Written by Carly Mensch
Directed by Jason Eagan
Produced by Ars Nova
Costumes by Jenni Mannis
Lighting by Traci Klainer
Sound by Ryan Rumery
From Lauren Helpern's clever re-creation of a Tenement Museum apartment (Helpern is quickly becoming a bright light on the Off-Off- and Off-Broadway design scene) to Eagan's sympathetic and precise direction, everything about "Now Circa Then" clicks.
"From their perches in a perfectly preserved facsimile of a 19th-century tenement apartment — the atmospheric set is by Lauren Helpern — they dispense nuggets of information about the immigrant experience."
-- New York Times
"Between the Victrola, the hand-held wooden agitator (laundry churner), and a slew of other period set and costume pieces (provided by Lauren Helpern and Jenny Mannis), the play is not only authentic, but intriguing through its last second."
""Now Circa Then," Mensch’s sweet-spirited two-hander, stars Stephen Plunkett and Maureen Sebastian as historical reenactors at a venue a lot like the Lower East Side Tenement Museum, realized by designer Lauren Helpern in a great-looking period set that allows the actors plenty of space to play in."