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What Critics Are Saying: Show
DUTCHMAN (TSP Online Reading):
July 18-25, 2020
Starring Eugene Barry-Hill, Erin Cronican, Brandon Walker, Timothy Ware. Directed by Brandon Walker. Stage Management by Hailey Vest.
"The Seeing Place's reading of Baraka's scathing work about an encounter in a New York City subway car between a white woman and a Black man premiered on the same day that civil rights leader and Congressman John Lewis died and even his colleagues' tributes unintentionally highlighted the pervasiveness of racism in America as well as the continued urgency of the kinds of conversations that productions such as Dutchman can foster...Both Ware and Cronican are excellent." - Thinking Theater NYC
"The cutting between the Zoom windows is smoothly done, and because the play mostly consists of a two-person conversation, the format adds the interesting effect of putting the audience subjectively in the positions of both Lula and Clay as it continuously alternates perspectives. Both Ware and Cronican are excellent...Dutchman has a very limited virtual run, so don't miss your chance to see it and to benefit a worthy cause." - Thinking Theater
Starring Laura Clare Browne, Erin Cronican, William Ketter, Brandon Walker. Directed by Erin Cronican and Brandon Walker. Stage Management by Leeanna Yolanda Rivas. Lighting Design by Lorena Ndokaj. Sound Design by Brandon Walker. Set/Costume Design by Erin Cronican.
"Masterful enactment...a smashing way for this group to mark their landmark 10th season." - Short and Sweet NYC
"More timely than ever." - Thinking Theater
"Pulling off Animal Farm with four actors is just the kind of dare The Seeing Place would gravitate towards." - Talkin' Broadway
"I enjoyed it more than the short-lived Broadway production of Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four a few years ago." - Opplaud
THE MAIDS with MEASURE FOR MEASURE:
March 28-April 14, 2019
HONORED BY THE 2019 NYIT AWARDS:
Starring Erin Cronican*, Rusty Flounders, Robin Friend, Will Ketter, Jared Mason Murray, Candice Oden*, Christine Redhead, Sabrina Schlegel-Mejia, Gaia Visnar, Brandon Walker*. Directed by Erin Cronican and Brandon Walker. Lighting Design by Eve Bandi. Set Design by Mike Mroch. Sound Design by Brandon Walker. Costume Design by Erin Cronican. Stage Management by Mari Nagao.
Show Score patrons say: "Riveting, Thought-Provoking, Great acting, Must See"
For THE MAIDS: "The Seeing Place Theater is quickly becoming one of my favorite off-Broadway companies...This delightful absurd French play by Jean Genet centers on two maids who engage in the ceremony of roleplaying the murder of their employer...Ms. Cronican and Ms. Visnar explode into a world where they are the best of scene partners. They turn the tables on each other with ease and the love/hate that is unique to a pair of sisters...I encourage support for The Seeing Place Theater because their mission is simple and clear, and evidence demonstrates their achievement of it." - Times Square Chronicles
For MEASURE FOR MEASURE: "Shakespeare Done Right. A worthy antidote [to predicatbly esoteric Shakespeare] is The Seeing Place’s rendition of The Bard’s Measure for Measure—though an intermittently choppy journey, a final destination whose modernized performances and dauntless direction seamlessly transmute 1603 into 2019. I approach every play I see with an impartial mind, but I can’t help sitting there waiting for a show to begin and judging what I haven’t seen yet based on how the set sits in silence, or how dusty the smell of creativity is. Which is why I enjoy The Seeing Place: There’s that dusty smell of creativity. And whether I end up liking the show or not, I know I’ll be party to something bold; something that paints outside the lines...I highly recommend looking more deeply into The Seeing Place and what two of the hardest working theater-makers in New York, Artistic Directors Erin Cronican and Brandon Walker, are all about." - Theater That Matters
Starring Carla Brandberg*, Michael Stephen Clay, Erin Cronican*, and Brandon Walker*. Directed by Erin Cronican and Brandon Walker. Lighting Design by Joyce Liao. Sound Design by Brandon Walker. Set/Costume Design by Erin Cronican. Stage Management by Mackenzie McGuire.
