CONSTELLATIONS Hudson Stage Company
By Nick Payne
"Razor sharp, crystal clear direction... Mark Shanahan's sure hand keeps the action clearly focused... in the hands of this director and this cast it is well worth a look... Ben Paul Williams was delightful... Faith Sandberg brought a depth to Marianne beyond what the playwright put on the page. "
"Virtually flawless.... No doubt with invaluable assistance from director Mark Shanahan... Sandberg and Williams are terrific... These two performers and hence these two characters certainly belong together in a single universe, or, if you prefer, in an ever-expanding set of worlds that they create and demolish during every performance."
-- On Stage
"Mark Shanahan...crafts a poetic, wholly satisfying, emotionally exciting evening of theater. His "Constellations" is alive with humanity and spirit and buzzes with a flavorful, pungent theatricality....As directorial navigator, the play is marvelously thought out, rendered, staged and blocked with such deft, fugue-like precision...
Shanahan thrusts you into the world of what if's and parallel mind games using just the right amount of force, imagination and urgency... It's all very beautiful to watch and observe under Shanahan's well-judged tutelage.
With Shanahan orchestrating the moves like a classical music conductor, Williams and Sandberg never once miss a beat... Shanahan's tight, fueled direction and the raw onstage chemistry he elicits from both Williams and Sandberg make this a production not to miss. --Take 2
Set by James Fenton
Lighting Andrew Gmosher
Costumes David Woolard
Photography by Rana Faure and James Fenton
With Faith Sandberg and Ben Paul Williams