Dedicated to mining the treasures of
20th century performing arts
A small company with an intrepid spirit, The American
Century Theater taps another piquant time and mood in
America's 20th century with Jules Feiffer's Little
Always restrained, TACT never gilds the vintage lily and
this production is no exception…
…delivers on Feiffer's clever and amusing fantasy of an
urban middle-class meltdown….
Arlington’s provocative American Century Theater [has]
opened its latest intriguing blast from the American past…
---bizarrely witty comedy-drama…
...if you can withstand annoying but riotously funny
characters, constantly flickering lights and blackouts,
and loud gunshots when you least expect it, Little Murders
is just the play for you...
…Slick, brave, and fearlessly acted…
…well worth your time and attention…
…introduces us to one of the first modern dysfunctional
families on the verge of a nervous breakdown…
…a dark farce full of caustic humor…
Director Ellen Dempsey keeps tensions high by creating an
uneasy sense of danger throughout... As the play
progresses, the exaggerations stretch more, resulting in a
climax that, while rather predictable, is simultaneously
funny and disturbingly violent.
There’s something cathartic about seeing a dysfunctional
family act out their foibles onstage (versus watching it
happen in your parents’ living room). However acrimonious
your own clan’s antics may be, they’re unlikely to give
much competition to the Newquists, the frustrating, funny,
and flawed family at the center of Jules Feiffer’s Little
Murders, currently playing at American Century Theater.
Ellen Dempsey does a fine job of directing her talented
and energetic cast, who all give tireless performances.
Bill Gordon is hilarious as Henry Dupas ...His stunning
speech about the meaninglessness of societal institutions,
including marriage is the highlight of the production.
If you love dark comedy and are dying for one of those
murder mysteries about a dysfunctional family . . . .come
see the hard-working cast try to figure it all out
in Little Murders at American Century Theater.