"Kathe Kollwitz, a German expressionist artist who lived through and portrayed the horrors of two world wars, makes a fittingly dramatic subject in E. Thomalen’s ‘Seed for he Planting’. (It) introduces audiences to the individual behind some of the most powerful prints and sculptures to come out of Germany during the first half of this century. Mr. Thomalen shows us a woman who was brave in both her day-to-day life and in her work. The play’s title, ‘Seed for the Planting’ is a line from Goethe referring to soldiers who died in combat, a subject that affected Mrs. Kollwitz artistically and personally (she lost a son in World War I and a grandson in World War II)…the emotional toll of Mrs. Kollwitz is represented ... tellingly by the searing reproductions of her work projected on the back of the set…"
The Baltimore Sun 7/17/1987
"‘Seed for the Planting’ is must see summer fare. All the actors do a creditable job…the three Old Women must be singled out for accolades. The playwright uses this trio much as Shakespeare used his three old hags as portents of doom…The set is a stroke of genius, incorporating the artist Kollwitz’s paintings as ever changing pictures on the walls. The audience is thereby given the opportunity to watch the progression of Kollwitz’s work from its earliest light form of innocent youth through the years which brought her acclaim and recognition to the time when her brush strokes showed the depression of the German people and led to her fall from favor."
The Northwest Star 7/15-22/1987