By William Mastrosimone
Directed by Mel Day
Starring (in order of appearance): Sara Marsh* (Marjorie), James Rodríguez (Raul), Tracey Maloney* (Terry), and Emily Bridges* (Patricia)
Presented in production with The Mount Curve Company and North Star Theatricals in partnership with Artspace at the Grain Belt Warehouse
Creative Team: Annie Enneking (Fight Director), Jared Zeigler (Stage Manager), Mary Shabatura (Lighting Designer), Lisa Jones (Costume Designer), Sarah Holmberg (Properties Designer), Jeremy Ellarby (Production Assistant), Michael James (Technical & Design Consultant)
Photos: Heidi Bohnenkamp
"...Day and her solid cast explore the dynamics of power and powerlessness through the lens of sexual violence...with this intimate, almost voyeuristic staging...its emotional heft can't be denied." — Lisa Brock, Star Tribune
"Dark & Stormy is delivering a gripping staging of Extremities, chillingly served by Annie Enneking’s breathtaking fight choreography. Director Mel Day has guided this inspired and intimate production with a primal eye that plugs into how quickly the sadistic instinct is triggered without any hope of reversal in both men and women."
— John Townsend, Lavender Magazine
"Dark & Stormy doesn't shy away from the tough, and the intimate setting and the intense physical action (choreographed by fight master Annie Enneking) leave the audience with nowhere to hide....during the play's intense final scene, Marsh and Rodríguez push their characters (and themselves) to the breaking point. There is no easy wrapping up here — just a haunting, unresolved end."
— Ed Huyck, City Pages
"The acting is so solid, the staging so convincing you forget you’re in a warehouse. It’s another fine production from a company that sets its own bar high, takes risks, and doesn’t much care about making us comfortable. When we’re unsettled this skillfully, we’ll take it." — Pamela Espeland, MinnPost
"...director Mel Day elicits excellent performances from a stellar cast of 4 outstanding Twin Cities actors." — John Olive, How Was The Show?
"There's no clear winner in this story, no obvious right and wrong, just a lot of grey area, where most of us live. Each of these four characters, beautifully portrayed by this excellent cast, is at times sympathetic and at times infuriating...At its best, theater can start a conversation about important, relevant, difficult issues, and that's what this play does."
— Jill Schafer, Cherry and Spoon
"In Extremities, [fight choreographer Annie Enneking] outdoes herself in guiding the struggle between Marjorie and Raul, creating violence that seems to hold back no bars. I doubt I was alone in holding my breath during these scenes. It is hard to imagine anyone unmoved by the power of the performances, or unshaken by the tough questions the play raises." — Arthur Dorman, Talkin' Broadway
*Member, Actors’ Equity Association