Frank Strausser premiered THE POWDER ROOM at the Court Theatre in Los Angeles on January 15, 2000 running through the month of February. It starred Academy Award best actress nominee and Golden Globe best actress winner Sally Kirkland.
"A terrific performance by Kirkland. Confrontations and revelations abound. We're not in Kansas anymore!"
"Explosive, strained, and emotional. The characters revel in self-revelation and one-on-one confrontation. There is no doubt Strausser has a sense for character development, dramatic action, and structure."
"One of the most dazzling evenings of theatre that I've seen."
"THE POWDER ROOM grabs your intellect, your heart, and your funny bone with its terrific scripting and performances. Playwright Frank Strausser tackles the subject of Man vs. Woman's views of life in a smart, intense, cleverly structured manner."
THE EASY READER
"A ferociously focused performance by Sally Kirkland."
THE LOS ANGELES TIMES
"I can't say enough about the new play. I've been raving about it to everyone who has crossed my path since seeing it. Wonderfully written. Deliciously fun and thought provoking theatre - a must see!"
"Sally Kirkland exudes intense charisma."
"A wickedly funny outing. Strausser makes us think about the world we live in, yet creates a forum for us, the audience, to decide what is right and what is unacceptable. Go see THE POWDER ROOM for Sally Kirkland's blistering performance - it's priceless - and Strausser's smart writing. Fun, fun, fun!"
"In this era of political correctness, a well-executed, searing send-up of one of the current party lines is like a breath of fresh air."
THE DAILY BREEZE
"Swings and sways with its political agendas. A definite must see!"
"Brilliantly captivating and relevant. Rating: 9"
UCLA DAILY BRUIN
"It's difficult to believe that a play dealing with female emotions at their deepest could have been written by a man, but author Frank Strausser has done just that - and the results are incredible. Extremely well acted, scripted, and directed, this production is unlike anything you're seen in awhile. Raw, emotional, dynamic, it doesn't get any better than this."
"Strausser, combining his own experience and his talents as a writer, was able to blend humor and seriousness of the subject without showing any faults in the fabric."
"These stories intelligently explore the chasm that exists between traditional notions of gender roles and the emotional realities of genuine relationships."