The Women of Lockerbie by Deborah Brevoort

ensemble theatre · little earthquakes emsemble · Ages 14+ · United States of America

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BOB LEGGETT certified reviewer June 17, 2018
The show is presented as a Greek tragedy, and very skillfully designed and executed. It brought us, and we’re sure other audience members, to tears, and is the best thing we have seen at Fringe thus far, truly worthy of the Top of the Fringe award.... full review
STEVE BENAQUIST certified reviewer June 17, 2018
tagged as: Moving and Truthful
This show moved me. You might say: it's about parents of a son lost to the infamous PanAm flight 103 bombing in 1988, how could it not move you? The play is written with craft and consideration, personalizing it. One couple, Americans visiting the Scottish town where the wreckage landed, display the distortions grief can work on a marriage, where the one who chooses to be the "rock" denies himself his true feelings, and the other falls further than she might, in balance. And the townspeople -- who ever thought of what they saw? The explosion happened high above, but the wreckage and the bodies landed right where they lived. They too suffer. The grief, the coping, the love of spouse and stranger are all excellently portrayed. There is a touc... full review
DAVID MACDOWELL BLUE certified reviewer June 18, 2018
Certainly the destruction of PanAm 103 certainly counts as a tragedy. But this play transforms it into a Tragedy (note the capital T), one of the most powerful I've ever seen. Its focus remains squarely not upon the event, which after all lies in the past, but in the aftermath--and by extension such for all the evils, all the pain in the world. Here, during an anniversary event in the Scottish lowlands village where so many died, a New Jersey housewife gives way to her grief. Her husband tries to help, in his tragically (this word applies to so much here) narrow way. They meet the women of this small town who seek permission to be given the clothing of those who died, to wash them in an act of catharsis. What they long for is a way to ... full review
BEN ATKINSON certified reviewer June 18, 2018
Compelling subject-matter and some outstanding performances.... full review
ERNEST KEARNEY certified reviewer June 20, 2018
Director Jim Blanchette presents this drama on a suitably stark stage (a tip of the hat to set designer Carrie Ackerman). His cast serves the drama excellently, especially Ed Ackerman as the distraught father of a lost child who is on the verge of losing his wife to grief. A Gold Medal... full review
KIRE HORTON certified reviewer June 20, 2018
This show is beautiful and thoughtful and meaningful. Each character representing a aspect of grief while still bringing a fully fleshed out character tonlife. The 3 women of lockerbie are an incredible force of energy sweeping across the stage and creating the flow of story moving us in out and forward from and around greif. I noticed each different person I was with was effected most strongly by a different character in a different moment of grief. When so many people react to different aspects of a show, I think it speaks what a complete world that was created as oppsed to a world created to support one main characters journey. Everything was beautiful. ... full review
TERRI LUJAN certified reviewer June 21, 2018
tagged as: emotional journey
A well written play and well directed. Lighting and said accommodated the space and allowed actors to hold attention versus set design. The acting was professional and engaging especially the character Olive and Hattie. Emotionally driven.... full review
SOO CHYUN certified reviewer June 22, 2018
What a beautiful story, and performance! The Women of Lockerbie tastefully uses a real-life tragedy as a backdrop to tell a fictional, yet a truly human story about loss and how we wish to preserve the lives of our loved ones. I found myself relating to the pain of the main character as a mother who also has a son of a similar age, which was only complemented by the effective acting on display. Likewise, I'm sure that many audiences can find themselves connecting to this story in a similar way. This is a very different story that I would've never thought to be this touching. ... full review
BRET SHEFTER certified reviewer June 23, 2018
tagged as: drama · strong cast · Scotland · tragedy
A generally good script, with some room for improvement, finely acted and directed. A careful and respectful treatment of an international tragedy, with a good message clearly presented, if a tad melodramatic at times.... full review