An Opera Conceived by Beggars

The entire glorious company in the final scene of Marvell Rep’s Drama Desk Award-nominated production of The Threepenny Opera. We thought the horse-head on a stick was a cheekily appropriate solution for an “opera conceived by beggars.” Photo by Jill Usdan.

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Spring’s Awakening

The exquisite Lizzy DeClement and commanding Giuseppe Bausillio gave brave, iconic performances as Wendla and Melchior in Marvell Rep’s acclaimed production of Wedekind’s SPRING’S AWAKENING, part of our season devoted to works that had been burned and banned. Wedekind’s play is even more controversial than the musical. Photo by Jill Usdan.

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Possessed

The jolting moment of possession in THE DYBBUK–a seminal, but rarely produced ghost story about a young Jewish bride who is possessed by the spirit of her dead love on the day of her wedding. Like ROMEO AND JULIET meets THE EXORCIST, Yiddish style. A brilliant cast of 22–just about the largest company on any […]

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Star-Crossed Lovers

Photo from BLOOD WEDDING

From Blood Wedding, a poignant, doom-drenched moment of quiet between the two star-crossed lovers (Hamish Allan-Headley and Evgeniya Radilova) before all hell breaks loose. Photo by Raymond Haddad.

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A Doll House

Allison McLemore and Chris Kipiniak were terrific together in Ingmar Bergman’s adaptation of A DOLL’S HOUSE. Bergman stripped away most of the original’s naturalistic trappings, causing it to play like a kind of fever dream. This was Marvell’s debut production.

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God of Vengeance

Act Two in GOD OF VENGEANCE. A playful moment in the brothel, before tragedy strikes.  Four of New York’s most gifted actresses:  Stacey Linnartz and Elizabeth Stahlmann in the foreground, Molly Stoller and Rachel Claire at the window.

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The Dybbuk

Leye is gripped by otherworldly longings in Marvell Rep’s inaugural season production of THE DYBBUK.  Eloquent, sensitive performances from Rachel Claire, Barbara Spiegel, and Chris Kipiniak. The air was practically luminous, alive with the supernatural.

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Night Games

Full-blooded, richly layered performances from Emma Rosenthal (who was also brilliant as Polly in THREEPENNY OPERA)  and Isaac Woofter (recently in WAR HORSE) in Marvell’s world premiere of NIGHT GAMES, an existential sexual revenge thriller, my favorite genre.

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In the Gallows

Photo from THE THREEPENNY OPERA

The Threepenny company in the gallows scene, one of Brecht’s most chillingly (and playfully) subversive passages. Played by one of the best casts ever. Photo by Jill Usdan.

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Parents and Children

Photo from SPRING'S AWAKENING

Anne Newhall and Lizzy DeClement as Mrs. Bergmann and her daughter Wendla in Marvell Rep’s 2012 production of Spring’s Awakening.  Working with these two extraordinary, limitless actresses was a real highlight. Photo by Jill Usdan.

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