Non-Registered Critics: Angie Hoover

Nov

Death and Cockroaches

The show tells of a common experience from a vantage point that is timely and unique, and while the magical elements are underutilized, and the script is unrefined, the performances and character-driven dialogue make it an interesting and highly personal piece that is worth seeing.

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Aug

Pizza Man

The issue remains, however, that writing is the foundation of a theatrical production; if a script is poorly executed, there is only so much that acting, direction, and set decorations can do to elevate it. It is a regrettable phenomenon that this play keeps getting produced, but maybe the future will bring a somehow dark and poignant rendition that delivers on its promise.

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Aug

Famous

It is unfortunately a downfall of the production that the characters, most specifically the villains, are one-note, lacking a human complexity which fosters an emotional connection for the audience. The protagonists feel slightly more fleshed out, revealing both likable and dislikable qualities that make them somewhat authentic. Regardless of its flaws, however, the piece has something to say, and the technical elements come together so beautifully that the audience leaves reflecting on both large societal problems and deeply personal issues.

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Jul

Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde

The dialogue, performed with perfect synchronicity, is snappy and silly, with quick and clever pacing that falls somewhere between an episode of Dudley Do-Right and a live Abbot and Costello routine. The writers use every literary device at their disposal to point subtly and artfully to the idea that human beings can only find peace through forgiveness and integration of their darkest selves. Any person who resentfully waits tables to pay off a $40,000 degree in English literature can take solace in their ability to perceive the nuances within. - RECOMMENDED

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Jun

The Crucible

The production is worth attending for the final two scenes alone, where all elements come together in such a way that the audience feels they are watching intimate moments between husband and wife, — though they are, in reality, sitting among one hundred spectators in a chilly canyon.

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Jun

DOROTHY & ALICE: AN AERIAL PLAY

Lead aerialists Malles and Miklas, under the direction of Colleen Dunleap, are energetic and buoyant, capable of keeping the show moving without rushing it along. Although their childlike delivery can be a bit grating, it helps to fortify a tone that is both imaginative and delightfully creepy. ...Dorothy & Alice is a theatrical acid trip that leaves the audience feeling inspired and excited for what the company will create next.

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Jun

House of Tales

The production is disjointed, messy, and desperate to be original, but in its desperation, it is somewhat endearing. There is no doubt that this collective is passionate about performance art and that their contrived efforts are merely a stage in their artistic development. The desire to give insight to the audience is clear, but a production can't succeed on artistic intention alone. House of Tales tries so incredibly hard to do everything right, but ultimately, it reads as a collective of amateurs playing at an art form they don't yet understand.

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Jun

THE STUDY

The Study, directed by Jared Tyrel Pixler and written by David Evan Stolworthy, is mostly dead but slightly alive. The piece pays homage to 80s slasher films, and while it succeeds at including the audience in an interesting way, its attempt to frame the experience as a psychological study is clunky, underdeveloped, and distracts from the production's true strengths.

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