Non-Registered Critics: Cristen Brinkerhoff

Jul

Internal

It’s exciting to see They Played take on and execute something like Internal. It speaks to a versatility of thought, performance, and social commentary that shows the production company is continuing to grow and expand at an admirable pace, and that they are unafraid to test new concepts and adapt to an ever changing social and theatrical landscape. When I finally arrive back where I started, plucking the headphones from my ears, it is with a healthy suspicion of my own social sphere, and even myself. Internal, though it is at heart a horror story, holds up a cracked mirror to the Hollywood landscape and those who live within it, especially its audience, and there’s nothing scarier than that.

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Jul

Ghosts: A Whole New Immersive Theater

Dream Walker has limitless potential in the immersive theatre sphere, should they choose to take that route; they only need to instill a sense of audience agency, be it via presentation or interactivity, that makes the immersion palpable.  As such, this production of Ghosts is a welcome one, unfortunately marred by its mislabeling as “immersive;”  it functions perfectly well as an innovative approach to a traditional play without relying on a production style that it fails to execute.

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Jul

Unreal City

Unreal City, despite its many flaws, is a beautiful idea. It's a conceptual, artistic piece that will still appeal in many ways to poetry and theatre fans alike. 2Cents Theatre Group has gathered a group of dedicated actors that demonstrate great control and understanding of Eliot's work; no one appeared to merely recite lines, they dialogued with the prose. Any failure to connect that Unreal City suffers from is due to the play attempting to be far too many things at once.

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Jun

One Last Thing Before You Go

Vanek and Hageleit's brief but intriguing twenty-odd minute solo immersive piece is a fantastic opening to what deserves to be a longer show. It's the beginning of a strong foundation to a piece that hopefully will be expanded and remounted in the coming months; Vanek expertly uses his extensive live action role playing background to craft a multi-option experience that immersive theatre veterans will be pleased to experience, and newcomers to the genre will likely find very accessible.

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