Show Score patrons say: "Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Intense, Great writing"
"The Seeing Place Theater presents two masterful plays... an intriguing evening of theatre [that] demonstrates the unified vision." - Times Square Chronicles
"A resonate deep unforgettable play." - Robert Massimi, Geeks Media
"The Seeing Place presents two hard-hitting two-handers in rep in an intriguing study of parent/child relationships..." - Reflections in the Light
"Two engaging performances in a doubleheader- 4 Stars!" - Opplaud
Starring Erin Cronican*, Broghanne Jessamine, Candice Oden*, Brandon Walker*. Directed by Erin Cronican. Assistant Direction by Rachael Murray. Lighting Design by Eve Bandi. Sound Design by Brandon Walker. Set/Costume Design by Erin Cronican. Projection Design by Brian Pacelli. Stage Management by Sarah Azizo*.
Show Score patrons say: "Ambitious, Clever, Absorbing, Great acting, Entertaining"
"Timeless and Classic...4 Stars!" - Opplaud
"In the Off-Off Broadway world, while it’s fairly often that you see something visually inventive, or something that makes you think, “Team Seeing Place” manages to marry them both, a much rarer feat, deserving of packed houses." - Theater That Matters
"The Seeing Place Theater is unique among the treasure trove of (sadly) underfunded small companies that occupy various corners of New York City, making theatrical magic out of sheer willpower, talent, and bottomless imagination...This play is well-worth seeing, and, more importantly, it represents the next great leap forward for this always-exciting company. " - Upstage-Downstage
Cast/Creative Team for THE PEOPLE VS ANTIGONE, written by Brandon Walker: Alan Altschuler (Creon), Joshua George (Haemon), Isa Goldberg (Eurydice), Clinton Powell (Guard), Sabrina Schlegel-Mejia (Antigone), Gaia Visnar (Ismene), Broghanne Jessamine (Understudy), Trey Tetreault (Stage Manager, Understudy). Lighting Design by John Salutz. Directed by Brandon Walker.
Cast/Creative Team for MY NAME IS RACHEL CORRIE, written by Katharine Viner and Alan Rickman from the writings of Rachel Corrie: Erin Cronican (Rachel Corrie.) Stage Management by Shannon K Formas. Lighting Design by John Salutz. Projection Design by L Wilson-Spiro. Assistant Projection Design by Marlee Weinberg. Directed by Brandon Walker.
Cast/Creative Team for I AM MY OWN WIFE, written by Doug Wright: Brandon Walker (Charlotte Von Mahlsdorf et al.) Stage Management by Clinton Powell. Lighting Design by John Salutz. Projection Design by L Wilson-Spiro. Assistant Projection Design by Marlee Weinberg. Directed by Erin Cronican.
For THE PEOPLE VS ANTIGONE- "Do not miss “The People vs Antigone,” a world premiere adaptation from Sophocles and Anouilh’s by Brandon Walker at The Seeing Place Theatre in the East Village. This incubator of experimental, resistance and innovative plays is part of the La Mama Theatre Building. Almost from the start of this modernized version of this seminal play, director Walker makes a crystal-clear connection with recent history the Trump era, delivered in a comprehensible narrative making sense from start to finish. A multi-talented five cast members take on a variety of roles bringing to life this timeless play"- Arts and Culture Today
For MY NAME IS RACHEL CORRIE- "Rachel Corrie’s words, drawn from her journals and emails and edited by Katherine Viner and Alan Rickman, are divine. Erin Cronican is wonderful as Rachel; funny, self effacing, observant, meticulous, flawed and confused. A production of Rachel’s story, in her own words, is so strong and solid that it does not need the theatrical staging of this production. Trust that an actor on stage with the presence and talent of Ms. Cronican is sufficient. Score: 85" - The Front Row Center
For I AM MY OWN WIFE- "When you see the letters TSP, you automatically think "teaspoon." If you see Brandon Walker play Charlotte von Mahlsdorf in I AM MY OWN WIFE, you may from then on only think of TSP as the name of the theater (at 64 East 4th St.) in which he's playing the difficult role that put Jefferson Mays on the map. How impressive he is (under Erin Cronican's direction) in portraying the transvestite and the dozens of other people in her shady life. Get to TSP before May 13." - Broadway Radio
