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  • Cole Hunter Dzubak:
    21 May. 2023
    I had the absolute pleasure of seeing this piece performed live at the Phoenix Theatre Cultural Center in Indianapolis this afternoon, and it was an absolute joy. The use of the ensemble surrounding Margaret Crane was so brilliant, the way the world shifted from reality to fantasy was masterfully done, and overall the storytelling was just wonderful. This is a story that needs to be told and I hope everyone gets the chance to see this piece.
  • Angels Theatre Company:
    8 Apr. 2023
    ATC 2022-23 Season Production (February)
    Predictor engages us in the magic that lies at the heart of why we attend the theatre. It is important, relatable, daring, and magical. Meg Crane’s story is worthy and relevant; but Jennifer Blackmer’s telling of Meg’s story achieves the magic that only the theatre can truly generate. It's engaging, funny, frustrating, heart-wrenching, and vital. It is a story that follows Meg’s journey, but also provides instruction and hope for our future. It is the best of what the theatre can be.
  • Faith de Savigné:
    11 Feb. 2022
    Predictor is an energetic, theatrical play that sets the historical record straight on who invented the home pregnancy test. I am grateful to be made aware of Meg Crane’s story and how she was robbed of her invention. It is humorously told through various game show devices and TV adverts. It is a David and Goliath story where Big Business crushes and wins. The only saving grace is its lovely love story.
    This play brings Meg Crane’s name and struggle back from obscurity.
  • Ross Tedford Kendall:
    23 Jun. 2021
    A play that utilizes all the gifts and tricks of the theatre to tell a spectacular tale. The playwright brings you into the world with a deft hand, and gives a sympathetic, flawed character who nevertheless pursues her goals with admirable tenacity. I was especially struck on the clever use of the chorus, representing myriad characters from the life of Meg, and easily slipping in and out of time. A fantastic piece that should be produced everywhere!
  • Rachel Luann Strayer:
    22 Jun. 2021
    What a gorgeous play! Beautiful, profound, important. Blackmer's style grabs hold from the very first page and never lets go. This is a history that I never knew, a history that deserves to be known. As a proudly feminist playwright, it was thrilling to read a piece that was so unapologetically feminist. The most wonderful and astounding thing is that despite the obstacles, frustration, and absolute injustice experienced by the protagonist of this play, Blackmer still manages to leave us with a sense of hope, joy, and optimism. No matter who ignores us, we can, in fact, change the world.
  • National New Play Network:
    5 Oct. 2020
    Predictor by Jennifer Blackmer was featured in NNPN's 2019 National Showcase of New Plays.
  • Lainie Vansant:
    15 Aug. 2020
    A fascinating story about a historical figure I had never heard of before - I learned a lot reading this, and the theatricality is exciting for the director in me as well!
  • L . Jan Eira:
    12 Aug. 2020
    Ever take something as trivial as a home pregnancy test and consider all it took to get it to your home from nothing? This play inspired me to consider all the self sacrifice many endured throughout the years to make my life now easy and convenient. Blackmer catapults us into the life of Meg Crane and weaves us through her journey. All along, we learn, we consider, we contemplate and we discover. Theater inspires and Blackmer delivers. I loved reading this play and will most definitely go see it when (not if) it is staged.
  • Doug DeVita:
    12 Aug. 2020
    Jennifer Blackmer's PREDICTOR educates without lecturing, is thought-provoking without being heavy-handed, smart without being overbearing, and more than anything else, it's incredibly entertaining. Written with a sure sense of time, place, and theatricality, the central role of Meg Crane is a tour de force for an actress, and all the other roles in the ensemble will provide a field day for the rest of the cast. Insightful, funny, touching, and sharp as a scalpel; oh, how I would love to see this staged!
  • John Bavoso:
    3 Jul. 2020
    I love when a play digs into a little-known historical event and teaches me something while entertaining me at the same time. With PREDICTOR, Jennifer Blackmer has provided a masterclass in excavating history while doing it in a way that’s funny, warm, exciting, and highly theatrical. I was riveted from page one and can only imagine how fantastic it will be to see brought to life on stage. Yes, for much of history “Anonymous” was a woman; but Blackmer has done superlative work here to give an overlooked pioneer her due. Read this play now!

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