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Touch by Toni Press Coffman
  April 14 - May 15, 2005

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With Bruce Linser, Jenny Levine, Brandon Morris and Lela Elam. Directed by Gail Garrisan.

Kyle is still madly in love with his wife, who has mysteriously disappeared. His best friend and his sister-in-law can offer little help. He seeks consolation in the arms of a prostitute. But Kyle must explore the miracle of life all alone. Then he can begin the rest of his life.

The play contains some strong language and sexual situations and is best suited for audiences age 18 and older.

"In this gripping, heart-wrenching, tender drama, scenes shift seamlessly, character to character, past to present...much later, if you look back, it can look as if real life works that way, too." - New York Times

"Gail Garrisan's graceful, emotionally rich production at New Theatre... that's what enduringly powerful theater does: It transcends storytelling and ascends to a place of electric, shared emotional truth... played in a way both nuanced and vivid... So often these days, theater aspires to nothing more than sheer escapism. But now and then, a moving production of a deeply touching play comes along. Touch is one of those."
- Christine Dolen, Miami Herald

"An engaging romantic melodrama about reclaiming oneself after unbearable loss. Director Gail Garrisan wrings every pound of hurt and ounce of hope out of Press-Coffman's saga."
- Jack Zink, Sun-Sentinel

"Touch, a tender and fascinating play by Toni Press-Coffman now at New Theatre... a lovely pastiche of raw feelings... Touch really does touch the heart."
- Octavio Roca, New Times

"Touch stirs the heart... New Theatre's Florida premiere has the benefit of a harrowing performance by Bruce Linser, an actor who draws us... touches on a lot of themes worth pondering... (with) a natural, unstatic feeling..."
- Hap Erstein, Palm Beach Post

"New Theatre has earned a reputation for producing thoughtful dramas under the guidance of Rafael de Acha and is one of the more innovative theatres in South Florida... Press-Coffman has an excellent cast and each plays his or her part to perfection... Bruce Linser once again shows the skills to put him in contention as one of the area's leading male actors... the lovely Jenny Levine... Brandon Morris - another actor who shapes his role to perfection - and Lela Elam, who is destined to play other major roles..."
- Ron Levitt, South Florida's Entertainment News & Views

"Each of us in the theater grow despondent from time to time: we live hand to mouth, we feel we are in constant competition with one another, we despair of our own work's being fully realized or recognized. There are few antidotes besides time passing but one of these is surely the kind of gloriously beautiful production you've given Touch. I'm grateful for the elegant direction, the extraordinary acting, the beautifully simple design. Another thing that invigorates artistic life is - of course - friendship. Your open-hearted, welcoming, generous hospitality is inspiring - to say nothing of calming. Thank you. May we meet again in Arizona - my neck of the woods - and soon."
- Toni Press-Coffman

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