Starring Erin Cronican*, Juan Cardenas, Candice Oden*, Brandon Walker*. Directed by Erin Cronican. Lighting Design by Duane Pagano. Sound Design by Brandon Walker. Set/Costume Design by Erin Cronican. Stage Management/Understudy for Jack: Clinton Powell
“4 Stars. Through one increasingly-uncomfortable situation to the next, the ensemble skillfully endears us to their humble characters, making us want desperately for everything to work out in the end. For anyone who's experienced the beautifully-awkward stages of an early crush, or the trials and tribulations of a long-term relationship, Jack Goes Boating provides plenty of opportunity to reflect and relate.” - Opplaud
“Sweet and Quirky - Mr Walker's scenes with Ms. Cronican are as gentle tender as any I’ve seen on stage, emanating from a great well of trust. Hard to fake when your audience is seated no more than a couple of feet away. One of the pleasures of serial theatergoing is the chance to poke around into some off-the-main-drag theaters of New York City, into the domain of some truly wondrous and adventuresome independent theater companies...Color me impressed, and let me urge you to check them out for yourself. ” - Upstage-Downstage
Starring Erin Cronican, Jane Kahler, Bill McAndrews, Sabrina Schlegel-Mejia, Robin Friend Stift, Ari Veach, Brandon Walker*. Understudy: Michael Clay. Directed by Brandon Walker. Co-Direction by Erin Cronican. Lighting Design by Duane Pagano. Sound Design by Brandon Walker. Set/Costume Design by Erin Cronican. Assistant Direction by Candice Oden. Movement Assistance by Robin Friend Stift. Dialect Coaching: Jane Kahler.
"One of the great plays is being produced at The Seeing Place Theater: Cloud 9, a play of such density and dynamism, a play of such warmth and bitter intelligence, a play of such sobering and poignant import…The Seeing Place Theater ensemble, a company I intend to keep my eye on, does this masterwork more than justice in a very fine production co-directed by Brandon Walker and Erin Cronican. Like a veteran trainer, they take this beast of a play, bursting with energy and opportunity, and produce an intelligible and pointed and very enjoyable production." - Stage Buddy
"An edgy, seat-of-the-pants production by the always-risk-taking Seeing Place Theater...the cast embraces its barely tamed wildness with all the gusto they can muster, giving the whole an exhilarating improvisational vibe." - Upstage Downstage
Starring Olev Aleksander, Tim Anderson, Erin Cronican*, Joshua George, Jane Kahler*, Lisa-Marie Newton*, Candice Oden*, Marcus Peterson, GW Reed*, Elizabeth Rose, Sabrina Schlegel-Mejia, Robin Friend Stift, Ari Veach, Brandon Walker*. Directed by Brandon Walker. Co-Directed by Erin Cronican. Stage Management by Logan Keeler. Lighting Design by Duane Pagano. *Member
TOP PICK! The Seeing Place's MACBETH was featured in Time Out NY's "Best of Off Off Broadway Theater"
"The Seeing Place’s MACBETH is a sharp, fresh and stirring production of this classic tragedy: directed with style that springs from truth and acted with centered grace all around. The performances are solid and magnetic...I cannot say enough about the quality, and originality of this production: it has brains, heart, soul and spirit. Don’t miss it!" - Hi! Drama
"The Seeing Place's rapid-paced production of Shakespeare's Macbeth at the Paradise Factory in the East Village is a flaming roller coaster plunge that engulfs the power-grubbing pair at its center, along with anyone else who has the misfortunate of being in the path of their callous ascent or their inexorable free-fall to doom. There is a distinctly nihilistic tone to this gritty production...overall this is a strikingly contemporary take on "the Scottish play" that captures the mood of the country right now and proves once again that Shakespeare's voice is one to be reckoned with for all times."- Upstage-Downstage
GETTING OUT with RHINOCEROS: July 16 - August 7, 2016
Cast/Creative Team for GETTING OUT: Carla Brandberg (Mother/Warden), Steve Carrieri (Carl/Caldwell), Erin Cronican (Arlene), Leo Goodman (Bennie/Principal), Jane Kahler (Ruby/Doctor), Candice Oden (Arlie), Robin Friend Stift (Evans/Ronnie). Understudies: Ashanti Brown and James Hunter. Lighting Design by Duane Pagano. Fight choreography by Sean Michael Chin. Stage Management by James Hunter. Directed by Erin Cronican.
