Cynthia Granville

past productions, with links to reviews

Summer 2009, I reunited with Genesis Rep (AVENGE!) in the NYC Fringe Festival for THE CHECK IS IN THE MAIL.  Edge Boston said my work as star saleswoman Janet was "great".  According to Outer Stage, "deftly plays salesperson Janet with a world-weary air while maintaining a vulnerability needed to carry the subplot." Earlier in 09, I had a great time singing my set in the Algonquin Theatre cabaret series and also playing Julie, the proprietor of a "junque" shop which serves as a social center of her small town and assuages her loneliness in BUBBLING, in the same theatre complex.

Summer 2008, Tennessee Williams' SMALL CRAFT WARNINGS in NYC.  Some years back I played Violet in a well-received production which netted me a Best Actress award...I was thrilled to revisit her with a wonderful new ensemble.  Then onstage for the final week of SIX HUSBANDS OF ELIZABETH THE QUEEN, an emergency replacement in this new verse play, an alternate-universe version of Elizabeth I's life and loves.  Going on with only a quick scene run-thru doing rhymed verse, as well as singing recent Emmy winner Larry (and daughter Laurie) Hochman's rollicking masque number, was an exciting challenge!

My appearance as a daycare-outsourcing mom for THE ONION NEWS NETWORK  was featured in a CBS NEWS SUNDAY MORNING segment--another 15 minutes of fame!
2007
NEW ORLEANS review
TALLEY'S FOLLY review
2006
WITH AND WITHOUT Journal News review 
2005:
SUB-URBAN LEGEND "The best original comedy I've ever seen.  Smart-- Funny-- Jocelyn Beard should be writing for Desperate Housewives!"  Kacey Morabito, WHUD-FM. 
Westchester.com review
EDEN'S END review from MORE SUGAR  "dominates the stage in a powerful, realistic interpretation", JOURNAL NEWS: "...manages to make Constance consistent even when the script doesn't.  Turning with a flash from depression to fear to sexual excitement to aggression, she's so convincing that it's easy to forget the pieces of the character just don't add up.", NYTIMES: "The production of EDEN'S END is definitely to be admired." 
2004 
Blueberry Pond's benefit gala: article in Hudson Reporter
Excerpts from reviews of Stage East Ensemble's LOVE LETTERS, Ocean Grove, NJ, February:
THE TWO RIVER TIMES
Send Yourself to "Love Letters" by Philip Dorian
Stage East production gets stamp of approval
...."Love Letters" is no joke.  It's an appealing theatrical pas de deux, and when acted well, as it is at Stage East, it is most engaging.  I actually forgot for a while that "Love Letters" was a Gurney fiction and asked someone if it had been pieced together from actual letters, which says as much about the actors as the play.
Granville and Silva are an accomplished pair. Melissa may be the showier role.... Neither actor overdoes the material....Granville's emotional well is deep. Melissa's child-custody situation is wrenching and her vanity (sending a photo, she writes "stop looking at my hair," even as Granville lets down her own flowing red tresses ) is innocently charming....although the characters never move, the audience is moved. 
THE COASTER
"Love Letters": Lovely Correspondence by Robert F. Carroll
....Director Jesse Ontiveros has brought together two on- and off-Broadway regulars, Cynthia Granville and Donald Silva, to spring this correspondence into sparkling life....Granville and Silva fit beautifully hand in glove as the appealing correspondents.

Westmoreland, NY, outside Syracuse, played abused girlfriend and welfare mom Marsha in writer-director Jim Zachar's DV MADNESS OF MY LIFE. 
Samuel French Off-Off B'way Original Short Play Festival entry PINK POODLE DOG, Critics’ Choice winner. 
 
reviewed in ORPHEUS DESCENDING  
reviewed in HANGING OF RAZOR BROWN
reviewed in AVENGE! Kyd's SPANISH TRAGEDY
another AVENGE review
cynthia reviewed in TWO ELIZABETHS

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