Great reviews nationwide!
Taming and I And You gets major love in SF!
Lauren on NPR’s Forum with Michael Krasny:
The Taming is “a giddy delight…It feels great to laugh at smart comedy that cares about the Constitution, about the Founding Fathers’ best intentions, about making long overdue and necessary changes to a country that still has a lot of evolving to do and still has time for broad physical comedy involving a lack of pants.” – TheatreDogs
“Gunderson’s “Taming” is a laugh riot with some timely food for thought.” – SF Chronicle
FOUR STARS “A charming, thought-provoking surprise… with a joyous embrace of what it’s like to be young, MTC’s I and You is a sweet and lovely thing, a tiny little play that, miraculously, contains multitudes. – North Bay Bohemian
FOUR STARS “With [this play, playwright Lauren Gunderson] makes the transition from ‘promising new playwright’ to ‘significant new playwright’ with great grace. I AND YOU is a wonderful play! … See it now, and catch a rising star.” – TheatreStorm
“A magnificent coup de theatre” – My Cultural Landscape
“‘Delights crowd… The play’s ending is a triumph of satisfaction and surprise, bringing gasps from the audience.” – Mill Valley Herald
“An abundance of intelligence, ambition and humor” – TheaterDogs
Bear racks up the raves in Texas!
“Gunderson is one of the most creative and entertaining playwrights in America. Simon may be the funniest funny-gay-guy role ever written.” Dallas Morning News
” Lauren Gunderson’s Exit, Pursued by a Bear at Circle Theatre pulls off a deft juggling act: comedy and tragedy whirl around together, with all the balls, light and dark, revolving in the air at once. Smart and funny-as-hell.” – TheatreJones.com
Emilie enjoys love in Atlanta!
“Putting Emilie in a Lecture Hall: Making Theatre in Non-Theatre Spaces” from Samuel French – here
Here‘s a cool radio piece about Emilie and women in theatre for WABE in Atlanta – wonderful!
By And By gets love in The Bay!
“Exceptionally well crafted, emotionally grounded, and thought-provoking.”
– Charles Kruger, SF Bay Area Theater Critics Circle
“Nothing short of astonishing.”
– Chad Jones, TheaterDogs
“Steven has a major secret, and before the evening is over, you’ll share it.”
– Ashley West, Examiner.com
“Could not be a more timely event… A superb sense of dramatic tension and comic rage.”
– George Heymont, My Cultural Landscape
“The compelling twist in Lauren Gunderson’s play is that it focuses on human emotions in a very recognizable world, rather than confecting some science fiction fantasy of the material.”
“Remember this line: ‘The fundamental work of the world (is) the loop of nothing to everything.’ (It) refers not only to human cloning, but to translating human existence into functional, eternal circularity…”
– Lou Fancher, Contra Costa Times
“Le Blanc is masterful… Parsing out opposing physicalities… and differentiating vocal registers, she builds two complex parts into a muscular, intricate, theatrical firmament.”
– Lou Fancher, Oakland Tribune
Emilie garners love in Minneapolis!
“This is one of the most original and engaging shows of the year.” –Star Tribune
“I’ll make this simple: go and see Theatre Pro Rata’s production of Emilie as quickly as you can. Director Bratlie, author Gunderson, and actor Custer have come together in a perfect storm of a performance.” –TC Daily Planet
“…a show centered as much on intellect as passion move[s] along with real energy and a firm grasp of its ultimate goal.” –City Pages
“Custer feels right at home, both in her period costume and with the emotional demands of the role”
“Matt Sciple… finds the humanity and the vulnerability in the role, along with plenty of intriguing little nuances that alternately earn our respect and our contempt for the character.” –Pioneer Press
Toil & Trouble gets raves in SF!
“An excellent balance of intelligent, pointed humor — “Feminism means I get to be evil too!” cries Beth — and artful use of Shakespeare. Toil and Trouble is laugh-out-loud weird.” The Daily Californian, October, 2012
“The science geeks have all the fun in “The Amazing Adventures of Dr. Wonderful and Her Dog!,” a jauntily educational children’s musical at the Kennedy Center’s Family Theater. Featuring a book and lyrics by Lauren Gunderson, with a perky pop-show tune score by Brian Lowdermilk… Director Sean Daniels and his creative team deliver some cheeky humor with their science lessons… In the moments after the curtain call, one youngster was heard to gush to his parent: ‘That was awesome!'”
Amazing press for Exit, Pursued By A Bear across the country!
Featured in American Theatre Magazine – “Bear is raw and hilarious.”
Nationally profiled in The Week Magazine here:
“Gunderson’s script not only makes each character adorably quirky but engenders empathy for all four as well. This show contains enough offbeat and grisly – no pun intended – humor that the Bard’s immortally funny line is a fitting title.”
“Falling in love with a playwright whose work you’re experiencing for the first time feels like Christmas morning at age 6 – giddy excitement, new toys, wonder and sugar high all wrapped up in a nice holiday package. That’s what it felt like the other night at the Boxcar Playhouse watching Crowded Fire Theater Company’s production of Exit, Pursued by a Bear, a new play by Lauren Gunderson, a Georgia native who now lives and works in San Francisco.” – Chad Jones, Theater Dogs! Read more.
“Exit is a spirited comedy, able and clever”- Rob Avila, SF Bay Guardian
“It is a well-balanced mix of serious subject matter and laughter. The play is real and highly unlikely, but it’s the highly unlikely parts that make the on-stage witnessing of the real-life, depressing, heart breaking horror of domestic violence possible… It was perfect.” – Kim Frndak | Community Educator for the Women’s Resource Center to End Domestic Violence
“If the Coen Brothers decided to set a feminist revenge tale in Atlanta and sprinkle it with Dixie Chicks pixie dust, it might look something like “Exit, Pursued by a Bear,” a raucous comedy… of friendship, domestic abuse and performance-as-catharsis.” – Felicia Feaster | ArtsCritic Atlanta (Read Full Story)
“It’s Dixie Chicks’ ‘Goodbye Earl’ meets 9-5,” – WABE, Atlanta’s NPR Station.
Plus a wonderful radio piece by Myke Johns at WABE about the world behind Bear from Atlanta’s NPR station – (Listen Here)