The Women of Lockerbie

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Reviews: 7

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100 %

Reviews: 6

Wed Jun 19, 12:00am

A modern, Greek tragedy about the triumph of love over hate. This poetic play is about a mother from New Jersey who roams the hills of Lockerbie Scotland, looking for her son's remains, which were lost in the crash of Pan Am 103. She meets the women of Lockerbie, who are fighting the US Government to obtain the clothing of the victims found in the plane's wreckage. Determined to convert an act of hatred into an act of love, the women want to wash the clothes of the dead and return them to the victim's families. “A powerful, thoughtful exploration of how grief changes over time” The New Yorker A modern, Greek tragedy about the triumph of love over hate. This poetic play is about a mother from New Jersey who roams the hills of Lockerbie Scotland, looking for her son's remains, which were lost in the crash of Pan Am 103. She meets the women of Lockerbie, who are fighting the US Government to obtain the clothing of the victims found in the plane's wreckage. Determined to convert an act of hatred into an act of love, the women want to wash the clothes of the dead and return them to the victim's families. “A powerful, thoughtful exploration of how grief changes over time” The New Yorker A modern, Greek tragedy about the triumph of love over hate. This poetic play is about a mother from New Jersey who roams the hills of Lockerbie Scotland, looking for her son's remains, which were lost in the crash of Pan Am 103. She meets the women of Lockerbie, who are fighting the US Government to obtain the clothing of the victims found in the plane's wreckage. Determined to convert an act of hatred into an act of love, the women want to wash the clothes of the dead and return them to the victim's families. “A powerful, thoughtful exploration of how grief changes over time” The New Yorker A modern, Greek tragedy about the triumph of love over hate. This poetic play is about a mother from New Jersey who roams the hills of Lockerbie Scotland, looking for her son's remains, which were lost in the crash of Pan Am 103. She meets the women of Lockerbie, who are fighting the US Government to obtain the clothing of the victims found in the plane's wreckage. Determined to convert an act of hatred into an act of love, the women want to wash the clothes of the dead and return them to the victim's families. “A powerful, thoughtful exploration of how grief changes over time” The New Yorker A modern, Greek tragedy about the triumph of love over hate. This poetic play is about a mother from New Jersey who roams the hills of Lockerbie Scotland, looking for her son's remains, which were lost in the crash of Pan Am 103. She meets the women of Lockerbie, who are fighting the US Government to obtain the clothing of the victims found in the plane's wreckage. Determined to convert an act of hatred into an act of love, the women want to wash the clothes of the dead and return them to the victim's families. “A powerful, thoughtful exploration of how grief changes over time” The New Yorker

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Reviews

"What a beautiful story, and performance! The Women of Lockerbie tastefully uses a real-life tragedy as a backdrop to tell a fictional, yet a truly human story about loss and how we wish to preserve the lives of our loved ones. I found myself relating to the pain of the main character as a mother who also has a son of a similar age, which was only complemented by the effective acting on display. Likewise, I'm sure that many audiences can find themselves connecting to this story in a similar way. This is a very different story that I would've never thought to be this touching. I really love the soft, vibrant look of the play created by the projection onstage, in contrast to the almost tragic violence shown throughout the story. I found that beyond the visual appeal, this touch helped solidify the somber tone the story wanted to convey. The director really took many liberties when crafting this story and I wish to congratulate his efforts along with the cast and crew who worked on this show."

sweet - Soo Chyun


"What a beautiful story, and performance! The Women of Lockerbie tastefully uses a real-life tragedy as a backdrop to tell a fictional, yet a truly human story about loss and how we wish to preserve the lives of our loved ones. I found myself relating to the pain of the main character as a mother who also has a son of a similar age, which was only complemented by the effective acting on display. Likewise, I'm sure that many audiences can find themselves connecting to this story in a similar way. This is a very different story that I would've never thought to be this touching. I really love the soft, vibrant look of the play created by the projection onstage, in contrast to the almost tragic violence shown throughout the story. I found that beyond the visual appeal, this touch helped solidify the somber tone the story wanted to convey. The director really took many liberties when crafting this story and I wish to congratulate his efforts along with the cast and crew who worked on this show."

sweet - Soo Chyun


Eric A Gordon
"One of the issues Brevoort successfully deals with is the explanation for the tragedy. Was it fate? Was it simply meant to be? God's will? Was there a purpose in it? Or was it simply a criminal act that hopefully one day will be properly prosecuted but that no one on the plane or on the ground could possibly have done anything to prevent. Universalizing the story, Verrill says, “Everyone has a battle they are fighting and love can be the answer.” Fittingly, the anniversary, and the action of the play, takes place on the winter solstice. From this night on the light will start returning."

sweet-sour - Eric A Gordon - ...read full review


"After the previous show, we were in need of some beauty and magic, and we found it in spades in this glorious production. The show is presented as a Greek tragedy, and very skillfully designed and executed. It brought us, and we're sure other audience members, to tears, and is the best thing we have seen at Fringe thus far, truly worthy of the Top of the Fringe award."

