THE NEW YORK TIMES - CRITIC'S PICK! (THE AWAKE)
The production captures exquisitely the shifting logic of dreams, where people appear and melt away and metamorphose, and where minds connive to translate contemporary anxieties into primal fears of fire, flood and bloodthirsty beasts. But there are no computer-generated special effects in this live-theater production to permit such shape-shifting; the sense of disorientation instead comes from the poetry of Mr. Urban’s words and Adam Fitzgerald’s skillful direction.
CHICAGO TRIBUNE - RECOMMENDED! (METHTACULAR!)
Surprisingly funny and strikingly moving . . . that is no small feat, given the material. Strafford shares credit with his director, Adam Fitzgerald . . . it is a very gutsy and personal show . . . an engaging, sincere tale from a very talented and tuneful guy about how life, however hopeless it may seem, can always get better.
TIME OUT NY - CRITIC'S PICK; 4 STARS; #1 SHOW TO SEE THIS WEEK
Adam Fitzgerald’s direction keeps everything up to speed but also carves out spaces for outside perspective . . . as Methtacular! wends toward a very-special-episode finale, Strafford’s brave cheer and determination to entertain never let it fall into pity-partying
THE VILLAGE VOICE (THE AWAKE)
Director Adam Fitzgerald has made fine use of the space at 59E59 with a minimalist production that relies on light and sound cues and the most basic set pieces (chairs) to weave together this engaging tapestry . . . it forces the audience’s imagination in the same way that the descriptive, hallucinatory monologues require the audience to color in the details of scenes occurring in a character's mind. Both script and production are quickly paced, uncoiling artfully as delusions and daydreams evaporate to make way for the truth.
GAY CITY NEWS (METHTACULAR!)
Do we really need a lacerating comedy about crystal? In this case the answer is a resounding YES... Strafford’s brilliantly sassy delivery, under the assured guidance of Adam Fitzgerald... is self-deprecating without being self-indulgent, earnest without being sappy, and poignant without being preachy.
NYTHEATRE.COM (KILLING WOMEN)
Killing Women, with its quirky script, stellar cast, and crisp direction, is a pretty darn funny perspective on the corporate world . . . Adam Fitzgerald directs with finesse . . . and the six cast members, some doing double duty, never miss a beat . . . it is comedy done very well.
THE DAILY GAZETTE (SANTALAND DIARIES)
“Santaland Diaries” delivered spot-on Sedaris humor and enough dark holiday cheer to keep the audience laughing throughout . . . A one-man show is truly a collaboration between the actor and the director, and I have to believe that Whitton and Fitzgerald worked well together, as everything went seamlessly and flowed smoothly.
THEATER ON LINE (LETTER FROM ALGERIA)
Director Adam Fitzgerald paces the action well, building suspense while developing nuanced, relationships between the characters. The cast give sterling performances . . . In all, this is a finely polished production, an excellexnt showcase for such a promising playwright and company.
Play Girls: NYC Lesbian Stage Highlights of 2014It was a big year for ladies and laughter off-Broadway: It's Only Kickball, Stupid, playfully staged by Adam Fitzgerald between classroom tables, out playwright Caroline Prugh's bittersweet comedy tackle a tomboy's unrequited crush on a spunky gal pal in the 80's.
"About Face Theatre, a company devoted to advancing the national dialogue on gender and sexual identity, will kick off its Pride Performance Series with a reading of Buyer and Cellar playwright Jonathan Tolins' The Last Sunday in June . . . the celebration will conclude with Methtacular!, Steven Strafford's autobiographical play about the years he was a meth addict. Directed by Adam Fitzgerald, the play will be performed June 15 at American Theater Company."