Cast/Creative Team for RHINOCEROS: Joshua George (Dudard/Grocer), Rob Hatzenbeller (Proprietor/ Papillon), Logan Keeler (Jean), Autumn Mirassou (Daisy), Emily Newhouse (Logician/Wife), Lisa-Marie Newton (Mrs Boeuf/Waitress), Carla Torgrimson (Botard/Housewife), Brandon Walker (Berenger). Understudies: Elizabeth Rose, Ari Veach. Lighting Design by Duane Pagano. Stage Management by Ari Veach. Directed by Brandon Walker.
For RHINOCEROS - "BOTTOM LINE: A necessary and timely play about the power of group mentality and the difficulty of remaining an individual...The physicality required of the actors in this play and the necessity of a cohesive ensemble certainly aligns with the ensemble-driven and actor-centric mission of The Seeing Place Theater. Rhinoceros is a true group effort with most of the actors on stage for the entire show, a choice that directly speaks to Ionesco's commentary about conformity and societal pressures."- Theater is Easy
For GETTING OUT - "The thoroughly developed acting and directing and the play's script and structure are elements that set this show apart from many currently running off-Broadway...Where this company really shines is in the acting. Each character seems completely developed and grounded from within. One feels as if one is watching real people living in the moment; and while this is (obviously) always the aim of theater, it's by no means a given...The Seeing Place is a wonderful company and is fulfilling its mission by producing socially relevant works with integrity." - HI! Drama
THE PILLOWMAN with GIDION'S KNOT: December 4-20, 2015
AWARDED! THE PILLOWMAN and GIDION'S KNOT were awarded "Honorable Mention" in Manhattan With A Twist's "Top Off Broadway Productions in 2015."
THE PILLOWMAN: Directed by Erin Cronican and Brandon Walker. Starring Charles Baran, Olivia Baseman*, John D'Arcangelo, Brisa Freitas, Logan Keeler, Daniel Micahel Perez, Brandon Walker*. *Member
GIDION'S KNOT: Directed by Brandon Walker. Starring Erin Cronican* and Susan Izatt*. *Member
"Managed by Founding Directors Brandon Walker and Erin Cronican, both first class performer/directors, The Seeing Place takes pride in making live theater affordable at $15 ticket prices. In the company's intimate performing space, the viewers are close enough to the performers to feel like quasi-participants in the tough, contemporary dramas, presented two at a time in repertory. Their current offering -- Martin McDonagh's The Pillowman and Johnna Adams' Gidion's Knot-- are emotion-charged studies of dysfunction, domination, torture and death." - Huffington Post
"If you are seeking a fun and creepy evening of Grand Guignol theater filled with blood and horror, you need look no further than The Seeing Place’s revival of Martin McDonagh’s darker-than-dark comedy The Pillowman. The tight-knit company appears to be having a ball as the actors sink their teeth into carrying out McDonagh’s credo...it offers up just enough sarcasm, gallows humor, irony, and snarky observations, divvied out at just the right times with just the right tone..." - Talking Broadway
"It is brutal and taxing on these characters to go to the equivalent of a boxing match in this stage with the background they have, so it is a good thing that performers Susan Izatt and Erin Cronican are up to the task. Their performances give these arguments meaning beyond what is being said. The battle of ideologies, morality, and ultimately the desperation of two women that need to get rid of the emotional storm inside of them is played beautifully by these two thespians. " - Manhattan With A Twist
BOY GETS GIRL with BOYS' LIFE:
July 17 - August 2, 2015
AWARDED! BOY GETS GIRL was selected as a "Best of 2015" by Howard Miller of Talkin' Broadway and Upstage-Downstage.
