Wednesday, September 29, 2010

"First Rate!" "Marvelous! Superb!"

2 Reprises: "In PURSUIT of the ENGLISH" / "DisordR" premiered July 2010 @ 5th Anniversary Capital Fringe Festival.
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PRESS RELEASE (April 27, 2010)
This solo double bill reprised on Saturday, 
November 6, 2010, at Washington Revels as
2 Plays: "In PURSUIT of the ENGLISH" / "DisordR"

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Reviews from July 2010 Capital Fringe Festival Shows

"A first-rate actress...enjoy watching a talented actress act."
-- Washington City Paper Fringe & Purge
"polished...a spot-on character study. ...marvelous...sharply, subtly observed. ...superb."
-- Tim Treanor, DC Theatre Scene

"Kacser strikes me as a first-rate actress, highly believable, linguistically and otherwise, as a British woman of another era... . See it if: You enjoy watching a talented actress act."
-- Chris Swanson, Washington City Paper Fringe & Purge, July 24, 2010 (

"Rose Jennings is a London shopgirl who lives in the same rooming house as Lessing during the time immediately following the second War. Kacser, who adapted the script from Lessing’s book, puts on the character of Rose, talking to Lessing (who is played by the audience). She is in the throes of a singularly unpromising romance with a local tobacconist, and they have separated because Rose has hinted too strongly at the desirability of marriage. Rose spends much of her time regaling Lessing with stories about her efforts to win her beloved back by making him jealous. She devotes the whole of her consciousness to this struggle, which ranges from buying her cigarettes from a kiosk instead of from him to making out with a policeman. As she struggles to land her fish, we realize that she will be married, if at all, briefly and unhappily; and the cheerier Rose becomes, the more doomed the relationship seems. ...

"Kacser has polished what was already a spot-on character study. The story is more personal and less political than I remember it being four years ago, although Rose’s piquant observation that we all seemed to care more for each other during the war than we do once free from its clutches is still intact. At the end, we are invited to sing “Lily Marlene” (Hans Leip and Norbert Schultze), surely one of the world’s most singable songs (in the earlier version, Rose sang it). Rose is a marvelous piece – a sharply, subtly observed character study placed in a very specific point in time. ...
-- Tim Treanor, DC Theatre Scene, July 24, 2010 (

Photo of Hilary Kacser as Rose in
"In Pursuit of the English"
by John Aaron

Wednesday, May 12, 2010


"stellar double feature...Hilary Kacser as Pakrat Patty...spills her heart out about dealing with all her stuff with hilarity, poignant honesty, and realism. Hilary Kacser gets to the heart of why a lot of us live the way we do, surrounded by stuff we no longer need, will not use, and cannot find when we need to. ...Disorder covers a tremendous amount of emotional territory by breaking down aspects of hoarding, what it is, why we do it, while laying out the consequences of being filled beyond capacity, including the sudden rise of U-Store-Itt companies.
"Kacser is a gifted actress and she communicates the delicacy and intricacy of the situations with respect and caring. Watching her deal with her relationship to her stuff is a healing and cathartic experience. ...a believable ally. ...hilarious.
"... listening to Patty’s stories, and watching her metamorphosis in real time, ... is not only funny and entertaining, but can actually change our approach to our own “disorder,” one bag at a time."
-- Debbie Minter Jackson, DC Theatre Scene, July 16, 2009 (

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Saturday, November 6, 2010 -- Silver Spring

For one show only, Washington Revels have kindly offered the Rehearsal/Performance Space, in the new purpose-built headquarters, for a performance of
2 Plays:
at 8 p.m.

Set in 1949-1950, “In Pursuit of the English,” the memoir by 2007 Nobel Prize Laureate Doris Lessing, brings to life “Rose,” a woman who recalls with wit and pathos how she survived the World War II Blitz of London.

An uncannily recognizable and potentially alarming encounter with hoarding behavior, “DISORDEr” humanizes and humorously leavens the “clutter component” of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (“O.C.D.”).

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The November performance of

2 Plays:
"In PURSUIT of the ENGLISH" / "DisordR"

will be on
at 8 p.m.
(ending about 9:45 p.m.)

Washington Revels is located at
531 Dale Drive
Silver Spring, MD 20910.
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Friday, April 9, 2010

July 2010 at 5th Anniversary Capital Fringe Festival

July 2010 @ 5th Anniversary Capital Fringe Festival

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PRESS RELEASE (April 27, 2010)

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Thursday, April 1, 2010