"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: The Perfect Heist
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
Theater Is Easy Review: Best Bet!
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."
3 1/2 Star Review from Manhattan with a Twist!
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."
TimeOut NY Best Bet, LGBT Fringe!
TimeOut NY gave us a big beautiful color shot and a write-up for our upcoming opening night!
FRINGE FESTIVAL BEST BET!
Metro Newspaper chose us as one of their 5 best bets for the Festival, out of over 200 Fringe shows!
Hi! Drama, Eva Heinneman
"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."
Full Article 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.
Critic Jonathan Mandell interviewed our playwright, Michael DeMeo, about Stockholm Savings and the upcoming Fringe Festival!
Voted #1 Pop Culture Reference at the Fringe!
Bedford + Bowery have given us the top slot for the best pop culture restaurant at the Fringe Festival this year!
Jennifer Laine Williams Interview!
Our luminous Ms. Williams was interviewed by Works by Women on her upcoming role in Stockholm Savings!
Our favorite bank manager, Broadway's Dale Hensley, was interviewed by "People You Should Know" about our upcoming show!
TICKETS ON SALE Now!
Tickets are now on sale to the premiere of Stockholm Savings go on sale via EventBrite. Please click on the performance date to purchase your seats! With a small venue and few seats, the show is sure to sell out every night—act fast!
Stockholm Savings Performance Dates Announced!
The 19th annual New York International Fringe Festival has released the performance dates for the premiere of Stockholm Savings. The play will be presented at the Flamboyán Theater at the Clemente Center, Venue #2 of the festival. Tickets go on sale via Eventbrite on July 17, 2015.
Thursday, August 20th @ 9:15pm Sunday, August 23rd @ 2pm Tuesday, August 25th @ 7pm Friday, August 28th @ 5pm Sunday, August 30th @ 12pm
Stockholm to Premiere at the Clemente Center!
The team of Stockholm Savings is delighted to announce that our premiere at the 19th annual New York International Fringe Festival will be at Venue #2, The Clemente Soto Vélez Cultural and Educational Center, located at 107 Suffolk Street, between Rivington and Delancey Street.
Named after the respected Puerto Rican poet, the center was created to nurture and aid in the development of the Puerto Rican and Latino arts in the Lower East Side. MoMA notes:
The Clemente was founded in 1993 by Edgardo Vega Yunqué, Nelson Landrieu, and Mateo Gómez. At the time, Teatro La Tea, established by Landrieu and Gómez, was the only functioning theater in the building that now houses the Clemente. Less than a year later, after much hard work and payment of an outstanding debt of over $30,000, the devoted trio acquired the lease to the city-owned building, on 107 Suffolk Street from Solidaridad Humana, a community-based education and human services organization.
It is the foremost architectural landmark in that part of the Lower East Side still known as Loisaida. The Dutch Neo-Gothic building is a former public school (PS 160) constructed in 1898 by the Board of Education of the City of New York. By the mid-seventies the building had ceased to serve as a public school. From 1984 to 1990 it housed Solidaridad Humana, a revolutionary community-based education program that was comprehensive and bilingual.
Currently the Clemente houses twelve resident companies and fifty-three individual artists, of which one-third are Latino / Hispanic.