Orlando, by Sarah Ruhl

Delta Boys Theater Company, 2017

regional premiere

 

Interview with Frank Stasio on WUNC Public Radio's "The State of Things": http://wunc.org/post/bending-time-and-gender-through-orlando#stream/0

 

"The cast, who is onstage throughout the entire play, are energetic and well-meshed, weaving in and out of each other’s lives through the centuries, often becoming another gender (as does Orlando). Their ability to hook into each other’s lines, as well as their physical ability to choreograph the often abstract tableaux in the performance, is excellent; and together, they build an interesting and enjoyable perspective.

Though each actor in this production is talented, Caitlin Wells, who plays the Archduchess, has a wacky, over-the-top sense of humor that is like a manic Lucille Ball with an English accent. One of the things that makes for a good comedian is the ability to deliver the funny lines clearly and distinctly. That might sound easy; but it takes timing, clarity of voice, and the ability to throw that voice when you’re moving about the stage. She not only manages that, but also has an elastic control over her face that reminds one of the characters in Cirque du Soleil shows. She can tell a whole story with her eyebrows."  

-Dawn Reno Langley, Triangle Arts & Entertainment

 

"Two cast members stand out conclusively: Caitlin Wells, whose intense passion and rigorous timing present The Archduchess and a multiplicity of other characters from which one cannot look away." 

-Dustin K. Britt, Triangle Arts & Entertainment

 

"Caitlin Wells humorously embodies numerous oddballs."  -Roy C. Dicks, The News & Observer

 

"But it takes a mere eighty minutes to gain these and other insights in the Delta Boys' triumphant production of Sarah Ruhl's stage adaptation of Orlando at Manbites Dog Theater. In that time, five self-directed actors sketch striking stage tableaux as they deftly skate across a half-millennium-long history of the human heart.... A rewarding production filled with the joy of storytelling.... At the last, Orlando remains confident in her search for understanding. An equally confident production puts that quest on the strongest ground, and earns our highest recommendation."

-Byron Woods, "A superlative adaptation of Virginia Woolf's Orlando packs centuries of insight into a fleet eighty minutes," IndyWeek.


Maccountant, by William Shakespeare & Jaybird O'Berski

Little Green Pig Theatrical Concern, 2016

 

"Nancy Merlin, Caitlin Wells, and Liam O'Neill serve as an odd but very amusing trio of foreign cleaning women. Wells also serves brilliantly as the waifish Peggy Macduff. They give strong comic performances." --Dustin K. Britt, Triangle Arts & Entertainment

"The only remotely sympathetic character is Caitlin Wells’s Peggy Macduff, a character who, as Shakespeare fans recall, makes an early departure. Nancy Merlin, Liam O’Neill, and Wells’s clown-like weird sisters strike a resonant note as immigrant cleaning ladies from the Eastern bloc who have attained extensive knowledge of interoffice affairs through their explorations of the company’s waste bins." --Byron Woods, IndyWeek


photo by Alan Dehmer

photo by Alan Dehmer

The Nether, by Jennifer Haley

Manbites Dog Theater, 2016

regional premiere

 

Interview with Frank Stasio on WUNC Public Radio's "The State of Things":  http://wunc.org/post/nether-theatrical-commentary-digital-world#stream/0

 

 


photo by Nick Vandenberg

Love & Information, by Caryl Churchill

Delta Boys Theater Company, 2015 & 2016

presented as part of Manbites Dog Theater's Other Voices Series

regional premiere & encore presentation of The Delta Boys' acclaimed 2015 production.

 

"Nine great local theater performances of 2015," Byron Woods, IndyWeek

 

Durham Magazine Weekend Best Bets, January 7-10, 2016

 

"In a five-star production last January, part of the Delta Boys' achievement was how imaginatively a quintet of self-directed actors filled in the blanks, sharply defining individual characters in specific situations and conveying transitions in more than 60 different relationships. A kinetic, non-stop show."

-Byron Woods, Indy Week

 

"A gifted quintet played a compelling game of human pinball as Caryl Churchill's characters got the news (or didn't) in 65 relationships, ranging from snarky lovers to torturer and victim."

-Byron Woods, Indy Week


photo by Jillian Clark

photo by Jillian Clark

Dark Vanilla Jungle, by Philip Ridley

Burning Coal Theatre Company, 2015

 

"Nine great local theater performances of 2015," Byron Woods, IndyWeek

 

"Rarely—very rarely—do we find as perfect a combination of playwright, director and performer as in this staging ofDark Vanilla Jungle. Actor Caitlin Wells and director Staci Sabarsky... have turned Philip Ridley’s cryptogram of a script into a compelling and prismatic act of witness.

Wells’ character charms and disarms us at first, ...then we start to notice Andrea’s jackknife mood changes. And, through... Wells’ meticulous, jaw-dropping performance, we find ourselves trapped on the ride with Andrea as she falls through the flimsiest of safety nets. 

As we watch with concern and increasing horror, we can see an elastic young mind gradually rewiring itself in response to the damage it’s known. As it does, something dark and very hungry blossoms in a bright young girl, in the most compelling local production I’ve seen in quite some time. Drop everything; this you’ve got to see." 

-Byron Woods, Indy Week

 

"A winsome young woman matter-of-factly related her experiences of neglect and abuse. As she did, something dark and monstrous slowly blossomed in Caitlin Wells' amazing and harrowing solo performance."

-Byron Woods, Indy Week

 

"Caitlin Wells gave a captivating performance in Burning Coal's Dark Vanilla Jungle, ...a five-star show that deserved packed houses and added dates. The work onstage was brilliantly complete."    

-Byron Woods, Indy Week


And the Ass Saw the Angel, by Nick Cave, John Fidel Justice, and Jaybird O’Berski

Little Green Pig Theatrical Concern, 2015

world premiere

 

"Wells, in all of her willowy glory, does a wonderful job of portraying both world-weary but innocent-in-her-own-right Cosey Mo, as well as beautiful, spiritually-adored Beth" -Susie Potter, Triangle Arts & Entertainment


Tarantino's Yellow Speedo, by Monica Byrne

Little Green Pig Theatrical Concern, 2014

world premiere

 

"The most engaging performances come from the serene, likable Nicola Bullock and the high-strung Caitlin Wells—who ably portrays her character's eager, nervous energy."   -Brian Howe, Indy Week

"Caitlin Wells and Nicola Bullock drive the majority of the show, and thankfully the story is in capable hands. Wells’ emotional intensity and volatility is palpable, and (she and Bullock) give us an incredible dance between Khala and Mia." -Jesse Gephart,Triangle Arts & Entertainment