“The speech plays out almost like a dance and ends with an actual one where Max enters the scene for their duet which is passionate and scary, when the violent reality threatens to burst out of the neat and sensual choreography by director-choreographer SIDNEY ERIK WRIGHT.”  stagebuddy.com

“they break out into a sometimes beautiful, sometimes sexy, and often violent dance sharply choreographed by director SIDNEY ERIK WRIGHT.  It’s powerful...it ends poetically and sad.  We’ve seen abuse in front of us, but she looks happy.  It’s haunting, and stays with you long after the end.”  The Arts Wire Weekly

"Until She Claws Her Way Out"

Ensemble Studio Theatre Marathon Series A May 13-June 6, 2015

Written by Mariah MacCarthy

Directed and Choreographed by Sidney Erik Wright

Starring Naomi Kakuk

and featuring Kit Treece

Photos by Gerry Goodstein

“And in my head we’re still always dancing.  Not even ballet.  Nothing so polite and structured.  We dance ugly.  We dance like sex.  We dance wild.  Wild like we were.  Dancing like we both have a death wish.  Dancing until the crazy woman inside of me finally claws her way out.” 

“A collection of short works, most Ensemble regulars, this speed-trial evening emphasizes how difficult it is for theater artists to work in miniature and how satisfying when they succeed...Mariah MacCarthy’s “Until She Claws Her way Out”, directed and choreographed by SIDNEY ERIK WRIGHT, takes a fairly unconventional approach to a tale of domestic abuse among ballet dancers, though the move from monologue to erotic pas de deux feels somewhat forced.”  The New York Times

“The tension is effectively ratcheted up in the two plays rounding out the evening.  Mariah MacCarthy’s monologue "Until She Claws Her Way Out" employs little more than expressionistic sound design and the performance chops of Naomi Kakuk to shade in the gray areas of an abusive relationship that is more than what it seems.”  Time Out NY (****)

“This is a sympathetic probing of the connection between memory and destruction.”  NYTheater Now

“The speech plays out almost like a dance and ends with an actual one where Max enters the scene for their duet which is passionate and scary, when the violent reality threatens to burst out of the neat and sensual choreography by director-choreographer SIDNEY ERIK WRIGHT.”  stagebuddy.com

“MacCarthy’s dialogue is fresh and strong...they break out into a sometimes beautiful, sometimes sexy, and often violent dance sharply choreographed by director SIDNEY ERIK WRIGHT.  It’s powerful...it ends poetically and sad.  We’ve seen abuse in front of us, but she looks happy.  It’s haunting, and stays with you long after the end.”  The Arts Wire Weekly

“Rounding out the evening is “Until She Claws Her Way Out,” an entrancing monologue that turns into a stunning ballet duet about domestic violence and the need to be in control.  Naomi Kakuk handles Mariah MacCarthy’s text and SIDNEY ERIK WRIGHT’s choreography expertly, with the assistance of dance partner Kit Treece, telling a subtle, disturbing, and far too common story of a woman who believes that she is safe and in charge of her own life even as someone else starts to take over.”  Charged.fm

“All the direction was first-rate.  A fanciful, moving evening of theatre was created at one of New York’s premiere drama incubators.”  Berkshirefinearts.com