"History comes alive and this company of strong and compelling actors makes you care about the sometimes unbelievable chain of events that led Francis Scott Key to the deck of the HMS Tonnant in 1814....Director Sarah Hankins makes the most of the stage space, ingeniously conveying a wide array of settings from battlefield to parlor to ship’s deck."
- DC Metro Theater Arts
"Through a discussion of music and anthems, Pappas has deftly shown how every new struggle, such as the fight to maintain American independence, is actually an old one."
- DC Theatre Scene
"Good new history plays are hard to find, but the New York-based Hunger & Thirst Theatre Collective has one in its Capital Fringe Festival entry Contrafact of Freedom...It’s one of the sharpest performances of the festival so far... the troupe’s civic seriousness is infectious, and so is the confident style."
- Washington Post