The Savannah Disputation
NEW YORK PREMIERE
Resurrect this! When susceptible Catholic spinster Margaret politely admits door-to-door pentacostal missionary Melissa into her home, her seemingly-solid faith starts to waver – much to the chagrin of her feisty sister Mary. But who's the blasphemer and who's the believer? Before long, the God-fearing sisters have ambushed their steadfast “guest” with the aid of an unsuspecting local priest, setting the scene for a showdown of truly biblical proportions.
Scenic Designer: John Lee Beatty
Costume Designer: David C. Woolard
Lighting Designer: Kenneth Posner
Sound Designer: Tony Meola
Production Stage Manager: Robyn Henry
Photos of (1) Kellie Overbey, Dana Ivey, Reed Birney, and Marylouise Burke; (2) Kellie Overbey, Marylouise Burke, and Dana Ivey; (3) Marylouise Burke and Dana Ivey; and (4) Dana Ivey, Reed Birney, and Marylouise Burke by Joan Marcus.
The glorious Dana Ivey is one of the marvels of New York theater. A veteran character actor with five Tony nominations, the pleasure she provides playing Mary feels as sweet as new cream. The hilarious Marylouise Burke is adorably daffy. Directed with plenty of fizz by Walter Bobbie.—Charles Isherwood, New York Times
The Golden Girls with zingers! Devilish acting in a helluva play. This quartet is positively heavenly.—Elisabeth Vincentelli, New York Post
FOUR STARS. Finding a funnier foursome on another stage might be a mission impossible. It made me laugh my head off.—Joe Dziemianowicz, Daily News
Evan Smith’s lively, tart-tongued comedy delivers!—Helen Shaw, Time Out New York