MEDIA




Sacred Fools Theatre in Los Angeles, and the LA premiere of A GULAG MOUSE





Indigo Iris Productions shot a wonderful trailer for the UK Premiere of TRASH





The promo for the world premiere of A GULAG MOUSE at Babes With Blades in Chicago





Ron Holstrom interviews Arlitia Jones, director of A GULAG MOUSE at Out North Theatre in Anchorage





The cast of A GULAG MOUSE at Northern Iowa University discuss stage combat





INTERVIEWS


Dramatist Guild Interview - May 2018

The Dramatists Guild just published a lovely interview by William Duell with myself and director Danielle Ozymandias about the theatre scene in Houston!

Dramatists Guild

There's a new interview with yours truly at I interview Playwrights!


INTERVIEW with Arthur M. Jolly from WRITE ON! Online.


Listen to my radio appearance and a radio play version of ZOMBIFIED at Onstage/Offstage Radio.

zombified




REVIEWS

"THE LADY DEMANDS SATISFACTION"

Babes With Blades production in Chicago was recommended by the JEFF Awards.

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
Emily Modaff of Hooligan Magazine wrote: "'The Lady Demands Satisfaction' is a fierce, feminist farce. It is a commentary on the inherent, yet consistently overlooked, power of womxn. It is queer as hell. This is a 2 hour soundscape of belly laughter, metal on metal, and whatever the sound of pure heckin joy is.
Review by Emily Modaff, Hooligan Magazine.

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
The Fourth Walsh said: "It’s a Jolly farce! In the mood for a summer escape in the city? THE LADY DEMANDS SATISFACTION is your frothy frolic destination."
Review by The Fourth Walsh.

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
Albert Williams in the Chicago Reader wrote: "... the show takes the conventions of classic comedy—cross-dressing and mistaken identity, witty repartee laced with puns and double entendres, slapstick violence, satirical commentary on gender and class divisions—and ramps them up with a nonbinary 21st-century perspective. The actors' performances are impressively athletic and exuberantly exaggerated, and the convoluted plot revels in its own improbability. Best of all, this production is genuinely family friendly, with multiple levels of humor designed to appeal to both kids and grownups."
Review by Albert Williams, Chicago Reader.

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
Harold Jaffe in Picture This Post wrote: "As the cover of the program says, The Lady Demands Satisfaction is 'a Jolly farce.' This phrasing is apt: not only was the play penned by Arthur M. Jolly, winning him Babes With Blades’ Joining Sword & Pen playwriting competition for the third time, it whistles gleefully along such that even the darkest moments have a lighthearted twist. In the words of Stephen Sondheim, it is 'something familiar, something peculiar, something for everyone: a comedy tonight!'"
Review by Harold Jaffe, Picture This Post.






"LONG JOAN SILVER"


Tracey Paleo of Gia on the Move writes: "the literary classic coming-of-age story is transmuted into an incredibly entertaining modern farce, ripe with perfectly inserted and delivered one-liners, silly gags that work in every pause for a laugh, and a swift sailing narrative that stays engaging throughout."
review by Tracey Paleo.


David MacDowell Blue of Night-Tinted Glasses calls it: " a rollicking good time on a startling number of levels".
Review by David MacDowell Blue.

Long Joan Silver






"A GULAG MOUSE"


David MacDowell Blue of Night-Tinted Glasses writes: "this play surprised me throughout... frankly a truly extraordinary set of words strung together."
review by David MacDowell Blue.


Travis Michael Holder of Arts in LA writes: "Jolly writes startling, evocative dialogue and creates richly carved characters"
review by Travis Michael Holder.


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.


The Anchorage Daily News said "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"
review by Paige Listerud.


CenterStage recommends A Gulag Mouse as a Must See Show! Read the review by Rory Leahy.





"THE ITHACA LADIES READ MEDEA"


Paul Myrvold's Theatre Notes gives The Ithaca Ladies Read Medea a rave review for the opening night!

Little Fish Theatre




"A VERY MODERN MARRIAGE"

Blurb Magazine called it: "a delicious, highly appealing combination of shocks and surprises and pithy dialogue."
review by Alex First.


Martin Jago in Feasting at the Hollywood Fringe Festival posts: "Marden and his actors navigate more the twists and turns than Magic Mountain's Twisted Colossus in Arthur M. Jolly's contemporary farce. The production is a wickedly funny ménage à trois that doesn't pause for breath."
review by Martin Jago.


What Did She Think? posts "A fun ride, and there are moments in the show which are so perfectly crafted they will stick with me for a long time. I laughed, I gasped, and I chuckled my way through A Very Modern Marriage."
review by Samsara.

The Plus Ones wrote: "a delicious, highly appealing combination of shocks and surprises and pithy dialogue."
review by Christian G.

 

Reviews from the Fringe:

"Don't let all the hysterically funny banter at the top lull you into thinking this is just some cutie comedy. It delivers on all fronts."

 "Lots of laughs in this play and not a cheap one in the bunch."

 

 

"Starting off at a sitcom pace with punch line after punch line until it takes a darker (yet still comedic!) twist, A Very Modern Marriage is a whirlwind 75 minutes of side splitting laughter."

"A Very Modern Marriage is messy from start to finish and will keep you in stitches to the end."

 
 

 

"... this play is impossible not to enjoy." 

"The most relevant show I've seen in a long time. And well done. I sat on the edge of my seat the entire time laughing and so enraptured in the story that I spilled wine all over my white skirt. That's right. That's what this show does to you."




"TRASH"

★ ★ ★ ★ London Theatre One wrote " Trash is such a powerful play that once the setting has been quickly established, I wanted to stay and pay attention to this part-conversation, part-argument, part-fight between Diane (Emma Shenkman) and Becky (Georgina Philipps), sisters for whom sibling rivalry not only runs deep but intensely troubling, and even life-threatening."
review by Chris Omaweng



"LOVE PLAYS ON - 10 short plays by Arthur M. Jolly"



"THE FOUR SENSES OF LOVE"

Chicago Theater 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." Read the review by Katy Walsh.

The Argus called the production at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival "An unusual romance... the perfect way to start the day." Read the review here.

Scotsman Top 100 Shows; The Observer Picks of the Fringe: 'A splendid showcase... without fail funny, strange and moving'. ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ (fringereview.com); 'Go see this show, it's amazing! ★ ★ ★ ★ '(Scotsman); ★ ★ ★ ★(ThreeWeeks); ★ ★ ★ ★ (Scotsgay); ★ ★ ★ ★ (Broadwaybaby.com); 'A bountiful, brilliant feast!. Five mouth-watering theatrical delicacies to start each day' ★ ★ ★ ★ (Edinburgh Festival Guide).



"BAILING OUT"

Matthew Reddin, Urban Milwaukee.

"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."



"STILL WATERS"

Penelope Thomas, Stage Whispers.

"Still Waters, written by Arthur M. Jolly, ends Act One - a shattering story of a young couple that have lost a child, with neither having resolved their own pain and harboring resentment toward each other. Kate Hilgendorf and Jon Simpson are devastatingly brilliant in their grief."



"THICKER THAN WATER"

Rory Leahy, Chicago Centerstage.

"Unsettling... a catalyst for a long conversation about life."



"HOWIE'S LAST WORDS"

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).



"BATH TIME IS FUN TIME"

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.

 



"TIGER IN A CAGE"

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.

 



"THE FINE PRINT"

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. "



"THE CHRISTMAS PRINCESS"

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."