Backstage Critic’s Pick, Flavorpill Editor’s Pick & NYTheatre.com Indie Theatre Pick
“It hits its lurching stride in the action scenes, staged with verve and even a touch of menace by Dan Rogers.” – Jason Zinoman, The New York Times
“Dan Rogers’s direction is overall very effective. He creatively utilizes every moment on stage incorporating elements of movement, sound, and lighting into scene transitions. Rogers does a wonderful job of blending both the Western and Zombie genres into a vivid, visceral and aesthetically theatrical experience… this production does do something far more compelling than just utilizing the stage as a platform for gratuitous violence- which is the real key to both the Western and Zombie genres.” – Hilary Bettis, OffOffOnline
“Director Dan Rogers has picked by far the worst, truest, and most entertaining traits for this period piece.” – Ed Malin, NYTheatre.com
“What really makes Death Valley special is that it is a zombie story told through theatre — live, on stage, in front of an audience — rather than through the usual mediums of television or film. In fact, the act of watching a zombie play gave me a new awareness of all of the elements that go into making a zombie story successful and that it takes a good deal of clever effects and choreography to pull it off on stage.” – Weston Clay, Theatre Is Easy
“With a clever script, superb direction by Dan Rogers, and realistic drama… the sweat wasn’t just from the heat, it was pure suspense.” – Linnea Covington, The New York Press
Flavorpill Editor’s Pick
“Staged in what seems to be an abandoned warehouse way off the beaten path in Brooklyn’s Sunset Park, this frightening and fascinating experience will make you feel like you’ve been missing something even if you’re a regular devotee of downtown independent theater…
Director Dan Rogers’ staging is aggressive and clever… Rogers creates a terse atmosphere where anything from comedy to depravity may happen… I left wishing I had the chance to see more daring and thrilling theater such as this and I think you will too.” –Richard Hinojosa, NYTheatre.com
“[sixsixsix,] a wickedly cunning take on Faust, crackle[s] with energy, spark, and wit. Given that you’re essentially in an abandoned warehouse, the “anything could happen” atmosphere amplifies this show into absolutely must-see terriftory. We’ll leave it there; to say anything else would be to spoil the brilliant fever-dream you’re in for.” – Russ Marshalek, Flavorpill
“The motif of “makeshift theatre” pervades the narrative, as each prop and multiple sets are pulled directly from the boxes… In tandem with the complicated plot, the set itself becomes more complicated as the narrative moves along. Walls move, couches crash through supposedly solid stacks of boxes, and lights appear out of nowhere.
The entire performance space of the Pell Chafee Center is used, which is an impressive feat in itself (the stage is about as large as the entirety of Sayles Hall)… Whether running through the audience, or standing three stories above (yes, that happens), the appreciation of each character and event is evident.
The show is a masterwork of Shakespearean theatre, bringing together a tight ensemble, a fascinating set, remarkable costuming, and overall an imaginative resetting of a wildly frenetic play.” –Anthony DiReta, The Brown Daily Herald
The Crazy Locomotive
"Somehow Rogers was able to mount the chaos in a way that amplified the experience of watching the text performed. There were moments in Rogers’ staging when everything, so cleanly orchestrated, lined up on a single beat to create a viscerally stunning experience. Rogers thought so far out of the box on his interpretation of The Crazy Locomotive that he landed in just the right place, presenting a final production that was nothing short of the genius we had come to expect from the Hangar’s Drama League Directing Fellows." - Jonah Foxman, Theatre is Easy
"AntiMatter Collective’s latest performance expands the parameters of immersive theater in an exciting and original way...
Trekking through the depths of Prospect Park with an intriguing voice coming through your headphones is a rush as your aural abilities to the outside world are compromised and your other senses become heightened. I found myself jumping at the sounds of rustling leaves or snapped twigs. My inner horror-flick nerd lit up!...
Overall, Old Bones is really freakin’ cool if you’re seeking fresh and interesting theatrical performances—and if you’re brave enough to go through it alone. It’s mysterious, spine-chilling, and a strangely sexy Halloween treat." - Sydney Arndt, Theatre is Easy