2015 Teddy Ferrara

(back to Stage)

Donmar adv 4 stars

from previews 2-6 October:

“[…] Luke Newberry and Oliver Johnstone have a great chemistry on stage. Their kisses and make out scenes never feel wrong. They are very convincing as a couple. […]”


 Press Night and further reviews

“[…] Oliver Johnstone and Luke Newberry are good, but the play is not […]”

“[…] A few actors acquit themselves well in roles that deliver less the more things wear on: […] Oliver Johnstone persuasive as his needy-seedy newspaper editor boyfriend […]”

“[…] La colpa non è certo del regista Dominic Cooke e nemmeno del bravo cast con così tanti giovani in scena: Luke Newberry (Gabe), Nancy Crane (Provost), Oliver Johnstone (Drew), […]

“[…] and is touchingly in love with Drew ( a dark, intense Oliver Johnstone) who runs the news-sheet and is doing a splash claiming that last year’s suicide was secretly gay […]”

“[…] A wonderfully convincing cast lend it authenticity and power, with particularly affecting performances from Luke Newberry’s as Gabe and Ryan McParland as Teddy, and an intentionally unlikeable one from Oliver Johnstone as the manipulative Drew. […]”

“[…] It is directed with great flair by Dominic Cooke, and Luke Newberry as the careerist Gabe, Oliver Johnstone as his control-freak lover and Matthew Marsh as the unbelievably tactless college president all give highly assured performances. […]”

“[…] Cooke directs with deftness and lucidity, and there are standout performances from Ryan McParland as the geeky Teddy (pictured), from Luke Newberry as central character Gabe, the charming head of the queer students’ group, and from Oliver Johnstone as his volatile, needy boyfriend, editor of the student newspaper. […]”

“[…] The play opens with the aftermath of a meeting of the queer student group with Gabe (Luke Newberry) discussing queer and student politics with boyfriend Drew (the excellent Oliver Johnstone) until they are interrupted by Teddy (a wonderfully awkward Ryan McParland). […]”

“[…] The narrative disappointments should not take away from the skilful performances of the cast, who portray complicated characters and intimate encounters with brave and occasionally comical intensity. […] Gabe’s on-off boyfriend Drew (Oliver Johnstone) is an obnoxious yet needy student journalist, a prancing peacock ready to reveal his inner secrets to be noticed by the world, yet eternally disappointed and depressed with the results of his attention-seeking. A very physical performer, Johnstone’s presence is oppressive despite his diminutive stature, and he provides an excellent counterpoint for the mild-mannered Gabe. […]”

“[…] Luke Newberry plays Gabe, an earnest student with political leanings, whose relationship with Drew (Oliver Johnstone), student journalist & editor of the student newspaper, forms the core of much of the story. Both anchor the play with intelligent performances. […]”

  • http://www.theguardian.com/stage/2015/oct/11/teddy-ferrara-christopher-shinn-donmar-observer-review by Kate Kellaway, Sunday 11 October 2015 08.00 BST
  • “[…] Oliver Johnstone’s convincingly self-pitying Drew, a journalist, clinches the argument by showing how straitening the desire to be an opinion-former can be. Ideas here are more robust than the patchily self-conscious, at worst excruciating, dialogue. (It can’t be easy to perform exchanges like this: “What did I do to deserve you?” “Probably didn’t hurt that I’m sexy.”) But this is a brave, gripping, provocative play – directed by Dominic Cooke with spirit. […]”

“[…] The outcome, not to say the general structure are predictable enough if beautifully played by Cooke’s young cast, especially Luke Newberry’s Gabe, Oliver Johnstone’s Drew and Christopher Imbrosciano’s wheel-chair bound Jay. […]”

“[…] Acting-wise, the American accents held up well for me but other audience members did complain. Luke Newberry and Oliver Johnston(E) are fantastic as the core couple as Gabe and Drew whose new relationship, as with our sympathies for each of them, waxes and wanes throughout with secondary characters interfering […]”

“[…] Ultimately powerful and moving with sharp direction from Cooke and strong, moving performances from Ryan McParland and Oliver Johnstone in particular, Teddy Ferrara seems to be suggesting that often sex and self importance get in the way of offering real support. […]”

“[…] The cast of youthful stars – they’re playing uni students after all – give terrific, nuanced performances that feed this production which is as far from black and white as it is possible to be. […] while Oliver Johnstone’s Drew is riven with unspoken self-doubt and fragility while trying to portray the in-control editor. […]”

“[…] Still, it’s hard to fault Dominic Cooke’s fast-moving production, with fresh and convincing performances by Luke Newberry and Oliver Johnstone as Gabe and Drew […]”

“[…] He’s also just started a relationship with the ridiculously hot, but also ridiculously needy Drew (Oliver Johnstone,) the editor of the student paper, who’s got a scoop planned: […] Still, a talented cast […]”

“[…] There’s a good cast. Luke Newberry is a gay activist with political ambitions. Nathan Wiley is his best mate who is straight. Oliver Johnstone is his lover and editor of the university newspaper. […]”

“[…] Oliver Johnstone as the deeply troubled journalist Drew, and Gabe, the apparently confident president of the LGBTQ community played by Luke Newberry, are both excellent performances in an infallible ensemble of actors. […]”

https://riotinthecheapseats.wordpress.com/2015/10/25/teddy-ferrara-the-donmar-warehouse/ posted on October 25, 2015 by riotinthecheapseats

“[…] His new boyfriend Drew, (a brilliantly complex Oliver Johnstone) seems confident, but is later revealed to be desperately insecure, and incredibly jealous and suspicious of Gabe’s friendship with straight student Tim. […]”

“[…] There’s a slightly demonic overtone to Oliver Johnstone’s Drew which fitted the way the character was written but made it that much harder to see why nobody calls him out on his behavior at any point in the evening.  […]”

“[…] But the only roles that really stimulate are the college president with bigger ambitions – a nice comic job for Matthew Marsh ­– and a “controlling” student journalist, played by Oliver Johnstone, who provides the majority of tension in the play. […]”

“[…] Luke Newberry as the amiable GLBTQA leader, Oliver Johnstone as the devious editor, Matthew Marsh as the sympathetic but oily President and Ryan McParland as the vaguely creepy Teddy stand out in a large cast that is otherwise uneven.”

“[…] Still, it’s hard to fault Dominic Cooke’s fast-moving production, with fresh and convincing performances by Luke Newberry and Oliver Johnstone as Gabe and Drew, […]”

“[…] He is supported by the noteworthy performances of […] Oliver Johnstone, whose irksome portrayal of the principled and very controlling boyfriend is not in any way endearing but nonetheless very recognisable and absolutely believable. […]”

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