BREAK DREAMS (CTX Live Theatre) Tilt is a company formed of differently abled young artists with various physical and developmental challenges who have banded together to find ways to perform after high school. In the academy they had accommodation and opportunities to perform; after graduation they encountered in the larger society almost no accommodation for performances by them. Read More.
COUPLE DATING (Theater Colorado Blog) If you’re a relatively new married couple, how do you meet new “couple” friends? Your single friends don’t get the couple thing, and besides, you can’t go out doing “single” things if you’re married and have a kid. Well, there’s always Couple Dating. In short, couples get matched up for a dinner party to see if there’s a seed that could sprout into a couple friendship. Read More.
COUPLE DATING (ArchAngel Productions Review) There’s a wonderful experience happening in town, and it’s happening at The Funky Little Theater Company. It’s the regional premier of a hilarious contemporary comedy called Couple Dating. Written by the fabulous Cricket Daniel who comes to us from Bend, Oregon. It’s brilliantly directed by Chris Medina, and he’s from right here in Colorado Springs… and The Funky Little Theater is his baby. If you haven’t been there yet… now is your chance to see live theater comedy at its best. You can even speak with Cricket after the show, because she’s in town watching and enjoying the show just like the rest of us. Read More:
HELEN ON WHEELS (The Source Weekly Article) The first three plays written by Cricket Daniel evoke a feeling more than they inspire emotion. The feeling of watching an 8-10 pm sitcom block with family, sprawled out on the couch, after a giant dinner. Her characters are archetypical with flashes of heart, but mostly serve as joke delivery machines and to accentuate the theme running throughout her work: life is always better with a bit of love in it. With Daniel’s fourth and newest play, Helen On Wheels, she has taken a different road to the same well—and, in doing so, has created her finest play to date. Read the article here…
COUPLE DATING (Patron Raves) I laughed so hard it hurt. There were tears of great enjoyment running down my face. But while the very cleverly written fast paced dialogue never allowed a second for boredom, the true brilliance was that there were some very important beneficial messages conveyed that encouraged further reflection, thought, and even a chuckle, long after the play was over. Great job Cricket Daniel! – Father James Radloff
“COUPLE DATING- A BIG BLAST! The story is so relatable while at the same time being outrageously audacious! So delightfully entertaining on so many levels. Lots of humor and heart ! Kudos to a wonderful ensemble of actors who deliver the goods with finesse and spunk. Congratulations to Cricket and director Susan Benson for hitting the comedy ball right out of the park!” – Patricia Del Ruth
“Couple Dating was the first time I could convince my theater hating hubby to attend a play. He laughed out loud several times! It was a game changer for us. Thank you Cricket and your amazing talent.” – Susan Dosier
GINA GALDI AND GUEST (Cascade A&E 2012) Local playwright Cricket Daniel will open her third play, Gina Galdi and Guest at 2nd Street Theater on February 17. A regular on the stage until her relatively recent foray into writing, Daniel has always been attracted to the energy, passion and creativity found surrounding life in the theatre world. Read More…
GINA GALDI AND GUEST (The Bend Bulletin 2-17-12) The comedy “Gina Galdi and Guest” will see its world premiere tonight at 2nd Street Theater, marking the start of a monthlong run for local playwright Cricket Daniel’s third play.
GINA GALDI AND GUEST (The Source Weekly 2-15-12) the curtain opens on the set of Gina Galdi and Guest at 2nd Street Theater this weekend, the cast and playwright hope audiences see a seamless and hilarious Sex and the City-style take on the life of a young women starting her own wedding cake business.
PASSIONATE PLAYWRIGHT (The Bend Bulletin 2-14-12) It’s just days to go until the opening of the comedy “Gina Galdi and Guest” on Friday at 2nd Street Theater (see “If you go”). On Thursday, playwright and producer Cricket Daniel found herself cast in a new role: that of director.
LOVE, LAUGHTER & LUCCI (The Examiner 1-09-11) In Act I, Scene I, the lights come up and we are transported into the modest home of the Santoro family. A typical Italian family in West Haven, Connecticut. Gloria is cooking eggs, bacon and toast for breakfast and being busy in the kitchen. A few moments later we meet Gloria’s father Sal, who is working his way slowly down the staircase.
LOVE, LAUGHTER & LUCCI (The Source Weekly 1-12-11) It must have been a strange year for Italian-Americans. First, a show called Jersey Shore transformed a bundle of self-proclaimed guidos and guidettes from a punch line into a serious pop culture phenomenon, all the while managing to offend people around the world.
COUPLE DATING (The Source Weekly 4-16-10) Before taking a seat in the 2nd Street Theater last night to take in Couple Dating, the locally written and produced play by Cricket Daniel was already well on my radar. In fact, it had jammed my radar…like in that scene in Spaceballs.
Reviews from the Linkville Players’ production of COUPLE DATING (Nov. 2009):
“I attended the play over the weekend and enjoyed it immensely. I don’t know how many times I burst out laughing. The timing of the actors was fantastic. Kudos to the entire cast and crew and, of course, to the author. Bravo!”
“I haven’t laughed so much in years! I have seen more nudity on Tv and heard worse language on Tv. This play is a HOOT and I hope this author does more. How great is this a writer from here in Oregon and our local community actors and staff stepped up to put it on right here in Klamath Falls. I have seen plays in big cities, this was even better!! Well worth the time.”
“Bravo for Cricket Daniel’s play, Couple Dating. It was hilarious, surprising, thoughtful, and just plain fun. I am grateful for Klamath Falls premiering the play, so that I could see it! Thank you”
“Nudity? You call that nudity? It was a guy in his underwear. Okay it was a “banana hammock” but that’s less offensive than “tighty whities” at least to me. I’ve seen more nudity on prime-time television. The play is funny and well done. … And as the poster clearly states “NOT APPROPRIATE FOR CHILDREN.”
“COUPLE DATING at the Linkville, which I saw and enjoyed on Saturday evening, made me think of an updated and slightly edgy version of “The Honeymooners”, in which Jackie Gleason and Audrey Meadows played Ralph and Alice Kramden, a Brooklyn couple who had their own way of dealing with each other. In this case, Kadance Connolly and Mat Landsiedel are the very talented actors who play “Tess” (nee “Alice”) and “Bobby” (nee “Ralph”)and what a pleasure it is to watch their performances. As for any controversy over language or partial nudity, take it or leave it, but don’t bother complaining about it! The theater does its best to try to advise patrons about the content of its productions and it AIN’T in fine print! Furthermore, any male willing to take his clothes off in public and strip down to a g-string, or a woman down to bra and panties (and high black leather boots), gets my applause . . . and, startlingly funny it was! The collective gasp of disbelief from the audience is worth the price of admission alone! I say, don’t miss this very entertaining evening!”
“What a riot! This show is hilarious. While it is a little long (it’s a three act play with two intermissions) at least you definitely get your money’s worth. Yes, the show is not appropriate for children, as the poster suggests, (and probably not appropriate for the feint of heart either!) but it is appropriate for anyone with a good sense of humor. I highly recommend it.”