"facebook me is a smart, daring, and refreshingly honest testimonial of what it means to be a girl growing up in today's technology saturated culture. To witness these girls exploring the universal truths of their generation is an incredible gift and I encourage anyone and everyone to see this necessary and powerful play."
– Gloria Steinem
"This award-winning group of young women truly inspire a sense of pride within all the residents of NYC as they continue their already impressive record of providing an important play with a socially relevant message." [View Full Letter]
– Carolyn Maloney
CRITICS PICK!! facebook me, an insightful look at the impact of media saturation on a loosely connected network of female tweens, delivers a funny yet painfully moving mosaic of coming of age in the digital era. As both writers and actors, the company members display powers of observation and emoting beyond their years. Kudos to Katie Cappiello and Meg McInerney for their precise direction."
"You should go and see the play if you can, as it offers a real insight into the pressures these girls are under in the Facebook Age that in some way mirror the usual horrors of junior high and high school...but are exacerbated by the fact that all of this now happens in public and online for everyone to see. The girls’ seesawing between attempts at sophisticated sexuality and then hugging their stuffed animals is heartbreaking to see. It is this balance between the two that makes the piece so affecting and seem so real. To hear and see such authentic girls’ voices is a real treat, even if—or should I say especially because—their message is not saccharine or even sugar-coated."
"Six million girls are vulnerable, and The Arts Effect has found a way to insist we consider their fates. Art imitates life in some deliciously ironic ways in this play; of particular note is the meta-message of some girls deliberately texting from their phones offstage while waiting at the sides to make an entrance. One thing is for certain the All Girl Theater Company participants have a powerful something else going for them beyond the glow of LED screens. Their back-to-school essays won’t be boring after this stand-up effort at the New York City Fringe. What about the girls who aren’t so lucky to have these artistic alternatives?"
"facebook me, the play, offers a thrilling inside look at the seamy underside of Facebook through the eyes of teenage girls. There’s plenty of angst-ridden fodder here in this meaty play about Facebook’s impact on the lives of teen girls...Be prepared for a wild ride and antics that you never thought your daughter would participate in ranging from posting sexed up profile pictures that are beyond recognition and salacious status updates, to not-so-subtle cyber-bullying."
"facebook me leaves us wanting to know more about what transpires in girls’lives and how they handle the considerable challenges of being a teenager in the Facebook age. The teenage girls in the show are eminently believable as, well, teenage girls (do they each dress that way in real life, we wonder?). They deserve kudos for their performances, which are honest, heartfelt, and emotionally engaging across the board. Perhaps even more impressive is the degree of sharp self-awareness they demonstrate in developing this material."
"Eye opening, thoughtful, and brutal, facebook me will make you think twice next time you decide to update your status. It highlights – in a way that few other things could – exactly how Facebook has reduced us all to High School students again who desperately need to be liked and “liked”, who tally up our friends in quantity not quality and who still think that a good picture with a good quote under it can tell the world who we really are.
“The Arts Effect has inspired a true expression of creativity, an outlet for thought, and most important, an interest in the humanities.”
“These sparkling young ones offer moments of sheer, hilarious glee! The [Arts Effect] girls have pulled an energetic show about female adolescent hell from their own small wells of angst.”–Village Voice
“The Arts Effect is a brilliant feminist intervention. It provides an incredible venue for acting and creating theater to allow girls to discuss the issues that are actually affecting their lives. facebook me is so crucial because it acknowledges the value and importance of Facebook in the lives of young people, and challenges young girls to share ideas about how to better present, and connect with, their online and offline identities.”
“To understand the power of facebook me we have to understand the dangers of Facebook. Facebook encourages girls to exploit themselves and gives girls a false sense of community. facebook me is the antithesis of that – it’s showing girls what real communication is and how to really value others in real time.
“The Arts Effect offers a truly distinct experience, and it's great to see so many youngsters having the opportunity to pursue their dreams, especially in this day and age when the arts are the first things to go when budget cuts are needed.”
"The Arts Effect reaches out to kids and teens with the most insightful, empowering and creatively sophisticated approach to acting I have seen. They offer the kind of workshops that young actors NEED to learn the craft of acting for theatre and film in a most unique and soulful way. They're the real deal."