By Lynn Rosen
Rivendell Theatre Ensemble, Chicago, IL
Lighting Designer: Paul Toben
Scenic Designer: Joanna Iwanicka
Costume Designer: Stephanie Cluggish
Sound Designer: Sarah Espinoza
Choreographer: Katherine Scott
With: Jessica Ervin, Aurora Real de Asua, Hannah Toriumi, Tara Mallen, Rebecca Spence, Meighan Gerachis, Margaret Kustermann, and Josh Odor
Photos: Michael Brosilow and Paul Toben
"A truly feminist story: about a band of women, with shining virtues and tragic flaws in equal measure, struggling against each other, their society, the natural world, and their own secret selves... Enthusiastically Recommended."
- Ben Kemper, Chicago Theatre Review
"Playwright Lynn Rosen and director Jessica Fisch have teamed up to produce a thought-provoking drama based on a real event that happened in a small New York town, LeRoy in 2011... This well-acted play is a combination of medical mystery, personal character sketch, and family dynamic study.... 'The Firebirds Take the Field' has charm, energy and honesty with humor that makes for an enjoyable show."
- Tom Williams, Chicago Critic
"The performances in Fisch's supple staging are often deliciously on point."
- Kerry Reid, The Chicago Tribune
"I had just one thought immediately following the conclusion of Rivendell Theatre Ensemble's world-premiere production of Lynn Rosen's 'The Firebirds Take the Field': I do love a good cry... Rosen's exceptional text and the risk-ready direction of Jessica Fisch as well as hearty performances from the entire cast... 'The Firebirds Take the Field' remains unresolved and tenuous, something you'll hold in the back of your mind until you set it free. In that regard, the play accomplishes what may very well be its mission statement: talk it out, ugliness and all. I expect there will be much to say.
- Kevin Greene" Newcity
"Rivendell Theatre Ensemble's mission is to cultivate the talents of women artists. They've certainly hit their mark with 'Firebirds'... In addition to the cast members, the additional technical elements were on point as well. The set design was fun not only because it brought some nostalgia, but because its set pieces were cleverly stored in cabinets and hide-holes. This made the transitions, accompanied by upbeat pop music, very smooth and choreographed. These elements incorporated just the right touch of cheerleading and pep."
-Alexis Bugajski, Picture This Post
"Lynn Rosen's play works both as a biting critique of how our society treats women and as an insightful rumination on the ways unfulfilled hopes and desires can haunt or even poison one's life."
- The Chicago Reader