In “Faith Healer” we meet “the Fantastic Francis Hardy,” a traveling faith healer whose gift is genuine if capricious, as well as Grace and Teddy, who complete the traveling band. These three individually tell us stories of their shared history. While the events they relate are essentially the same, the details are widely discrepant in each version. Which tale is true ultimately becomes less important than the increasing understanding that each person creates their own version as a balm when the challenges become too great.
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Faith Healer Reviews
Daily Herald - Highly Recommended
"...For all that, “Faith Healer” is a moving, immensely satisfying play. It demands first-rate acting and nuanced direction, which Buffalo Theatre Ensemble delivers in a thoroughly captivating revival staged by Brad Armacost and featuring ensemble member Bryan Burke in the title role."
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Chicago Stage Standard - Recommended
"..."Faith Healer" is both deceptively simple on the surface and emotionally complex underneath. We all need something to believe in, even in a Godless world. It is a delicate, elusive piece of oratory that demands rapt attention and top-notch actors, the latter of which Buffalo Theatre Ensemble earnestly supplies. Carolyn Klein's emotionally desperate Grace is enormously moving, and Steve Pringle is marvelously entertaining and poignant as Teddy. There is nothing flashy or charismatic in Bryan Burke's introspective miracle man Frank, but he is all the more believable as a fundamentally flawed human being. Audiences accustomed to flashy entertainment and traditional dramatic storytelling may want to skip this one. But as an acting workout, BET's quietly mesmerizing trio plays Friel's chamber cantata eloquently under Brad Armacost's finely tuned direction."