum and Kris L. Nelson to make David Mamet's 'Speed-the-Plow' a savagely arresting treat in a found space." 
- Rohan Preston 



The Receptionist named a Top Ten Production of 2013 by City Pages:

 
Sally Wingert in The Receptionist. Photo by Melissa Hesse.

"Sally Wingert led a talented four-actor cast through Adam Bock's dark-as-midnight workplace comedy. The experience was intensified by the found location — a recently vacated downtown office space — that seemed to be haunted by the true nature of the Northeast Office's work."
- Ed Huyck

Harry Waters Jr. in The Receptionist. Photo by Melissa Hesse.
 

"New theater company Dark & Stormy Productions is really hitting their stride; they've become one of those theater companies I rely on to never let me down. Their fourth production in just under two years continues their tradition of short, intense, real, small-cast, smartly written plays in unusual locations."
 - Jill Schafer, Cherry and Spoon

  

  From Star Tribune theater critic Rohan Preston's feature on Dark & Stormy Productions:

 

"[Speed-the-Plow], which starred Guthrie regulars Kris Nelson and Bill McCallum alongside company founder Sara Marsh, gave a gripping, spittle-laced experience. The drama...was more evidence that small theaters are a big part of what makes the performing arts scene special."
- Rohan Preston, Star Tribune

 

  Read the full article on the Twin Cities' small theaters here!





"Dark & Stormy is a newish company that's come screaming out of the gate with a series of terrifically cast shows, professionally produced and expertly marketed...I've seen three out of four shows...[and] I hope Dark & Stormy continues their level of professionalism and rock-star casting."
- Dominic Orlando, Minnesota Playlist




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