Registered Critic: Heidi Mastrogiovanni - Talkin' About Stuff She's Written 'n' Stuff

Heidi Mastrogiovanni is a graduate of Wesleyan University. She was chosen as one of ScreenwritingU’s 15 Most Recommended Screenwriters of 2013. Heidi is a member of the Writers Guild of America West and the Authors Guild. She contributes book reviews to the Washington Independent Review of Books and the New York Journal of Books. A dedicated animal welfare advocate, Heidi lives in Los Angeles with her musician husband and their rescued senior dogs. She loves to read, hike, travel, and do a classic spit-take whenever something is really funny. Heidi is fluent in German and French, though she doesn’t understand why both these languages feel they need more than one definite article. Heidi’s comedic novel Lala Pettibone’s Act Two (finalist for the Foreword Reviews Book of the Year Awards in the Humor category) and the sequel, Lala Pettibone: Standing Room Only, explore the themes present in all her work… It’s never too late to begin again, and it must be cocktail hour somewhere.
Oct

Charlotte Stay Close

In this atmosphere of anguish and despair, the actors give stunning performances. Every moment rings true, every piece of dialogue is honored. As Kathryn, Tarah Pollock – somehow, somewhere, in a way that is almost impossible to track – creates sympathy and a shade of understanding for this profoundly damaged character. Jenny Soo, as Charlotte, mines new levels of heartbreak. By the time it comes, her death will likely feel like a personal loss to the audience, and this reaction has been more than earned. Dustin is, at times, torn between the sisters. Andy Shephard makes his role in this triumvirate devastatingly painful and surprisingly charming.
The performers are aided by an impeccable script that brings humor to situations that feel impossible to make light of, by direction that makes everything work in seamless harmony, and by technical aspects that are a collective masterclass on how to stage a play.
The result is a production that is not to be missed.

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