It's a potent piece that taps in that universal nightmare ... Even more chilling is a sketch in which Meaghan Martin plays, with a marvellous mix of ingratiation and panic, a collapsing standup who pleadingly asks: 'Do you find me funny or disturbing?' On a lighter note, Martin also appears to great affect as a Hollywood hustler meeting a dithering dramatist (Adrian Richards) to persuade him to write a move about a rabbi who falls in love with a priest.
Michael Billington | The Guardian
Six short plays, five stunning actors, magical lighting from Jai Morjaria and sharp direction from Lydia Parker, The Actor’s Nightmare is a well-observed romp through the insanity of the theatrical profession.
The six plays are written by Tony Award-winning Christopher Durang and seen here together for the first time in a world premiere by new production company, 3 hearts canvas.
Like any book of short stories – or boxes of chocolates for that matter – there are some that you like and some that don’t do it for you. I found this to be true here.
This is a sumptuous treat for anyone who has great knowledge of playwriting and is an avid theatregoer. Camden new journal
3 hearts canvas is a new theatre company determined to create bold and brave work that refutes ‘what’s hot and what’s not’. 3hc’s debut show, The Actor’s Nightmare by Tony-winning playwright Christopher Durang, recently performed in July and August 2019 to over 1700 people at The Park Theatre in London.
Praise for The Actor’s Nightmare:
‘’chilling . . . a coherent sextet proving Durang to be the most theatre-obsessed dramatist alive” Michael Billington, The Guardian
“bold, funny and fearless” Stage Review
“a talented cast of versatile comic actors” Time Out
★★★★ Breaking the Fourth Wall
★★★★ “The Actor’s Nightmare is another great production that makes the Park Theatre shine as a hidden gem of a theatre in north London.” Hayley Sprout
★★★★ “Five stunning actors, magical lighting by Jai Morjaria, sharp direction by Lydia Parker” Camden New Journal