World Premiere Ithaka by Andrea Stolowitz Artists Reperatory Theatre "Millican ... had audience members tearing and sniffling by the end ... Director Gemma Whelan also draws particularly fine performances from Danielle Purdy (energetic and charming as Evie, slyly witty as another character called simply "the Cat") and Victor Mack (gentle and perceptive as a nurse with his own traumatic past)." The Oregonian
Photo by Owen Carey
Photo by Owen Carey
"The punchy dialogue and dark laughs push the show at a solid clip, and director Gemma Whelan’s seamlessly nimble staging moves from car to roller coaster to hospital bed to battlefield effortlessly... " Willamette Week "Artists Rep’s staging, under the direction of Gemma Whelan, takes risks and reaps the rewards." Portland Monthly "I’m floored. To be able to take us to the depths of despair and then make us laugh is true genius." "Great acting, ingenious set design, and well paced, structured storytelling about an important topic. Bravo!" (audience comments)
Marine Captain Elaine Edwards has just returned from her latest tour in Afghanistan but this time things are different—home doesn’t feel right and nothing makes sense. She skips town to begin her Odyssean journey through the American landscape battling her demons to make peace with the past.