Stockholm Savings has won for Best Ensemble! Check it out!
"An independent panel of more than 30 theatre professionals has chosen the best from among more than 200 performances presented in August as part of the 2015 New York Fringe Festival."
Theater in the Now gave us a fantastic review—read it here!
"DeMeo does an expert job developing the story and characters, rarely providing fluff. Everything in the script has a purpose. The situation is raw, the characters are real, and together, they make a brilliant story." —Michael Block
Theasy gave us a great review! "Polemic Theater Company is exceedingly brave for confronting us with our own blase attitudes, and for doing so with such directness. Their work is confrontational, but crucially important to to those of us still standing in a rubbernecking crowd of millions, absorbing the world around us through a screen. Stockholm Savings is a must-see for fans of tense, timely ensemble drama."
Nelson Diaz-Marcano wrote a lovely review of our show: ""If you are looking for an entertaining production, you would find it hard to get one as stimulating as this one."
"This was tautly directed by Ashlie Atkinson who got a Theatre World Award for her first role in Neil LaBute’s "Fat Pig"…The acting is superb and the issues are gut-wrenching."
by Evan Heinneman, August 26th
Michael DeMeo’s “Stockholm Savings” is based on Frank Pierson’s “Dog Day Afternoon”, the Al Pacino movie. It is about a botched bank robbery with hostages and how to end the mess with no one getting killed.
The inept robbers are Adam (Ryan Nicolls) who is white and Iraq war veteran Andre (Reginald L. Wilson) who is black. Immediately you see the cop (Justin R.G. Holcomb) and FBI agent (Joe Osheroff) deal differently with white Adam and black Andre.
The robbers are rather clueless as Elizabeth (Christine Campbell) the head underpaid teller points out to the news crews but her words and the situation are completely misinterpreted. The bungling burglars aren’t heartless as they let the sick guard (Anthony Wills, Jr) go. Michelle (Megan Russell) the youngest and ditziest is making up selfies and bad jokes.Nicole (Jennifer Laine Williams) bonds with Andre over the Bible. Bank Manager (Dale Hensley) tries to hold it all together but tempers fray under the stress for all concerned.
When Adams wife comes on the scene it got a bit confusing. He’s doing this all for her and yet she says he is abusive and wants to get away from him but he seems so nice and he obviously loves her. It would have been better if they filled in more details on Adam’s domestic arrangement.
However this is very timely considering originally it takes place in the 70’s but it has been updated to present times. There are still the discrepancies in salaries, racism taking precedence over gay bashing, and transgenderism among other hot button topics.
This was tautly directed by Ashlie Atkinson who got a Theatre World Award for her first role in Neil LaBute’s "Fat Pig". There is also a lot of humor and compassion towards the characters. The acting is superb and the issues are gut-wrenching.
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