Reviews: Critics Weigh in on Ryan J. Haddad's Autobiographical Dark Disabled Stories Off-Broadway | Playbill

The Verdict Reviews: Critics Weigh in on Ryan J. Haddad's Autobiographical Dark Disabled Stories Off-Broadway

Co-produced by The Public Theater and the Bushwick Star, the new play co-stars Haddad, Dickie Hearts, and Alejandra Ospina.

Dickie Hearts and Ryan J. Haddad in Dark Disabled Stories Joan Marcus

Ryan J. Haddad's Dark Disabled Story officially opened at The Public Theater's Shiva March 9, and critics are sounding off. Find out what reviews have to say about the new play directed by Jordan Fein below. Performances continue through March 26.

Haddad leads the cast, sharing the stage with Dickie Hearts (Tales of the City) and Alejandra Ospina (Great Race Through Time and Space!).

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The autobiographical work, which serves as Haddad's Off-Broadway playwriting debut, is described as a "series of unforgiving vignettes" about the strangers Haddad encounters in a world not built for his disability.

Read the reviews below.

The Daily Beast (Tim Teeman)

Exeunt New York City (Loren Noveck)

New York Theatre Guide (Allison Considine)

The New York Times (Laura Collins-Hughes)*

Queerty (Ryan Leeds)

Talkin' Broadway (Wendy Caster)

TheaterMania (Christian Lewis)

TimeOut NY (Adam Feldman)

TheWrap (Thom Geier)*

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Playbill will continue to update this list as reviews come in.

Great lengths are being taken to ensure the production is as accessible as possible to audience members with disabilities. All performances feature open captioning, ASL, and audio descriptions integrated into the performance rather than relegated to special evenings. The Public has also expanded wheelchair and mobility access.

The production features scenic and costume design by dots, lighting design by Oona Curley, sound design by Kathy Ruvuna, and video design by Kameron Neal. Andrew Morrill serves as director of artistic sign language, with Alison Kopit as access dramaturg. The production stage manager is Melanie Lisby with Miriam Rochford serving as interpreter coordinator and stage manager. Peter Royston is stage manager.

Haddad previously developed his solo play Hi, Are You Single? as part of the Public's 2017 Under the Radar: INCOMING! series, and the work later played D.C.'s Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company. He recently appeared in New York Theatre Workshop's american (tele)visions and The Watering Hole at Signature Theatre. He's been seen on screen in The Politician and Retreat.


Photos: Go Inside Rehearsals for Public and Bushwick Starr Production of Dark Disabled Stories

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