Dark & Stormy Productions honored by critics in 2013!
"Director Ben McGovern teamed with actors Sara Marsh, Bill McCallum and Kris Nelson to make David Mamet's "Speed-the-Plow" a savagely arresting treat in a found space."
- Rohan Preston
"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
The reviews are in, and The Receptionist was a hit with critics and audiences alike:
"Wingert’s is a beautifully and sharply wrought performance, overseen by director Ben McGovern. Bock’s play demands that we are drawn into Beverly’s world.
- Graydon Royce, Star Tribune
"[The Receptionist is] an unsettling slow-burn mind-bomb of the kind that rattles around in dreams and memory for days to come."
- Quinton Skinner, Minnesota Monthly
"Each of the actors puts in a terrific performance, led by Wingert's captivating Beverly...Director Benjamin McGovern hones the action to a fine point...moving from what seems like an everyday workplace character study into something more fitting of Harold Pinter."
- Ed Huyck, City Pages
"Wingert wears the role with comfort and credibility [and] Marsh brings the right balance of coyness and cluelessness. Waters, with a halting delivery, finds the tension...McCallum executes a nifty turn."
- Dominic Papatola, Pioneer Press
"You get to watch four actors at the top of their craft telling a familiar but wacky story. It's a short, crisp 75 minutes of theatrical entertainment."
- Jill Schafer, Cherry and Spoon
"[Dark & Stormy] is not like the theater you probably are familiar with. It's raw, real, and intimate, happening all around you...[giving] the feeling that this is happening right here in the real world, not on some distant stage. It makes for some pretty amazing, unique theater."
- Jill Schafer, theater critic, Cherry and Spoon
"[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
"Dark & Stormy is on to something, providing an evening of entertainment that is hip and relaxed and evocative. People should check this breath of fresh air out."
- J.C. Cutler