Publicist: David Lucarelli

Jun

THE STUDY

With the immersive conceit that the audience is taking part in a study about the nature of fear, this show sets itself apart. What results is a sort of choose your own adventure where the majority opinion of the audience rules, and the characters in the Rob Zombie Devil's Rejects like horror story, live or die as a result of those choices.Good effects, and intense atmosphere. The hillbilly killers are genuinely scary and the actors who play them commit fully. One caveat: When you have a show that is different every night, the effectiveness of the pacing will vary along with the audiences' choices.

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Jun

Final Preparations

A cosmetic mortician spends the night alone with a corpse in a morgue, and things start to go wrong. Poe is a great character, totally inhabited by the actor, who talks to himself and the corpse as the night takes a scary turn for the worse. You'd think it would be hard to pull off scares in a one man show, but Final Preparations does so effectively with some clever tricks.

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Jun

A Complete Waste of Time

Steve is funny and likable, as he takes us into his world, and shows us that world from his unique perspective. Steve Chang is all about the trip and the telling. And in this one man show, he tells us about the adventures he went on going to places to have experiences that anyone with any curiosity has probably wondered about, but never seriously considered doing. The difference is Steve had the guts to go and do these things, and the stories that are the result are hilarious and entertaining.

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Jun

The Witnessing

A chilling effective immersive paranormal horror piece.The show, with an imaginatively creepy story, great chemistry between the actors, and fine attention to detail, takes the audience down the rabbit hole of going from logical debunking of the supernatural, to turning the audience into a roomful of terrified believers!

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Jun

blue night/perilous night

One woman show artfully tells the film noir story of a hard boiled female detective with poetic word play. Piece by piece the twists and turns of the mystery are revealed, and like any great noir tale, the final twist is one you never see coming! The actress deftly moves from character to character, and we always know who is who, and what's happening. An original noir story that stands along side some of the classics!

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Jun

Hush

An intense, artsy burlesque dance show that is both sensual and creative as it examines the fetish of dolls, both plastic and human. The standout vignettes were the ones that drew parallels between the little girl playing with her toys and painting, and the embodiment of those activities with the dancers. A little girl draws a green haired woman who comes to life. A doll is suspended by balloons to hang in mid-air, and then a dancer is similarly hung with the elaborate and artistic tying of ropes around her body. Overall, a good balance of the sensual, and the cerebral. I look forward to future shows from this new troupe.

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Jun

The Importance of Being Oscar

A captivating look at the final tragic post prison years of Oscar Wilde's life. The play heavily uses actual quotes from Wilde, and his timeless wit is just as clever and sometimes profound now, as it ever was. All of the actors inhabit their roles very capably. The actor who plays Wilde is entirely believable as the world's most clever man who has been beaten down by the world and whose options are running out. The actor who plays Dorian captures the dapper and dangerous perfection of perhaps Wilde's ultimate creation. Serving a shot of absinthe at the start is a very nice touch as well. Only the final line of the play didn't make sense to me. There's a better way to end it.

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Jun

Feast

A dark, twisted horror comedy that only gets more so as it progresses, and revels in sticking the audience's nose right in its adorably sick heart. A drawing room comedy (or dining room) with hilariously heightened and stylized over the top acting, about a family that borrows a bit from Edward Gorey, and the Adams Family, although it ultimately makes the Adams Family look like the Brady Bunch. A play that knows exactly what it wants to be, and makes no apologies about going for it! The chemistry between the two leads, the “couple” is palpable and infectious.

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Jun

A Very Die Hard Christmas

A hilarious dead bang on musical parody of the Die Hard movie! Perfectly skewers all the inherent absurdities of the classic Hollywood blockbuster. The problem of having to recreate a multi million dollar action movie on a small stage with a bare bones number of performers lends itself to lots of low tech but creative and laugh out loud solutions. Filled to the brim with witty asides. The star of the show has Bruce Willis down to a tee! I would highly recommend you see Die Hard before coming to the show if you haven't already. Otherwise, a lot of the humor is going to go over your head, and that would be a shame!

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Jun

Eyes of the Blind

An intense and effective Gothic horror drama set in the modern day, about a woman dealing with loss, and haunted by the past. The wraith like movements of the “demon,” perfectly compliment the effective makeup to make for a genuinely disturbing stage presence. The religiously pious father who can turn from loving to toxic in a heartbeat is equally chilling in his performance.

