culturebot (May 20, 2006):
"On Thursday night I attended the opening of Peter Rose's
show Cleansing the Senses and was really moved. ...
Peter brings a level of attention and presence to the stage that one rarely
sees. He's really and truly there and he's actually doing whatever he's doing.
Rose is asking the audience to engage in a profound dialogue, to step out
of time and into sacred space, to go with him on a journey that you don't
nytheatre.com - Martin Denton (May 18, 2006):
"... Cleansing the Senses, an extraordinary theatrical
happening all on its own, offers people who make, participate in, observe,
and/or love theatre in 2006 a unique opportunity to (re)discover where much
that we take for granted came from. ...
... Cleansing the Senses comes together as a powerful piece, one that touched
me deeply in a couple of places and provided me with important persepective
about a lot of things that matter to me in contemporary theatre art. ...
What the "score" doesnt' hint at, not at all, is the variety and physicality
of this remarkable work....
We leave the space - him, I presume, as well as us - in a state of heightened
engagement and awareness, our senses not only "cleansed" but purged, ready
to experience whatever's ahead with a renewed energy and sense of purpose.
This is truly an inspiring theatrical event. ...
But the shape of the show and its implementation amount to a master class
in the theatrical techniques that Rose and his contemporaries - disciples
of Grotowski all - pioneered two and three decades ago: more theatre history,
of a hands-on sort, not unlike the Wooster Group's most recent show, Poor
A riveting, affirming, transforming experience ..."