PRAISE FOR JOE BANNO’S WORK IN CONTEMPORARY THEATER
“A transformative experience to savor….Under the controlled direction of veteran stage director Joe Banno, this is a superb and powerful production that needs to be seen….Five-out-of-Five Stars!”
DC METRO THEATER ARTS
on JUDGMENT AT NUREMBERG
“Tightly directed by Joe Banno, the social satire is as fresh and up-to-the-minute as though the play had been written yesterday.”
on SISTER MARY IGNATIUS
“Heartbreaking and darkly funny, under Banno's sharp and sensitive direction….So compelling that a sense of profound melancholy lingers long after the final fadeout.”
on LIE WITH ME
“One of the finest plays I’ve seen in a long time, directed by well-known Helen Hayes Award-winner Joe Banno….
A hold-your-breath drama....Do Not Miss This One!!”
“In a brisk and bracing production directed by Joe Banno, Smartphones is a hilarious comedy of bad manners….One of the smartest, sharpest satires I’ve seen.”
DC METRO THEATER ARTS
Joe Banno’s career has seen him direct modern plays in the widest array of genres, in productions seen across the US, including “The Indian Wants the Bronx” at NYC’s 13th Street Repertory Company, an audience-interactive “Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All For You” and a rare revival of the stage-version of “Judgment at Nuremberg” (which received seven DC Metro Theatre Arts “Best of 2014” Awards) at American Century Theatre in Virginia, the film-adapted one-man show, “Wonderful Life” at LA’s Theatre Asylum, and a revival of his Source Theatre hit-staging of Lee Blessing’s “Chesapeake” that traveled to Renaissance Theatreworks in Milwaukee.
A significant part of Banno’s career has involved the development and staging of new works – from a co-production between NYC’s Blue Heron Theatre and the US Holocaust Museum in Washington DC of the new-play “Rescuers”, to the enthusiastically received world-premiere of “Lie With Me”, as the inaugural production of L.A.’s Mutineer Theatre.
Among Banno’s other notable new-play productions have been “Love and Yearning in the Not-For-Profits” at DC’s Theatre J, the school-violence drama “Rage” and the Absurdist satire “Smartphones” at DC’s multi-national company Ambassador Theatre, the Irish play “Elvis’s Toenail” at Sidewalk Studio Theatre in LA, and productions at Charter Theater and Church Street Theater (DC), Studio Roanoke and the Shenandoah Playwrights’ Retreat (VA), and Quaigh Theatre (NYC), among others.
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