Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Thought-provoking "Torture" Closes This Weekend!

Photo by Joe Williams
"Torture" closes this weekend! We have 4 performances left: Thursday through Saturday at 8pm and Sunday at 7pm!

Check out some of the reviews we've gotten for this dark comedy:

Larry Bangs of The Gazette writes:

"The play turns out to be an emotional roller coaster ride that spits you out with some things worthy of reflection. And it does so very well. There are strong performances from a uniformly excellent cast... The strength of MET is in its ensemble. Even in a play like this with very clearly drawn, individual characters, Director Gené Fouché keeps the very disparate character elements together in a cohesive whole. This play is not for the meek of heart. It is for anyone who enjoys good theater and being challenged to 'think outside the box.'"

(Read the rest of The Gazette review here)

We were also reviewed by J. Wynn Rousuck on "Maryland Morning" on WYPR 88.1FM:

"[Torture] uses humor to make you think, and at it's best, squirm... [The character of] Felicity believes 'you can choose to be your better self'; Durang clearly wants to believe this can also be true of governments. It's a notion that Maryland Ensemble Theatre puts across with humor and hope."

(Listen to the rest of the broadcast here)

And our most recent review, from Charlie Smith of

"Director, Gené Fouché, manages the farcical chaos and hairpin turns of the script without resorting to sitcom cliché, treating the subject matter with a seriousness and intention that is considered and intelligent... It made all of us think. It made all of us question our own beliefs and behaviors and for that, the MET is to be congratulated. Theatre should provoke and inspire debate and, even sometimes, discomfort, which seems to be what Durang intended with the show, and what the MET has achieved."

(Read the rest of the Want2Dish review here)

You can purchase tickets online, or call the MET box office at 301-694-4744

Hope to see you at the MET this weekend!

Thursday, September 15, 2011

First "Torture" Review!

Opening weekend of "Torture" has been wonderful.  Audiences have been very responsive and we were fortunate to have some great press for this week.  Mike Spain of Maryland Theatre Guide gives "Torture" 4 out of 5 stars!

"A quite funny and outrageous show...  a dark comedy which will make you think long after the performance... Director Gené Fouché directs a talented cast... The Maryland Ensemble Theatre is a wonderful place to see a show. The seating is intimate without a bad seat in the house."

This week, we run Thursday-Saturday at 8pm and Sunday at 2pm.  You can purchase tickets online, or call the MET box office at 301-694-4744
Photo by Joe Williams

Come out and support "Torture!"  Um... you know what I mean...


Friday, September 9, 2011

Torture Gazette Interview and Opening!

Torture has opened! Click the image above to purchase tickets online, or call the MET box office at 301-694-4744

An article from the Gazette was released yesterday to coincide with preview night. It features some insight from director Gene' Fouche' and actors Tim Seltzer and myself:

"Torture may be wrong, but as seen through the eyes of The Maryland Ensemble Theatre (MET), starting Thursday — it’s also darkly funny. Just prior to the 10-year anniversary of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, the MET will tackle a production of “Why Torture is Wrong, and the People Who Love Them,” a comedy by Christopher Durang.

The play’s heroine, Felicity, wakes up after a night of drinking to find Zamir, a strange man of an indeterminate ethnicity, in bed with her. Having no memory of how she met him, and due to his erratic behavior, she concludes that he must be a terrorist. Felicity goes to her parents for help, and things get worse when she learns that her father, Leonard, is a member of a shadow government who decides to take the situation into his own hands by torturing Zamir into a confession. As things spiral out of control, Felicity wishes more and more for a rewind button, but the outcome is more likely to leave the audience in stitches rather than cowering in fear, says director Gené Fouché."
Hope to see you sometime during the run!