Heathens Reviewed by Bill Bradford
for Hi Drama! Channel 47
Heather Hill, notably influenced and inspired by other playwrights such as Tennessee Williams’ characters of mendacity, Lanford Wilson’s evocative language, Beth Henley’s eccentricities, and Tracy Letts’ direct sharp depictions, offers us her own distinctive unique writing style in her new play HEATHENS at Theater for the New City through March 17.
Both Heather Hill’s madcap writing and Stefanie Sertich’s quick paced directing keep our interest and attention with the play’s twists and turns, its dark comedy…and the cast’s authentic Appalachian accent. HEATHENS is about two sisters raised by an atheist grandmother in a rural eastern Kentucky town.
The craft and skill of the writing was matched by the director’s handling of the superb ensemble cast…Lisa Roberts Gillan as Lulu-Lilly, Lauren Fox as Junebug, Malcolm Madera as Sis and Andy Powers as Jebdiah. Along with a fabulous set designed by Edward Ross and effective moody lighting designed by Dan Jobbins, HEATHENS is a top notch production that definitely should be seen.