sweet - Bob Leggett - ...read full review


"Director Jim Blanchette presents this drama on a suitably stark stage (a tip of the hat to set designer Carrie Ackerman). His cast serves the drama excellently, especially Ed Ackerman as the distraught father of a lost child who is on the verge of losing his wife to grief."

sweet - Ernest Kearney - www.thetvolution.com - ...read full review


David MacDowell Blue
""Evil came to Lockerbie" they say. What then do we do with that fact? Deborah Brevoort's play seeks an answer to that question, and true to reality finds more than one."

sweet - David MacDowell Blue - Night Tinted Glasses - ...read full review


"In any tragedy, it is natural to sympathize with the victims and those who lost a loved one. The Women of Lockerbie takes an engaging approach in also examining what it means to be a witness to such life-changing horror. Full of moving performances, this piece is a beautiful and melancholy commentary on the different stages of grief and finding the strength to move forward in love."

sweet - Lacey Rae - Media Geeks - ...read full review


"The performances are utterly convincing. We believe we are watching distraught parents. The three local women help us to process the parents' complex emotions. At the far end of the stage, we see the backdrop of a nighttime sky filled with stars. Toward the front of the stage, we see stark leaf-less trees and rocks. The atmosphere is bleak yet lyrical. The show's producer, Leah Verrill, explained that the play is about the importance of allowing yourself to grieve. Astute and touching. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED"

sweet - Bob Rich - Gia on the Move - ...read full review


"What an unassuming, wonderful and fantastic piece of theater!! I read the play summary prior to seeing the show and thought, a play about a plane crash in Lockerbie, the passengers luggage, and laundry of the dead...oooook, we shall see. How wrong was I. Yes, that is the premise of the story, but it tells a much deeper and very raw and honest story about love, loss, community, pain, friendship, marriage, and our collective and individual human condition. I don't know if there's a better bang for your buck in this town clear across to Broadway itself. The play is well written, yes. It's thought provoking and intelligent, but it's the exceptional cast that drove me to write a review. Liz Fenning blew me out of my seat with her performance. Her artistry, choices, honesty, and full hearted investment breath to breath truly stoked my spirit and will inspire my work as well. Lisa Wyatt also was exceptional in her portrayal as a Lockerbie local. She has such a beautiful power bringing the words from the page to life. Both of these ladies deliver broadway caliber performances. And I can't highlight them, and neglect the rest of the cast. They too are very good, it's just Liz and Lisa had me leaving the theater different then when I arrived. If I find the time to go again, I will. In the meantime, thank you ALL, cast and production for delivering such a fine piece of theater for myself and the rest of LA. Best of luck wih the rest of your run!!!"

sweet - Ryan Shanahan


"Terrific script made even more amazing by the talented cast. Not usually a theater-watching person, and this kept me engaged and involved throughout. It flew by and to me that's always a good sign. I truly can't say enough about the cast, particularly for me the three women of Lockerbie. If you enjoy theater don't miss it!"

sweet - Jose Montesinos


"It's so refreshing to actually see talent at the Fringe Festival! This cast is outstanding. All working actors and an off-Broadway director really separated this show from every show at HFF I've seen so far. The set, the lights, and the costumes were all spot on. The script is very clever. It flew by. This show made me want to research the true story. If you're going to support a Fringe show, this is the one!"

sweet - Darren Moores


"This play is truly an ensemble piece, and everyone pulls their weight equally. Each character is fleshed out and unique, even the three chorus members which is impressive. While this play's topic is heavy, director Jim Blanchette has managed to work in moments of levity and the overall feeling is of searching for hope instead of escaping grief. It is truly a beautiful play about a horrible situation, that won't leave you completely gutted at the end. That being said, you're still going to want to bring some tissues."

sweet - Kat Michels - See It Or Skip It LA - ...read full review


"Wow! The execution of this play was beautiful. The actors all put on a very thoughtful and true portrayal of the characters and thr things they all went through. There wont be a dry eye at the end of any performance"

sweet - Denise Barrett


Eric A Gordon
"One of the issues Brevoort successfully deals with is the explanation for the tragedy. Was it fate? Was it simply meant to be? God's will? Was there a purpose in it? Or was it simply a criminal act that hopefully one day will be properly prosecuted but that no one on the plane or on the ground could possibly have done anything to prevent. Universalizing the story, Verrill says, “Everyone has a battle they are fighting and love can be the answer.” Fittingly, the anniversary, and the action of the play, takes place on the winter solstice. From this night on the light will start returning."

sweet-sour - Eric A Gordon - ...read full review


"After the previous show, we were in need of some beauty and magic, and we found it in spades in this glorious production. The show is presented as a Greek tragedy, and very skillfully designed and executed. It brought us, and we're sure other audience members, to tears, and is the best thing we have seen at Fringe thus far, truly worthy of the Top of the Fringe award."

sweet - Bob Leggett - ...read full review


"Director Jim Blanchette presents this drama on a suitably stark stage (a tip of the hat to set designer Carrie Ackerman). His cast serves the drama excellently, especially Ed Ackerman as the distraught father of a lost child who is on the verge of losing his wife to grief."

