“In over 40 years in the business myself, I have rarely seen a performance to equal this!” See reviews for Bo-Nita at Portland Center Stage.
The “Stars are aligned” for Bo-Nita, a “Poignant” “Little Miracle” said the critics. Beguiling, shattering …- see reviews for Seattle Rep world premiere of Bo-Nita.
The Oregonian says of Bo-Nita: “… this madcap comedy of mid-American family dysfunction carries dark undertones about the effects of poverty and sexual abuse on a resourceful 13-year-old. Bo-Nita handles such issues with sensitivity — even amid the outlandish characters and situations that had the JAW audience howling with laughter.”
This is a powerful play that tackles issues of politics and religion not through patronization, but through masterful writing and storytelling. It’s a story about a woman, her loved ones, and personal tragedy—sadly in stark contrast to the crass and vicious public manner in which the topic of abortion is usually discussed. At times it’s brutal to watch, and there was a lump in my throat throughout (despite ever-present bumpin’ tunes from the neighboring NY Ave Beach Bar). Heffron builds the plot expertly, and keeps the script moving with poignant and humorous visits from 12th Century Catholic Saint Thomas Aquinas (John C. Bailey) and Reckless Mary, a burned-at-the-stake 17th Century Scottish midwife (Louise Schlegel). – The Pink Line Project
“a canny mix of comedy and drama in a play that has private and public resonances.
“Mitzi’s Abortion is a fine example of the magic of theatre.”
- Seattle Post-Intelligencer
“No matter where you fall in the debate, you’ll be moved.”
- Miami Herald
“remarkable, powerful piece of theatre”
- Seattle Weekly
“The circumstances that build to the play’s conclusion are so artfully constructed by Heffron that you are left free to decide for yourself.”
- Around Town News (FL)
“If you see one abortion this summer, make it Mitzi’s.”
With “Foxy Populi,” Seattle playwright Elizabeth Heffron gives her (considerable) satirical all. Yes, she’s not the first, or thousandth, to savage a certain media anti-darling (played with brained-fried zest by Megan Ahiers) who hits the celebrity heights and skids, goes on drug-fueled rampages, hacks off her hair, loses custody of her kids (“I let them eat anything natural that’s wrapped in plastic!”) and would “rather be dead than unseen.” Translation: Life isn’t worth living without the paparazzi on your tail.
Heffron’s swift, smash-mouthed portrait of celeb self-destruction admits the culture colludes with these monstrous pop gargoyles — until they become human train wrecks and beneficiaries of our smug moral superiority. – Seattle Times