Awards and Reviews

 

 

WINNER!

McLaren Memorial Comedy Playwriting Competition

 

WINNER!

Best Stage Play

World Series of Screenwriting Competition

 

WINNER !

TRU New Voices Play Festival

 

WINNER!

Northern Writes Playwright Festival

 

 - Finalist, Ashland New Plays Festival, Ashland OR
- Finalist, Best Stage Play, Beverly Hills Screenplay Contest, Beverly Hills, CA
- 3rd Place out of 1,000 scripts: WriteMovies International Screenplay Competition, Beverly Hills, CA
- Semi-Finalist, HRC Showcase Theatre, Hudson NY
- Semi-Finalist (Top 10) Stanley Drama Award, Staten Island, NY
- Honorable Mention, Ohio State Newark New Play Contest, Newark OH
- Quarter Finals in The Happy Writers Contest. Out of 953 scripts, 200 were put in the Quarter Finals

 

REVIEWS

Norwegian American Weekly

NoHo Arts

Theatre Spoken Here

Tolucan Times

North Hollywood/Toluca Lake Patch

Stage Happenings

Stage Scene L.A.

Accessibly Live

Observations Along the Road

  "If you love the comedy, ‘It’s a Wonderful Life,’ this modern variant by playwright Phil Olson is just for you!”  - Theatre Spoken Here

 

  “This is a MUST SEE to make your holiday complete!” - NoHo Arts

 

  “Time rarely moves so fast on stage as in ‘Mom’s Gift.’ The rapid-fire succession of uproarious one-liners and poignant family

  revelations brings the audience to the completely unexpected surprise ending in what seems like a flash!”

- Norwegian American Weekly

 

  “A rare treat! If it is indeed holiday entertainment you are looking for, Olson’s play will fill those emotional gaps and turn a routine holiday into an unforgettable journey towards forgiveness, love and self-transformation. It is a unique theatrical experience!”

- The Tolucan Patch

 

  “A humorously poignant and thought-provoking story... Touching and hysterical in turns...Heartwarming and compelling...

  This story is a heartfelt cross between family dynamics, the loss of a loved one, and the power of love.”  - Tolucan Times

 

  “An audience pleaser!...There is a surprise ending that will not be divulged here, but suffice it to say, the result is an always engaging, funny evening of love and laughter.” - Stage Happenings

 

  “This new play by playwright Phil Olson, creator of the ‘Don’t Hug Me’ series of comedies, composes a play that is charming,

  bittersweet (more sweet than bitter), and most of all, is rather comical in terms of one liners and plot situations...Captivating, witty,

  and most of all, tells a story that speaks about a bonding between mother and daughter, even though this bonding is far from the ordinary.” - Accessibly Live

 

  “A crowd pleaser!...’Mom’s Gift’ demonstrates playwright Olson’s gift at creating the kind of old-fashioned feel-good comedy that hardly gets written anymore, one that not only provides ample laughs but more than a few tears when things take a dramatic turn in its surprise-twisty last half-hour....The popularity of Olson’s Don’t Hug Me series and the upcoming Samuel French publication of his latest could easily make “Mom’s Gift” a community and dinner theater favorite. That it is family-friendly fare is icing on the cake!”

 - Stage Scene LA

 

  “Wonderful!...There were numerous laugh-out-loud moments. Even better, however, were the twists in the second act. The ultimate resolution of the story was quite touching, and even brought a little dampness to the eyes. It demonstrated (yet again) that a well-written story is the heart of great theatre.  If you can get tickets, it is well worth seeing!” - Observations Along the Road

 

 

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