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Imagining MadoffThumbs up? Thumbs down?

Obviously, the theater critics at Nippertown’s two largest daily newspapers have diametrically opposed opinions about Obie Award-winning playwright Deborah Margolin’s controversial new play, “Imagining Madoff,” and its production under the direction of Laura Margolis at Stageworks/Hudson in Hudson.

Check out these excerpts from their recent reviews:

Michael Eck of The Times Union:
“(Deborah) Margolin’s dialogue is wonderful, and (director Laura) Margolis’ cast makes it sing. There are surprisingly few monologues, as the actors are addressing others rather than simply speaking their minds. But the structure feels electric and highly theatrical. John Pollard’s thrilling set, which reaches deep into the bowels of the building, seems to set the story in the present and in the biblical past all at once. Andi Lyons’ lights are simple and bright, like an interrogation. And Jeffrey Lependorf’s spartan sound design makes itself feel present when needed. Again, Margolis’ cast is excellent, with all three players offering top notch turns.”

Carol King of The Daily Gazette:
“Sadly, the playwright’s intention is unclear. Her title, ‘Imagining Madoff,’ is ambiguous, and so is the play. After more than an hour and a half of tortuous dialogue without intermission, I was unable to come up with an explanation or justification for this piece.”

Stageworks’ production of “Imagining Madoff” continues through Saturday, August 7.

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