Playwrights Horizons: Stage Kiss, Dead Man’s Cell Phone. Other plays: How to Transcend a Happy Marriage; The Oldest Boy; In the Next Room, or the vibrator play; The Clean House; Orlando; Late: a cowboy song; Dear Elizabeth. She is a two-time Pulitzer Prize finalist and a Tony Award nominee. Her plays have been produced on and Off- Broadway, regionally and internationally, translated into over 12 languages. MFA: Brown University, where she studied with Paula Vogel. Awards: Steinberg Distinguished Playwright, Susan Smith Blackburn, Whiting, Lilly, PEN, MacArthur “genius” Award. In print: 100 Essays I Don't Have Time to Write (Faber and Faber). She teaches at the Yale School of Drama and lives in Brooklyn with her family.
(as of 8/09/17)
CRITIC'S PICK. Suffused with warmth and humor. Sarah Ruhl frothily whips together romantic comedy and backstage farce in this lively comedy about a pair of actors — delightfully portrayed by Jessica Hecht and Dominic Fumusa — who find life and art mixing together when they rekindle an old romance during rehearsals for a play. It is nimbly directed by Rebecca Taichman.—Charles Isherwood, NY Times
FOUR STARS. Sarah Ruhl delivers a brilliant comedy that aims for big laughs and hits its target. Jessica Hecht’s riotous performance will easily rank among the year’s best. Funny: There’s nothing like it.—Elisabeth Vincentelli, NY Post |Read Full Article
A GIFT AND A RARITY: a superb new romantic comedy that’s moving, smart, and flat-out hilarious. Jessica Hecht gives a career-redefining performance of such neurotic realism as to derange your internal gyroscope completely. A brilliant master class in bad acting. Dominic Fumusa’s performance is a perfectly calibrated poor-man’s Cary Grant. Rebecca Taichman’s superbly breakneck direction never lets up. You will have difficulty breathing. Stage Kiss is that funny.—Jesse Green, New York magazine |Read Full Article
NON-STOP ENTERTAINMENT. A crazy adorable script by Sarah Ruhl. Director Rebecca Taichman seamlessly directs a wonderful cast. Stage Kiss is a gem. Don't miss it.—Fern Siegel, Huffington Post
"Stage Kiss" is that rare play that begins as a laugh-out-loud comedy and ends on a note of touching poignance. And what's in between is a hefty mix of farce, slapstick and heavy drama.—Roma Torre, NY-1
An excellent backstage farce. It's very smartly written—each character is unique, quirky and very funny—and it’s splendidly acted. Always charmingly hilarious, Jessica Hecht plays with obvious glee.—Jesse Oxfeld, The New York Observer