'The Mutilated, a 90 minute one-act play, now being given its first major local revival in 38 years in a rollicking, rowdy production by Cosmin Chivu is a great deal of fun.'
Victor Gluck, Theater Scene
'Director Cosmin Chivu really showcases a great ability to diversify the use of set pieces, props and even his cast.'
'Under the fine direction of Cosmin Chivu at the New Ohio Theater, "The Mutilated" resonates with familiar Tennessee tropes and showcases these over-the-top performers in a New Orleans demimonde, imaginatively on the same streetcar line as the Wingfields' in Glass Menagerie.'
It really is the stellar work by everyone involved, under the inspired direction of Cosmin Chivu, that raises The Mutilated to a high level of pleasure and accessibility for an audience and makes it a must-see for admirers of Tennessee Williams.
The L Magazine:
Shedding Light on Late Tennessee Williams
'Now director Cosmin Chivu, already known for reviving the playwright’s problematic Something Cloudy, Something Clear, has resurrected it with stellar help from a pair of cult stars
and jazzman Jesse Selengut.'
Raven Snook, Time Out New York
Artist, Immigrant: Cosmin Chivu
Gambit: Mink Stole and Donna Duplantier were delights...
Tineri romani pe orbita internationala
'Chivu amps up the theatricality with a Greek chorus of seedy NOLA denizens, and lots and lots of terrific original music.'
'One might expect director Cosmin Chivu’s version to be a camp fest, but this adaptation ends up taking things fairly seriously.'
'Director Cosmin Chivu conceived a sensational production that feels like a mix tween Cabaret and Once. Chivu's staging and the inspired set design by Anka Lupes transport you to New Orleans and immerse you in the action'
'Director Cosmin Chivu leads an 18-person cast in fully realizing Williams' vision, with a special attention to small details'
TV Romania International:
The World and Us; a Romanian artist Teaching & Directing in New York City
'That entire production by Interart Group – which moves back and forth in time and reality – is powerful and riveting.
Kathi Scrizzi Driscoll, Cape Code Times
'Revived under Cosmin Chivu’s direction, it was performed at Gifford House Inn, where the audience was moved about, following the action from backyard, to porch, to a downstairs barroom. The production was nothing short of brilliant.'
"He's Having a Baby" is a story of marriage, a strong one.
Cosmin Chivu directs Kaplan in a performance that is filled with humor and fun.
Rather than emphasize Ionesco’s droll wordplay or slapstick comedy, director Cosmin Chivu fashioned a darker, ominous show both foreboding and somber. The result was fascinating
Chivu, a New York-based, Roumanian-born theater artist (...) has taken Williams at his word(s). What he has achieved is wondrous, especially with a play that was initially largely reviled by the critics.
'My fears that this would prove to be an unprofitable bit of stunt casting quickly evaporated once the director Cosmin Chivu’s production roared into life, with the happily tooting horns of a live Dixieland jazz band.'
Charles Isherwood, The New York Times
Hitting His Mark
Pelicanbomb: A Partial Guide to Camp...
This is due to the advocacy of director Cosmin Chivu, Mink Stole, Penny Arcade and their legions of downtown admirers.
Cosmin Chivu followed the lead Williams provided with his script and, instead of searching for naturalism in the slight plot, used the work as an opportunity to experiment with tone and genre.
Theatermania: Rare 1982 Tennessee Williams One-Acts to Receive New York Premieres
Playbill: Rare works by Tennessee Williams to be revived Off Broadway...
Berkshirefinearts.com, August 2015 John Guare Reading Planned for P'Town Festival
BroadwayWorld.com, August 2015/ New John Guare Play to Debut at Tennessee Williams Theater Festival in Provincetown
BroadwayWorld.com, August 2015/ Mink Stole and Donna Duplantier to Lead THE MUTILATED at the CAC, 11/19-21
Culture.pl/ Our Class in New York, April 2015 American film and theatre stars Ellen Burstyn and Kathleen Turner took part in a reading of Tadeusz Słobodzianek’s Nasza Klasa/Our Class
TheaterMania.com, April 2015 / Ellen Burstyn, Boyd Gaines, Kathleen Turner, and More Set for Reading of Our Class
BroadwayWorld.com, April 2015 / Mamie Gummer, Boyd Gaines & More Join OUR CLASS Staged Reading During Holocaust Remembrance Week
One Man's World, June 2014 / Tennessee Williams discussed by directors: Austin Pendleton, Emily Mann, Jodie Markell, Cosmin Chivu and Travis Chamberlain.
Playhouse Creatures, June 2014 / Playhouse Creatures Theatre Company presents: NYC's 2nd Annual Tennessee Williams Festival.
REUTERS, June 2014/ Pace University puts innovation into performing arts.
Variety, April 2014 / Drama League Awards go broad with crowded list of 2014 nominations.
ICRNY, May 2014/ Romanian Born Director Cosmin Chivu honored by distinguished theater award nomination in the US.
The Drama League, May 2014/ The 80th Annual Drama League Awards.
New York Theater, May 2014/ Drama League Nominations are announced.
Stage Light Magazine, February 2014/ Drama League announces chosen recipients of 2014 Artist Residency Program.
Gay City News, December 2013/ 2013 Aggie Awards Warm Up Winter.
New York Times, Theater Listings, November 2013/ 'Cosmin Chivu Directs with flair'
The New Yorker, November 2013/ Theater: The Mutilated
Hollywood Soap Box, November 2013/ Mink Stole travels to New Orleans without leaving NYC
Broadway world, November 2013/ The Mutilated extends.
Playbill, November 2013/ Tennessee William's The Mutilated extends through December 1st.
Opentrench, October 2013/ Penny Arcade and Mink Stole in the Mutilated at The New Ohio.
Downtown Express, October 2013/ Here comes trouble: Mink Stole and Penny Arcade in The Mutilated.
Stage Voices, October 2013/ Cosmin Chivu directs Mink Stole and Penny Arcade in The Mutilated.
Out Magazine, October 2013/ Penny Arcade and Mink Stole in Tennessee Williams' The Mutilated.
The New York Times, September 2013/ Bold Experiements in Stage Chemistry
Cape Cod Online, September 2013/ Williams Fest explores women, illusion.
YALE University Press, September, 2013/ Beautiful Province by Clarence Coo, with an introduction by John Guare.
Cape Cod Online, June 2013/ Black comedy brings avant-garde actors to Williams Festival.
Cape Cod Live, May 2013/ 8th Provincetown Tennessee Williams Festival announces 2013 Season.
Playbill, September 2012/ Clarence Coo's Beautiful Province about a boy's journey to Canada with his teacher, wins Yale Drama Series.
Theater Online, February 2012/ Pace University Performing Arts celebrate LaMama 'Homecoming Season'
TheFilAm, March 2012/ Edgy Theater exhibit debuts in the US.