The Kindness of Strangers

ensemble theatre · n/a · Ages 13+ · United States of America

world premiere
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GREGORY CRAFTS certified reviewer June 19, 2015
A touching story with a lot of potential. The play itself is good, and with a little more work, it will be something great. The acting is solid all around, with Elizabeth Rian's Rebecca a charming standout. ... full review
RICHARD TATUM uncertified reviewer June 21, 2015
Young actress Rebecca volunteers at the Alzheimers ward at an old age home and learns about herself and how to care for others. It's a sweet - if a bit trite - story with a weak arc, but some solid performances. Elizabeth Rian as Rebecca is superb, carrying the looks and moxie of a starlet from the '40s; something that she uses to her advantage throughout the piece as Rebecca goes into the schtick of a number of old film archetypes through the play in order to connect with the elderly patients under her care. The rest of the cast is mostly terrific, especially Toni Tinkelman, who is excellent as cantankerous former English professor Mrs. Eisenberg. The script needs work and a stronger director than Sarah Eisenberg, who seemed to have don... full review
MORNA MURPHY MARTELL certified reviewer June 22, 2015
This play was so spellbinding the audience did not want to leave and, even after the curtain calls, they all sat wanting more. Lead performer and playwright Elizabeth Rian has a knack for diva impersonations that fit her haughty protagonist, an actress forced to be helpful to a bunch of senile old folk. She is a beauty and surrounds herself with a terrific cast. The play delves into what defines true kindness and how even play-acting at caring can somehow transform one’s spirit. This one hour presentation is a teaser for a full length play that I hope Rian will pursue as it’s a perfect show for my NOT BORN YESTERDAY senior readers. Reviews @theatrespokenhere ... full review
REBECCA FORSYTHE certified reviewer June 24, 2015
The Kindness of Strangers was magnetizing!! I laughed, cried, and was swept into a world beautifully created by Elizabeth Rian and wonderfully acted by the entire cast. Like all great art, this play made me look within myself and question my own life. I walked away feeling so inspired and hopeful because of the beautiful message of the play. BRAVO! ... full review