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ABOUT HER PLAYS:
"A thoughtful drama based on a true story of a homeless girl mistakenly looking for love and family among the broken misfits of Grand Central Station. The Runaway (aka Manhattan Transits) is excellently staged by director Shela Xoregos. Brama Sukarma’s compositions of stirring melodies and harsh subway cacophonies greatly enhance the setting, and the soul of the play clearly resides in the compassionate storytelling and interactions of the lost children that playwright Donna Spector refuses to let us forget."
-- Review by Maria Paz Allegre, theasy.com
"Short-Term Affairs was a fresh and original send-up of dating
-- Review by Julie Halpern, In and Out of the Box.com
Golden Ladder: "Spector writes characters and dialogue
beautifully: the portraits of Catherine, her father, and her friends
Aaron, Mary, and Carole are rich and detailed and honest."
-- Martin Denton, NYTheatre.com
"Golden Ladder, whose title refers to the Old Testament
golden ladder up to heaven, is an amusing new play."
-- Anita Gates, New York Times
Blind Date: "Spector never resorts to clichés here
as she peppers Blind Date with all manner of unexpected turns. The play
fast, funny and unpredictable."
-- Martin Denton, NYTheatre.com
"Another Paradise provides a humanistic sense of humor
and exploration of the nature of the mother-daughter relationship."
-- Michele Lipow, Back Stage
"Another Paradise: a sensitive new play."
-- Clive Barnes, New York Post
an interesting variation on the
resilience of rural women."
-- Mel Gussow, New York Times
Dancing with Strangers: "The warmth, humor and great gentleness
of the first script of hers I read, Dancing with Strangers, made
me want to read more."
-- James Freydberg, producer
Another Paradise: "From the first strains of music as the
lights came up on stage, a magic began that is rare
There I was
carried along, deeply moved with tears and laughter by these characters
that were spinning this folk tale with great humanity spiced with humor
and insight. The play bounced right off the stage and touched the lives
of the spectators who were reliving glimpses of their own lives and
struggles through the characters of the play."
-- Donald Goldman, producer
ABOUT HER POEMS:
"Spector writes in easily accessible language that is nevertheless rich with sensory detail and deep emotional expression. Her confessional poems explore family bonds, parents’ deaths, and the poet’s marriages, as well as general issues including war, spirituality, and love.
"There is more to Two Worlds than the poet’s love of her family. Spector’s poems touch on her mate, her students, travels, war, nature, and all throughout, weave a tapestry showing deep sensitivity to the human condition, the pain of human failing, and the unending, aching desire for infinite goodness, by whatever name it ultimately goes."
-- Ann Wehrman, Pedestal Magazine
Her collection of poems, The Woman Who
Married Herself, was published in 2010 through Evening Street
Press. Click here for reviews from Midwest
Book Review and The
Pedestal (PDF format).
AND ABOUT THE PLAYWRIGHT:
"Ms. Spector is a serious, talented, dedicated and gifted writer."
--Donald Goldman, producer
"Ms. Spector writes compassionate, intelligent plays about trying
to live joyfully and with dignity. She is not afraid to tackle difficult
subjects (such as homelessness and aging) and, more importantly, she
is constantly pushing herself to make her work truer, more pertinent
and absolutely vital."
--James Freydberg, producer
ABOUT HER NOVELS (on the NOVELS page)
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