The Shadow Box
“For the devoted couple Joe and Maggie (JON SPANO and NIKOLE MARONE) there's a duet of habit, need, and love, with a fierce undercurrent: her defiance of his death. It’s up to Joe to convince her otherwise. SPANO’S “Joe” is a brilliantly UNDERSTATED ordinary guy, to his wife Maggie’s high emotionalism. Yet Spano’s understated performance is HEART-TUGGING as he clashes with Maggie’s profound denial.”
(Susan Weinstein - )
"The role of Joe is strongly played by Jon Spano" (BWW.com)
Winner Phoenix Theatre’s One-Act Festival
“Powerful and tear-inducing” (Steve Parks, New York Newsday)
“A terrific selection to begin the evening… Spano shines as a clearly talented playwright. (Erika Karp, Village Times)
"fascinating and moving" (broadwayworld.com).
"moves exquisitely from comedy to drama" (theatre2nytimes.com).
"an interesting study in celebrity" (oobr.com).
"a well-written play, full of sharp-witted dialogue, deftly exploring issues of playing versus relating, loyalty versus searching,
friendship versus sex, jealousy versus trust, the fear of aging" (nytheatre.com).
Family Comes First
"Spano has a sharp wit and lampoons everything from religion to sexuality to race, and of course everybody's favorite: incest” (nytheatre.com).
"disturbingly amusing, makes the Addams Family seem like the Osmonds" (stagebuzz.com).
"hilarious, disturbing, and boasts theatre's most intriguing ensemble cast. A gem" (theatre2nytimes.com
Winner Best Choreography NY Fringe Festival
semi-finalist at O’Neill Playwrights Conference
semi-finalist at Lark Play Development Center
Finalist, Variations Theatre Group
Finalist, Manhattan Repertory Theatre
*Published by Smith & Kraus Best-10 Minute Play Anthologies