PRESS

STRAYS AT THE BRICK THEATER

“KATZberg is knowingly disastrous and epicureanly hilarious, an unintentional jester of classic and pioneering intensity.” HiLoBrow

“Biting (heh) but never unkind, cheap in the most valuable way, a scrapheap of cultural signifiers astutely selected for comedic escape and social critique, STRAYS is well worth taking in, and has implications that will follow you home, and never wanders from its course.” HiLoBrow

“This is a fun play with a complex underbelly and well worth seeing.” Zeal NYC

“Imagine an episode of Law and Order with only two people in it. Now imagine those two people playing every character. Add a missing cat, a suicide prevention hotline worker who also once worked as a stripper, some lo-fi multimedia, and a hearty scoop of madcap campiness, and you’ll have a thick stew similar to acclaimed writer and performer Kim Katzberg’s new play Strays…” Bedford and Bowery

“The knowingly silly amateur-detective plotline makes for a satisfying romp, but Woolley and Katzberg’s teasing, open-ended sensibilities are sure to establish a more lasting impression.” The Village Voice

“Kim Katzberg’s latest exploration of character is a creative mash-up of genres and a self-referential mind-game and is at times a hilarious and satirical murder mystery. Though it isn’t for all audiences, The Strays is an exercise in personal creativity which is unapologetic, original and admirably ambitious.” Theater Scene

“On one level Katzberg and Woolley give you a well-acted, slightly surreal, hilarious look at a very quirky former erotic dancer who’s trying to start over in NYC without getting lost and sacrificing her independence… On another level, Katzberg has found a really interesting, innovative, dumb/hilarious way to hint at larger themes of sexism, sexual assault and emotional abuse, coming of age, and female empowerment.” Bookshop

“This tale may have you in hiss-terics.” Brooklyn Paper

DARKLING AT IRT THEATER

“The actresses Nora Woolley and Kim Katzberg bear a mild resemblance to each other, and that — along with a gift for writing their own material and quick-changing into an array of characters — make them suitable partners for ‘Hip’ and ‘Darkling,’ two audacious solo shows paired at the IRT Theater.” —Andy Webster, NY TIMES

“Ms. Katzberg’s 2011 ‘Penetrating the Space’ was a jagged but moving semi-autobiographical work; ‘Darkling’ is similarly staccato, almost cartoonish but rich with emotional truth. (It is dedicated to her sister, Jenna.) As a writer, she clearly has much on her mind, and much to say; ‘Darkling’ sprawls with characters and events. (Raquel Cion, who directed both plays, barely lets it pause.) By the end, however, you will definitely feel as if you, like Trinity, have survived a journey.” —Andy Webster, NY TIMES

“Katzberg embodies each of her characters with impressive dynamism. Her comedic timing, particularly as Trinity, is flawless.” — Show Business Weekly

“Katzberg dives right into that nameless raw emotion that exists between laughing at and crying over something, at times evoking Todd Solondz’s cult classic, Welcome to the Dollhouse, in addition to the multimedia oeuvre of artist and filmmaker Ryan Trecartin.” —This Week in New York

“The story Katzberg is telling is raw, relevant and powerful.”–NY Theater Now

“At the intimate IRT theater space in the West Village, Hip written and performed by Nora Woolley, and Darkling written and performed by Kim Katzberg, were fascinating, if rough-edged portraits—full of threats, sex, love and adventures.”–Theater Pizzazz

“Overall, this is a scintillating night in an intimate theatre with two very talented performers, which opens the door to many possible reactions and discussions. Real and raw, this is, in many ways, exactly what indie theatre in New York City should be.”–The Public Reviews

PENETRATING THE SPACE AT HERE ARTS CENTER

“Penetrating the Space has a glowing, vulnerable, haunting center. ” — Andy Webster, NY TIMES

“Along the way, we are introduced to suicide prevention hotline operator/burnout Terry, the manically enthusiastic wolf girl, and a lesbian lighting technician with the hots for Jinny, all of whom are also expertly played by the writer.” — Theatermania

“Katzberg is acutely aware of the strange contradictions in the theater world and she milks them to great effect, adding to an already hilarious physical performance.” — Theatermania

“When she appeared on stage, I wondered if this really was a one-person show; the actor playing Jinny could not have been the one playing Terry! It took a moment of disbelief until I realized this was indeed a one-woman show: Ms. Katzberg has an uncanny ability to totally transform herself into her various characters.” — Culturecatch

“Ms. Katzberg has written and performed a compelling, hilarious, and even hypnotic evening of theater. Penetrating the Space is like a page-turner you can not put down: shocking, appalling, vulgar, uproarious — and a bit sad.” — Culturecatch