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IN THE BELLY OF THE BEAST

Written by Jack Henry Abbott - Arranged and Edited by Adrian Hall - Directed by Leo Farley

February 23, 2004 - April 3, 2004

"Leo Farley's direction - TAUT and RELENTLESS - Mark Symczak (set) ingenious, Stewart Wagner's lighting, stark" - "Mogentale's work is nothing short of extraordinary - his fellow performers...are superb..."
NY Theatre - Martin Denton

NY TIMES REVIEW
NY TIMES REVIEW "ON STAGE AND OFF"
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“Abbott is played with deliberate calm by David Mogentale.”….a carefully constructed, well-performed play”
New York Times - Margo Jefferson -March 2004

“Economically staged by Leo Farley, these events are recounted by Abbot through a series of revelatory monologues, flashbacks and transcripts from his trial. “Creates a damning portrait of the American criminal-justice system.”
Time Out New York - Trav S.D. -March 2004

“Leo Farley’s direction—taut and relentless—serves the piece well. This is an important work of theatre; compelling drama, to be sure but more than that, a brutal document of a terrifying fact about our world that we’d rather sweep under the carpet than look at hear on. Bravo to the courageous folks at 29th Street Rep for making us look.”
NYTheatre.com - Martin Denton - March 2004

“Under Leo Farley’s vigorous direction and with a strong assist from set designer Mark Symczak, the small stage handily accommodates the shifts between harrowing prison and courtroom drama. …In the Belly of the Beast Revisited is tough and unbending as the steel doors of a prison cell. ….Needless to say, it’s not for the faint of heart.”Curtain Up - Elyse Sommer - March 2004

“A tightly controlled performance by David Mogentale that humanizes Abbott without disguising his violent nature.
The New Yorker - March 2004

“The general affect of a 29th Street Rep show is a barroom brawl, with intermissions.
If you are into that sort of play, “In the Belly of the Beast is for you. I am actually into
that sort of play as long as it’s written and performed skillfully, so I found much to admire in director Leo Farley’s production.”
The New York Sun - Jeremy McCarter - March 2004

“The production’s best feature is undoubtedly Mognetale’s commanding performance in a role that must be both physically and mentally exhausting. Farley’s direction, which keeps the action running smoothly from past to present, from the observer to the observed, and from the rational to the irrational, is also a cause of celebration.”
New York Theatre Wire - Paulanne Simmons - March 2004

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“We are committed to the creation of powerful and provocative theater. Our primary mission is to provide a nurturing environment for a diverse group of artists who are dedicated to an uncompromising approach to storytelling and full collaborative efforts.” Leo G. Farley - Artistic Director