Chris Jones writes in Chicago Tribune:
“Life teaches us that the funniest people we know often have been through the most personal trauma. You can see that with professional comedians, of course, and it can lead them into trouble. And you might well be able to see it with someone in your own family. Laughter can be the only coping mechanism available.
Small Jokes About Monsters, a new play by a Chicago-based actor-writer named Steven Strafford now at the small 16th Street Theater in Berwyn, is an uncommonly raw and moving exploration of that intersection: it is a sweet-and-sour meditation on whether or not it’s healthy to laugh at really terrible things…
…Strafford is a very funny guy… Cruz (as Ryan) is just fabulous throughout. 3 Stars!”