Fanny’s First Play by George Bernard Shaw

Westside Repertory Theatre, New York, NY 1995

Amy Reiter,, Backstage:
“Some off-off-Broadway theatres could learn a thing or two from Westside Repertory Theatre. . . [Fanny’s First Play] is well directed, acted and designed to boot. Director Kathleen Powers has assembled a first-rate cast . . . we have more good Shavian drama to look forward to.”

John Attanas, oobr:
“The Westside Repertory Theatre’s production was first-rate all around.  The acting was of a very high level… Kathleen Powers’ direction was well-done and all-encompassing, down to the classy staging of the set changes.

“In the world of off-off-Broadway,… it  is an inspiration to see a production like that of Fanny’s First Play.  Westside Repertory Theatre has shown that with the right ingredients, off-off-Broadway can be intellectually challenging, artistically fulfilling and exciting to watch.”

Barbara Siegel and Scott Siegel, Dramalogue:
“Kathleen Powers directs her 10 member cast, most of whom play double roles, with an earnest energy.”

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