Quotidian Theatre Company’s Helen Hayes Awards recommended production of Afterplay and A Little Trick must close Sunday, 8/19!
Four performances remain: Friday at 8pm, Saturday at 2pm and 8pm, and Sunday at 2pm!
For her performance in Afterplay, Michele Osherow has been nominated for a 2012 DC Theatre Scene Audience Choice Award for Best Actress! Additionally, QTC’s production of Conor McPherson’s Shining City was nominated in the Best Play category, and Quotidian favorite Steve Beall‘s work in Shining City earned a nomination for Best Actor.
Not only has Afterplay and A Little Trick received a recommendation from The Helen Hayes Awards, it’s also garnered much critical acclaim:
A Little Trick: “Tisdale and Feuer work beautifully together… Stephanie Mumford’s direction of this poetic, suggestive piece is deft and subtle, emphasizing its elusive nature as a play about perception and deception.”
Afterplay: “Sbarbori’s sensitive direction, Osherow’s and Dubov’s talent and Friel’s quirky sense of humor flourish in this theatrical gem.”
– Barbara Mackay, Washington Examiner
A Little Trick: “Jonathan Feuer gives an assertive portrayal as the diffident Ivan… Sara Dabney Tisdale’s almost wordless performance as the painfully smitten Nadya makes the piece special. She must convey Nadya’s subtext in reaction to Feuer’s monologue, and does so ably, through movement and facial expression. John Decker’s set design for A Little Trick is imaginative and lively, evoking a wintry birch forest and a hilltop with a scarlet sleigh displayed for the audience like a totem idol. A Little Trick also features the vibrant strings of Christine Kharazian’s violin.”
Afterplay: “Sbarbori’s direction and the acting — David Dubov as Andrey and Michele Osherow as Sonya — is impeccable, bright and clean, performed with much elegance and sensitivity to the ebb and flow of the art of conversation, with things said and unsaid. Words, gestures and silences are finely handled, down to the nuance. The image-stories the actors evoke are marbled with gentle humor and not without the painful regret that can characterize a life half-lived. Dubov displays understated comedic talent in a charming and quirky portrayal of Andrey. Osherow distinguishes Sonya with spirit and fortitude, and her gradual, understated transformation from assured administrator of her family’s estate to the bared, broken down prisoner to neglected passion is remarkable.”
– Roy Maurer, DC Theatre Scene
A Little Trick: “Director Stephanie Mumford allows the pair a light touch, and the couple’s dance of affections moves gently from poignancy to broadly comic moments without missing a beat. The tone combines lyrical charm with Chekhov’s psycholically penetrating wit.”
Afterplay: “Dubov’s performance succeeds with an amiably self-mocking sense of the absurdity of his predicament… Osherow’s Sonya is more wedded to the past, fending off bitterness with furtive sips of vodka…”
– Michael Toscano, The Beacon
A Little Trick: “What a wonderful little gem the Quotidian Theatre Company of Bethesda is. The vignette of A Little Trick was an all-around joy to watch. Jonathan Feuer as Ivan captivates your attention right off, and lends a mesmerizing performance. Sara Dabney Tisdale’s Nadya is incandescent… Concert violinist Christine Kharazian, as the wind, personifies the Russian winter and the characters’ emotional plight. Director Stephanie Mumford has led her team to generate not only ‘a little trick’ but a mesmerizing, little slice of life.”
Afterplay: “As in A Little Trick, the actors are very strong... The focus of the play is on the dialogue and discussion reactions, and both Osherow and Dubov provide engaging and outstanding performances for director Jack Sbarbori.”
– Connie Morris, DC Metro Theater Arts
Quotidian Theatre Company’s production of Afterplay and A Little Trick must close August 19. Four performances remain: Friday at 8pm, Saturday at 2pm and 8pm, and Sunday at 2pm. Both plays are presented in tandem, bridged by an intermission.
All performances of the show are held at The Writer’s Center: 4508 Walsh Street, Bethesda, MD 20815. There is ample parking across the street (free on weekends), and the theatre is just five blocks away from the Bethesda Metro Station on the red line.
If you have any questions, please contact us.