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  • Rachael Carnes:
    11 Mar. 2018
    In this taut, intense short play, Henry's language rhythm and staging imagery invite us to peer through a new lens into an all-too violent world, while concurrently looking deeper within ourselves, as the ones who've shaped it. Haunting and resonant.
  • Michael Perrie, Jr.:
    1 Mar. 2018
    An absolutely haunting and timely piece. There's something here about Jordan's rhythm and the sort of extravagant, impossible, but imaginable imagery she composes that makes this piece completely enthralling. Truly sad, and quickly elegant.
  • Keenya Jackson:
    28 Feb. 2018
    The sound and imagery of this play is hauntingly beautiful. The drums are a warning and also signal life. And even though each character is shot, all of them have beautiful, meaningful things to say about the shooter, about their friend. There isn't any blame or shame placed on anyone. Which is what makes it an even sadder, more delicate story to tell.
  • Keenya Jackson:
    28 Feb. 2018
    The sound and imagery of this play is hauntingly beautiful. The drums are a warning and also signal life. And even though each character is shot, all of them have beautiful, meaningful things to say about the shooter, about their friend. There isn't any blame or shame placed on anyone. Which is what makes it an even sadder, more delicate story to tell.
  • Greg Burdick:
    26 Feb. 2018
    I am saddened, angered, and frightened that the world I live in has inspired a play like this... but I am hopeful when artists like Jordan Henry take the time to write them. True to form, her gripping visuals and thoughtful use of sound underscore the elegance of her poetic dialogue. A fitting tribute. And a necessary reminder. Read this one. Produce this one.
  • Ricardo Soltero-Brown:
    26 Feb. 2018
    The key to Henry's play is Vonnegut's "holy word" referenced in an epigraph. Something about the missing weapon appeals to the deepest sensibilities. Yet the events still play out. We know why. And how. Philosophical and gut-wrenching.
  • Rachel Bykowski:
    25 Feb. 2018
    Plays are meant to be seen and that is definitely the case with A Holy Word. Henry relies on beautiful theatricality not only in the images of the confetti and drum beats created on stage, but also in the staccato dialogue that builds to the climatic ending of the play. Also, the overall subject matter of the play: gun violence/school shootings are a necessary topic of discussion. Henry drives into one the many horrendous events. However, the theatrical moments Henry creates offers creative/necessary aesthetic distance
  • Michael Kras:
    21 Feb. 2018
    In an ambitiously brief five pages, this packs a visceral punch. The language is pithy, propulsive, potent, and poetic. The images are striking and evocative. It's a brief response to a desperate moment in time, inspired by a complex real-life incident, with an urgent and not at all complex message.