Another cracker for Artefacts in NYC from Alexis Soloski in Village Voice:
“Bracingly paced and plotted ... Bartlett writes cracking monologues (and decent dialogue, too) in a variety of voices—from Kelly's sharp, prolix speeches to her father's eloquent, reserved tones to her mother's wistful discourse ... A young playwright with a poised style and a compassionate mien—now that's a treasure.”
And Kathy Hirliman has added her five star review to The New York Times site:
"From the minute the curtain goes up the charismatic Lizzy Watts (Kelly) has us in her pocket and with the support of a fiercely intelligent script by Mike Bartlett and James Grieve's invisible direction never lets us out ... To Bartlett's immense credit he does not provide any answers but he does open the conversation. In the very best sense of the phrase this is provocative theatre."
Also proving provocative in the very best sense is Mike's new play, Contractions, which opened this week at the Royal Court to rave reviews in The Guardian, The Times, The Independent and The Telegraph amongst others. Many congrats to Mike and the company from all at nabokov towers.
Tomorrow, taking time difference into account, the matinee of Artefacts in New York runs concurrently with the evening performance of Contractions in London, meaning Mike will have a play running - quite literally - on both sides of the pond at the same time.