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MFA Playwriting student Garret Milton’s play “SISSY” was reviewed by DC Metro Theater Arts. See below.

Review: ‘SISSY Accompanied by Johann Sebastian Bach and a Mouse’ at The Catholic University of America’s Hartke Theatre

From: DC Metro Theater Arts
Date: Feb. 23, 2017
Author: Ravelle Brickman

If you can imagine a play that captures bits and pieces of The Wizard of Oz and Greek Mytholgy, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and a Tom and Jerry comic, then you will have some idea of what goes into Sissy, Accompanied by Johann Sebastian Bach and a Mouse, the rollicking fable now having a very brief run at The Catholic University of America’s Hartke Theatre.
The play, written by Garret Milton as part of the MFA Playwriting program in the Drama Department at CUA, literally cries out for an audience of children—especially children between 8 and 12—who love talking mice and scary stories about kids who manage to escape bad things.

While he doesn’t get top billing in the title, the Mouse, in this case, is the star of the show. Played with acrobatic gusto by Carson Collins, an undergraduate at CUA, this particular Mouse is a cross between the Cowardly Lion and Puck. A master of comic gesture, he twitches his nose and flicks his tail. (And yes, he also picks his nose and eats with his hands. That’s why children—and some grownups—will love him!) He urges the kids to rebel.

Although Sissy— named for Sisyphus, the character in Greek mythology who is doomed to roll a rock up a hill again and again for eternity—is slow to embrace the message, he is actually the most poignant character in the play. ...

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