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  • Cindi Sansone-Braff:
    2 Aug. 2020
    Set on Long Island in an affluent North Shore suburban community, this epic dramedy takes us from the 1970s right into the new millennium. A great vehicle for actors, since this is a multigenerational play, and the characters are real, gritty, troubled, and often funny. There is so much truth, tenderness, and angst in this riveting play, I can see why it has garnered so much praise! I would love to see it fully staged.
  • Tyler Joseph Rossi:
    13 Jun. 2020
    Wow. This play comes widely recommended and for good reason.

    "Phillie's Trilogy" is a wonderful coming of age story. It is probably one of my favorites. It plays with time to great effect and uses doubling exelently. They are calculated doublings, too, which is a feat in and of itself.

    If you're an actor, read this for roles you'll fall in love with.
    If you're a director, read this for a story you'd love to bring to life.
    If you're a producer, read this. Then produce it.
  • DC Cathro:
    13 Jun. 2020
    Witty, charming, and fierce. Funny but with an underlying tone of danger. Packs quite an emotional punch.
  • Marcia Eppich-Harris:
    1 Jun. 2020
    Phillie's Trilogy speaks to the cadence of life in family, friendships, and personal struggles. The messiness of growing up in the suburbs of the 1970s is featured here, along with relationships that we thought would last a lifetime, but then leave us cold. It's a beautiful rendering of characters who are forced to face themselves and their pain, regardless of whether it hurts themselves and others. Phillie's Trilogy is a beautiful piece of writing. I hope I can see it on stage someday!
  • Elisabeth Giffin Speckman:
    29 May. 2020
    What a triumph! Reminiscent of LOST IN YONKERS, PHILLIE'S TRILOGY follows Phillie McDougal and his family and neighbors from 1970s Long Island to the present day. The characters are so achingly real, the relationships so authentic, that you find yourself helpless at having lost some of them along the way. It is no wonder this play has already found some success--it more than deserves it. I hope very much to see this play in production, and to hear of the many productions to come that it is sure to have. Bravo, Mr. DeVita! BRAVO!
  • Bethany Dickens:
    23 May. 2020
    Authentic and aching, grounded and transportive, Phillie's Trilogy addresses a myriad of resonant topics with confident craftsmanship and highly effective dialogue. There is not one false note in this play and the characters' voices are consistent and empathetic - though, importantly, DeVita refrains from glibly excusing their flaws. Phillie's relationship with his mother is particularly well-realized. A joy to read - one of those works that excites possibilities for staging.
  • Robert Weibezahl:
    5 May. 2020
    Anyone who was a Catholic teenager on Long Island in the 70s will feel as if they’ve been thrust back into their own complicated past in PHILLIE’S TRILOGY. Anyone who wasn’t will get a crash course in the way we were. DeVita’s beautifully-constructed play blends comedy and everyday tragedy and is reminiscent of such canonical plays as Wilson’s ‘Fifth of July’ and McNally’s ‘Lips Together, Teeth Apart”—yet delivered with the clarion surety of this playwright’s singular voice. So funny, so not funny, so honest.
  • Julie Zaffarano:
    22 Apr. 2020
    Yes! After reading Doug DeVita’s shorter works, I longed to spend more time with his characters. “Phillie’s Trilogy” is so satisfying in bringing these characters to us. Smart, witty, devastating, honest. Thank you, Doug DeVita for the journey that is impossible to forget.
  • Barbara Blatner:
    11 Apr. 2020
    I've rarely read a play where I felt so familiar, immediately, with the characters. They are instantly knowable, recognizable, warm, difficult, human, funny, full of surprises. Phillie/Philip is the most lovable among them, and his journey is honest, open and revelatory. The play on the page created images for me constantly and evokes a world that I want to be a part of. DeVita's skill in capturing both poignancy, humor, and carrying us along at an exciting speed of dramatic turns and transformations is admirable. Phillie's Trilogy is so very playful and playable.
  • Molly Wagner:
    31 Mar. 2020
    The world of this play is so rich and entrenched in history and dynamic characters. The complexity of Barbie and Phillie's relationship is so heartbreaking but incredibly supported by the environment they grew up in.

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