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Awards

  • Winner of the 2002 OOBR Award for Excellence for ¿De Dónde? by Mary Gallagher and directed by Francisco Solorzano
  • Recipient of three New York Innovative Theatre Awards
  • Dog Day Afternoon - Daily News' Top Ten Best Things to Do In New York (alongside opening of Warner Bros.’ Dark Knight.)
  • The Boston Globe Critics' Picks for The Indian Wants The Bronx / Israel Horovitz Plays and Poems (June 13, 2003)

Press on 70/70 HOROVITZ PROJECT


Select Press & Reviews

"The exercise is clearly a labor of love for Francisco Solorzano, who not only wrote and directed the theatrical version but also stars in it. Given the physical impossibility of mounting anything on a stage that could compare with Sidney Lumet’s gripping movie, Mr. Solorzano has done a creditable job...A solid cast of 16 actors moves the action at a brisk pace. Mr. Solorzano and Jeremy Brena are convincing as Sonny and Sal...Amanda Plant and Gil Ron are especially good as Sylvia, the chief teller, and Moretti, the police detective. Joli Tribuzio, who assisted with the directing, delivers a nice turn as Angie, Sonny’s bickering wife." The New York Times
"Given the cramped Theatre Row venue in which it's being performed, one can't but admire how resourcefully this 16-person ensemble dramatizes the events — character-heavy and action-packed as they are — of the famous 1975 film...Based on a 1972 robbery attempt at a Chase bank in Flatbush, with names changed as in the film, this revamp — written and directed by Barefoot Theatre Company artistic director Francisco Solorzano — does prove a viable stage property...There are several sequences with overlapping dialogue and impressionistic ambient sounds — the radio and TV reports, the din of the crowd, and even the bank clock's monotonous ticking — quite skillfully emoted by the cast...There are several striking moments, the poignant telephone scene between Sonny and Leon perhaps the dramatic highpoint.
The ensemble cast acquits itself uniformly well. Gil Ron as Detective Moretti, whose domestic problems provide counterpoint to Sonny's; Joli Tribuzio as Sonny's disbelieving real wife; and Lydia Gladstone as both a distraught employee and Sonny's critical mother all have good moments." Back Stage
"...a company of fine actors in a sometimes gripping, sometimes amusing, sometimes silly but at all times interesting...a terrific, intimate phone conversation between Sonny and Leon (his lover) which gives insight into the motivations of Sonny – Francisco Solorzano. He does a terrific job as actor....writing is good...Sonny's homosexual lover – compassionately played by John Gazzale...and yes, Sonny is also married to Angie (a terrific Joli Tribuzio) has children and a complex relationship with his mother. I especially liked Amanda Plant as the head teller whose strength of character is amazing." TalkEntertainment.com
"I think it's the most exciting theatre I saw in the year of 2007, and one of the most exciting that I've seen in several years. The immediacy of it, and the awareness of how the theatre can uniquely create that immediacy, the raw and disciplined power of the acting, the sheer inventiveness of the staging, and the sense of how that inventiveness can arise from the most limited circumstances, in a way even because of those circumstances, was thrilling. And will be thrilling again when the show is put before us again. And I suspect will be thrilling in the future productions of this remarkable company. I feel refreshed just thinking about it. I wish them well, because to wish them well is to wish us all well." Austin Pendleton
"Loved it! Stunned by how well it was done…different than the movie! Just terrific!!!" WOR Radio
"This Dog Has Its Day! The Barefoot Theatre Company took on a mighty challenge recently in turning Sidney Lumet's famous film Dog Day Afternoon into an Off-Off-Broadway play. The movie, after all, was created as much in the editing room as it was by the performance of its extraordinary cast led by Al Pacino. But damn if they didn't put on a rough and ready version of that script; this was a vibrant and exciting piece of stagecraft that deserves to be remounted in front of a larger audience. Even more impressive was his tight, muscular direction of the piece done with a large, talented cast in one intermissionless act . Solorzano also cast himself in the Pacino role of Sonny, throwing himself into it with gleeful zest. Simply put, we were mighty impressed with this production. " Drama Desk - The Siegal Colum

Read a review of the 2004 production of Blue Collar:
http://www.offoffonline.com/archives.php?id=141

Read a review of a festival Israel Horovitz's Shorts:
http://www.oobr.com/top/volNine/twentyfour/Horovitz.htm

Read a review of Barefoot's last production at Theatre Row; Israel Horovitz New Shorts:
http://broadwayworld.com/viewcolumn.cfm?colid=14942

Feature article about Barefoot at Brooklyn College:
http://www.brooklyn.cuny.edu/pub/1010.htm

Producing Artistic Director, Francisco Solorzano and Managing Director, Victoria Malvagno on The Sissy Gamache Show:
http://blip.tv/file/2036199/