Prof. Gail Phaneuf Lauded by The New York Times

October 7, 2016


Award-winning playwright, director and Senior Lecturer Gail Phaneuf received high praise in the New York Times for her acting prowess in the play "Small Craft Warnings," which ran in Provincetown, MA earlier in the fall.  The performance was part of the annual Provincetown Tennessee Williams Theater Festival.

An excerpt from the New York Times review reads:

"The play, first staged in 1972, is not exactly a comedy, but its frequent bursts of bitter humor almost convince you it is, particularly in Mr. Falco's excellent production, powered by a supremely funny Gail Phaneuf in the role of Leona, the unofficial matriarch of the squabbling, makeshift family whose spiritual home is the bar. Barreling around the stage, her eyes ablaze with indignation or melting in sympathy, Ms. Phaneuf turned the character into a whirlwind of comic energy tinged with pathos: a bit Blanche DuBois, a dash of the blowzy Maxine from "The Night of the Iguana," but with the braying mouth of Phyllis Diller."

Phaneuf had just wrapped up teaching her scriptwriting class at Curry when she received word of the Times mention.

"I was shocked," recalls Phaneuf, whose success over the past decade has been primarily behind the scenes. "I didn't expect this type of praise, especially since I hadn't performed on stage since 2008, and the script called for a lot of interaction with the audience. It was one of the biggest challenges of my life, but it also turned out to be one of the most magical experiences."

Read Charles Isherwood's entire review in the New York Times: 'Tennessee Williams and Eugene O'Neill Side by Side, Under the Sun'


Boston Globe (9/3/14): Gail Phaneuf brings 'The Love Note' to New York City


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