BOY GETS GIRL: Starring Erin Cronican*, John D'Arcangelo, Virginia Gregory, Einar Gunn*, Emily Newhouse, Daniel Micahel Perez, Brandon Walker*. *Member
BOYS' LIFE: Starring Mary Ruth Baggott, Olivia Baseman*, Brisa Freitas, Logan Keeler, Natalie Neckyfarow*, Candice Oden*, Daniel Micahel Perez, Brandon Walker*, Alex Witherow. *Member
"GET TO THIS PLAY. This week marks your last chance to see Boy Gets Girl, the groundbreaking thriller brilliantly produced by The Seeing Place at the Clarion Theatre. This incredibly talented company of actors will have you at the edge of your seat from start to finish...Directed by Brandon Walker, this production will draw you in and take you on a ride you did not see coming...Leading actress Erin Cronican gives a downright breathtaking performance as Theresa Bedell...A stunningly captivating work of theatre, Boy Gets Girl was a homerun in every sense." - Times Square Chronicles
"OUTSTANDING REVIVALS. Now in its sixth season, The Seeing Place, located on East 26th Street in Manhattan, is currently staging two exceptional revivals in repertory: Boy’s Life by Howard Korder and Boy Gets Girl by Rebecca Gilman. It is the juxtaposition of these two plays, both focusing on gender relations, that resonates synergistically to enhance our appreciation of both." - A Seat on the Aisle
"With this pair of plays, The Seeing Place and its founders Ms. Cronican and Mr. Walker (she directs Boys’ Life and he the Gilman play) display a remarkable level of maturity as a theatrical enterprise in this, only its sixth season. This is definitely a company to watch." - Talkin' Broadway
Starring Esther Chen, Erin Cronican*, John D'Arcangelo, Lex Daemon, Ian Moses Eaton*, Brisa Freitas, Logan Keeler, Daniel Micahel Perez, Lila Smith*, Carla Torgrimson*, Brandon Walker*. *Member
"Passionate and Bold! The Seeing Place’s production of Othello is an exciting exhibition of what modern Shakespeare can be...Walker and Cronican's direction does a great job of making Othello exciting. Characters pop out from the audience, and suddenly, patrons are being interacted with in a fun, engaging way...The heart and drive of the ensemble and all the hard work that they put into this show is worth experiencing." - Theater is Easy
"OTHELLO is richly served by The Seeing Place’s focus on each individual character’s development and the emphasis on the human behavior among the characters onstage. The language is handled in a modern way, seemingly tailored to the actors’ most natural delivery style for his character. Generally, this works very well and brings a sense of present-day relevance to the plot...This Othello is fresh, entertaining and ever-relevant and the attention to every detail of the show from the acting to the pensive music to the clever staging of Othello and Desdemona’s deathbed to Desdemona’s wedding veil is obvious. Kips Bay is lucky to have this Theater Company in its ‘hood. See this show!" - Hi! Drama
"Right off the bat, The Seeing Place Theater makes it known that these won’t be the typical interpretations of some of the Bards most famous players...Don’t worry my drama lovers, you will get your fill as you watch the slow unraveling of Othello...Overall, it is just nice seeing this piece done in a new way and being able to capture the modern audience. I truly appreciate what this company is trying to accomplish." - Center on the Aisle
Starring Kathryn Neville Browne*, Erin Cronican*, John D'Arcangelo, Elle Emerson, Logan Keeler, Jonathan Miles*, Christina Pastor, Brandon Walker*. *Member
"FIVE STARS. Fourteen years has done little to affect the timeliness and poignancy of The Laramie Project, and The Seeing Place Theater in New York have gracefully captured the play’s beauty and power..." - Exeunt Magazine
"The power is in the story and in the telling. All you need are what The Seeing Place Theater has provided — a few chairs, a pair of chalkboards, and a dedicated troupe fully committed to the enterprise...There are only two categories of people who should see The Laramie Project: those who have never seen it before, and those who have." - Talkin' Broadway
"The Seeing Place Theater, now in its fifth year, has proved to be a bold and spirited force in independent theater, producing thoughtful works that are timelessly relevant to our cultural moment...I’ve never seen a company that felt so present and so invested in their work."- Letters from the Mezzanine
