By Jonathan Caren
August 23- October 7, 2013
"In an electric production... this unfailingly intelligent and brutally funny play takes the old saying, "It's not what you know, but whom you know," and explodes it in a conflagration of business cards and white liberal guilt.
"Efficiently directed by Kel Haney, The Recommendation offers a compelling two hours of thought-provoking theater with very few visible resources."
- Zachary Stewart, TheaterMania
"Caren manages a great deal of complexity in these three men, Kel Haney's direction is impeccable and Bass is nothing less than captivating."
- Brad Schreiber, The Huffington Post
"This is a gem of a cast that has been directed by the silky, smooth hand of director Kel Haney. "
"Jonathan Caren’s play... is relevant, real and revealing as it insightfully gives pause to class and racial issues, secrets, friendships, trust, and illusions with a humorous bent."
- Sandi Durrell, Theater Pizzazzz!
"Kel Haney smoothly navigates the slipperiness of time and place within the script with subtle staging and clever collaboration between Nick Solyom’s lights, simple costume distinctions by designer Sydney Maresca, endlessly inventive but minimal set pieces by Caite Hevner Kemp."
- Joseph Samuel Wright, Theater Is Easy
"Neither preachy nor soft, Caren's play at The Flea Theater, directed by Kel Haney, examines notions of privilege, justice and friendship through the lens of race."
"That's what makes The Recommendation the best type of modern morality play. It's one that makes few recommendations or condemnations, but rather poses questions that are bound to linger in the minds of audiences. It's ambiguity at its head-scratching, impervious best, just the sort of nuanced, levelheaded tale we need to navigate the complicated times in which we live."
- Jordan G. Tiecher, CurtainUp
"Caren is well served by Kel Haney's fast-paced production, which features three equally strong performances."
- David Barbour, Lighting and Sound America
"Caren and director Kel Haney do well in building a sense of fear and loathing throughout the two or so hours of the play. "
"The Recommendation touches deftly on familiar issues of race, class, and power that may shift slightly from decade to decade but remain–sadly–timeless. It’s also a damn good yarn."
- Mark Dundas Wood, Simply Showbiz
"Haney keeps the pace quick with excitement..."
"In an electric production... this unfailingly intelligent and brutally funny play takes the old saying, "It's not what you know, but whom you know," and explodes it in a conflagration of business cards and white liberal guilt."
DIRECTOR: Kel Haney
PLAYWRIGHT: Jonathan Caren
FEATURING: Barron B. Bass (DWIGHT BARNES), James Fouhey (ISKINDER IUDOKU), Austin Trow (AARON FELDMAN), Donaldo Prescod (understudy - ISKINDER IUDOKU), Alex Gould (understudy - AARON FELDMAN) & Orlando Rivera (understudy -DWIGHT BARNES)
SCENIC DESIGN: Caite Hevner Kemp
COSTUME DESIGN: Sydney Maresca
LIGHTING DESIGN: Nick Solyom
SOUND DESIGN: Elisheba Ittoop
FIGHT DIRECTOR: Mark Olsen