"The Cape Ann Theater Collaborative has another winner. After last year’s engaging Neil Simon comedy “Rumors,” the troupe has turned a little darker this year, but no less funny, and no less engaging either. With Gina Gionfriddo’s “Becky Shaw,” a play that is equal parts distressing and amusing, CATC tackles the work of a playwright who shows all the signs of being the next Neil Simon herself."

—Keith Powers
Wicked Local

" 'Becky Shaw' is the kind of play that reminds us why we go to theater in the first place: to see people who are just like us, only much more interesting.

"They've got our issues — relationship struggles, self-esteem shortages, crazy parents — but they're sharper and wittier than us, more fun to be around than, say, our own friends.

"Gina Gionfriddo's play ... has five characters like that. They start out mostly reasonable, refreshingly honest, wildly humorous, and we quickly get attached. Why aren't our friends as crisp and generous as Suzanna and Max, the two characters at the center of this story?

"Well, because it turns out they're not, of course. And that's where this play reminds of why we go to theater in the second place: to see that their sharpness only serves to cut down the people they love and their wit is cover for their worries. And if you had friends like these, you'd move to Minnesota."

— Ray Mark Rinaldi
The Denver Post

Becky Shaw

APRIL 26th - 28th & MAY 2nd - 5th, 2013

REVIEW: 'Becky Shaw' a hit
for Cape Ann Theatre Collaborative
in Gloucester

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APRIL 26th - 28th | MAY 2nd - 5th, 2013

Fri & Sat 8 pm | Sun 3pm
Thurs 8 pm May 2nd Benefit Show
for the Essex County Greenbelt

Featuring, in order of appearance:

Elinor Teele, Marc St. Pierre, Sheryl Reed, Dave Rich,
and Lauren Ashly Suchecki as Becky Shaw

Cast of Becky Shaw

Directed by Pat Maloney-Brown
Stage Manager: Mary Spittle
Assistant Director: Pauline Miceli

In Gina Gionfriddo's BECKY SHAW, a newlywed couple fixes up two romantically challenged friends: wife's best friend, meet husband's sexy and strange new co-worker. When an evening calculated to bring happiness takes a dark turn, crisis and comedy ensue in this wickedly funny play that asks what we owe the people we love and the strangers who land on our doorstep.

"Becky Shaw" is as disturbing as it is funny. Gina Gionfriddo has sharp insight into some of the subtler greys of the human soul, and her skill exposes them for amusement and thrills, forcing us to confront the dark truth that no matter how hard any of us try or how much therapy we have, mixed motives and disappointment are simply a part of life."

— Maggie Cino, NY Theatre

"…scathing, class-conscious comedy…BECKY SHAW exerts a hypnotic pull, thanks in large part to the wonderfully witty dialogue and complex characterizations.

— NY Post

"Blithely cynical and devastatingly funny…witty observations on the emotional damage inflicted by neurotic people in the name of love…Gionfriddo is some kind of genius."