Don't miss Luverne Seifert and Sara Marsh in this gripping drama: an 80-minute encounter in real time between a man and a younger woman as they face the truth about the intimate relationship they had long ago, with shattering consequences.
"[Luverne] Seifert's enormous likability as a performer makes him a brilliant choice for Ray...[Sara] Marsh strips away her teasing intelligence in a painful, emotionally specific monologue...Both actors handle Harrower's Mamet-y, staccato-rhythmed dialogue deftly, almost as if they're duetting on a thorny piece of music -- a piece that takes on a disturbing life of its own when a late-in-the-play development raises the stakes, revealing what this discussion has really been about all along." - Chris Hewitt, Star Tribune
"Directed with a sure hand by Michaela Johnson...[Luverne] Seifert and [Sara] Marsh are together, explaining, accusing, feinting, deflecting, and recalling very different versions of what happened long ago. It's an emotional tango, a house on fire...Seifert makes Ray a strangely likeable villain. He's a complex creature, not one-dimensional...Two-thirds of the way into Blackbird, Harrower gives Una a brutal 1,400-word monologue...that's worth bringing back the Ivey Awards, if only to honor Marsh for getting through it so masterfully." - Pamela Espeland, MinnPost