Thursday, January 26, 2012

Inquirer: MICROCRISIS is "Big Fun," "Dynamically Wacky," "Deceptively Smart"

Check out these excerpts from Howard Shapiro's review of MICROCRISIS from the Philadelphia Inquirer:

Kevin Bergen (as Bennett)
and Bi Jean Ngo (as Clare)
Bankers are lending big money to poor folks who can never pay it back, Ivy League whiz-kids are developing new ways to get interest on that cash, financial watchdogs grant high ratings to every scammer, the feds turn all their cheeks, and in the play Microcrisis - can you believe it? - it's all big fun. Granted, you can argue fine points about the financial stuff, but not about the fun factor of Microcrisis, in InterAct Theatre Company’s dynamically wacky production...

Mike Lew’s satire, in which the New York-based playwright takes everyone in the international financial crisis to extremes, is an all-out goof... Lews' play is aptly stupid in its depictions and deceptively smart in its construction. Every character represents some faceless part of the real crisis...

Four of the six-member cast play multiple roles, the particularly flexible Frank X among them... The show-stealer, though, is Bi Jean Ngo, as the securities rating executive whose emotion-wrought bang-bang delivery can rip up a room. Kevin Bergen... is the high-strung smarm-master who thinks all this up..., Hannah Gold and Dave Johnson... are high-octane university kids who become the faces of this mess, and Maia Desanti is the schoolteacher who throws her pension away. The production is lifted into another zone by Mark Valenzuela's sound, which makes all sorts of things that aren't physically there seem real. You know, just like the bankers did.

Read Howard Shapiro's Entire Philadelphia Inquirer Review

Links to more information about MICROCRISIS:

Purchase Tickets Now

Find Out More About InterAct's Philadelphia Premiere Production

Watch the Video Trailer Online

Watch 6ABC Loves the Arts' Feature Story

Listen to an Interview with Playwright Mike Lew

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