The Ted Haggard Monologues
New York Magazine Critics Pick
Winner of the Undergroundzero Festival award for Artistic Excellence
"[A] terrific showcase for its author/performer, Michael Yates Crowley, who proves himself to be a deft and charismatic actor and clever and articulate playwright...Michael Rau's staging is tight and effective...and the monologues are alternately funny, touching, and provocative."
-- Martin Denton, nytheatre.com
"Crowley is a talented writer and a performer...Director Michael Rau has done a great job of creating simple but effective staging...even once the show started, it felt very collegial and intimate. That kind of summed up the overall vibe of the show: low-key, laid-back, bare-bones and enjoyable.
The Ted Haggard Monologues is a very promising debut from a very gifted group of young artists."
-- Andy Horowitz, Culturebot
Evanston: A Rare Comedy
"Prepare to be rocked by Michael Yates Crowley's new play, Evanston: A Rare Comedy...a hilarious (at times unnervingly on-point) portrait of yearning Evanston citizens whose oblivion proves to be their most dangerous threat. This play definitely deserves an audience.
-- Elizabeth O'Neill, Huffington Post
"The production achieves something remarkable in that it's a black comedy that isn't cynical...Evanston: A Rare Comedy is not to be missed."
-- Joshua Conkel, nytheatre.com
The Games We Used to Play
Anyone familiar with their work over the years no doubt expected whimsical yet insightful subversions of theatrical convention...This powerful and intimate show was one of the more thoughtful gifts Wesleyan audiences have received. It was a chilling gift, a gift of noir uncertainty and unexplainably quickened pulses. Consider this a heartfelt thank you note.
--Liz Thaler, the Wesleyan Argus, Wesleyan University, Oct 1, 2004
The Games We Used To Play is a sordid and amazing piece made all the more spectacular because so
much is created from nothing...We are immersed in the gloom of a chilling relationship and the unnerving game that adults play, where amusement can morph slowly into disturbing dares and terrifying commands that play with the very morbidity of life and death... All of these themes come to an apex, as Rau and Goldblatt demystify the very duality of love and detestation - and imagine, this whole piece was written in a workshop spanning only three weeks!
--Alexis Apfelbaum, the Maroon News, Colgate University, Feb.18 2005
GO SEE THIS…a seductive and poetic tour de force.
— New York Theater Review (Full review.)
Full of wit and with a fantastic undercurrent of dark humour, Righteous Money has important things to say.
— The Scotsman | ★★★★ (Full review.)
An unashamedly bitter, sharp and biting satirical attack on the American dream…Crowley pulls no punches.
— Fringe Review | ★★★★ (Full review.)
A nasty piece of work…[the] unique blend of misogyny and self-delusion is delicious to watch.
— What’s On Stage | ★★★★ (Full review.)
Confident and sexy…a blackly humorous snapshot. Crowley, who also wrote the one-man play, delivers a compelling performance.
— METRO | ★★★★