“James J. Fenton’s stage set incorporates every ornamental trick of Carpenter Gothic architecture, including a staircase that accommodates both grand entrances and pratfalls. And Ed McCarthy’s doom-laden lighting fills this Florida Keys manse with atmospheric shadows.”
-NEW YORK TIMES by Slyviane Gold
“With top notch work by James J. Fenton (set), Ed McCarthy (lights), Charlotte Palmer-Lane (costumes) and William Neal (dramatic film score sound), Drop Dead Perfect is designed as handsomely as it is acted” BROADWAY WORLD.COM by Michael Dale
“Idris Seabright’s cottage looks idyllic. Pink paint and potted palms give her living room just the right tropical breeziness. A portrait of flinty, bearded Captain Horace Seabright hangs over her tasteful mantel, honoring the family patriarch who settled in the islands “before he went down on the Dancing Queen.” And Idris herself (Everett Quinton) is a picture of composure — primly dressed in 1950s fashions, strong-willed, and perhaps a little eccentric in her advanced age” THE VILLAGE VOICE by Tom Sellar. Photo by John Quilty.
“It looks terrific through and through. James J. Fenton’s scenic design offers a simultaneously elegant and creepy recreation of a living room in a posh Florida Keys home, Ed McCarthy plays witty tricks with his lighting design, and William Neal’s sound design cleverly and amusingly references classic film themes, from Laura to Psycho.” AMERICAN THEATRE WEB by Andy Propst
“Mr. Brancato makes good use of James J. Fenton’s scenic design, an appropriate imagining of the cottage interior as a cross between sitcom and film noir sets from the 1950’s.” STAGE AND CINEMA by Bryan Clark. Photo by John Quilty.
“The displays of foliage within the nicely appointed interior of the cottage (evocatively designed by James J.Fenton) where all the mayhem occurs is indicative of Idris’s interest in horticulture as in Ricardo who talks just like Ricky Ricardo.” CURTAIN UP by Simon Saltzmaan.
“You will as well be impressed by a gloriously old-fashioned set, actors not wearing microphones, and the unlikely reality of harmless incestuous lust.” STAGE BUDDY by Jack Mauro