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  • Jelisa Jay Robinson:
    1 May. 2022
    This play took me on a journey. There were moments were I laughed. Moments where anger boiled inside of me. Moments where I did both. The dark comedic vibe kept me hooked and invested in the characters. I would love to see this work on its feet in someone's season!
  • Alicia Margarita Olivo:
    13 Mar. 2022
    A literal jaw-dropper of a play with a beautiful, gorgeous ending. Four girls on the cusp of adulthood play with power, maturity, violence, and, of course, revenge. The characters and setting somehow manage to be incredibly distinct and grounded and simultaneously timeless at the same time. SMJ promises, delivers, and then whirls you around in your seat, leaving you breathless. Fantastic. I want to see 10000000 productions of this!
  • Mackenzie Raine Kirkman:
    16 Dec. 2021
    small town icons feels like riding a cart down the hill. it's thrilling, exciting. it's fun and fast paced. then suddenly you realize you have no control, no idea what's happening or how to stop it until the inevitable disastrous conclusion barrels at you, unavoidable and brutal.
  • Chandler Hubbard:
    29 Apr. 2021
    Disturbing and thrilling at the same time. These characters will hook you along on their small-scale journey, which quickly becomes much grander.
  • Audrey Lang:
    3 Mar. 2021
    My jaw DROPPED reading this play. But even before that moment, "small town icons" has such clarity in its characters. They're fun to listen to until they're not, but they are always compelling. And I love the way that SMJ's story fills a whole space. Even though I was reading the play rather than seeing it, I could visualize the action and physicality in a way that makes me excited to see the play performed!
  • David Marquette:
    16 Feb. 2021
    a very interesting read, i stumbled across this script by chance and was engaged the entire time reading. each character seems absurd but also somehow very realistic, they're fighting their own individual battles and that drives a lot of their interactions. a very heightened world that feels like a dream and a crushing reality at the same time. wish I could see it in person.
  • Nick Malakhow:
    16 Feb. 2021
    I was not expecting this play to go where it went, and I was absolutely delighted to be along for the ride. S MJ explores small-town life and the social expectations and limitations that come with it with a depth, darkness, and humor that constantly engages. These four young folks are all suffering for various reasons in the muck and mire that is their town, and the way they come together, hurt one another, and orbit around each other is intensely interesting. The slightly heightened world and use of "Our Town"--subverting its nostalgia--is theatrical and compelling.
  • Emery Schaffer:
    26 Apr. 2020
    This play is delightfully dark. It touches on a profoundly deep level of humanity: each one of these characters carries a palpaple burden that is heart-wrenching, but also extremely compelling. One of my favorite things about it is the kinesthetic manor in which SMJ structures the script. It's truly a wonderful piece.
  • Ezra Brain:
    27 Aug. 2019
    I was lucky enough to read a draft of this play while it was still in development. SMJ has created here a powerful and contemporary piece of theatre. In typical form, SMJ challenges every theatrical convention (including play formatting) and comes away with a piece of anti-poetry--beautiful in its rage, touching in its perversion, and deeply personal and human. This play should be given a production as soon as possible and whoever is lucky enough to snag the premiere right might very well be able to say that they got in on the ground floor of the next contemporary hit.