[A] brilliant world premiere drama ... The Gap’s elegant structure offers an amusing look at family dynamics and revelations about an artist’s efforts to explore her own life. It then surprises by segueing into deeper territory with daring and insight.
An exceptionally well-crafted piece, beautifully done ... Masterful.
Such effective playwriting ... An illuminating piece.
Every now and then, a piece of theatre comes along that reminds you of the beauty of the art form .... Azuka Theatre’s production of The Gap is just that. One that, as an audience member, I feel lucky to have been a part of.
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.
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 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.
[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.
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.