(It's Been 76 Years And We're) Still Waiting for Lefty

theatre unleashed · Ages 13+ · flashing lights · world premiere · United States of America

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MICHAEL GORDON SHAPIRO certified reviewer August 13, 2021
A smartly-written quartet of contemporary vignettes about sticking to your guns in times of conflict. The play depicts integrity under pressure, as four characters face the temptation of the easy way out versus fighting for a higher cause — be it a delivery worker's strike, or keeping a beloved sibling accountable. Thought-provoking in a way that goes beyond the ripped-from-headlines subject matter. I don't think the play is as indebted to its titular ancestor as it implies. Having never seen the original "Lefty", I didn't feel like I was missing out.... full review
HEATHER DOWLING certified reviewer August 14, 2021
tagged as: Brave · challenging · timely · relevant
STILL WAITING FOR LEFTY pulls back the curtain on some of toughest ethical questions and social concerns that have been pulled to the forefront in these incredibly trying times. The writing tackles these things from the micro, versus the macro, inviting us into intimate, personal conversations that demand you to examine your own point of view - and what you are willing to stand for. Beautifully written and beautifully executed by the team at Theatre Unleashed.... full review
MEGAN FORD-MILLER certified reviewer August 23, 2021
tagged as: politics · current events
A well written script and great casting. Scenarios and moments plucked right from our headlines that will force you to look at some of the hardest times we've had in recent years.... full review
LAMONT OAKLEY certified reviewer August 08, 2021
The play tackles the need for a modern retelling of the themes highlighted in the original Waiting for Lefty.... full review
ROB STEVENS haineshisway.com certified reviewer August 15, 2021
Good political theatre at this point in 2021.... full review
CYNTHIA MCMEEKIN certified reviewer August 09, 2021
From the writing, to the acting, to the choreography, the show was superb. ... full review
SHARI BARRETT broadway world and the culver city news certified reviewer August 12, 2021
tagged as: speak up · change · society · relevant · ensemble
This show speaks directly to the woes of current society, be it at home, in the workplace, online, because of the pandemic, lack of good jobs or fair housing, in the news, believing everything you read online, or due to discrimination in all its forms. In each of the scenes, it becomes apparent that everyone is waiting for someone else to fix the problem, and while we all can see them and comment on them, nothing is getting done because we are still "waiting for Lefty" to do something about it. Problem is, Lefty isn't coming. In fact, there probably isn't anyone named Lefty. So while Tik Tok and Instagram offer quick and fun entertainment, often addressing problems to be fixed, how will anything really get done if we continually wait for som... full review
VERONICA CAREY MATTHEWS certified reviewer August 07, 2021
Wow. Wow wow wow. I was left speechless. This show is amazingly put together, from writing to directing to acting to staging, everything about is...it's phenomenal.... full review
OS SATYROS THEATER COMPANY BRAZIL certified reviewer September 13, 2021
Very nice show, interesting stories with relevant topics. I watched the streamed version enjoy it a lot.... full review
PAUL HOAN ZEIDLER certified reviewer August 29, 2021
There are people who revere the Group Theatre in the same way others revere the Beatles, Ernest Hemingway or Pablo Picasso. They have read every memoir, history, (auto)biography of Harold Clurman, Lee Strasberg, Stella Adler, Elia Kazan and Clifford Odets. They have read and/or seen performances of every play the Group mounted or even thought of producing. They have hunted down and watched every snippet of every studio system screen test of any actor who was a member of the Group, even if only for one season. And they strive to fully understand how--for seven or eight months in 1935--the voice of everyday Americans was ... a theatre company. I am one of those people. You have to admire the cojones of Greg Crafts and Theatre Unleash... full review