Saturn Returns

  • Date:
    November 1, 2008

    What the press had to say.....

    "A muted study in the constancy of loneliness and need." & "The play�s fundamental problem is in grounding the tumultuous events depicted or discussed in emotional truth. In focusing on Gustin�s relations with three women in moments of trauma or strain, Mr. Haidle sets himself a challenge that he and his actors, under the direction of Nicholas Martin, have trouble meeting. As a result, the dynamics of the relationships from all three time periods feel jerky and unnatural.
    Charles Isherwood
    New York Times

    "It's a cruel irony of life - an occasion that should be a joyous beginning instead turns out to be an infinitely sad ending and a source of nonstop ache. Writer Noah Haidle taps that rich vein in his small but affecting "Saturn Returns,""
    Joe Dziemianowicz
    New York Daily News

    "Has the distinction of being the dullest, most pointless piece the venerable Lincoln Center Theater has foisted on us in a very long time." & "At 70 minutes, the play, too, might be assumed to be rapid; instead it clubs us with seemingly interminable boredom."
    John Simon

    "While the work is somewhat slight and overly tricky, it does display solid characterization and a moving situation. The short play � it's a little more than 70 minutes � comes across as too much like a writing exercise." & "Director Nicholas Martin elicits sterling and sensitive performances and avoids Hallmark-card sentimentality creeping into the proceedings."
    David Sheward
    Back Stage

    "The structure of Noah Haidle's "Saturn Returns'' is considerably more interesting than its content." & "The 70-minute play has been directed by Nicholas Martin with a dry earnestness that allows plenty of time to ponder its affectations." & "And then there's the title... Connecting the play to the cosmos isn't enough to lift it out of its own hapless little world."
    Robert Feldberg
    The Record

    "This is an intimate reflection on grief and loneliness that keeps its sentimentality in check via prickly character shadings. But despite Nicholas Martin's graceful staging, the play is too contrived to be fully affecting." & "The play captures the cycle of sadness, memory and unbreakable relationship patterns with quiet reverberations -- even if it lacks the depth of insight to shed fresh light on its existential issues."
    David Rooney