BLACK LAB THEATRE

CRUDE

Produced by Black Lab Theatre at Theater 511 @ Ars Nova   •   April 26 - May 21, 2016

"Crude is Jaffe's grenade thrown at questionable oil practices. One of Jaffe's achievements is that in only 85 intermissionless minutes he presents one promising young man's total disintegration ... the result is a condemnation of anyone who's ever sold out his soul for steady creature comforts ... Both Tortorella and Davis, also on top of his form, make scarifying the scene when, drugged to the gills, they run up a frightening commercial in which they lean heavily and cynically on the regularity with which Americans come together in times of crisis. Huberth and Perez complete the hot quartet. They're directed with understanding and skill by Kel Haney."   •   Huntington Post

"Tortorella surfs the switchbacks of Jaime's moods with unusual grace ... [he] is the pleasure of this production"   •   NY Times

"I just love the small details in this play so cleverly written by Jordan Jaffe. Crude is full of self irony and little delicious nuances ... all the salty humor is backed up with fresh and somewhat unconventional performances, inventive director's work and a disturbing drama of the modern generation."   •   On Stage Blog

"Under Kel Haney's tactical direction, Crude challenges audiences to consider what is worth fighting for. This dark comedy boldly makes a statement about the struggle of staying true to one's identity and values -- and how failing to do so can be the reason one's life goes up in flames."   •   StageBuddy

Features

PIX 11 NEWS
Nico Tortorella and Crude on the Pix 11 news!

NEW YORK MAGAZINE
Nico Tortorella in Crude in the "Brilliant" and "Highbrow" quadrant of New York Magazine's approval matrix!

THEATERMANIA
Younger's Nico Tortorella on starring in Crude and tapping with Sutton Foster

STAGEBUDDY
Nico Tortorella on Crude and being the perfect boyfriend ...

BLEEP MAGAZINE
Actors on Acting: Crude

GARDEN STATE JOURNAL
Q and A with Playwright/Artistic Director Jordan Jaffe

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