Mr. Burns, A Post-Electric Play
Details Reviews
BY: Anne Washburn
DIRECTOR: Steve Cosson
SET DESIGN: Neil Patel
LIGHTING DESIGN: Justin Townsend
Playwrights Horizons

“It’s all wonderfully clever, from the witty costumes by Emily Rebholz to Sam Pinkleton’s tongue-in-cheek choreography.”

Marilyn Stasio, Variety


“MR. BURNS is an audacious ode to all things Homeric. What initially seems an obsessive-compulsive mash note to THE SIMPSONS becomes a brain-teasing deconstruction of pop culture, theater, and ultimately nothing less than the storytelling instinct itself…the design (Neil Patel’s sets, Justin Townshend’s lights, Emily Rebholz’s costumes), as throughout the piece, is rough-hewn and stunning.”

Jon Magaril, Slant Magazine


“Ms. Washburn’s blasted America, which is made to feel as imminent as next week, has been rendered without distancing archness or air quotes. As designed by Neil Patel (sets), Emily Rebholz (costumes), Justin Townsend (lighting) and Ken Travis (sound), the play’s look is that of our own present, just slightly tweaked by catastrophe.”

Ben Brantley, NYTimes

“The design is a work of art in its own right: Neil Patel’s elaborately painted and whimsical proscenium is reminiscent of Chagall . It looks beautiful under Justin Townsend’s imitation candle and gas-lamp lighting. Emily Rebholz has endowed her costumes with a semi-sacred feel, speaking to the thin line between religious ritual and the theater.”

Zachary Stewart , Theatermania


“Neil Patel’s scenic design, Emily Rebholz’s costumes are imaginative, especially for the third act which is a musicalized all-Simpson show reenactment.”

Curtain Up By Elyse Sommer


“Neil Patel’s ingenious set, Emily Rebholz’s time-tripping costumes, and Sam Hill’s mask and wig design create a scary, cobbled-together world like a cartoon-addict’s vision of the future.”

David Sheward, Theater Pizzazz