"Gordon Farrell, veteran playwright & producer, helped bring an amazing new play Girls Who Walked on Glass, to life in NYC last week- and its only the beginning. The immersive play is about three different women who share their real life experiences, albeit traumatic. Farrell even had these women as contributing authors to the show to ensure it was authentic and from the heart.
It’s no secret that the lives of women have become even more complex as the world evolves. GIRLS WHO WALKED ON GLASS relays to its audience the actual horrors three young women have endured… We follow them room to room on their journeys, meeting the people they encounter who offer help and guidance along the way. The set-up of the show was very original, splitting the audience into two groups to follow the stories. Pop Style TV’s Lauren Conlin spoke with Gordon Farrell about his experience..."
- Lauren Conlin, Pop Style TV
"Broadway playwright Gordon Farrell returns home to Alleyway Theatre to adapt stories from contributing authors Molly Heckerling, Tatiana Gelfand, and Lucy A. Robbins as he creates a new maze of storytelling, where the audience literally walks along the journey with these women as they cope with life’s unpredictable, jagged edges.
Buffalo audiences will remember Mr. Farrell’s work at Alleyway beginning with Voice Of America in 1991. Two more plays followed before he and Alleyway founder Neal Radice collaborated to create their Sherlock Holmes musical trilogy in the late 1990s. Lifespan Of A Fact, Mr Farrell’s latest play, debuted to critical acclaim this season on Broadway at Roundabout’s Studio 54 starring Daniel Radcliffe, Cherry Jones and Bobby Cannavale. The New York Times called Lifespan a 'terrifically engaging Broadway drama.'"
- Jackie Jonmaire, Buffalo Place
"Unforgettable... GIRLS WHO WALKED ON GLASS [is] a work of art – a play that wrestles with difficult and divisive issues in a way that embraces complexity and encourages empathy... Each of the women [in GIRLS WHO WALKED ON GLASS] has been dealt some lousy cards in life, but they don’t fold, and as a matter of fact, they take charge of their lives, but not like a Disney heroine... The way that they take charge might not be what you or I would advise, but it’s what they have chosen for themselves. So get over it. GIRLS WHO WALKED ON GLASS [is] immersive, intense, and in your face, and it’s a play that will stay with you. 4 out of 5 Stars"
- Peter Hall, Buffalo Rising Magazine
"A rare, immersive theater event [and] an intriguing theatrical treat. [Playwright Gordon] Farrell reminds us that every human being has a backstory. For many people, that story involves dark places and perseverance in the face of tragedy... Serious theatergoers will not want to miss this exceptional event. 3.5 out of 4 Stars."
- Anthony Chase, Buffalo News
"Truly an immersive experience and a unique one. Very engaging [and] well written... the language is very graphic, as the women relate their sexual experiences, those they chose, and those forced upon them. They speak of their life choices and why they made them... all searching for a sense of power... [their stories] get messy, like life."
- Ann Marie Cusella, Buffalo Vibe Online
- STEPHI WILD, MARCH 15th
"In the 21st Century the lives of women have become even more complex. Each woman must struggle to navigate the difficult and dangerous choices that life throws at them."
- MARISSA TOMEO, MARCH 26th
"This production is an unusual, immersive show which divides the audience into two groups and carefully guides them through multiple rooms. Whether it is in workplaces, restaurants, or living rooms, the audience will experience the pivotal moments in each woman's life. They not only see the story, they live it with these women- feeling first-hand the fear, anxiety and desperation. Many times, it takes them several wrong and even more frightening turns in life in order to finally achieve their ultimate freedom."