Saving Cain

ensemble theatre · winner entertainment · Ages 13+ · world premiere · United States of America

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TERRI WEISS certified reviewer June 16, 2019
Intelligent and Extremely well done... full review
ELOISE COOPERSMITH certified reviewer June 12, 2019
tagged as: Mother’s and sons
400 + shows at the Fringe here’s the reason to go see this production- the brilliant performance of it lead actress Leah Verrill Heinz! Wow! We hate her character, then like her, then think she is silly and in the end we empathize recognizing in this crazy world there is no harder job than being a mom. Brilliant work.... full review
ERIC CIRE certified reviewer June 12, 2019
A great script brought to life by incredibly talented performers digging into difficult and painfully honest moments. Leah Heitz is fantastic as always, Jim Martyka delivers as a lovable and sympathetic man trying to naviagte a tricky situation, and and Lenny Hernandez navigates an incredibly difficult range with skill and sensitivity.... full review
DARREN MANGLER certified reviewer June 12, 2019
tagged as: inspirational · drama · family · Love
Hot topics! Organized religion. Addiction. Abuse of power. Fox News. Love. It's all wrapped up in a glorious 90 minute play following the life of a single mother in a world that tests her faith daily. ... full review
ERIN MOORE certified reviewer June 13, 2019
tagged as: politics · religion · powerful
An incredible script that takes you on an unexpected journey of love, religion and politics. Kozak has crafted beautiful dialogue that draws you into the characters from the first words. ... full review
JOSHUA MORRISON certified reviewer June 15, 2019
This show contains multitudes. It is at once a reflection of our socio-political history, a spiritual quest, an expression of personal pain, and an example of quietly epic, confident storytelling. The direction is precise, bold, and respectful of the actors' considerable talents. Most of all, though, the show is entertaining. It moves with an assured pace, and leaves you thinking about the experience afterwards.... full review
JIM WITOSZYNSKI certified reviewer June 16, 2019
Overall it was a lot better than I expected. This has a religious theme to it. In some ways it criticizes religion and in other ways it doesn't. And it really covers a variety of topics. Liberal vs. Conservative. Straight and gay. Addiction too. Plenty of things to go around. It really has some twists and turns that just keeps you going, "Wait? WTF?" I really liked this show and would recommend it to someone who wants to see something different. Some pretty intense topics with some humor thrown in. And it is all done in about 90 minutes.... full review
ENCI BOX certified reviewer June 16, 2019
SAVING CAIN is a well written production with a quite unusual ending. I am a secular humanist and I almost walked away after 15 minutes watching the show because I can't stand religious zealots but I'm glad I stayed. The ending with the son reminded me of the movie TASTE OF CHERRY by Abbas Kiarostami. Thank you all for a fun 1 1/2 hours in the theater! ... full review
BERNIE STERN certified reviewer June 13, 2019
This play does a beautiful job setting up the many struggles involved with loving someone no matter what, and the acceptance that requires. It grabs you with its beautiful writing, and the wonderful performances elevate the play to excellence. I cried throughout the second act. ... full review
JESSE JAMISON certified reviewer June 16, 2019
It’s easy to judge people you disagree with from a digital disconnect; it’s more difficult when you inhabit the same space. Saving Cain pits an Evangelical mother, Laurelai (Leah Verrill, equal parts infuriating and hilarious and nakedly human), against her teenage son, Levi (Lenny Hernandez, as good as he always is, defiant and doofy and tragic) amidst the tumultuous political landscape of the mid-2000s to the rocky, opioid-driven present. Strong performances ground the production. I was refreshed to see Laurelai, a character I fundamentally disagreed with politically, portrayed in a wholly human performance. She lived a different life than mine; how could I know what she’s been through? Who are we, but the sum of what we’ve been subjected ... full review