Starring Hillery Baker, Erin Cronican*, Stephen Dexter*, Jim DiMunno, Michael Gnat*, Mark Gorham*, Justin Hoch, Logan Keeler, Jessica Kelly, Adam Levinthal*, Nicole McLaughlin, Martine Moore, Brian Charles Rooney*, Frank Schiavone, Stewart Steinberg*, Brandon Walker*. *Member
"Men In White has rarely been produced since . Now it is back, on view at ATA’s Sargent Theater in a solid production by the always-exciting Seeing Place Theater company." -
"What I always enjoy about The Seeing Place is that the company puts the actors first. Its productions are always marked by an unbridled enthusiasm and raw talent that I don’t see on stage anywhere else." - Daily Actor
"The Seeing Place is to be commended for staging Men in White on a tight budget, with 16 actors covering 27 roles; and there’s much that’s admirable about what the cast accomplishes." - Off Off Online
HAMLET, playing in rep with
ROSENCRANTZ & GUILDENSTERN ARE DEAD:
May 31-June 30, 2013
Starring Alex Alcheh*, Alan Altschuler, David Arthur Bachrach*, Kristen Carbone, Erin Cronican*, Janice Hall*, Robert King*, Philip Lakin*, Oliver Lehne, Max-Lorn Krause, Brandon Walker*, and Jason Wilson. Co-Directed by Brandon Walker* and Erin Cronican*.*Member
About R&G: "This skillfully and naturalistally performed production by The Seeing Place provided a thoroughly entertaining look at Shakespeare’s work in a new way."-
Carey Purcell, Playbill
About Hamlet: "Voyeurism, simplified. That is the motto of The Seeing Place, one of those amazing up-and-coming shoestring-budget theater companies that manage to pull off compelling and gutsy productions of challenging plays in various pockets of the city." - Upstage Downstage
Starring Robert King*, Marnie Klar*, and Gabrielle Loneck. Directed by Erin Cronican.* *Member
"Such consistent quality performances have resulted in high expectations whenever I walk into the [Seeing Place] theater...I’m happy to report neither show disappoints, keeping The Seeing Place’s winning streak going."- Daily Actor
"With a runtime of only about 90 minutes it packs a big punch...the show remains poignant to the very end." - Review Fix
Altschuler*, Kathleen Brower*, Brian Byus, Lee Cavellier,
Michael Stephen Clay, Erin Cronican*, Mary
Lahti, Justin Kress, Ned Baker Lynch, Daniel
Perez, Elisa Pupko, David Sedgwick*, Daniela
Thome, & Brandon Walker*. Directed
by Brandon Walker. *Member
to fulfill all your Indie Theater desires."-
true gift in a world drowning in digital abstraction"- Cultural
havenít seen a better indie theater value out there
commendable, ensemble-focused company." -
with Mary Anisi*, Amanda
Baker*, Kathleen Brower*, Michael Stephen Clay, Debbie
Friedlander*, Ned Baker Lynch, Rhonda Musak*, and David Sedgwick*.
Directed by Reesa Graham and Brandon Walker. *Member
Kiss was inspired by true events and developed
through improvisation by The Seeing Place Ensemble.
emotional conflict grabs the heart...touching."-
a heavy load of emotional intensity."-
Theater is Easy
David Arthur Bachrach*, Michael Clay,
Erin Cronican*, Jorge Hoyos, Michael
Jefferson, Ben Leasure, Ned Lynch, Nathan
Ramos, David Sedgwick*, Anna Marie Sell*,
Lindsay Teed* & Brandon Walker*. Directed
by Brandon Walker *Member
Seeing Place brought their characteristic
(and indefatigable) enthusiasm to the piece...sincerely
and without affectation."-
human, and real... each gesture is natural
Show Business Weekly
Margret Avery, David Arthur Bachrach*,
Steven Beckingham*, Christoper Bischoff,
Jon Dalin, John Gazzale, John Greenleaf*,
Norah Elise Johnson, Ned Lynch, Tyler Moss*,
Dothan Negrin, Gregory Jon Phelps, Adam
Reich*, Anna Marie Sell*, Bonnie Singer,
Nick Velkov*, Brandon Walker*, and Jamie
Watson*. Directed by Reesa Graham and Brandon
loved the performers’ enthusiasm for
the material." - Show Business Weekly
in period detail, and lovingly acted."-
company that takes their work as seriously
as this one does, and delivers results that
prove how effective that work is." -
Theatre Knights (And Daze)
Heather Lee Harper, Joseph Mancuso, and Brandon Walker.*
Directed by Kaitlin Colombo. *Member
gave a full out performance. And the acting was terrific.
Kaitlin Colombo has coached her three actors into giving
extremely truthful, engaging performances. I found
myself truly moved."-