"For a company that ﬁlls the role of the 'new kid' on the Indie Theatre scene, The Active Theater may move to the head of the class very quickly. It's always good to see a group out there that promotes the fact that theatre can ignite cultural discourse, and it's high time for a fresh new 'Active' group with a serious voice. All that's left is for us to listen."
"We've often heard of a triple threat in terms of a performer... In production, the triple threat is a production that is incredibly well written, superbly acted, and directed with talent and precision. This week covers three shows that are indeed triple threats and certainly not ones to miss. First is Magnetic North by William Donelly produced by the always impressive The Active Theater Company."
"Not surprisingly, The Active Theater turns out yet another quality, thought-provoking production. It is a wonderful glimpse into the psyche of a very disturbed young woman and a fantastic opportunity to see some awesome talent doing what it does best."
"What sets this play apart from many others of this type is that playwright Matthew Keuter wisely avoids many of the clichés that are often associated with the blue collar comedic drama. The actors all play their parts with intelligence and dignity, but the story never devolves into poor-but-proud chest beating – this is meaty family drama rather than banal social commentary."
"This play is proof positive that the extended 'comic bit' is still extant, and that there are young actors who can do them with the skill of the old-timers of stage, screen, and vaudeville. Wait until you see it, and you will witness comic hilarity at its finest. This play is a "mystery" - but there is no mystery to the fact that you will be laughing your head off at Venus Flytrap."
"There are many incredibly surprising moments in this piece that fly in the face of everything that one would expect and in doing this, Donnelly creates a tightrope for the audience to walk on throughout."
"Any team that can take a subject this controversial and provide such humanity deserves applause. Far too often plays that deal with hostage situations become preachy and over the top and after the President's recent decisions on war and where our troops are heading next , it's nice to see a show that forces the audience to be the judge rather than be told what to think. This show is raw and human and this company has produced something that forces the audience to also be vulnerable. It's clear that they have an understanding of the craft and that they are making careful choices about producing work that gets an audience talking."
"As a modern female playwright, Contuzzi takes a very complex issue and brings it to light against the backdrop of suburban America. She also incorporates the many different layers behind self-abuse, both emotional and physical, such as the lengths some people with go for a cathartic release not provided by mainstream society. All the elements of a truly heavy piece of theater are here."