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The Critics Agree: The Drunken City is a top production of 2014!  

Clockwise from L: Kris L. Nelson, Sara Marsh, Adelin Phelps, Tracey Maloney, Paul de Cordova in The Drunken City

"Here's what small theater let me enjoy this half year...Dark & Stormy Productions allowed established actors like Kris L. Nelson and Tracey Maloney play like a chamber ensemble in the tiny The Drunken City."
- Graydon Royce, Star Tribune

"Yes, The Drunken City proves that Dark & Stormy Productions, under whose aegis Bill McCallum staged this winner, is a consistently spunky outfit. Maloney, Nelson, and Sara Marsh commanded the stage, as could be expected. But newcomer Adelin Phelps...almost stole this Adam Bock show."
- Rohan Preston, Star Tribune

Clockwise from L: Adelin Phelps, Sara Marsh, Tracey Maloney, & Kris L. Nelson

"...a vivacious staging...Bachelorette parties have long been ripe for the kind of woozily surreal sendup that playwright Adam Bock delivers in The Drunken City. There are so many small but potent things in this 75-minute one-act. The performances are outstanding. Adam Bock's comedy gets a winning regional premiere by Dark & Stormy." 
- Rohan Preston, Star Tribune

"Dark & Stormy strikes again with The Drunken City! Director Bill McCallum gives the messy proceedings a sharp focus and physical snap, [and] considering the brevity of the show, it is remarkable how the actors are able to take up the challenge and produce a funny, vibrant piece that also offers a taste of darkness. The Drunken City is engaging, fun, and memorable, all the more so for the theater's intimate setting."
- Ed Huyck, City Pages

Sara Marsh & Kris L. Nelson

"Director Bill McCallum's staging is a smooth one that effectively uses the nontraditional theater space...and nicely knits together some strong performances."
- Dominic Papatola, Pioneer Press

"Director Bill McCallum’s splendid cast gives madcap, yet truly human portrayals that capture the high stakes. Sara Marsh, Adelin Phelps, and Tracey Maloney have created a brilliant symbiotic triple stage presence that is a kind of fluid force of comedic nature...Kris L. Nelson, as usual, is excellent...Paul de Cordova is a delight and McGovern gives an endearing and transformational performance."
- John Townsend, Lavender Magazine

Tracey Maloney & Adelin Phelps

"...[The Drunken City] sharply illuminates how tricky love can be, and how easy it is to fool ourselves into thinking we’ve found it. Reasons to go: fine acting by the talented, experienced cast, a company signature; Bill McCallum’s seamless, lively staging; Mary Shabatura’s lighting and sound; and because it’s worth following Dark & Stormy, literally and figuratively...This is a company with a lot of creativity, energy and passion; it’s exciting to share a space with them."
- Pamela Espeland, MinnPost

"It's truly a joy to watch this terrific cast perform this smart and funny play...Make a date to spend a night with these six friends before the party ends." 
- Jill Schafer, Cherry and Spoon 

Paul de Cordova & Benjamin McGovern

Read more of what Graydon Royce of the Star Tribune and Ed Huyck of City Pages have to say about Dark & Stormy Productions and The Drunken City!


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 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


"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



Read 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