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Glennie & Maple Break Up

theatre · sewer socialist productions · Ages 18+ · world premiere · United States

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RICHARD ADAMS uncertified reviewer June 13, 2012
RICHARD ADAMS, The World Socialist Website (to be posted soon) This world premiere written and directed by Paul Hoan Zeidler features Charles Pacello (Maple) and Etienne Eckert (Glennie). Glennie and Maple’s story is told in a series of five “morning afters” that track their on-again, off-again relationship. Glennie, damaged by an abusive relationship with a former lover, struggles with depression and battered self-esteem; Maple revels in his role as her self-appointed savior. She resents his unshakable sympathy, he resents her lack of appreciation. It’s a recipe for dysfunctionality that only Glennie seems to understand. But Maple is hardly a flawless shining knight: he insists on measuring the state of their relationship by whether or n... full review
ANONYMOUS uncertified reviewer June 18, 2012
So I just sort of happened into the theatre to see "Glennie and Maple." I was walking by not planning to see a show at that particular moment but, hey, this is Fringe. Why not? And you know what? I was rewarded. This is a keenly observed relationship piece. It is quiet, considered and features many small moments of truth and honesty about the nature of people and relationships. "Glennie and Maple" is not necessarily a mind-blowingly original take on these issues but the two performances deserve to be seen. The acting is spot-on and I really felt for the characters even though my time with them was fairly brief. This production will make you smile. It will make you feel. These are two human beings in front of us. Struggling and... full review
TONY FOSTER uncertified reviewer June 18, 2012
Paul Hoan Zeidler has done it again. For a play with a running time of less than an hour, he miraculously covers the immense landscape of the human heart. Charles and Etienne have incredible chemistry together as we see them in every aspect of a turbulent relationship. I’ve seen their work with the Elephant Theatre Company in seasons past, and they never cease to amaze me. Truly a heartbreaking, moody, beautiful story. See for yourself.... full review
CARYL WEST uncertified reviewer June 18, 2012
What a lovely and heartbreaking piece this turned out to be. The actors made this large space feel so intimate - I sometimes felt that maybe I should look away. Wonderful performances - written and performed by very talented Elephant Theatre Company members. Yay Ettienne, Charlie & Paul.... full review
ROBERT LITZ uncertified reviewer June 21, 2012
Paul Hoan Zeidler, Glennie & Maple's writer/director, has found the immense power of those silently charged moments in any relationship that, depending on what's said or not said, done or not done next will change lives forever. While many plays explore the dynamics of dysfunctional love, this one, fully inhabited by Charles Pacello and Etienne Eckert as Maple and Glennie, navigates turbulent emotional waters I for one have never seen so fully examined on stage. I've been a fan of Zeidler's past work, and this is one of his best. And for anyone who's ever had the pleasure of seeing Pacello and Eckert on stage at the Elephant or with SpyAnts or at Stella Adler, they once more bring a rich, palpable, and often humorous humanity to their work h... full review
VASEK FRANK (CINESNATCH) certified reviewer June 15, 2012
Glennie &amp; Maple Break Up is not only the title of Paul Hoan Zeidler's new play, but it’s an oft-repeated plot-point. They break up, get back together, break up again, etc, all over the course of five scenes. On the surface, Glennie is temperamental to say the least. She opens the play feeling cold and it’s not long before her temperature runs the other direction. After exiting an abusive relationship, she is pretty needy and expects a lot out of her boyfriend, Maple, who’s also shtupping another chick, Marla—his offstage mistress. (Introductions at parties must make them sound like the Tappet brothers Click and Clack.) ... Please read the rest of the review at <a href=" full review