NewYorkTheatre.com profile of C.S. Hanson:
A small detail or an offbeat circumstance is what makes the emergencies in the plays of C.S. Hanson engaging and irresistible. Hanson's landscape is instantly personal but the conflicts are unequivocally universal. We identify and invest quickly in the quirky world of her plays. To read the full article, click here.
Charles Winn Speaks (the one-act) Living Image Arts, Lion Theatre, New York
Easily the most successful one-act is C.S. Hanson's Charles Winn Speaks, in which a successful Russian hedge-fund manager (the excellent Christopher Kipiniak) videotapes a response to the American girlfriend who just dumped him. It's an American dream gone wrong, the aggressive yet tender and appealing businessman left with everything but the girl, and it's blessed with some up-to-the-minute hedge-fund jokes milked to the max by Kipiniak. —Marc Miller, BACKSTAGE
Extremes The Source, Washington, D.C.
Extremes opens with Celeste (Julia Brandeberry) on a tousled bed practically paralyzed by depression. Aggravating her mental condition is a recent separation from her husband Ben (John Bailey). Ben arrives so that she can accompany him to the funeral of a beloved former professor. The two reveal their back story and discuss their relationship in a realistic fashion while Ben helps her get cleaned and dressed. Director Derek Goldman helps draw nuanced and believable performances from the two actors. Extremes is an outstanding short work that evidences real skill and maturity by the playwright. The drama is so convincing and interesting that I wanted to know more about the characters and their relationship. —Steven McKnight, DC Theatre Scene
City Theatre, Signature Shorts, Miami and Fort Lauderdale
Garcia and Anthony kick things off with C.S. Hanson's Falutin, a comedy about musicians who like to jump-start their second-half performances by jumping each other during intermission. They're at odds this time, though: The snooty flautist wants to keep going with sexually stimulating role-playing, while the trombonist has a single more permanent role in mind. Will it be cacophony or harmony for the orchestral odd couple?—Christine Dolen, Miami Herald
Signature Shorts gets off to a wacky start with Falutin, about a classical flautist and her trombonist lovers whose backstage quickies gives their music passion. Stephen G. Anthony and Elena Maria Garcia are terrific as the randy musicians. —Mary Damiano, MiamiArtZine.com
Shorts newcomer Stephen G. Anthony (a trombonist) and Elena Maria Garcia (a flautist) ham it up with this comic look at how these musicians simulate sex during a concert’s intermission while one of them (the male, this time) wants a more permanent relationship. Will their relationship be merely a mid-recital orgasm or an enduring harmony? The two actors make it a humorous question! —Ron Levitt, Florida Media News
It all started with the Southeastern Premier of C. S. Hanson's Falutin, a cute comedy about a flautist and a trombonist whose quickies backstage provide the passion for the Mozart pieces onstage. Stephen G. Anthony is lovable as Max, from the brass section, who has more on his mind than their intermission trysts. Elena Maria Garcia plays opposite of him as Liliana, a sex-driven and headstrong woman who just wants to get through her next suite. This short was directed by Marjorie O'Neill-Butler. —The Playground Blog
The Sabbatical New Works Festival, Pittsburgh
The discontented husband, his earnest wife and her lascivious sister, as well as a mover who specializes in (you guessed it) relocating people, all manage an engaging rhythm of quarrelsome dialogue throughout. —Philip A. Stephenson, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette