As we get ready for closing weekend (last performance is August 18th), here is a summary of the critical response to the play, including links to the full articles.
"Emilio Williams's deft, of-the-moment comedy is worth tweeting about. (...) Williams and his deft cast tweak theatrical conventions and technological obsessions with joy and, indeed, smarts."
-Kris Vire, Time Out Chicago
"Smartphones: A Pocket-Size Farce is a smart, well-executed show with just the right ratio of mockery to substance. Recommended"
-Keith Griffith, Chicago Reader
"The production design is spectacular, evoking an mid-60s flavor. (...) It looks fantastic, and the performances (hilariously arch) are stylized and otherwordly."
-Nina Metz, Chicago Tribune
"Ah, what a refreshing thing a good farce can be on a hot summer day. In a nation with a drought of not just rain but quality satire, the premiere of Emilio Williams' Smartphones: A Pocket-Size Farce delivers a quirky little comedy with a sneakily smart dose of both old and new humor."
-Clint May, Chicago Theater Beat
"One of the funniest and cleverest pieces of absurd theater I have ever seen. (...) I laughed, I gasped, I cringed, I enjoyed every second of it. It's theater of the absurd for the digital age."
-Jake Lindquist, Chicago Stage Style
"IT'S ABSURD HOW AMAZING TRAP DOOR THEATRE IS...OR IS IT THE OTHER WAY AROUND? (...) Emilio Williams is a new voice worth following.
" - Paul Kubicki. Stage and Cinema
“The cast delivers the craziness with a calculated combination of choreographed restraint and reckless abandon. (…)This show looks as good as next year’s iPhone upgrade. Recommended”
-Venus Zarris, Chicago Stage Review
“The cast is wonderful as a unit, but Jodi Kingsley (…) manages to humanize an absurdist character, and once you’ve seen that, you start to think that all absurdist comedies might be improved by such a performance. Recommended”
-Lisa Findley, Center Stage