The critical response to both the Cotuit Center for the Arts and the International Dublin Gay Theatre Festival productions of "Lines in the Sand" have been stellar. I couldn't be prouder of the teamwork of everyone involved in this project.
Here is just a sampling of the reviews we have received so far...
"'Lines In The Sand' by Jim Dalglish is a real thriller on so many levels. It is a dramatic thriller as this older man rescues a 15 year old boy from a violent altercation in the woods. Why has he been stalking him? It is a production thrill in the quality of the on stage work at all levels. This very fine production co-directed by Dalglish and Ian Ryan is edgy, atmospheric and gripping. You won’t have seen a play quite like this before under the banner of lgbt theatre and you won’t wonder why it is such a worthy inclusion in the programme – it is so well done.
- IDGTF Read the full review >>
The complexity of the characters’ lives emerges in a way that makes even the off-stage ones seem real, so though the boy’s unseen mother is at first presented as a woefully neglectful parent, by the end of the play you have an unexpected empathy for her and the choices she has made. It requires very skillful writing to achieve that."
- Sean Denyer, The Out Most. Read the full review >>
“… a string of surprise twists transform the play from an intense, unnerving mystery to an equally intense but ultimately moving drama… the story is engaging, with terrific performances… The play takes place over a period of less than 24 hours, and packs a wallop… By intermission on this particular night, several members of the audience seemed visibly overwhelmed… it is worth seeing for its unforgiving look at complicated people in extraordinary circumstances, and for the food for thought it offers the audience about bullying, self-judgment, trust and mistakes.”
- Kay Keough, The Inquirer and Mirror. Read the full review >>
"Thought-provoking, gripping piece of theatre... Tautly directed by the playwright and Ian Ryan, the 90-minute play moves along at a crisp pace. Just when you think you have it figured out, the plot takes off in another direction before it results in a shocking revelation."
- Johanna Crosby, Barnstable Patriot. Read the full review >>
"Taut direction by Dalglish and co-director Ian Ryan keeps the energy level in the small theater bristling with the threat of violence... The production offers some genuinely illuminating moments..."
- Cindy Nickerson, Cape Cod Times. Read the full review >>
"Well written and executed... The acting by both performers is outstanding. Raw, emotional, and believable, Mr. Dalglish has written a script that’s both gritty and, in some instances, lyrical."
- Joanne Brina-Gartner, The Enterprise. Read the full review >>
"A two-hander by nature is extremely dependent on the skills of the actors portraying the two roles, and in this case they're exemplary. Both Bucchianeri (belying his age and relative inexperience) and Travostino (so memorable in the former play, Unsafe) are, to use an adjective too often loosely applied, riveting. In such a tiny black box, each threatens to blow the place apart. As Directed by Dalglish and Ian Ryan, they come close to doing just that. The play has been selected to be performed at the fourteenth annual International Dublin Gay Theatre Festival this May, and it's easy to see why. Presented here with Artwork by Jackie Reeves and Original Music by Sam Holmstock, it's another example of Dalglish's mixing of powerful “in your face” writing and wise restraint, not a mix that an awful lot of playwrights have the wit to threaten as well as to withhold."
- Jack Craib, South Shore Critic. Read the full review >>