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Jun

DR NYMPHO VS THE SEX ZOMBIES

What if Rocky Horror and Night of the Living Dead had a nearly pornographic baby full of witty lines and lyrics and high energy dance numbers with a live band? You'd have Doctor Nympho! The live band was cracking, and the stage was filled with so many erotically charged high energy dancers doing tight choreography that it was impossible not to get caught up in the fun of the show. The revealing of tassels or tape on breasts at the climax of several dance numbers seems a vestigial remnant of the show's burlesque roots. Perhaps it needs to be limited to a reveal of only the lead, and all the dancers at the end. Otherwise, it starts to feel like we're hitting the same note over and over.

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Jun

SURVIVAL CHECK

A very funny, and fun play about four people who go camping and end up in a sort of live action Dungeons and Dragons game. The play was amusing and entertaining enough on its own, but the fact the plot is ultimately grounded in real life topics like disease, loss, and how we deal with it gives the show a real depth as well.

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Jun

Yellow Wallpaper

A well done and intense horror story about a young woman who may or may not be losing her mind, staying in a house that may or may not be haunted. The interactive video wall was put to use to good effect. Actress Tatum Langton gives a standout performance as the main character who keeps us guessing about her true mental state!

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Jun

UnReel

Denzil Meyers revisits a pivotal night in his life long ago in an autobiographical one man show, and we find out that, for better or worse it has made all the difference! Denzil is able to shave more than 30 years off with a quick costume change and channel the spirit of an intellectual but rebellious teen, who as the pressure mounts to conform to society can't find enough solace in playing basketball or rocking out to his favorite band. Along the way there are many laugh out loud moments as he criticizes religion and the powers that be in the search for meaning in life. The idea that we are here to exalt God is skewered spot on with the line, “Surely, we're here to do something more than be God's fluffer!” What I didn't like Perhaps it would be a violation of the meaning of the play, but I'd like to know what happened the next day. The play hints at a dark outcome, but leaves the result of the inciting incident in the story somewhat ambiguous.

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Jun

Alternative Acts: The Leftovers

A series of a half dozen entertaining short one acts that run the gamut from the internal monologue of a person at prayer to cutting edge absurdist comedies. Each play quickly establishes itself and the characters in the story. But within that framework the writers and actors are not afraid to take chances and be quirky, resulting in quite a few laugh out loud moments. I would pair three of these plays together (Front Lines, Whitefish, & Closet at Supper) that are more reality based and naturalistic in tone and expand them into a show of similar one acts, and then take the other 3 (Francis of The Seregeti, Metro Sex Y'All, and SoulMates), and expand them into a show of more absurdist plays.

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Jun

Phat Trane: FOUND

SPOILER: This play is an Andy Kaufman like ruse of epic proportions, that almost completely fooled me and I'm not the only one! The theatricality of the attractive nurse wheeling him out was the only thing that caused me to raise an eyebrow. That said, this play is a must see! Funny, poignant, and inspiring with great music. Phat Trane may be completely fake, but this play is the real deal. Perfectly captures the feeling of being a fly on the wall with an aging folk blues musician, learning pearls of hard won wisdom, laughing and crying all the way. Blind Willie McTell and John Lee Hooker are gone, but you can still have a life changing sit down with Phat Train! They should be selling a CD of these songs at the end of the show! I'd buy one.

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Jun

Unreal City

The large cast who never break character, and true choices that lead to very different experiences make this an extremely effective immersive experience. The puzzles presented are interesting and clever, and the dialogue makes excellent use of T.S. Elliot's wonderful language to tell its story.

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Jun

I Can Hear You Now

A delightful absurdist comedy that simultaneously skewers the vapidly of modern celebrity, and our worship of corporate America all while doing a dead on parody of Citizen Kane. The interplay between the audio visual material served dual purposes, to remind us how deep the most trivial images and phrases from advertising permeate our brains years later, and to allow just enough time for the quick costume changes that allow the star of this one man show to give Lon Chaney a run for the new “man of 1000 faces.”

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Jun

The Universe (101)

A witty and inspired magic show with great chemistry between the two lead actors that features hypnotism, time travel, quantum physics, metaphysics, time loops, and quite possibly the end of the universe. The mixture between low brow and high brow works perfectly. Theater of the absurd that had the audience completely enthralled. There's a reason it was a pick of the Fringe!

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Jun

INGERSOLL SPEAKS - AGAIN!

A captivating one man show by an actor who completely embodies a fascinating near forgotten historical figure, who was about a century and half ahead of his time in terms of his views of race, sex and religion. Full of witty and profound insights that are just as relevant today as they were when they were originally uttered. My favorite line, and I may be slightly paraphrasing here, was about how all societies, regardless if they are Christian or not, already have laws against killing because, “the vast majority of people tend to be against being murdered!”

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