An Outstanding Production!
A superb, striking must-see!
Recommendation by Alexander Dinelaris, Academy Award winning screenwriter of Birdman
“Every so often the stars align. In this case those stars are Nordlinger and Nazimova. Channeling the spirit and sensuality of an artist to whom attention must be paid, Romy Nordlinger give us a tiny window into the complicated life of a complicated and tenacious woman of the theater.”
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By Marina Kennedy
July 31, 2017
Romy Nordlinger is brilliant in the role of Alla Nazimova. She brings her character to life and captures the passion, the drama, and the humor of the spirited actress. Nordlinger's reimagining of Nazimova's personal and professional life is inspirational, a beautifully honest portrayal of a talented woman who was a true trailblazer for the LGBT community.
Compliments all around to the team that brings Places to the stage.
Audiences for Places not only experience theatrical history but have an opportunity to consider timeless social statements about struggle, success and acceptance.
This is a show that should have a long life in the theatre.
By Darryl Reilly
July 29, 2017
Romy Nordlinger gives a magnetic performance as Alla Nazimova, the stage and silent movie star in Places.
The glamorous Ms. Nordlinger dramatically enters and charismatically holds forth for 65 minutes. With skillful comic timing, slight Russian inflections and emotional range, she enacts the life story of the performer who was once widely celebrated and then faded into relative obscurity.
Her conceit is that Nazimova exists as a ghost and cheekily addresses the audience directly. Her skillful, well-researched and assembled biographical facts are laced with feminist slanted commentary, and knowledge of events that occurred after Nazimova’s death.
Nick T. Moore’s sound design adds an ethereal dimension with its fluctuating volume that powerfully renders the clips of old songs and effects. Mr. Moore’s original eerie score is a tuneful combination of the past and modern tones.
Highly informative and entertaining, Places succeeds both as a showcase for Romy Nordlinger’s considerable talents as well as restoring Nazimova to the public consciousness.
Review: ‘Places’ at the East to Edinburgh Festival
By Tami Shaloum
July 25th, 2017
Places is not just a story about a forgotten actress, it’s about how being a strong, powerful woman in business can be dangerous. But Nazimova’s story is not a cautionary one but an inspirational one.
Nordlinger narrates Places as though she were Nazimova’s ghost talking about her own past but speaking to a contemporary audience. She portrays the actress as a seductive hedonist with unmatched confidence and decadent proclivities.
Places Revitalizes Alla Nazimova
by Carole Di Tosti
Theater Pizzazz, July 23, 2017
This enlightening production’s currency is chilling. It is a superb, striking must-see, for its acting and the apt shepherding by its director and the fine assistance of the design team.
Romy Nordlinger has crafted a fascinating account of the glamorous, forward-thinking theater and silent screen star Alla Nazimova, who shares her life story from beyond the veil. Nordlinger’s solo, multi-media performance is charming, humorous and candid.
Nordlinger, who portrays Nazimova, with stylized grace and aplomb, reveals the arc of Nazimova’s evolution.
It is in aligning the past with the present that this production Places is its most trenchant, vital and significant for our time. This artist (revealed in marvelous historic film clips) uplifted our social/cultural history. Places is a clarion call for us never to give up, despite injustices which threaten to destroy men and women alike.
Read more at: http://theaterpizzazz.com/places/
Romy Nordlinger Delves into Nazimova
by Susan Hall
Berkshire Fine Arts, July 23, 2017
A tour-de-force solo performance by Romy Nordlinger.
Nordlinger is glamourous and bright as Nazimova, yet she captures her sensitivity and grit as well.
Nordlinger and Nazimova give us a surprising and moving evening of theater.
Evan Caccioppoli on Places
By Evan Caccioppoli
Nordlinger brings us into Nazimova’s life and introduces is to the many different people both good and bad that have shaped who she is. In her play by allowing Nazimova to play out all the different characters in her life instead of the actor doing it, we as any audience are shown the great storyteller Alla was. With a twinkle in her eye and a smile always at the corner of her mouth we are being let in on the secret, which makes this solo piece so exciting.
Directed with a light touch Katie McHugh.
Adams Burns wonderfully video design perfectly highlight Nazimova’s story and but us back into the silent movie houses at the birth of Hollywood.
Nick T. Moore’s musical underscore and sound design create a backdrop that does not overpower the story but flows in tune with it.
PLACES: Romy Norldlinger on Becoming Alla Nazimova
Jody Christopherson, Huffington Post, July 6 2017
Places Dramaturgy: Romy Nordlinger @ Edfringe 2017
Gareth Vile, The Vile Blog, June 22, 2017
Best Off-Off Broadway shows in NYC, Adam Feldman, Time Out New York
This annual festival celebrates those vigorous American salmon preparing to swim into the shoals of the Edinburgh Fringe this year.
59E59 Theaters Announces 2017 East to Edinburgh Festival Lineup, Broadway World, June 7 2017
59E59 Theaters announces the 2017 line up for the annual EAST TO EDINBURGH festival. EAST TO EDINBURGH begins on Tuesday, July 11 for a limited engagement through Sunday, July 30.
Talkin' Broadway, June 15 2017
Romy Nordlinger’s Places – the story of the most famous broadway and silent film star you’ve probably never heard of - Alla Nazimova - to have its World Premiere at 59e59 Theaters as part of East of Edinburgh before traveling to Edinburgh Fringe.
Brian Ferguson, The Scotsman, May 16 2017
The venue, which is the headquarters of the Grand Lodge of Scotland and dates back to 1911, will also be hosting live music, theatre and dance events during August. These include a play about Alla Nazimova, the Russian actress who became a huge Broadway star after emigrating to the United States in 1905.
Read more at: http://www.scotsman.com/lifestyle/culture/edinburgh-festivals/amy-macdonald-judy-murray-and-david-mach-lined-up-for-fringe-venue-1-4446540