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Fernando – New Ohio Theater, New York

Fernando's Second Review Also Terrific, "Sexy Danger"

"Zach is an American associate professor staying in Madrid to study the paintings of Fernando De La Cruz. Terese is the curator of the gallery, an adept conversationalist who takes an interest in the young professor. A brief conversation in front of the painting becomes lunch at a cafe, and soon they are back at her apartment, examining a lost painting by the missing master. Fernando is her former lover, but the intrigue doesn’t stop there. The truth is malleable in this psychosexual thriller, but so is the genre."

FERNANDO in Ice Factory 2017

Fernando's first review is terrific

"Jamie Richards deftly directs Steven Haworth’s intriguing psychosexual farce “Fernando” at the Ice Factory Festival at New Ohio Theatre. Mr. Haworth has written an engaging story about Zachariah Smythe (Christian Durso) an art scholar who has come to a museum in Madrid to continue his research on the Spanish painter Fernando Rafael Vasquez de la Cruz. The museum’s curator Terese Flores (Vivia Font) reminds Zach that Fernando stopped painting at sixty years old, disappeared, and has been missing for three years. Undeterred, Zach is determined to prove Fernando’s greatness claiming the missing artist “belongs in the company of Miró, Tàpies, and Dalí."

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Los Angeles Times, Critics' Choice

"Steven Haworth's new comic epic ... is a fascinating, dark and dizzying carnival romp through biblical prophecy, archeological mysteries, war and permutations of love, home and humanity."

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LA Weekly, Critics Pick of the Week

"The U.S 's current intervention in Iraq is the implied touchstone for playwright Steven Haworth's fanciful allegory admonishing Americans that 'the evil ends with you.'  ...strikes just the right balance between comedy, pathos, and political critique."

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Curtain UP

"The Zoo District lives up to its name with a vivid commedia del arte production of Steven Haworth's (h o m e), which melds genres from traveling circus to The Wizard of Oz to Mesopatamian history and Iraqui present-day politics into the moment of truth of one frazzled woman. The company asked the playwright to provide something about Gertrude Bell, Lawrence of Arabia, and Iraq that would swirl around their mandate of using various disciplines to create original works with substance and flair, and this is what he's come up with."


Back Stage West

" epic undertaking that consistently impels our interest.  Staged to perfection, sumptuously visual, this production is universal and intimate…From its opening imagery of lonesomeness and cruelty to its bittersweet, congenial ending, which leaves us with an overwhelming sense of contentment, this production convinces us to appreciate the evanescence of life and the essential power of good theatre."


Los Angeles Times

"Written in the mid- to late 1920s and banned before it could be presented in the fledgling Soviet Union, the play revisits the final days of the Russian Revolution and civil war, as the opposing armies murder and lay waste to the very things they profess to hold dear. In a version freely adapted by Steven Haworth and staged by Charles Otte, the story unfolds as a fevered dream. The actors are mirrored in glass panels, and the world around them keeps dissolving  ... while the presentation is haunting and beautiful."


LA Weekly

"... a remarkable job presenting this U.S. premiere of Flight ... a mood of utter despair that is transformed into airy comedy."

Little Fishes

Talkin' Broadway

" ... the show is never dull, pretentious, or preachy, and achieves very strong dramatic moments, becoming genuinely moving as the characters grow more introspective, and the complexities of their relationships, especially between Nels and Brad, come to light."

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