Friday, February 24, 2012

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Look Ma, IT has a winner, if imperfect

Claassen & Co. mostly deliver the goods in 'Dancing'
Look Ma, IT has a winner, if imperfect
Kathleen Allen Arizona Daily Star | Posted: Sunday, February 12, 2012

Two weddings and a funeral serve as the backdrop for Invisible Theatre's latest, the world premiere of Janet Neipris' "Look Ma We're Dancing."

So does some mighty intense sibling rivalry in this production directed by Gail Fitzhugh.
And no one can do intense quite as well as Susan Claassen, IT's artistic director and one of the two sisters in this comedy.
Claassen's Vi has a strong wit, impeccable timing and a New York City sophistication.
She brings all that to Montana to attend her sister Franny's wedding (Franny is nicely portrayed by Susan Kovitz). Trouble is, she and Franny haven't spoken in a year, when something went terribly wrong at their mother's funeral. Franny isn't as interesting as Vi; nevertheless, Kovitz holds her own against Claassen - which isn't easy to do as Claassen is a force to be reckoned with on stage.
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The crew received applause after it made the remarkable transition with the moving of a few walls and replacing of a few pictures during intermission. Blair and Claassen deserve applause, too, for their innovative and much-more-than-serviceable set design.

TIM FULLER / INVISIBLE THEATRE
Susan Claassen and James Blair


LOOK MA WE'RE DANCING

LOOK MA WE'RE DANCING:

GENTLE REMINDERS FILL "LOOK MA WE'RE DANCING"

By Chuck Graham

TucsonStage.com

Family members may not be the world's most reliable support group, but we always have to remember: home is the place where, when you go there, they have to take you in.

Playwright Janet Neipris and the players at Invisible Theatre celebrate such enduring truths in the world premiere production of her light comedy with a heart, "Look Ma We're Dancing" directed by Gail Fitzhugh.

Susan Claassen is full of feisty confusion as Vi, the intellectual sister of Franny (Susan Kovitz) the sociable sister – the one mom always liked best, at least in Vi's opinion.

Look Ma Were Dancing

Read the entire review here: LOOK MA WE'RE DANCING

Saturday, February 11, 2012

'Look Ma, We’re Dancing' is gentle Jewish-centric comedy | The Invisible Theatre:

The Invisible Theatre

'Look Ma, We’re Dancing' is gentle Jewish-centric comedy

Play is a funny, acerbic exploration of sibling rivalry

Feb 9, 2012
Dave Irwin
TucsonSentinel.com

The Invisible Theatre’s latest play, “Look Ma, We’re Dancing,” is a gently acerbic comedy of sibling rivalry. The protagonists are two grown-up hyper-competitive New York Jewish-American princesses. We watch as they try to reconnect to their individual lives and their sisterhood following the death of their mother — the glue that had held their family together.

Tim Fuller/Invisible Theatre

From left, Burney Starks, Susan Kovitz, Susan Claassen and James Blair star in The Invisible Theatre's production of 'Look Ma, We're Dancing.

Vi, played note-perfect and knowingly by IT artistic director Susan Claassen, arrives in Montana to surprise her sister, Franny, played by Susan Kovitz, before Franny’s upcoming wedding…

Playwright Janet Neipris provides a funny, well-written slice of life that feels all too true…

Gail Fitzhugh’s stage direction was clear and takes full advantage of Claassen’s stage-savvy and mugging skills. Also notable is the efficient and effective set design by Claassen and Blair, who is also IT’s associate artistic director. The slick transition of the small IT stage from the Missoula set to the New York set with just a few hinged panels actually earned a round of applause during intermission from the opening-night audience.

Read the entire review here: 'Look Ma, We’re Dancing' is gentle Jewish-centric comedy | The Invisible Theatre:



Thursday, February 2, 2012

Sibling rivalry lives in 'Dancing':

Sisters vie for late mom's attention at Invisible Theatre premieres comedy

Sibling rivalry lives in 'Dancing'

Tayler Wancour For The Arizona Daily Star | Posted: Thursday, February 2, 2012

Death doesn't always kill the need for mom's approval.

In "Look Ma We're Dancing," two adult sisters fight over their dead mother's affection.

Funny moments, sibling rivalry at its finest and family issues take center stage in the Janet Neipris play, which has its world premiere at Invisible Theatre Tuesday.

"The humor is in the characters, and then it has moments that are poignant where it moves the audience. I love that combination," said playwright Neipris, chairwoman of the Dramatic Writing Department at the Tisch School for the Arts at New York University.

IT collaborated with Neipris for about two years on "Look Ma We're Dancing." The company has been producing Neipris' work since she was straight out of graduate school.

Her last play at IT was "Natives" in 2008.

"Look Ma ..." "is an intimate play about two sisters with universal themes," said Susan Claassen, IT's managing artistic director who also has a lead role in the play. These themes include family, sisters pulling apart and coming together and unconditional love.

TIM FULLER / INVISIBLE THEATRE

Sisters so close, it's hard to tear them apart: Burney Starks, left, Susan Kovitz, Susan Claassen and James Blair in "Look Ma We're Dancing."

Read more: http://azstarnet.com/entertainment/arts-and-theatre/sibling-rivalry-lives-in-dancing/article_0dce30d3-8523-535e-a0d7-b642946aa95b.html#ixzz1lGn95wvR