By Adam Bock
The Regional Premiere
Directed by Benjamin McGovern+
Starring (in order of appearance): Harry Waters, Jr* (Mr. Raymond), Sally Wingert* (Beverly), Sara Marsh* (Lorraine), and Bill McCallum* (Martin Dart)
Presented in partnership with Artspace at the Traffic Zone Center for Visual Art
Creative Team: Katie Hawkinson* (Stage Manager), Mary Shabatura (Lighting & Sound Designer), Annie Cady (Costume Designer), Jeremy Ellarby (Assistant Stage Manager & Production Assistant), Mel Day (Assistant Director)
Photos: Melissa Hesse
"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. We are."
— 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
"Director Ben McGovern's superlative cast is kinetic in its comic timing and keeps you guessing about what is under the surface...Sally Wingert as Beverly is — and this must be some kind of first — electrifyingly vapid...Sara Marsh is a revelation of comic brilliance...and Harry Waters, Jr gives a wrenching portrayal."
— John Townsend, Lavender Magazine
"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 Jr, with a halting delivery, finds the tension."
— Dominic Papatola, Pioneer Press
"Let's consider the cast of this mostly unknown play being presented by a baby theater company in a makeshift space. Wingert is among our city's great actors. Marsh recently returned to the Twin Cities from Hollywood, where she appeared in films, and Harry Waters Jr. is a veteran actor with local and national credits. You could pick them all up and set them down at the Guthrie." — Pamela Espeland, MinnPost
"You get to watch four actors at the top of their craft." — Jill Schafer, Cherry and Spoon
*Member, Actors’ Equity Association
+Member, Stage Directors’ and Choreographers’ Society