INTERVIEWS

REVIEWS

"It is difficult to imagine a piece of theater more perfectly suited to our jittery, antagonistic American moment than “Quietly,” Owen McCafferty’s rage-filled, wounded, mournful play about terrorism, civil war and the damage that remains after the hatred cools."

"Zawadzki maintains a fine balance between the two, a gently comical observer, the bemused outsider."

"Robert Zawadzki is exactly  the right weight as the bartender whose fight it isn’t but who recognizes instantly where it comes from and gets out of the way as much as he can."

"Robert Zawadzki as Robert the bartender winningly combines comic relief and depth with his charming low-key presence.  Mr. Zawadzki’s delivery is precise and he sensationally reacts and steps back into silence when required."

"Robert Zawadzki, giving a lesson in the fine art of listening on stage."

"Robert Zawadzki does the best he can to enliven Robert the barman although, again, he needs more than a few texts and calls to the women in his life to deserve an empathic response from the audience."

"Zawadzki does well by the bartender's homesickness. Subsequently, he's good about having to remain unobtrusive while Jimmy and Ian wrangle."

"Zawadzki nicely underplays his role of Robert, a character who could actually be a star in a play of his own. By the end of the story, we know quite a lot about him, including his family life, why he came to this country, and that he may be juggling relationships with two different women."

"Owen McCafferty’s tense, taut one-act play covers some predictable ground, but it explores unexpected emotional corners as well, and the director, Jimmy Fay, guides the three superb actors through an evening that is both harrowing and heartening."

"Meanwhile, Robert remains trapped behind the bar with no other patrons to distract him, pretending not to notice the fraught reunion happening in this deserted pub (Zawadzki does this with the perfect mixture of discretion and vigilance). In these moments, we viscerally understand how incredibly lonely it must feel to be a heterosexual male in the West these days."

"Robert is vigilant behind the bar where he has worked since he moved from Poland to Northern Ireland for a better life. As the barkeep, Zawadzki, aged thirty-something, pairs genial small talk with careful attendance to the two customers sharing their story between drinking beer and watching football."