News & Reviews

OLD-FASHIONED PROSTITUTES (A true romance)”  REVIEWS

 

THEATERMANIA

”As Suzie, the brilliant Kraigher has an aura reminiscent of Ann Baxter in The Ten Commandments”  
Zachary Stewart, Theatermania.com

TIME OUT

”…the traditional ladies of the night are willowy and seductive Alenka Kraigher and Stephanie Hayes, who adopt Garboesque and Betty Boop–ish stances, respectively.”
David Cote, TimeOut NY

NEW YORK THEATER REVIEW

”The elongation, combined with Kraigher’s soft lilt, evokes elegant sophistication, childlike innocence, and maternal cooing in one fell swoop….
I’ve already elaborated on the way that Alenka Kraigher, as Suzie, distills her voice. Her physicality is nearly as distinctive–all neck, head often tilted back, as she leans her torso out over the edge of the raised set, like a figure on the prow of a ship. Amid all their careful postures and Foreman’s parameters, both Suzie and Samuel are teeming with inner sparks, thanks to Sisto and Kraigher’s stunning performances. ”
Olivia Jane Smith, New York Theatre Review

 

NEW YORK TIMES

”Two tantalizing young creatures…The women are dressed in the style of Gatsby-esque flappers and talk like hookers who have never been dreamed of before, even by Henry Miller.”
Ben Brantley, The New York Times

 

“IDIOT SAVANT”  REVIEWS

 

New Yorker

Review of Idiot Savant, by Hilton Als

“…After a minute or two, a woman named Marie (the astonishing Alenka Kraigher) slinks onstage. With her long neck and her pale skin, she’s a kind of dominatrix-as-marionette…Kraigher is a taller, more willowy Lillian Gish in the 1928 silent classic “The Wind’… Her banter with Dafoe is the primary “action” of the play. Like Kate Manheim and Kyle deCamp, who have appeared in other Foreman plays, Kraigher is perfectly cast, and unforgettable, because she doesn’t give in to his ideas completely—or to the Idiot Savant’s. No man will be the boss of her. She provides the necessary resistance that makes this comedic drama just that.'”

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The New York Times

Review of Idiot Savant by Ben Brantley

“…Mr. Dafoe, Ms. Kraigher and Ms. Löwensohn perform such dialogue with delicious relish and a conviction that is all the more entertaining for being so changeable. And while remaining obediently and exaggeratedly archetypal, they also exude a winning, particular sense of frustration that comes from being ensnared in this play and, by extension, this life.”

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Best of theater – The New Yorker Blog

by Hilton Als

‘Kraigher, who is also a filmmaker, was born in Slovenia, and she knows perfectly well how faces look on stage and in front of the camera. She’s a postmodern Lillian Gish, capable of melding two genres into one and coming out on the other side with something utterly new. Taking her cue from Foreman—he cramps his stage with obstacles—Kraigher uses her body minimally while throwing shade with a flicker of her eyelids. Kraigher could become a great new star if she can keep working with directors like Foreman, who gets at a performer’s soul by throwing out a character’s psychology.’

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New York Magazine

Theater Review by Stephanie Zacharek

‘The one concrete thing here is the pleasure Foreman’s actors, including Alenka Kraigher, as a sort of soothsayer in a velvet medieval-princess dress, and Elina Löwensohn, a hard-drinking tough cookie in a shiny Cossack’s outfit, take in this wackadoo material.’

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CurtainUp

Review by Les Gutman

‘The small principal cast of Idiot Savant features two excellent women, the Slovenian-trained Alenka Kraigher and a returnee from a past Foreman show, Elina Löwensohn.’

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NYtheatre

review by Matt Roberson

‘Playing Marie, Alenka Kraigher, in her long, royally velvet dress, is soft, cunning, and less prone to the temperamental actions that define Savant. Standing almost exclusively in profile as if the model for a fine portrait, Marie begins by submitting herself as a virginal queen who, in secret, holds all the knowledge of a worldly woman.’

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Variety

by Marilyn Stasio

‘…a richly detailed gown for Marie (the ethereally lovely Alenka Kraigher), who asks the most penetrating questions in this piece…’


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Entertainment Weekly

review by Thom Geler

‘The performers are certainly game. Alenka Kraigher plays Marie, who alternately cringes from Dafoe and pines for him in gawky, loose-limbed way, like a blond Olive Oyl.’

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