“…gut-wrenching…Beautifully directed by Sara Lyons and enhanced by the severely stark and aggressive lighting by Chu-hsuan Chang, Outlaw confronts and exposes both white and black stereotypes, fears of “the other” and common racist statements made by people who think of themselves as non-racist or bigoted.”
-LA Dance Chronicle [full article']
“The best use of space…the use of light set each new scene and the writing was superb…The power of this work is a see-for-yourself kind of experience. Paul Outlaw will challenge you and leave you stunned.”
-Broadway World [full article]
“this challenging work impacted me the most of all the works in the festival this year…the power of BBC’s exploration of xenophobia, black virility, and gender confusion left me speechless and stunned.”
“The internet was uncharted territory in the 90s. We didn’t know what the rules were, and we were often making them up as we went. With the inaccessibility and disappearance of real life queer spaces, online spaces continue to hold a special importance for queer people. While laughing that in some ways I’m Very Into You is “a rom com for nerdy queers,” Sara also acknowledges very sincerely that, “Part of the goal of the project is to honor Kathy Acker and help to pump her legacy and her work and her iconography back into the culture.” More than 20 years after her death, the culture might finally be ready.”
"...Sara Lyons’s epistolary play, based on the published 1995 emails of the late Kathy Acker, is worth keeping an eye out for in the future. Acker had a “three-day stand” with Australian academic McKenzie Wark, and the two followed up that dalliance with intense and flirty emails across the Pacific. This is no ordinary romance, as they analyze the nature of sexual power games and their own queer identities. These academic writers tussle with the challenges of communicating their desires—being too honest or blunt, misconstruing each other, untangling meaning, and battling their own complicated minds in the process."