Hassan and Sylvia


nytheatre.com review

Martin Denton July 14, 2010

Some plays linger in the mind long after you see them, and, onionlike, reveal new layers as you peel away what you thought you saw on the surface. Such a work is Manuel Igrejas's Hassan & Sylvia, which is premiering at the Fresh Fruit Festival in a beautifully realized production helmed by David Hilder. I can't stop thinking about it, and finding myself surprised by the new discoveries I make as I ponder it.



Kitty and Lina


Two Generations Fading in Unforgiving New York

 By NEIL GENZLINGER, April 21, 2008

Grand sets and high-kicking chorus lines are nice, but a simple idea well executed is all you need for an engaging evening of theater. 'Kitty and Lina' at Manhattan Theater Source fills that bill nicely.


Manhattan Theatre Source

By Manuel Igrejas. Dir. Lory Henning. With Jennifer Boutell, Marilyn Bernard. 1hr 10mins. No intermission.

Manuel Igrejas likes to work on a small scale. The critically hailed Shrinkage (2004) consisted of a trio of one-acts; the new Kitty and Lina comprises two monologues—a pair of charming New York women strip themselves bare through words. But while the concept is slight, its execution is deeply affecting in the intimate Manhattan Theatre Source.




By Manny Igrejas. Dir. Lory Henning-Dyson. With ensemble cast. Manhattan Theater Source: (see off-Off Broadway).

Shrinkage, the title of Manuel Igrejas's trilogy of short plays, refers not only to the theme of psychotherapy, but to the practice's diminishing stature in modern America. In each of the funny, poignant one-acts, the shrink is either predatory, inept or irrelevant—and sometimes all three.