"God Don’ Like Ugly, is as close to true art as the modern theatre can ever aspire to."
"Laurel, Maryland seems like a trek—with nearly 20 whole miles between it and the glamour of downtown DC, with it’s flashy, national venues like Arena Stage and Kennedy Center—but it’s a journey worth taking; Venus Theatre reminds us with God Don’ Like Ugly not only what art is, but how it can be made anywhere and with anything. Half an old VW Bug, a rickety screen door, some shabby furniture, and about 500 square feet can spin magic in the right hands.
The right hands being those that belong to an exquisite cast, a gifted director, and a poetic wordsmith.
Whether or not God likes ugly doesn’t matter. This show is anything but and one of the best in the DMV this year."
"... the play takes the audience on an intense journey through a one-time special day for a family that takes many twists and turns along a road, ending up tragic for some and a freedom experience for others."
"Venus artistic director Deborah Randall’s staging makes a lot of Esme’s high-spirited singing, and that unbridled expressiveness is intriguingly suggestive next to the controlled wariness of Fraistat’s S.J. There’s a sense of mystery and no lack of urgency; your heart goes out to these characters."
Venus Theatre is among the longest running women's theaters in the world.
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The box office is open and the plays begin in March!
Meet the playwrights: Doc Andersen-Bloomfield, Cecelia Racker, Claudia Barnett, and Amy Bernstein