MD THEATRE GUIDE• SEPTEMBER 13, 2014 • BY STEVE CHARING
The timing of the National New Play Network Rolling World Premiere production of Colossal could not be better. The play is about football (the new season has just begun); it’s about a gay male player dealing with the macho world of organized sports (the journey of openly gay football player Michael Sam has caught the nation’s attention); football injuries (constantly in the news); and it’s about love and family (always timely).
Colossal, written by Andrew Hinderaker, makes its debut at the Olney Theatre Center before the new play appears in three other venues in the country. Director Will Davis guides the talented all-male cast with great skill accentuating the physicality of football and dance and how these conflicting elements can sometime be fused. The visuals are as much a part of this unconventional play as the dialogue.
REVIEW: ‘Colossal’ at Olney Theatre Center aims for the goal post, and succeeds
THE WASHINGTON POST• SEPTEMBER 8, 2014 • BY PETER MARKS
It’s the halftime show that’s really got game in Andrew Hinderaker’s exhilarating new football play, “Colossal.” The actors portraying grunting college linemen and cornerbacks become, in the 75-minute work’s all-too-brief intermezzo, a dance squad, executing staccato moves as explosively as a receiver completing a down-and-out pattern.
Yes, it does sound a little “Glee”-ish and no, that is not at all what Hinderaker, director Will Davis or choreographer Christopher D’Amboise have in mind in this bracingly effective world premiere at Olney Theatre Center. This is not “Gridiron, the Musical.” It is, rather, a play finding through the laws of physics a thrilling way to tell a story of exquisite pain.
ARTICLE: Rolling premiere of ‘Colossal’ opens in Olney
THE GAZETTE • SEPTEMBER 9, 2014 • BY KIRSTY GROFF
For a theater undertaking a play tackling masculinity, disability, sexuality and family within the setting of a football game, a name like “Colossal” sounds like an understatement.
The production, which began its world premiere tour at the Mulitz-Gudelsky Theatre Lab at Olney Theatre Center on Sept. 5, is another in a growing list of collaborative work between playwright Andrew Hinderacker and director Will Davis.
Olney Theatre Center is a proud partner of Barrie School.
Olney Theatre Center is a non-profit 501 (c)(3) organization. All programs are made possible by support from the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County; the Maryland State Department of Education; and the Maryland State Arts Council, an agency funded by the State of Maryland and the National Endowment for the Arts.