INTERVIEW with Arthur M. Jolly from WRITE ON! Online.
Anchorage Daily News says "Jolly is not without his successes, but he remains a novice name in the world of theater. Ruhl has spent much of the last ten years acclaimed as a major talent and up-and-coming genius. But seeing these two shows back to back, "A Gulag Mouse" is the one that approaches genius, the one that has a chance of outliving its author, the one I'm thinking about as the next week begins and will be thinking about for a long time to come."
review by Mike Dunham.
Anchorage Press says A Gulag Mouse is "uncomfortable to watch, but terribly compelling." Read the review by Colleen Bailey.
Another review in the Anchorage Daily News that reads "Arthur M. Jolly's play has all the hallmarks of a masterpiece, setting the audience on the edge of an emotional razor from start to finish..."
review by Mike Dunham.
★ ★ ★ Chicago Theater Beat says A Gulag Mouse is "densely packed with dark suspense, non-stop tension, well-timed action scenes, and black humor precisely placed and played for all its grim power" Read the review by Paige Listerud.
CenterStage recommends A Gulag Mouse as a Must See Show! Read the review by Rory Leahy.
Chicago Theater Beat calls it "Unique, lip-smacking, gourmet surprises.... The Four Senses of Love written by Arthur M. Jolly is a hilarious coupling of two members of a sensory-deprived support group. Under the direction of Brandon Boler, individually and collectively, Jonathan Helvey and Lisa Cordileone sarcastically work through their affliction with no senses. " Read the review by Katy Walsh.
The Argus calls it "An unusual romance... the perfect way to start the day." Read the review here.
"Kelly Coffey and Jim Huston gave the evening's best performance, in Bailing Out. It's the least literally apocalyptic play; the end of the world here is coming only for Huston's character, a dying man with no intention of going out quietly, despite his nurse's (Coffey) attempts to get him to take his medication. Huston quickly diverts her attention - and ours - by offering up a glimpse into his inner self, and the result is a nuanced, moving portrayal of one man's last great battle... director and recent UWM grad Luke Erickson's offering is pitch-perfect."
"Unsettling... a catalyst for a long conversation about life."
South Florida Sun-Sentinel "Gregg Weiner is heart-wrenching as a movie stuntman performing a dangerous fire scene in Howie's Last Words by Arthur M. Jolly..."
Miami Herald. "the most disturbing piece in Program A is Steel Springs... (In Program B:) Howie's Last Words. Arthur M. Jolly focuses on a stuntman (Weiner) who narrowly escapes death, yet ignores the pleas of his frightened wife (Youngblood).
John Barry, DC Theatre Scene
Bath Time is Fun Time by Arthur M. Jolly was a brilliant and hilarious look at life (and religion) from the perspective of bath toys. ...these playwrights are really worth following.
The Pittsburgh City Paper said:
"Even more impressive was "Bath Time is Fun Time." Arthur M. Jolly's piece began as a seemingly one-dimensional skit about a Rubber Ducky, Sponge, Submarine and Washcloth traumatized by a small child, but quickly transformed into existential comedy and comic religious allegory."
The Long Beach Press Telegram said:
"This year the plays tend toward the comic, with even the serious telling its story through humor.
"Bath Time Is Fun Time," for instance, is a look at the lives of bath toys after the bath is over. Just why is it that the rubber duck floats and gets squeezed gently while the submarine is continually drowning and haunted by cries of "aah-ooh-gah?"
James Rice is the submarine in the short sketch. He plays the role straight in goggles and helmet as he and his tub buddies pursue a philosophical deconstruction of bath time. The laughs come from the audience.
Deborah Ward, TheatreLouisville
The show ended with the show-stopping (literally and figuratively) Tiger in a Cage, which draws you into the criminal mind then ends... out of the cage.
West Side Today "After thirteen plays by nine playwrights, directed by eleven directors and featuring more than thirty actors the winner has been selected -- by you, the public who came to the Festival and Competition performances. The Fine Print by Arthur Jolly was the audience favorite. "
LA City Beat.
*** WORTH A LOOK *** The Christmas Princess. This new fairytale is about a royal wedding gone wrong, complete with a dragon and evil jester. Written by Arthur M. Jolly. Directed by Jeni Bartiromo. The Black Box Theater, 12420 Santa Monica Bl, Santa Monica, (310) 979-7078.
The The Cañon City Daily Record said:
"The spirit of the holidays is in full swing and can be shared even more this weekend when Fremont Civic Children's Theatre presents its Christmas performance, "The Christmas Princess" by Arthur M. Jolly and directed by Jennifer Lewallen."