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"A NERVOUS SMILE" by John Belluso (2007)

3 Images of scenes from the play - Photos by Carol Rosegg


“An extraordinary troupe designed to defy expectations.” - The New York Times

“One of the most enjoyable companies in the country.”  - The New York Post

“Long purveyors of quality drama.”  - The Village Voice

“Poignant and powerful” –

“A smartly crafted, tersely told tale lasting little more than 70 minutes... an interesting edge of dark, absurdist humor... brisk pacing and well-etched performances... give the story engrossing credibility.” – Backstage

“A compact John Belluso play being given its New York premiere at the Kirk by Theater Breaking Through Barriers, explores this dark side of caretaking with an honesty as commendable as it is brutal.” – The New York Times

“A handsome display, full of fine production value and nuanced detail. Ike Schambelan's direction keeps his cast of four active and physically engaged, using well an elegant set by Bert Scott. ... Marilee Talkington offers an emotionally grounded, generous performance as Nic, and Melanie Boland is endearing and amusing as Blanka.” –

“Illuminating… Ms. Talkington… handles the job adeptly. And Melanie Boland offers a delicious turn.” – The New York Times