Out Of The Mouth Of Babes
by Israel Horovitz | Scenic Design by Neil Patel | Costume Design by Joseph Aulisi |Lighting Design by Paul Miller | Directed by Barnet Kellman | with Francesca Choy-Kee, Angelina Fiordellisi, Judith Ivey and Estelle Parsons.
The Cherry Lane Theatre
New York, NY
In addition, Neil Patel's totally delightful set, complete with leaded windows and a skylight, is perfect in every detail, down to the Mariage Frères tea tin in the kitchen. The high walls are covered with paintings and photos, which, a program insert amusingly informs us, have been contributed by such artists as Tina Louise, Rosie O'Donnell, and Joel Grey. Paul Miller has provided lighting that is exquisitely attuned to each scene's time of day. Joseph G. Aulisi's costumes create a distinct look for each character, extending to their very different black mourning outfits. Leon Rothenberg's sound design includes an array of French hip-hop tunes between scenes, the Everly Brothers hit "Dream," and a handful of ambient effects.
- David Barbour (for Lighting & Sound America)
Designer Neil Patel has moved us to Paris, to an elegant apartment that telescopes the modest stage at the Cherry Lane into a vast flat that seems to wander off in all directions. The dominant design features — features crucial to the plot — are beautiful 15-foot windows overlooking the canal below. A rational person understands that the stage’s back wall is dark brick, yet Patel and lighting designer Paul Miller, manage to capture the storied Parisian light and spill it across the set.
- Kathleen Campion (for NY Theatre Guide)