Edgar Oliver, Actor and Raconteur, Hews to His East Village Past
"... extraordinary ... in “Attorney Street,” (Edgar Oliver's) seriously haunting new performance piece ... the phantoms summoned by this one-of-a-kind monologuist are both vivid and elusive, as such manifestations must be ... Mr. Oliver's tone often seems poised between that of Dickens and Edgar Allan Poe, with perhaps a touch of Tennyson's memorializing rapture. Mr. Oliver is, above all, an elegist, as so many 19th-century writers were."
—Ben Brantley, New York Times
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"The piece is a brief anthology of farewells, to a bakery in an earlier New York, to a lost poem, to a father he never knew. There's a feeling of suspended time: Oliver sometimes seems like a time-traveler buffeted by our too-noisy world … lyrical … heartbreaking…"
—Helen Shaw, Time Out New York | 4 STARS
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"The autobiography of Edgar Oliver hauntingly describes and defines what it means to be human. For those who've experienced real loss, unanswered love, abandonment, loneliness, guilt, disappointment, or regret, this performance will reach deeply into their souls. For those who've been fortunate enough to live lives of ease, comfort, and acceptance, Attorney Street will open their hearts and mind to the human condition, and reveal what it means to truly be alive."
—Plays to See
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"(Edgar Oliver) is funny and warm, wide-eyed and thoughtful, charming and vulnerable ... (his) storytelling and performance are intimate and personal ... Attorney Street is a genuinely special night of small pleasures in the downtown theater."
—Front Row Center
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"...(an) atmospheric, expertly structured one-act drama... the dust bowl illusion is masterly... (a) story of deception, despair and some surprising aspects of persistent hope."
—The New York Times
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"...Dust Settlers Follow a Storm (article)"
—Lana Borotolot, The Wall Street Journal
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"[Edgar Oliver is] a living work of theater all by himself."
—Ben Brantley, The New York Times
"...so beautiful—so enthralling in its undisguised but never tedious self-absorption, in its command of the spoken word, and in its demand for love—that to remain unmoved by it, or to dismiss it as fairy folderol, begs the question: Why?"
—Hilton Als, The New Yorker
"Axis Company offers a deeply unsettling sensory overload in their dark and disturbing play about die-hard survivors of the dust bowl."
—Zachary Stewart, theatermania.com
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At Axis, 'Agressive Surrealism' Immerses, Engages, Messes With You
—By Martin Denton, Downtown Express
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"I am in awe at the accomplishment of Down There: this is genuinely cathartic theatre that enlarges our understanding of the human condition in an important way. It is harrowing and disturbing... it's compassionate and horrified in its examination of what our species proves that it's capable of."
—Martin Denton, NYtheater.com
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"...exciting and enticing... thrillingly evocative... leaves the audience wanting more."
—NYtheater.com
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...A wonderfully extravagant production... impressive... compelling... Axis Company manages to tickle the audience intellectually and visually...
—New Theater Corps
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...Terse and cryptic... fascinating... a worthy examination of (Oppenheimer's) historical significance... spooky... meticulous...
—offoffonline.com
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...Extraordinary and intense... Trinity 5:29 is a work of theatre that needs to be experienced...
—NYtheater.com
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"Nowhere do the lines between legend and history, living and haunting, so noticeably blur... you'll want Edgar Oliver to tell (the story)..."
—Back Stage | Critics Pick
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"Edgar Oliver('s)... guileless and charismatic weirdness is pretty irresistible... a taut and utterly involving hour. It is very funny, and also oddly touching and affecting. It makes us hungry for more..."
—NYtheatre.com
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"Oliver delivers his tale with grace and honesty: the show seduces as an artifact of a New York that is endangered, if not extinct.
—Show Business Weekly
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"...heartwarming and heartbreaking, the production masterfully captures the idiosyncrasies (of) city living... Oliver's sweetly off-kilter delivery... his nostalgia for the past, combined with his focused engagement with the present, make (him) a masterful storyteller."
—www.offoffonline.com
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"...a cast of unforgettable characters and so, so many comedic... and sharply bittersweet moments."
—Toxic Pop
"... theater at its purest... he takes the stage and... you can see why the man is a downtown legend... darkly hilarious, heartbreaking..."
— theatreiseasy.com
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"... a Lynchian balance of horror, humor and weirdness... leaves the audience amused ... ready to return for the next episode."
—Flavorpill
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"...arresting, thrilling, tantalizing, and—in terms of its physical production—spectacularly impressive."
—nytheater.com
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"...a highly pleasing piece of absurdity."
—The British Theatre Guide
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"...the annual production of Hospital is one of the few reasons to stay in New York for the summer... It is surprisingly bizarre, heartbreaking, and hysterical."
—Obscene Jester   —Performance Art Blog
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"from fun to scary and back again."
—NY Daily News
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[Axis] bristled with energy and absolutely rippled from the moment the ensemble catapulted from behind the simple red curtain.
—Total Theatre
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Sharp's adaptation of ...A Glance at New York is stylistically impressive.
—Edinburgh Evening News
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[Axis has] managed to creat one of the freshest pieces of theatre on the Fringe..
—The List (Edinburgh)
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Axis Theater... one of the Best of 2005 at Theatermania.com
The sterling off-Broadway theater group, The Axis Company, has created a wonderful new holiday tradition...
www.OffOffOnline.com
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One of the brightest stars in the Off-Off Broadway firmament...
Time Out New York
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...just as enjoyable and fascinating as it is convoluted. ...Hospital offers an incredibly accessible and artistically rich experience that will keep the audience coming back for more.
www.OffOffOnline.com
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...playful, odd, resonant...poetic. It is truly experimental.
–The New York Times
In exploring the Hawthorne-Melville relationship, the company again proves itself to be an exciting, evolving presence on the downtown theater scene.
–TheatreMania.Com
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Axis Company's narrative exploration of the friendship between literary luminaries Nathaniel Hawthorne and Herman Melville might be based on historical facts, but its approach is purely imaginative. In Token of My Admiration envisions conversations between the two men through poetic dialogue, film, and even an inspired vaudeville act. Using a sparse, industrial space with a small stage and three screens, the scenes focus on lean dialogue between the two stage performers and the actors on film. The conversations are mostly suggestive, however, and it's left to the audience's own imagination to fill in the blanks.
–Flavor Pill
...what could be better than a play that asks you to shout? Well, one that asks you to sing.
–The New York Times
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...the roles are so deeply realized...this play tickle[s] and torment[s] one for days.
–The New York Times
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Chosen by Time Out New York as one of the top ten reasons to applaud New York Theatre
Chosen by The Village Voice: Only the Best: Fall 2001 Arts Preview
"...creates a compellingly unsettling evening...[which] reflects Axis's clear and powerful artistic vision."
–The New Yorker
"...a welcome spark... the evening is a vivid study in honor and its discontents."
– The New Yorker
"Seamless is the word I'd use to describe the Axis Company's new production ..."
–Time Out New York
"...check out this production by a theatre company which is emerging as an important force."
–nytheatre.com
"... so mind boggling the first time around that a second visit was required.... a promising aesthetics in progress."
–The Village Voice
"These people are really doing the most innovative and compelling work around...best use of film in any theatre I've ever seen...Very funny, unpredictable... an atmosphere heady with history...I'm so grateful [they're] in my neighborhood...[They've] got something going there I've never seen the likes of."
–Janet Coleman WBAI Radio
"Credit is due to this rather bold company with a distinctive mission, vision and talent to make it happen."
–Show Business Weekly
"...A thought provoking production...an apple pie holocaust!"
–TheatreMania.Com


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