Thursday, September 28, 2023


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Roy Berko

 CAT’S PAW is a powerful script, filled with tension and angst.  It gets a very well-conceived and developed production at Beck.  It’s definitely a “go see!”

To see a full review of this show, read Roy Berko's blog here.

Howard Gollop

It's particularly important that a play receives the kind of solid professionalism offered by Beck Center. The audience is placed squarely into the beating heart of this terrifying ambience, assiduously rendered by designer Cheri Prough DeVol. With dynamic performances by Chris Richards as the overwrought but stoic head terrorist, Lara Mielcarek as the strategizing TV reporter, Michael Dempsey as the confused sycophantic head of  the EPA and Grace Favarro as the head terrorist's cultish henchman/girlfriend, the production captures the audience in the immediacy of the moment.

To see a full review of this show, read Howard Gollop's review here.

Sheri Gross
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To see a full review of this show, read Sheri Gross' review here.

Mark Horning

While not a show for the weak of heart, this production will find you asking the question such as “Do the ends justify the means?” and “What needs to be done in order to get people to listen and actually do something about the environment.” This is the message that this mainly ignored play spoke of 40 years ago and to this day is still sloughed over. What will it take to wake us up? Take courage and see this play.

To see a full review of this show, read Mark Horning's Review here.

Chris Howey

"Side-by-side polemics do little to advance the drama at hand, and while there is a chuckle or two tucked into their verbal fencing, it all leads nowhere."

To see a full review of this show, read Chris Howey's Review here.

Laura Kennelly

Cat’s-Paw, written by William Mastrosimone and directed by William Roudebush, feeds off the confined spaces offered by the Beck’s Studio Theater. ***

We come to understand that Victor, and those he has recruited, justifies any action — murder, kidnapping, suicide missions — to draw attention to their cause. They see their behavior as noble because their cause is just (where have we heard that before?). Their mission? To improve the environment by forcing the EPA to implement and enforce strict regulations.

Bottom Line: After a ninety-plus minutes long sit (no intermission), I began to feel like a captive myself, one subjected to lectures and (basically) justifications for murderous acts that claimed to be “for a good cause.” Hey, I remember the 1970s and 1980s too. While I wouldn’t recommend this play as a work of art, I do applaud the director, cast and crew who gave it as much cred as possible.

To see a full review of this show, or read Laura's posts at Cool Cleveland.

Kate Klotzbach
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To see a full review of this show, read Kate's posts here.

Joey Morona
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To see a full review of this show, read Joey's posts here.