We went back to see PENINSULA last night. We'd caught it during the initial run as part of The New York International Fringe Festival and it has now been picked up as part of Fringe Encores where it is getting additional performances at The Players Theater. The play has been ever-so-slightly re-staged for the new venue to excellent effect but everything we liked about it the first time is still intact.
PENINSULA very deservedly won a Fringe Excellence Award for Outstanding Ensemble who not only work so well as a whole, but also each give complex individual performances that struck deeper on second viewing: funnier, sadder, more dangerous, more helpless, more honest. Nadia Foskolou's fluid almost dance-like direction is like watching choreographed filmatic cross-fades.
Playwright Nathan Wright has created a play that is complex, dark and funny that rings more true than you may like. Some of the poetic passages and motifs may be used too often but this is a minor quibble for what is easily one of the best plays in NYC right now.
Tuesday, September 24 8pm
Saturday, October 5 9pm
Sunday, October 13 7pm
115 MacDougal Street
New York, NY 10012
For tickets and information: www.peninsulatheplay.com