WASHINGTON POST • APRIL 17, 2017• BY NELSON PRESSLEY
Brett Schneider is a real magician, the kind who buries your chosen card in a flurry of shuffling and makes it hop to the top of the deck anyway, just for openers. The Olney Theatre Center makes a point of declaring in the program and at the door of "The Magic Play" that Schneider is a pro, that audience volunteers are genuine - "no actors or stooges" - and that the live video feed from the camera over the card table at center stage is on the up and up.
DC METRO THEATER ARTS • APRIL 17, 2017• BY AMY KOTKIN
In the art of magic, Andrew Hinderaker has found a vivid metaphor for the dynamics of honesty, trust and control that underpin our most important relationships. His immensely entertaining and profound new work, The Magic Play, combines a jaw-dropping performance of classic card tricks with a compelling backstory of tender love. The result is breathtaking.
MD THEATRE GUIDE • APRIL 16, 2017• BY STEVE CHARING
British author Terry Pratchett once wrote, "It's still magic even if you know how it's done." In "The Magic Play" that is currently inhabiting the Mainstage at Olney Theatre Center in a rolling world premiere, the audience is kept in the dark as to how each trick is accomplished; the results are what matter in what is perceived as magic.
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.