sweet - Ernest Kearney - www.thetvolution.com - ...read full review


David MacDowell Blue
""Evil came to Lockerbie" they say. What then do we do with that fact? Deborah Brevoort's play seeks an answer to that question, and true to reality finds more than one."

sweet - David MacDowell Blue - Night Tinted Glasses - ...read full review


"In any tragedy, it is natural to sympathize with the victims and those who lost a loved one. The Women of Lockerbie takes an engaging approach in also examining what it means to be a witness to such life-changing horror. Full of moving performances, this piece is a beautiful and melancholy commentary on the different stages of grief and finding the strength to move forward in love."

sweet - Lacey Rae - Media Geeks - ...read full review


"The performances are utterly convincing. We believe we are watching distraught parents. The three local women help us to process the parents' complex emotions. At the far end of the stage, we see the backdrop of a nighttime sky filled with stars. Toward the front of the stage, we see stark leaf-less trees and rocks. The atmosphere is bleak yet lyrical. The show's producer, Leah Verrill, explained that the play is about the importance of allowing yourself to grieve. Astute and touching. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED"

sweet - Bob Rich - Gia on the Move - ...read full review


"This play is truly an ensemble piece, and everyone pulls their weight equally. Each character is fleshed out and unique, even the three chorus members which is impressive. While this play's topic is heavy, director Jim Blanchette has managed to work in moments of levity and the overall feeling is of searching for hope instead of escaping grief. It is truly a beautiful play about a horrible situation, that won't leave you completely gutted at the end. That being said, you're still going to want to bring some tissues."

sweet - Kat Michels - See It Or Skip It LA - ...read full review


"What a beautiful story, and performance! The Women of Lockerbie tastefully uses a real-life tragedy as a backdrop to tell a fictional, yet a truly human story about loss and how we wish to preserve the lives of our loved ones. I found myself relating to the pain of the main character as a mother who also has a son of a similar age, which was only complemented by the effective acting on display. Likewise, I'm sure that many audiences can find themselves connecting to this story in a similar way. This is a very different story that I would've never thought to be this touching. I really love the soft, vibrant look of the play created by the projection onstage, in contrast to the almost tragic violence shown throughout the story. I found that beyond the visual appeal, this touch helped solidify the somber tone the story wanted to convey. The director really took many liberties when crafting this story and I wish to congratulate his efforts along with the cast and crew who worked on this show."

sweet - Soo Chyun


"What a beautiful story, and performance! The Women of Lockerbie tastefully uses a real-life tragedy as a backdrop to tell a fictional, yet a truly human story about loss and how we wish to preserve the lives of our loved ones. I found myself relating to the pain of the main character as a mother who also has a son of a similar age, which was only complemented by the effective acting on display. Likewise, I'm sure that many audiences can find themselves connecting to this story in a similar way. This is a very different story that I would've never thought to be this touching. I really love the soft, vibrant look of the play created by the projection onstage, in contrast to the almost tragic violence shown throughout the story. I found that beyond the visual appeal, this touch helped solidify the somber tone the story wanted to convey. The director really took many liberties when crafting this story and I wish to congratulate his efforts along with the cast and crew who worked on this show."

sweet - Soo Chyun


"What an unassuming, wonderful and fantastic piece of theater!! I read the play summary prior to seeing the show and thought, a play about a plane crash in Lockerbie, the passengers luggage, and laundry of the dead...oooook, we shall see. How wrong was I. Yes, that is the premise of the story, but it tells a much deeper and very raw and honest story about love, loss, community, pain, friendship, marriage, and our collective and individual human condition. I don't know if there's a better bang for your buck in this town clear across to Broadway itself. The play is well written, yes. It's thought provoking and intelligent, but it's the exceptional cast that drove me to write a review. Liz Fenning blew me out of my seat with her performance. Her artistry, choices, honesty, and full hearted investment breath to breath truly stoked my spirit and will inspire my work as well. Lisa Wyatt also was exceptional in her portrayal as a Lockerbie local. She has such a beautiful power bringing the words from the page to life. Both of these ladies deliver broadway caliber performances. And I can't highlight them, and neglect the rest of the cast. They too are very good, it's just Liz and Lisa had me leaving the theater different then when I arrived. If I find the time to go again, I will. In the meantime, thank you ALL, cast and production for delivering such a fine piece of theater for myself and the rest of LA. Best of luck wih the rest of your run!!!"

sweet - Ryan Shanahan


"Terrific script made even more amazing by the talented cast. Not usually a theater-watching person, and this kept me engaged and involved throughout. It flew by and to me that's always a good sign. I truly can't say enough about the cast, particularly for me the three women of Lockerbie. If you enjoy theater don't miss it!"

sweet - Jose Montesinos


"It's so refreshing to actually see talent at the Fringe Festival! This cast is outstanding. All working actors and an off-Broadway director really separated this show from every show at HFF I've seen so far. The set, the lights, and the costumes were all spot on. The script is very clever. It flew by. This show made me want to research the true story. If you're going to support a Fringe show, this is the one!"

sweet - Darren Moores


"Wow! The execution of this play was beautiful. The actors all put on a very thoughtful and true portrayal of the characters and thr things they all went through. There wont be a dry eye at the end of any performance"

sweet - Denise Barrett