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Acts of Mercy

by Michael John Garcés

Rattlestick Playwrights Theatre
New York, NY USA
February 2006

direction: Gia Forakis
scenic: Robin Vest
costume: Beth Hope Clancy
lighting: Peter West
sound: Daniel Baker
production photography: Sandra Coudert

Time Out Review:

acts of mercy: passion-play
ByTav S.D.

Mercy is what we holler when someone is twisting our arm behind our back. The acts of mercy in Michael John Garcés’s play are similar: brief respites from the prevailing pattern of universal cruelty. … Thanks to Garcés’s moving and sharply observed script—directed with depth, thoroughness and passion by Gia Forakis—we are always aware of an underlying tenderness repressed under layers of machismo. …Forakis deserves laurels for drilling this talented cast into a half-dozen remarkable performances...

Variety Review:

Acts of Mercy: passion-play
By Marylin Stasio

Forakis ...knows how to stage the confrontational scenes that Garces writes for angry and inarticulate men, keeping these encounters tight and scary.

TheaterMania Review:

Acts of Mercy: passion-play
By Vinny Alexander

Gia Forakis directs smoothly, yet does not hold back in presenting the plays more shocking moments.