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  • Adam Richter:
    8 May. 2021
    An amazing play that works as both a coming-of-age tale and a coming-of-aging story. Over the course of several decades the title character and those around him are still trying to figure out who they are. I particularly love the way Doug DeVita shows the characters at different ages on stage at the same time, as if to say that we never really leave the past behind.
    Extraordinary.
  • Craig Houk:
    3 May. 2021
    Exquisite. With Phillie McDougal, DeVita gifts the audience with one of the most uniquely layered queer & quirky characters ever devised. Unapologetic, defiant, vulnerable, volatile & antagonistic all rolled into one. And in fact, every single character in this play is captivating, the relationships between them genuinely complex and entwined. Phillie's Trilogy is also cinematic in scope as DeVita nimbly moves backward and forward in time, expertly accentuating various tense moments with flashbacks & voiceovers. There's plenty to ponder, but at the center of this play is an extraordinary love story between a gay man and his best girl friend.
  • Donald E. Baker:
    25 Mar. 2021
    Betrayals are awful, and betrayals by family and friends with good, if selfish, intentions can change one's view of his whole life. "Phillie's Trilogy" is a master class on how to make three short plays feel like one integrated whole. Incidents in one become significant memories in the next. Seeming throw-away leitmotivs such as a recurring jar of olives become important. A great read that would play beautifully.
  • Alexander Perez:
    25 Jan. 2021
    Devita has breathed new life into the family drama with this wonderful work. A true mastery of pace, character, and language. From the 70's to the recent present these characters brim with life and pertinence. Every line catapults you to the next and the next thing you know, all of your fears have been confirmed, what's done has been done, and the only thing left is the breathe and move forward.

    Gorgeous read! Needs a hearty company worthy of it's magnitude so we can really see these colors pop!
  • Kim E. Ruyle:
    6 Jan. 2021
    Wow. Doug DaVita has delivered an ambitious, sprawling saga that will hook you from open curtain and suck you in as it spans years and boundaries. The inner turmoil for each character is palpable, especially so for Phillie/Philip. His complex and mostly painful relationships with, it seems, everyone in his life – Barbie and Keith, his mom, a lecherous priest and bad-tempered nun – they’re all gut-wrenching. And Phillie, to the dismay of others, finds catharsis by writing and publishing his story. Brilliant.
  • Jack Levine:
    20 Dec. 2020
    DOUG DEVITA’s play, “Phillie’s Trilogy’, is truly a must-read. I have loved reading Doug’s short plays and it has been on my ‘to-do’ list to read this play. I was totally engrossed and found it poignant, witty, breathtaking, and fascinating. There was nothing predictable, yet it all made sense as I finished the play. Doug’s creative talents are so readily apparent. You will fall in love, grimace at times, laugh out loud, perhaps cry, certainly feel the deep emotions, and come away with the joy of reading this play. BRAVO!!!
  • Gary Sunshine:
    11 Dec. 2020
    PHILLIE’S TRILOGY theatricalizes the spectacular returns of truth-telling, especially for artists, and especially for LGBTQ+ artists. It shows us how using one's creative work to expose what was once buried takes both courage and a willingness to hurt the people you love—or believe you’ve loved. Doug De Vita gives us deliciously grounded, salt-of-the-earth characters within a theatrical structure that allows us experience how combustive moments resonate throughout the lives of Phillie, Barbie, and the rest of this gloriously aggrieved crew. I'd love to see this play.
  • Catherine Castellani:
    16 Nov. 2020
    Phillie's Trilogy is about the best thing I've read about the greatness and the horror that is a deep, long-term friendship. Philip and Barbara are besties, and so are their moms, and if that sounds simple and sweet keep reading. You can lie to someone you've known since you were five years old, but you can never truly fool someone who knew you when. Through grace and betrayal, and across the chasm that is trying to truly know and understand another person, Phillie's Trilogy packs a hugely enjoyable wallop.
  • Daniel Prillaman:
    5 Nov. 2020
    A masterful piece of writing that completely transports us to the era, DeVita’s play is a ruthless, funny, heartbreaking revelation. “Phillie’s Trilogy” rightly deserves all its praise, evoking memories of the great American dramas, but speaking on issues that are laser-focused to our time, as well as simultaneously timeless when you consider the bigger canvas of humanity. The characters are brilliantly drawn, even when unlikeable, and the ending is one of the more perfect denouements I’ve encountered. Ever. If you’re on NPX, you should be aware of this work. You should also do it.
  • Toby Malone:
    29 Oct. 2020
    A sprawling, ambitious yet intimate view of a life lived in stages, Doug DeVita's 'Phillie's Trilogy' is rightly praised for its heartbreaking scope, bruises and all, of a life lived with bravery and integrity. This is a play that bristles with fear: fear of lost potential, fear of irreversible adult damage on childhood psyche, fear of uncontrollable sexuality. Yet, it is a play about connections: family, friends, that stretches and spans generations yet never tries to 'fix' the flaws of a past wrong. People are flawed but we love them anyway. Phillie's bravery should guide us all.

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