Critical Praise


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Tillie Olsen, Writer, on The God-Hustlers Production:

A brave and dramatic exploration of the relationship of cults to race and politics in contemporary America.

Jennifer Blackman Lawson, Poet, on The God-Hustlers:

The God-Hustlers is truth untamed--relentless, raw, naked, revealing. It is our hearts--quivering, crying, aching. It is our souls--smiling, rejoicing, rediscovering. Mary Webb's voice is candid, piercing, probing, and above all, refreshing. Mary Webb's The God-Hustlers is truth wrested from all its former hiding places.

J. California Cooper, Writer, on The God-Hustlers:

Mary Webb is a talented writer. Her thorough research into this timely subject matter makes this a very informative study, particularly for those people who are searching for solace in today's society.

William Largess, Dramaturg, on Playing for Keeps:

It gives me extraordinary pleasure to recommend for your most serious consideration Playing for Keeps, an outstanding new play by Mary H. Webb. Since the time of Eugene O'Neill, the American family has been a focus of our best playwrights and Ms. Webb has sensitively and effectively portrayed a complex relationship while broadening her scope to the difficult issue of the "augmented family" situation so common in post-war America.

Playing For Keeps works on many levels: as a portrait of an uneasy relationship between a frustrated and conflicted woman and her strong, resilient daughter; as an example of how the isolated try to find a "family" when theirs is absent or unhelpful, and how a tie of love and respect can outmatch one based solely on a blood relationship; as a chilling study of the fragility of simple happiness in the face of mental illness, whether our own or that of a loved one.

Along with her insightful and natural dialogue and very effective treatment of the children in her script, I am perhaps most impressed by Ms. Webb's scrupulous avoidance of using any character as "the villain"; she has even drawn the less sympathetic character of the mother with enough care and sharply observed detail to give us an understanding of her own pain, and to hint at the reasons for her ultimate behavior. Such sensitivity is rare, but you will find Playing For Keeps permeated by this quality. I strongly urge you to give it, and Mary H. Webb, your fullest consideration.







Last updated November 26,2006