Non-Registered Critics: Kat Michels

Jun

Last Christmas

Evan McNamara's characterizations of the people in his life were on point, and he was able to maintain the fast-pace of what felt like a train about to derail through to the end. McNamara's performance is truly impressive. Aiding in this performance is a brilliant script by Matthew Bulgo. Between Bulgo's words and McNamara's performance a bare black-box theater was transported into an office party, an English pub and a lonely, snowy Christmas eve night.

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Jun

Jane Austen's Emma Frankenstein

As a self-proclaimed book nerd I loved the literary jokes, but missed the point of the old TV jingles. Judging by the laughter they elicited, other people got those. So there's enough in there to cover a wide range of interests. The actors are also well aware of the type of show they are in and act accordingly - no one is too small, no one is too big, they're all just right. Which can be tricky to pull off, so I applaud the production for that.

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Jun

The Importance of Being Oscar

While I enjoyed Richard Abraham's portrayal of Oscar Wilde, that wasn't enough for me to enjoy the show as a whole. The Importance of Being Oscar presents Oscar Wilde post-jail in three vignettes where he meets with a colleague, his estranged wife and his fictional character Dorian Gray. These encounters occur in three different years according to the program. However, the direction doesn't make this clear, leaving the play to feel as if Wilde has one really long emotionally packed afternoon. There are also no breaks for Wilde or the audience. Bad news and poor tidings pile one on top of the other with nothing lighthearted to break them up for even a moment, leaving a depressive cloud over the whole affair.

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Jun

Laertes Loves Hamlet Loves Ophelia

Laertes Loves Hamlet Loves Ophelia, takes on that premise and delivers a truly intriguing look at one of the classics... Despite the excellent work of the ensemble, the script itself has left me with a number of questions and I can't decide if that is a bad or a good thing. The one thing that I am absolutely sure about, is that when the lights went down at the end, I wanted a second act. The play was at a natural stopping-point, but I had been pulled into this new telling of a well-known story and I wanted more. ...I highly recommend checking this one out.

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Jun

BlackBalled

Luckily the actors in this production were good. Asia Lynn Pitts, as Effa Manley, brought a spunk and much needed energy to her character that was a breath of fresh air. She was also able to hang on to her East Coast accent flawlessly. Robby Devillez, as John Fletcher, brought an urgency and excitement to his part that was a nice change of pace. There are moments in this play that work, but as a whole the script approaches the topic from an awkward angle and tries to take on too much for an hour long play.

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Jun

Yellow Wallpaper

The actors did an admirable job with the script they were given. Tatum Langton, as Jane, was brilliant. Especially since the majority of her part required her to react to what was happening around her. Matt Hudacs, as John, walked the line between caring/condescending husband perfectly.

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Jun

The Craftlesque

If you've never seen the movie The Craft, I recommend learning the plot online before attending, or there will be some moments that probably won't make sense. For everyone else, Craftlesque is a great stroll down memory lane … in lingerie … and pasties.

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Jun

A Mile In My Shoes

A Mile in My Shoes has left me with mixed feelings. Kathryn Taylor Smith is a highly skilled performer and the content/message of this play is gorgeous. Through monologues, dance and visual projections Smith introduces the audience to a number of different homeless people and the people they encounter - both those who help make their lives better, and those who wish they would just go away. It is clear that Smith has spent a lot of time with homeless people and has great compassion for them. For this alone, I would say go and check out the show.

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Jun

From Toilet to Tinseltown

This was clever and witty for a joke or two, but it failed to lend any substance or growth to the character.

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Jun

Spaceman

...That being said, there is a kernel of something great in there that if properly excavated could easily be polished. If this were a workshop production, I would say that it has potential. As a fully realized script, it fails flat.

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Jun

Black When I Was A Boy

As hard as it was to watch these moments and empathize with the pain and rage he felt, the overall feel of the piece was hopeful...this is a solid #SeeItLA.

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Jun

Meanwhile, Back at the Super Lair

Meanwhile Back at the Super Lair has some good one-liners and some witty banter, but as whole it doesn't have feet to stand on.

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Jun

STILL

The cast of three is stellar, and keep their performances subtle and nuanced to fit the mood and feel of the play. They are able to move seamlessly from one vignette to another to keep the pacing steady, driving straight to the end.

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Jun

Baby Boy

My only complaint with this piece is that after the fantastic open, the pacing at the beginning was slow and there was an entire section that was amusing, but contributed nothing to the overall message of the piece...But even with this drawback, Baby Boy is a highly enjoyable play by an exquisite performer.

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Jun

Easy Targets: Artists and Heroes

The actors themselves capitalized on those moments and were quite brilliant in their roles, trudging through their material despite the dozens of socks hurtling towards them. So grab some cash to buy your ammunition, and enjoy a unique theater experience that will have you laughing out loud.

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Jun

The Women of Lockerbie

This play is truly an ensemble piece, and everyone pulls their weight equally. Each character is fleshed out and unique, even the three chorus members which is impressive. While this play's topic is heavy, director Jim Blanchette has managed to work in moments of levity and the overall feeling is of searching for hope instead of escaping grief. It is truly a beautiful play about a horrible situation, that won't leave you completely gutted at the end. That being said, you're still going to want to bring some tissues.

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