Reviews & Press
The New 35
Rightly so, the evening's most heralded work was the amusing, well-crafted and -acted "The New 35." Superbly directed by Michelle Bossy and starring Leslie Korein, "The New 35" is the endearing, humorous tale of an unattached, earthy New York City woman whose unexpected birthday surprise just happens to be about 10 suitors from her very distant past, who are more than eager to ensure she doesn't end up an old maid. Not only was "The New 35" voted best picture, it collected awards for best post-production, best comedic short, best actress (Korein), and for Michael Urie -- who was aces as Korein's snappy gay best friend forever -- a best-actor nod." - Jon Pompia/The Pueblo Chieftain
Sex of the Baby
Ms. Bossy concentrates on the comedy, abetted by the very funny Marinda Anderson as T’Kia, a hugely pregnant friend of Michael and Daniel. ...fast-paced production, directed by Michelle Bossy...the realistic staging, on a handsome, sprawling apartment set.
...all of which take place in the Access loft space, the playing area of which Joseph S. Blaha has turned into an enticing lower Manhattan loft apartment...and Michelle Bossy's direction is adroit.
Directed by Michelle Bossy, “Cloven Tongues” is very far from flawless. Yet in a downtown theater scene that often prizes pretension and snark over coherence and craft, it can feel like the only adult around. Even if you never see the play, be a little glad it’s there.
Cloven Tongues raises interesting questions about the lies we tell ourselves in order to survive and about what can happen when we let the lies go.
We've reached a time when Broadway is producing shows based on movies and is habitually reviving old revivals, so Saturday night I was pleased to find a solid new drama in a small (89-seat) East Village theater. It's been a very long time since I've seen a show in such an intimate space and I'd forgotten what a challenge and a treat it can be for the cast and audience.
"The play is really a mystery," explains director Michelle Bossy. "There's someone on the stage and she is not telling us anything about herself and we spend a good part of the play wondering what's wrong with her and how to fix her. It gets unlocked when a miracle - some kind of miracle -- happens on stage. It's very theatrical and very exciting."
South Beach Rapture
The last thirty minutes bring moments of explosive emotion, not unlike like the shooting stars that the characters have come to see.
Michelle Bossy's direction is clean and professional.
It was nicely directed. This was also one of the best set designs I’ve ever seen in a Fringe show. It was very simple, but clean and clear and beautiful and used the space very well. The direction was very clever and innovative for a play that really had very few textual directions.
Sarajevo’s Child, a stunning, The decision to have the ensemble share the challenge of playing Nadja is a brilliant one. Michelle Bossy’s direction is powerful and innovative. No movement is superfluous, and she is able to adapt children’s games into euphemisms for war. Balls and jump ropes become implements of death and destruction. It’s shocking and terrible, but amazing in its representation of how the lives of innocent children are tainted by war. Throughout, Bossy creates strong, evocative images. Bossy’s strong artistic style is imbued in every facet of this production and the result is remarkable.