There are few works currently playing in Philadelphia that are as thought-provoking and engaging... Deeply moving, emotionally gripping, and beautifully performed... Utterly intelligent writing... A must-see.
Thoughtful, mature and intellectually provocative work ... [Goidel] is an insightful observer and judge ... This powerful new work similarly reveals Goidel’s own promise ... She will be a bright voice ...
Understated, intense, and passionate, Emma Goidel’s play A Knee That Can Bend confronts serious issues on a personal scale.... Even with all the great theater happening in Philadelphia right now, it’s a must-see.
[A] wild farce in all its scientific nerdiness, personal infidelities, and professional misconduct with spot-on comedic timing and full-out physical humor for a fun-filled hour of laughs.
★★★★ A script that has so much to give. ... A very successful, and highly entertaining play.
From the mischievous imagination of Emma Goidel... an hour well-spent.
In enlisting Orbiter 3 and Ars Nova Play Group standout Emma Goidel, [Azuka Theatre has] got a charmer on their hands with the playwright’s pseudo-musical drama. It’s a little snot-nosed and a little philosophical, like any good punk band ought to be. One of the smartest things that’s happening in Philadelphia right now.
Among Philadelphia playwrights, Emma Goidel is a rising rock star. ... Obviously a gifted writer ... Local Girls definitely has an edge.
Fun, big-hearted, so-serious-it’s-silly ... Leaves a lingering happy glow.
Who wants another fantasy of apocalypse when we can have a play (within a play) like this? ... SAFE SPACE keeps establishing its own artificiality while casting its spell over you. This is great theater in the deep sense of that word.
It’s a wonderfully intimate, immersive theater experience; you don’t want it to end.