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  • Dana Leslie Goldstein:
    3 Feb. 2020
    Kelly McBurnette-Andronicos' "Second Death of a Mad Wife" is one of the most original theater pieces I've ever experienced. The line between truth and fiction is deliberately gauzy, and it's a pleasure to be led through the unreliable memories of Bunny Maybrick, as she relates to her possibly sinister teenage caretaker, her few remaining possessions, and her cats (embodied by alternately funny, judgmental, caring and cruel performers). I would love the opportunity to see this play in what would undoubtedly be a rich and macabre full production.
  • Maximillian Gill:
    30 Jan. 2020
    A beautifully rendered Gothic mystery that doesn't even actually feel like a mystery until you have become completely immersed in its darkly layered evocations of unseemly deeds and minds pushed just a little too far past the edge. In the reading, I just let the beautiful language wash over me and take me to places richly populated by finely detailed characters. I am sure seeing the visuals come alive would be an entirely different experience, and I dearly hope I have the chance to see a full production.
  • Franky Gonzalez:
    29 Jan. 2020
    Second Death of a Mad Wife lives up to its genre billing as a dark comedy. Bringing together an unreliable narrator and an unreliable listener, Kelly McBurnette-Andronicos creates a ghost story that leaves you questioning what's truth, what's fiction, what's madness, and what's gaslighting. Just as you feel you're coming to a kind of understanding, you're thrown another curveball in this wild ride in the most unexpectedly lush setting you could find for someone living in a squalid shack. Second Death of a Mad Wife is both unique and a delight for those who love the unusual and macbre.
  • Molly Wagner:
    28 Jan. 2020
    Charming and horrible! This play keeps you on your toes with a cast of delightful and terrible characters and a story so wonderfully strange that I couldn't believe it was based off an actual person!
  • Craig Martin:
    24 May. 2019
    It was my honor to participate in an early reading of this script and to later see it as a staged reading at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette. The descriptive language of the setting and movements of the cat chorus, combined with their fleeting yet powerful utterances, leaves me wishing to see this play in full production. It's a dance of visual poetry, mixed with uncomfortable tensions and the voices of dark intent. I marvel at its openness and atmosphere, as well as its disdain for making things clear or simple. Beautiful and scary.
  • Steven G. Martin:
    14 May. 2019
    I had the pleasure of attending a staged reading of "Second Death of a Mad Wife" May 14, 2019, at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette in Lafayette, Indiana.

    The script showcases McBurnette-Andronicos' exceptional skills at world building through her research into historic personalities and events; establishing a claustrophobic, uneasy atmosphere; and creating a character-driven mystery that doesn't offer pat answers. I look forward to attending a full production of this play -- it offers a complicated and satisfying night of theatre.
  • Ricardo Soltero-Brown:
    27 Jan. 2019
    A resplendent language fills a forbidding tale of past performances primed for the present, ready to collect on their dues. McBurnette-Andronicus does a phenomenal job of transporting us to a world now recherché with archaic practices and arcane behaviors, it is a mystery from the get-go - with some unexpected, most welcome one-liners. We are lured in by a cat lady who is much defensive in her exchanges, one reason is her mental state. Tokens throughout hold sinister significance and soon it's as if the mansion itself is unstable, the walls bound to cave in at any moment. Highly theatrical!
  • Jessie Salsbury:
    7 Jan. 2019
    Are you looking for a haunting, other-wordly Gothic play that will surprise you? This is the one. Kelly McBurnette-Andronicos is a master at dialogue that is unique and world-building. You won't hear another play like it. This will be a delight to see on its feet. Unique role for an actress to tackle in Bunny.
  • Scott Haan:
    8 May. 2018
    This story wastes no time in establishing a creepy, mysterious gothic aesthetic in the story of the unorthodox relationship between Bunny Maybrick and Theo Voss. As the narrative unfolds, it gradually unpacks amazing revelations about Bunny's past, about the other characters on the fringe of the story, and about Theo's intentions. No spoilers! You have to read this one for yourself to experience the full effect of the McBurnette-Andronicos gift for character, setting, and mystery.
  • Robert Lynn:
    5 May. 2018
    On the fringes of more well-known stories, McBurnette-Andronicos does her deep digging to unearth fascinating worlds of richly-drawn characters delivering new perspectives we had never considered existed. I never know what I will find in a KMA piece, but I know I will be immersed in a story that will stay with me long after the curtain closes.

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