THE CHAOS THEORIES - 2004
"Set in a trendy downtown restaurant on a bitter night, Alexander Dinelaris' play unfolds as a series of bitingly funny and sad slices of New York life. The superb actors, under Stewart M. Schulman's crisp direction, zip on and off the stage in multiple roles that include a power-mad film producer, a dotty homeless woman, a vapid movie star, an overbearing father and a comically snippy waiter. The overlapping vignettes, meant to underscore the randomness and emptiness of life, can be downright mean–spirited, but Dinelaris' witty, staccato dialogue keeps you riveted."
Robert Dominguez, New York Daily News (August 27, 2004)
"...The Chaos Theories puts spinning urban life into a capsule where we can digest it piece by piece. The characters we meet remain nameless, suitably anonymous in this virtual setting. Through this microscope, we see the overlap of interactions in the characters’ relationships, where the perceived reality is far from perfect. Stewart M. Schulman directs the show with a sharp edge. The costumes by Wade Laboissonniere and set design by Tema Levine are hip and contemporary. The lighting by Jeffrey Dine is dark, yet sleek. The Chaos Theories is an incredibly enjoyable piece of theatre that captivates us with its strong sense of compelling energy."
David Reinwald, New York Theatre.com
"It was obvious from the get-go that Alexander Dinelaris' Fringe Festival entry, "The Chaos Theories," was going to be a cut above the norm. The upscale New York restaurant setting by Tema Levine and subtle lighting by Jeffrey Dine painted a provocative picture, and the uncredited, unsettling music added to the shadowy ambiance."
While the various encounters inside and outside the restaurant might seem random and unrelated, Dinelaris seems to have a very specific method to his madness. In tune with the script's roller-coaster requirements, director Stewart M. Schulman expertly staged each twist and turn and kept the characters (and viewers as well) in a constant state of suspense."
Elias Stimac, Backstage.com