Magic Trick (2015)


Caps Lock Theatre with Jack Sharkey, Executive Producer presents:


a story of heartbreak and burlesque

by Mariah MacCarthy
directed by Christina Roussos


Kim Gainer*
Ethan Hova*
Chet Siegel*
Stage Kitten: Gina Doherty


Lights: Lois Catanzaro
Sound: Gerry Marletta
Costumes: Allison Dawe
Set: Tim McMath
Dance: Sidney Erik Wright
Fights: Jesse Geguzis
Stage Manager: Laura Hirschberg*
Production Manager: Tzipora Kaplan
ASM: Julia Veeh

Producers: Leta Tremblay and Mariah MacCarthy
Associate Producers: Sarah Matteucci and Daniel John Kelley


Mariah MacCarthy (’s 2012 “Person of the Year”) reunites with director Christina Roussos on their 2012 New York Fringe festival hit Magic Trick (winner of the Lotos Foundation Prize in the Arts and Sciences and the Doric Wilson Independent Playwright Award).

A three-hander as surprising as it is sexy, Magic Trick subverts audience expectations we don’t even know we have. Bana, a beautiful paraplegic who everyone falls in love with, is missing. Eric, her (ex?) boyfriend, can’t find her. Clara, that burlesque dancer they almost had a threesome with, gets naked and won’t leave his apartment. And just when he thinks it might all be over, Eric finally finds Bana…on the burlesque stage.

Magic Trick is a nonlinear story of heartbreak and burlesque, jumping time in the tradition of Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and The Last Five Years. With characters that are complicated, funny, and above all human, MacCarthy paints a portrait of people figuring out what it means to be in love while also staying true to oneself.

August 27-September 12, 2015
The Studio Theatre at Theatre Row


Press for Magic Trick:

“There’s some good work happening on that stage…Ms. Siegel imbues Bana with warmth, fragility and a mischievous sense of humor that make her magnetic. Mr. Hova is quite funny, too; they have a lovely chemistry.” –The New York Times

“Great comedic timing…hilarious moments…The actors here are such an insanely talented bunch…Every moment is polished, and director Christina Roussos wows with her crafting of the production…Mariah MacCarthy’s fantastic script includes dialogue unmatched by most of the shows I have seen in my lifetimebreathtaking awesomeness and incredible ideas…This show has come a long way from its start at the New York Fringe festival to this stint at 42nd Street’s Theatre Row. This is a fantastic second production.” –Theatre Is Easy


“An audacious and engaging work…Clara [is] played with laser sharp sexiness by [Kim] Gainer…energetic, bawdy, and amusing…[Chet] Siegel and Gainer are a perfect combination and their chemistry…is erotic and endearing. [Ethan] Hova also brings a smoldering allure into the trio as the jilted lover and Gina Doherty delivers some sass to the mix as the stage kitten…thanks to MacCarthy’s knack for creating authentic dialogue for her characters, the piece is hugely successfulMagic Trick is impressive, thoughtful, and worthwhile theater.” –Manhattan Digest
For the last production we did of Magic Trick, click here.