This Week in New York
“INFECTIOUS CHARM… …a dance of words… mixes in fun magic with honest episodes from [Carter’s] past, told in an intimate, conversational style, warts and all.” — Mark Rifkin, This Week in New York
“STAGE RAW TOP 10… RECOMMENDED…compelling… a well-integrated combination of magic, comedy and poignancy.” — Iris Mann, Stage Raw
“DAZZLING… COMPELLING… [Carter is] a force to be reckoned with… A Death-Defying Escape affirms her skill as a playwright.” — Evan Henerson, Broadway World
“HYSTERICAL AND HARROWING… I gasped at the shocking conclusion—which I won’t spoil.” — Rob Eshman, The Forward
On Stage Los Angeles
“AMAZING… WILL TOUCH YOUR HEART… Judy Carter and company never miss a beat… genuine pathos… Go… Just go.” — Michael Sheehan, On Stage Los Angeles
“AMAZING, BRILLIANT, ACHINGLY FUNNY, POWERFULLY TRAGIC, WITH EYE-POPPING MAGIC TRICKS—oh, I could go on!… This is one of those times when ‘you just gotta see this show!!’” — Paul Myrvold, Theatre Notes
“NOT TO BE MISSED… [Carter’s] perfect balance of magic, comedy, and storytelling, makes this a true gem of a play.” — Joe Mosqueda, Glamical
Wild About Houdini
“FUNNY, MOVING AND FILLED WITH MAGIC.” — John Cox, Wild About Houdini
“INSPIRING… DARKLY FUNNY… The magic tricks performed live on stage are not just a sideshow but integrally tied to [Carter’s] story.” — Eric Gordon, People’s World
Theatre Spoken Here
”DELIGHTFUL… [A] TERRIFIC SHOW… believe me, this is a show not to be missed.” — Morna Martell, Theatre Spoken Here
Picture This Post
“HIGHLY RECOMMENDED… a dark and comedic escape from reality [for] those who like eccentric, absurd comedy and those who are looking to laugh and cry.” — Holly Fontanetta, Picture This Post
“MAGIC, LAUGHTER AND LIFE LESSONS… an entertaining, funny and heartfelt show… unexpected.” — Romy Schorr, Romy Raves
Dark Comedy A DEATH-DEFYING ESCAPE to Play The Hudson Guild Theatre
Written by author, stand-up comedian and magician Judy Carter, who also heads the three-person cast.
By A.A. Cristi Feb. 15, 2022
Who wouldn’t like to add a little magic to their life? Comedy Workshop Productions presents a darkly funny, inspiring new comedy about one woman’s miraculous escape from the secrets of her past.
Written by author, stand-up comedian and magician Judy Carter, who also heads the three-person cast, A Death-Defying Escape! will “disappear weekly” at the Hudson Guild Theatre in Hollywood, and also stream online. Lee Costello directs Carter alongside actors Kevin Scott Allen and Lyndsi LaRose. In-person performances take place Saturdays and Sundays April 2 through May 8, with two low-priced previews set for March 26 and March 27. Tickets to both the in-person performances and the streaming version, which will be available to view beginning April 9, are on sale now.
Prepare to be uplifted (no surgery required): regardless of your age, escape is possible from the restraints of your past. Love, liberation and real magic await you. The play’s unique storyline features something for everyone: Jewish humor, a lesbian romance, a clarion call for disability awareness – and jaw-dropping, audience-interactive on-stage magic.
“Growing up with a sister with cerebral palsy, a narcissistic mother and an abusive father, I dreamed of becoming a magician,” says Carter. “I didn’t want to saw women in half; I wanted the power to put them back together. The power to make my father disappear and levitate my sister Marsha out of her wheelchair.”
Read the article at Broadwayworld.com