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  • Beatrice Casagran:
    12 Aug. 2020
    This play is well constructed and captivating. Aside from shedding light on history of which I was totally unaware, its presentation of the politics and social dynamics that gave rise to the Women's Klan in the 1920s has strong resonance with current events. The language is vivid and memorable and the characters are surprising in all the right ways. The intersection of emerging feminism and xenophobic and racist views would seem unlikely. Yet Andronicus deftly weaves them together to present characters that are enigmatic, flawed, and very human. Our audience loved this piece. Still talking about it a week later.
  • Doug DeVita:
    29 May. 2020
    The storm clouds in Kelly McBurnette-Andronicos' political dark comedy start massing right from the beginning, gathering force throughout the play until everything explodes in a brutal tornado of tragic consequences. Riveting stuff from start to finish, with big, juicy roles for 5 women.
  • Jerry Polner:
    24 May. 2020
    In Kelly McBurnette-Andronicos's brilliant play, these women do a lot more than whisper. The Ku Klux Klan, political corruption, and the coming age of the flappers all collide in 1924 Indiana when organized women become a force to be reckoned with. An exciting, fast-moving story and a great read!
  • Maximillian Gill:
    28 Feb. 2020
    McBurnette-Andronicos’s thrilling play has a lot to say about how our current political situation can be traced through the country’s history. Her portrait of a town with a normalized KKK presence is chilling and effortlessly convincing. Yet again, I have to remark on the writer’s incredible feel for language in the dialogue. How she is able to convey the rhythms and peculiarities of American English from a century ago is beyond me. The use of antiquated slang always feels authentic, yet the characters are so real I never feel like I’m reading a period piece.
  • Molly Wagner:
    21 Feb. 2020
    Kelly does a tremendous job of drawing us completely into this world, transporting the audience into a completely different place. I loved that the language added flavor to the characters, location and time period without ever feeling stilted or forced. This play is a fascinating look at a group of women involved in such an abhorrent organization and she laid down just enough clues that left me feeling smug while alos biting my nails to figure out what was coming next.
  • Dana Leslie Goldstein:
    6 Feb. 2020
    Wow! The historical context, the comic elements, the moral ambiguity, the specificity of the characters, the very high stakes, the subject matter, the use of language, the evocative atmosphere - all these things made this play a great read and an important piece of theater. This is yet another play by Kelly McBurnette-Andronicos that I really want to see fully staged!
  • Rachel Bublitz:
    22 Sep. 2018
    The depth of character and use of language in A POISON SQUAD OF WHISPERING WOMEN really knocked me off my feet. It's a historical play, that feels immediate and on the pulse of what's happening in our country right now. It's no surprise that this was a finalist for Playwright Foundation's festival this year, I hope that it finds more development and production opportunities. Really well done.
  • Jessie Salsbury:
    8 Feb. 2018
    The language of this work is poetic and perfectly reflective of the time in which its set. It is completely and beautifully symbolic that the white women through their lot in with the Klan to their ruin. Impactful and expertly created.
  • Robert Lynn:
    14 Nov. 2017
    Great roles for women and a detailed view of a subculture from another time are what you'll encounter in this play. That she's able to make KKK members sympathetic speaks to the brilliance of the pen of McBurnette-Andronicos. A powerful reminder that you don't mess with a determined group of women.
  • Judith Pratt:
    28 Aug. 2017
    Kelly began researching this play before Trump was elected, but now it is painfully topical. Set in 1924, the play shows us good women who accept the KKK as part of their community, but who find themselves fighting against the Klan’s excesses. The characters are each a combination of clarity and foolishness, community spirit and backstabbing. And they are wonderfully created by their language—the flapper, the old Suffragette, the nice Midwestern lady. This will keep audiences glued to their seats, despite the complexity of the characters and their uncomfortable ideas. People need to see it.

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