Wolf Cry Wolf
The New Theatre Project, Ypsilanti MI
[An] immense pleasure… The characters in Wolf Cry Wolf live in that strange transition period between childhood and young adulthood. That time when you have a pretty good grasp on reality but are still holding out that there might be something else out there beyond our normal perception… you feel – or remember feeling – right along with these characters as they sort out the magic and wounds of childhood… the strength of Wolf Cry Wolf is its ability to capture the raw emotion and sometimes confusion from a long ago summer…
- Ben Connor Barrie, Damn Arbor
Childhood fantasies evoked… Kautzman has created an innovative play for grown-up audiences that will remind them of the time in their own lives when the world held the boundless possibilities open to a child’s imagination – a time not always so easy to grow out of… A fine artistic effort that deserves to be seen by larger audiences…
- Robert Delaney, Detroit New Monitor
Growing up is tough enough. Having your best friend convince you that you are a werewolf is even tougher… A thoughtful look at troubled youth…
- John Monaghan, Detroit Free Press
If You Start a Fire [Be Prepared to Burn]
Mondays Dark at the 45th Street Theatre, New York NY
Hot Stuff! – An absolute gem… Kautzman is clearly a brilliant author and sophisticated wit, having a talent for seeing right through society’s masks and dealing humorously with today’s truths without yesterday’s phobias…nothing less than total hilarity and a fun, enjoyable and thought-provoking evening… the play is absolutely a must-see…
- Robert Angelone, Epicurus.com
A deceitfully simple script [that] begs the questions: “How far are we willing to go for money? How far will this world let us go? And will it be worth it in the end?” Tackling virtual prostitution is not an easy thing to do–unless you go about it with the fiery wit in If You Start a Fire… Kautzman constructs a play in which the laughter eventually recedes and a more macabre reality is revealed.
- Haydn Diaz, ArtTourInternational.com
The New Theatre Project, Ypsilanti MI
A Comedy That Raises Serious Questions – A sexy romp through Kautzman’s clever banter and thought-provoking comedy… If You Start a Fire… explores issues unique to the 21st Century, with themes as old as the Greek story of Pandora’s Box… Ultimately, If You Start a Fire is a clever look at an intriguing question: what becomes of intimacy in a world where human relationships are increasingly defined in the virtual, digital space?
- Patty Nolan, Detroit Examiner
Kautzman’s text is magnificent as he submerges these two characters robbed of forethought into a trajectory of pure discovery… Salacious, curious, and certainly a multimedia spectacle, this cutting-edge, boundary-pushing comedy is poised to win viewers on the strength of its online and offline connections both.
- Carolyn Hayes, RogueCritic.com
Nouveau 47, Dallas TX
Kautzman… hurls metaphor, alliteration and theatrical convention into a universe inhabited by the likes of Sam Shepard, John Milton and James Joyce with defiant abandon… My vote for the best written play currently on stage in this region, bar none.
- Alexandra Bonifield, CriticalRant.com
… a seat-gripper of a play… with the dark comedy of a Coen brothers film and just enough unexpected violence to make you flinch and giggle… a terrific evening of theater, full of big laughs (both at and with the characters) and deliciously tense turnarounds.
- Elaine Liner, Dallas Observer
Though this is the first full production of Kautzman’s play, it won’t be the last. There’s a compelling combination of the sort of male soul-searching found in Sam Shepard’s works and the gritty noir tension of early Coen Brother’s films like Blood Simple.
- David Novinski, Theatre Jones
History Theatre’s 1968: The Year That Rocked the World, Saint Paul MN
Among the more affecting plays is Rosemary… a metaphor of a bereft nation whose optimism has been pierced by three bullets.
- Graydon Royce, Minneapolis Star Tribune
…politics get personal in a couple of segments, including the most moving tale of the seven, Rosemary… Karen Weber turns in a powerful performance as the singer who can’t sing in the aftermath of the assassination…
- Renee Valois, Saint Paul Pioneer Press
One of the more emotionally wrenching miniplays is Rosemary, which deals with the emotional trauma suffered by singer Rosemary Clooney…
- Bev Wolfe, TC Daily Planet
Red Eye, Minneapolis MN
…the elaborate preparations for a wedding ceremony gradually crack and crumble to reveal that the event is actually intended to be a human sacrifice. That might sound like some sort of occult-flavored horror flick, but Iris is based upon the Greek legend of Iphigenia, a tale told in the plays of Aeschylus and Euripides. Kautzman gives it a modern makeover, and it gets the Red Eye treatment in an intriguing and well-executed staging…
- Rob Hubbard, Saint Paul Pioneer Press
The Players Guild Theatre, Canton OH
Kautzman’s compelling writing is a vigorous and visceral exercise in exorcising – a riveting portrait rendered with a relentless barrage of narrative lightning bolts. This is a story for our time, to be sure… easily the most audacious and startling – even dangerous – drama I’ve seen anywhere for longer than I can remember.
- Tom Wachunas, Artwach