Praise for A Singular They
A Singular They debuted to rave reviews throughout the Los Angeles playwriting scene. Called "hilarious, unsettling, and moving" by the LA Times' David C Nichols, this gut-wrenching examination of a teenager's journey to find themselves "commands your riveted uneasiness." Fresh off its win of the LA Drama Critic's Circle Ted Schmitt Award for the World Premiere of an Outstanding New Play, A Singular They has a bright future that you won't be able to miss.
Aliza Goldstein’s arresting serio-comic study of an intersex teen in Allentown, Penn., is about as timely as a play can be in an era when bullying and bathroom ordinances are so much a part of our conversations. It's a remarkable piece of writing to boot.
Focusing on three characters within a taut 80-minute running time, playwright Goldstein dives right in...
... What transpires next is by turns hilarious, unsettling and moving. ...
Which brings us back to Goldstein, who in “A Singular They” has written a singular play, poetic, necessary and important.
The Blank Theatre's world premiere of Aliza Goldstein's A SINGULAR THEY successfully pulls off a mesmerizing mash-up of uncomfortable situations teenagers have to deal with. ... Goldstein's dialogue for the two teenage characters actually sound like two seventeen-year-olds arguing, bantering, encouraging, gossiping. ...
... Interesting that in A SINGULAR THEY, what originally seemed to be the main focus (gender identity) quickly takes a backseat to Dierdre's pregnancy or the 'relationship' between Mr. Mazur and Burbank. Then right back again. All very smoothly written and performed.
An astonishingly edgy, timely and sensitive drama by Aliza Goldstein, A Singular They is making its world premiere at the Blank Theatre — and what a singular play it is. Not only does it capture the zeitgeist of the moment with its delicate examination of two highly topical issues — gender fluidity and teenage sexuality — but it offers an intensely personal and unique perspective on the former that is both instructive and deeply affecting.
Goldstein deftly draws an interesting parallel between one of many anxieties that Burbank is grappling with — like never being able to bear a child — and the plight of best friend Dierdre who, at seventeen, is carrying an unwanted child. To her credit, the playwright devises an outcome that is hopeful and not tragic. Flashes of humor relieve the dramatic tension to good effect.
- STAGE RAW recommended review