The play's dynamic, creative writing style was for me an artful and effective means of conveying the subtle accents and acute vicissitudes of life in a household touched by the Holocaust's shadow. In the second-generation survivor background in which Andy grew, I could see the birth of my own experience growing up as a third-generation survivor. The acting, direction and production served the appropriately anxious narrative. I felt that Andy and the Shadows used humor adroitly to address and comment on issues facing descendants of survivors in a way that most other approaches could not. I highly recommend this play to anyone exploring this unique and important chapter in Jewish-American history.
I found Andy and the Shadows by Ari Roth at Theater J to be an important theater presentation. The play invited us to examine how a family's traumatic experiences and secrets formed the emotional and intellectual foundation of a young man. The structure's sliding from past to present and back again, provides a lovely journey of his coming of age. It beckons each of us to examine our own growing up.
Andy and the Shadows is worth every moment of your attention, and you will have to pay attention as in every great play. " does at times cause unnecessary confusion:" says the post/review. Sorry, I think that's the reviewers confusion. Deep, clever, and very funny. Well done Mr Roth. First Class.
The marvelous acting by all cast members is reason enough to see this play about a dysfunctional family that finally comes to terms with its inter-relationships.
Advances in human genetics have taught us a lot about how physical characteristics are transmitted from one generation to another. Andy and the Shadows uses the experience of children of Holocaust survivors to explore the universal question of how life experiences are transmitted across the generations and color or cast a shadow on the choices we all make. Comedy usually does not lead to introspection, but Andy did cause this audience member explore the shadows cast on his life. Yes, Andy may sound like any fifteen year old, but there is a fifteen year old rearing to speak out in all of us, regardless of age.
This is an interesting play about the child of a Holocaust family and the shadows with which he lives. Unlike many plays that are pleasant enough but which vanish from my mind within hours of having watched them, this one stayed with me and many of the themes kept me thinking as the days passed. It could still use some tightening, but going to see it is a worthwhile way to spend an evening. And it is part of the Locally Grown festival, which showcases local playwrights.
"Andy and the Shadows" was painfully bad. This "look at my cute dysfuntional family" and "people will think anything that uses the Holocaust is art" story is a less than coherent hodgepodge. Alexander Strain, a fine actor, does not give "one of the strongest performances of his Washington career." Instead, the writing and directing force him to give a terrible, irritating performance as the lead. No matter what age he is, he acts like an over-the-top 15-year-old with ADD. The idea that he could have been engaged to any woman with half a brain is almost as ridiculous as the play's overuse of angel wings. Note to author: having the lead character talking directly to the audience is a device that should be used sparingly. Avoid it.