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  • Rachael Carnes:
    1 Jun. 2021
    Irreverent, humane, profound and profane, McBurnette-Andronicos' play takes us on a sweeping journey through the history of the American Southwest, swinging us into an impasse, the introduction of settler-colonial assimilation over a tight-knit community. With rich detail and historical investigation, balanced by humor and theatricality, this piece resonates with the dynamics of community survival across the ages.
  • Ellen Struve:
    1 Jun. 2021
    This funny historical, fast-witted play celebrates its story and its audience! This all-female comedy about death and legacy is also about how we care for one another. Its compassion has absolutely everything to do with making us laugh. It's exactly the kind of play I want to see produced!
  • Martine Green-Rogers:
    12 May. 2021
    There is nothing left to say that others have not already said besides STOP WHAT YOU ARE DOING AND READ THIS PLAY. After you do that, produce it!
  • Cheryl Bear:
    24 Feb. 2021
    A riveting plot with the stakes of one's final resting place resting on this game, you're hooked as this rich story unfolds! Well done.
  • Molly Wagner:
    30 Apr. 2020
    Kelly's extraordinary mastery of language has a way of transporting you in such a specific and exact time and place. I also never thought I would be so delighted at having "death" appear on stage, but I absolutely loved Doña Sebastiana. Now I really want to learn how to play Monte. An incredible all-female play about death and legacy.
  • Maximillian Gill:
    7 Apr. 2020
    Beginning with the evocative title, every word, every scene description, every line of dialogue in this piece combine to create a rich, seductively insular time and place inhabited by fascinating characters. As in all of the writer's work, McBurnette-Andronicos's gift with language is on full display here. Words are weighted with mythic significance, oracular in rhythm and intent. Binding it all, a journey towards acceptance of death for a character so lively one can't imagine death ever catching up to her. I don't know how the writer does it, but I know I can't stop reading.
  • Steven G. Martin:
    16 Dec. 2018
    This is the best of McBurnette-Andronicos's plays to date, which says a lot.

    Her world building is crafted through personal research and investigation of location, time and mores. All her characters are women with agendas, weaknesses and strengths whose own decisions ultimately help them reach -- or not reach -- their goals.

    What sets "The Hall of Final Ruin" apart is Doña Sebastiana -- Death herself -- in the cast. This wall-breaking, all-knowing and all-present character brings humor and theatricality, and opens up the play to themes of legacy, well-led lives and deaths, and redemption.

    Highly recommended.
  • Philip Middleton Williams:
    11 Dec. 2017
    You don't have to be from Santa Fe to appreciate this enchanting play that mixes history, faith, magic, and wit to create a fun and engaging story. The six women that tell the tales are multi-faceted and intriguing, and I could feel the atmosphere of suspense and determination. La Tules is both charming and a wee bit scary, which means she has your attention from the first moment to the very last.
  • Asher Wyndham:
    28 Oct. 2017
    This playwright is a wordsmith, and her world-building is enchanting, memorable like the poetic works of Caridad Svich and Epic plays of Brecht. The madrina character, La Tules is as riveting and complex as Mother Courage or Prior Walter. The interludes of magic realism are a lot of fun. You'd be a fool if you don't read this. You're a greater fool if you don't read this and you're a director or artistic director. Consider this for your season or, at least, pass it to someone else!
  • Something Something Theatre:
    20 Oct. 2017
    This all-female six-hander is grounded in history and tradition, steeped in suspense and riddled with wit. It's wonderfully accessible to modern theatre-goers, due largely to McBurnette-Andronicos' finely wrought characters and their universal desires for love, wealth, redemption, a gentle yet meaningful death.

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