REVIEWS of our acclaimed productions

1993 Tony Award® Nomination Best Revival
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by Dylan Thomas
adapted to the stage by Jeremy Brooks and Adrian Mitchell

“A delightful production!”
The New York Times

“Warm and satisfying as a cup of hot cocoa on a freezing winter’s night!”  
Newark Star-Ledger

“Jovially persuasive staging, warmly recommended!”  
New York Post

“A theatrical gem!  Willow Cabin’s Christmas present to us all!”  

“Touching!  Inventive!  A don’t miss!”    
The Westsider

“A superb production! Celebrate the season with Willow Cabin!”

“An enchanting Yuletide evening!  A celebration of memory and imagination!”   

“A whimsical holiday production that will delight audiences of all ages!”  
Punch-in International

by Eugene O'Neill

“A worthy production.  Engaging.”  
The New York Times

“An absorbing evening.”  
New York Newsday

“A sturdy, straightforward production of these historically significant works.”  
Village Voice

“The production shows off the Company well and makes for a most unexpectedly
satisfying evening.”  
New York Post

“The playing has thrust and anger and power; it is recognizably the product of true
The New Criterion

“A testament to the vitality of O’Neill’s early sea plays.  The stage bristled with
The Eugene O’Neill Society Review

“A treasure.  A reminder why O’Neill became the father of American drama.”  

“Flawlessly performed.”  

“O’Neill has real friends off-Broadway, as he sustains them, they sustain him.”

“Combine the genius of O’Neill and the quality and the talent of the Willow Cabin
Theatre Company, and you are in for one hell of a theatrical phenomenon.  Don’t miss
this one.”
Punch-in International

“This production establishes The Willow Cabin Theatre Company as one of New York’s
strongest ensemble theater companies.”  
Actor’s Resource

“Satisfying. Excellent.”  
Albany Times Union

“The cast turns in good performances.”
The Nation

“A tribute and testament to the kind of theater O’Neill envisioned.”  
New York Native

by Norman Corwin
1995 Drama Desk Nomination---Unique Theatrical Experience

"If you want to make a discovery on the sharp and bitter cutting-edge of the past, go at
once to Edward Berkeley’s terrific young ensemble, the Willow Cabin Theatre
New York Post

These young performers move fluently in and around and through the action of the
stories, their expressive faces lending fresh life to the narratives they speak so
The Star-Ledger

by Charlotte Delbo

"The brilliance of the play, directed by Edward Berkeley, the artistic director of Willow
Cabin, is that the plight of its characters is so fully and poetically drawn.  Individuals
stand out in the large cast, and while the scenery is spare - gleaming barbed wire
strung between lofty wooden poles hung with lights - life and death in the camp are
vivid.  Charlotte Delbo has accomplished her purpose.  Her characters may be ghosts,
but they speak with eloquence in a remarkable play."
The New York Times

"Edward Berkeley directs with an effective blend of realism and stylization, while the
excellent ensemble brings poignant life to women we meet only briefly."
New York Newsday

"(In) Willow Cabin Theatre Company's gripping production, both the play and director
Edward Berkeley's production are pared down to a devastating simplicity, illuminated
by Jane Reisman's masterful lighting and the rigorous concentration of the acting can't help but be moved by this tale of the Holocaust.  The quiet intensity
of the ensemble's selfless performances is admirable."
The Star-Ledger

"Berkeley and his Willow Cabin Theatre Company go about everything with care,
purpose, and skill.  (I'm referring not only to this show, but to their work earlier this
season in Eugene O'Neill's early
Sea Plays, last season in Wilder, Wilder, Wilder, and
two years ago in
Like to Live/Tissue.)  The acting in this piece is disciplined and

"Though dramas focusing on the Holocaust abound on the New York stage, few have the
impact of this Willow Cabin Theatre production...brilliantly staged by Edward Berkeley."
BackStage and The National Jewish Post & Opinion

"The American production of this work is superior to the French one.  The Willow
Cabin's ensemble work is seamless...Cynthia Haft's translation is faithful and poetic.  
Who Will Carry The Word? is one of the great texts of our time."

by William Shakespeare

“Utterly charmed. So touching and relevant. A legacy of understanding from director to
actors to audience what the play was all about.”  
The New Yorker

“Delightfully unpretentious. A collaborative occasion. Utterly engaging.  Though this
production be but little, she is fierce!.”
Village Voice

“Shakespeare as it ought to be presented: lively, thoughtfully and artistically.  The
Willow Cabin Theatre Company was a dream to watch.”
Metroland (Albany, NY)

adapted by Andre Obey
translated by Thornton Wilder

"Yet the real story of this
Lucrece is how elegantly and effectively a dated work has
been staged. This version has been revived by The Willow Cabin Theater Company
under the flamboyantly visual direction of Edward Berkeley.

Despite the fact that large portions of the play are essentially recited to us rather than
dramatized, Berkeley’s direction manages to keep us engaged. With the assistance of
designer John Kasarda’s provocative slab of a set, surrounded by a gauze net
shimmering with shadows under Matthew McCarthy’s lighting, the play suggests a
dream…or something out of time. Moody and stylized, the otherworldly look of the piece
pulls you into its own reality."

By Moliere

"A theater classic can have no greater friends than a good translation and  a
sympathetic production, and Moliere's
Tartuffe written in 1669, has found both of these
in the version currently being presented by the Willow Cabin Theatre Company."
New York Tribune

By Darrah Cloud

The Sirens is a realistic portrayal of violence against women, and
the Willow Cabin Theatre Company offers its usual top-quality
production of the work."
Punch-In International

By Lynn Rosen

"If some of the people in Lynn Rosen’s
Nighthawks are funnier than one can imagine
that any of the figures in Edward Hopper’s paintings could be, it becomes clear that
theirs is the laughter of loss, and that the sharp light of this great realist’s canvases
illuminates the bitter loneliness of their crowded lives. The unexpected effect of this 90-
minute theatrical excursion into the painter's world is that one comes away comforted
by the thought that, yes, this is city life and it has probably always been this way."
The New York Times

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