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  • Ross Tedford Kendall:
    1 Dec. 2020
    A stunning play. The playwright presents a perspective that many may not have even considered, and yet exists in the framework of our society. The story is fair to all characters, and presents their points of view while making its larger statement. This play works on so many levels.
  • Cheryl Bear:
    20 Aug. 2020
    A powerful look into class, race and gentrification in Chicago that examines the heart of prejudice in American suburbia. Well done.
  • Conor McShane:
    21 Jun. 2020
    Deliciously tense and blackly funny, Craig-Galván ratchets up the tension until the ending's masterful theatrical rug-pull. A sharp satire that puts the lie to the image of suburbia, and the internalized racism that comes with the pursuit of the status quo.
  • Doug DeVita:
    18 Jun. 2020
    Read this. Savor every incredible word. After you've read it, think about it, and then read it again. And if you're in a position to produce this, PRODUCE IT. I can't say anything else because anything else I could say would just be gilding refined gold.
  • Jordan Ramirez Puckett:
    16 Jun. 2020
    Not only is the imagery in this play is absolutely breath taking, but it is populated with characters who feel real, they are like-able yet flawed. This is a purely theatrical play that demands to be seen on stage. I can't believe that it is currently un-produced. I sincerely hope that a theatre near me decides to produce it, because I would truly love to see these words come to life on stage.
  • Mardee Bennett:
    11 Jun. 2020
    Poetic. Profound. Masterfully written. Magical. Inherently theatrical. It's writing that stays with you. Haunts you. A play for our time.
  • Brian James Polak:
    10 Jun. 2020
    Welcome to Matteson! is a play that belongs in anthologies marking our nation's history. It belongs on our stages as much as in our schools. It is incredibly funny, complex, and real. Inda Craig-Galvan's genius is in the way she pries open every character revealing their heart and soul. Nothing is simple in this play, but it's all feels honest and that's why it's so good.
  • Vince Melocchi:
    8 Jun. 2020
    Wonderful characters wrapped inside a terrific story that unfolds beautifully. I'd so love to see this staged!
  • Asher Wyndham:
    29 May. 2020
    Perfect scene construction and pacing that intensifies the tension with biting humor while exploring its racial themes.
  • Nick Malakhow:
    14 Feb. 2020
    This piece is pointed, insightful, funny, truthful, and all around brilliant! Inda Craig-Galvan consistently shows herself to be a master of managing multiple tonal and style qualities in her always theatrical and incisive plays. She powerfully explores gentrification, racism, and local politics in a more effective and unique way than I've seen in other narratives by centering the story on black characters and zeroing in on the ways white hegemonic structures and institutionalized racism turn folk against one another. The theatrical "trick" that ends the piece is, rather than a gimmick, a powerful and potent visual metaphor.

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