Review On Between Riverside and Crazy


Travis Michael Holder - Ticket Holders LA

Travis Michael Holder - Ticket Holders LA

Writer, Registered Critic


Unlike his hero Tennessee Williams, Stephen Adly Guirgis is a master at writing hilariously outrageous and delightfully off-kilter dialogue to lessen the pain of his characters’ challenging, life-crushing existence. Yes, there’s surely a lot of Williams-spawned inspiration in the LA debut of this 2015 Pulitzer winner, but there’s also a little O’Neill, a little Odets, a little McDonough, and even a dollop of early Mamet—you know, reminiscent of that time when he could still write a good play. In Guirgis, we have found one of the most important and most insightful, sharp-witted, and observant new voices to energize modern theatrical literature. The point of awarding the Pulitzer Prize for Drama is to recognize work that examines the nature of our existence, particularly of our existence in our complex and badly wounded country. This time out, the Pulitzer committee could not have been more on the money in their choice of a play to honor and make part of our history.