Publicist: Matt Morillo

Jul

Red, White, Black & Blue

This consists of two 30 minute solo shows. I personally found Drowning a little more compelling than “Black n Blue” but I’m splitting hairs. Blaine Verdos and Adam Meredith are great storytellers and they both grip you right away and don’t you go until they leave the stage. Matthew Martin’s direction gets both actors to hit the right notes on the compelling scripts.
Two, tight, uncomfortable solo shows that make up a slick and entertaining hour.

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Jul

THE HUMAN[OID] EXPERIENCE

The cast was superb. Corduroy Chapman is hilarious as Alfred and then handles the turn to seriousness with perfection. Ammy Ontiveros takes the audience on a touching journey to find that elusive human connection we all seek. She also handles comedy well, scoring big laughs with all of her comic moments. She is a talent. And Malachi Beasley delivers great supporting work as two distinctly different characters.

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Jul

Transference

I’m not a believer in past lives by any stretch, but I also never dismiss anything completely until presented with proof. But this show takes that concept and puts a fun and interesting twist on it.

The script is clever and doesn’t waste any time and the cast is terrific. I’ve had the pleasure of seeing Esther Mira on stage several times and she always delivers the goods. And this show is no exception as the plays the perfect straight woman as Dr. Herbert to Lisa K. Wyatt’s fun and lively turn as Mrs. Clark.

The jokes in Jim Blanchette’s well written script are clever and these women bring them all home with great comic timing.

I’ll say no more to avoid potential spoilers. But I will say this show is worth your dime and time!

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Jul

BACCALAUREATE

I just loved how Saurabh refuses to take himself too seriously, allowing late comers in and essentially introducing them on stage as if they were part of the show. Instead of allowing them to be a distraction, he weaves them into his breezy storytelling style and continues the narrative. His story is fun, funny, and very familiar, and Saurabh is about as charming and likable as a person can be. He is a wonderful storyteller. Here he has crafted a delightful self-deprecating tale that most of us will relate to since most of us went through an awkward phase in our lives, or perhaps are still in one!

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Jul

Tommy's Room

Unfortunately it’s an all to familiar tale due to the myriad toxic aspects in our culture regarding homosexuality and masculinity. Don Storm’s script tackles the subject with sensitivity but does not shy away from the ugly, disturbing parts. Two game actors who deliver intense performances that hit hard. You can’t walk away from this without a pit in your stomach, and that is a testament to this whole team. Jesse Stevenson and Conor Sheehan hit all the right marks as they make you feel tremendous compassion for two young men whose awful behavior is caused by inner torment. Good stuff!

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Jul

What I Never Told You

This was not an easy one to sit through, and I mean that as a compliment. The emotions are raw and relatable and will hit you in the feels. The cast is superb with Amy Argyle being a particular stand out. She hits all the right notes with her character’s struggle and she absolutely breaks your heart. This is worth your time and dime. It's a heartbreaking show with great performances.

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Jul

Son of a Bitch

As a history nerd who is very familiar with Lee Atwater, I couldn't wait to see this and it did not disappoint. It's an informative, well-written, well-acted play that unfolds like a movie on stage. If you ever wonder how our politics got so dirty, well this is the show for you. You will be entertained, informed, and appalled. Great stuff!

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Jul

Rory and the Devil

As a history nerd I was hooked immediately as I am familiar with the Irish-British conflict of yesteryear. The script perfectly humanized characters and showed how otherwise decent people, who under normal circumstances could be friends or lovers, can hate each other due to tribal conflict or nationalism. The cast was excellent with Jennifer Lane Oakley a particular highlight with her understated performance that pulls the piece towards its disturbing but inevitable climax. It's a nice slow burn towards a chilling climax built by excellent actors executing a solid script. If you’re into history or just good theater, check it out.

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Jul

No More Toys

The story is unfortunately a very familiar scenario in our current culture, and this play took a nuanced compassionate look at this problem. I feel that a faction of liberals in recent times has forgotten that compassion is supposed to be one of our core values. This show reminds us what can happen, and the difference that can be made, when we attack with compassion. Pierce Minor delivers a superb, understated performance and the supporting cast delivers top notch work. Special kudos to the actors playing hostages for remaining in character and always being interesting without ever pulling focus. That is not as easy as it sounds and they were all excellent.
Well executed, tense thriller that doesn’t go exactly where you think it’s going to go.

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Jul

The Color Collective

Royce and company present a fun hour of sketch, stand up and music. The cast delivers some great laughs in some very funny bits. The opening sketch about Mexican Standoffs is a particular highlight, as is the game show sketch. It seems this company is at its best when poking fun at social issues. They have that down. Fun cast! Clever stuff!

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Jul

Bunny the Elf LIVE!

Christi Pedigo is adorable, and charming and a wonderful storyteller. She takes you on a whimsical journey for purpose and it’s real, believable, and touching. I expected a delightfully fun hour. This was more than that. It's a super fun hour that surprises you with its heart at the end, courtesy of a gifted performer and storyteller.

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Jul

Supportive White Parents

My friend and I were in stitches. The cast is having a great time delivering the terrific material and they invite the audience in to have a great time with them. Every performance was spot on and Joy has the charisma, charm, and talent to carry the lead. She is a fantastic. She’s got great comic timing and her facial expressions, especially during her first musical number with her white parents, are priceless. Pay extra attention to them. You will be laughing! The performance I saw received a well deserved standing ovation. Joy is a talent to watch. A great premise, a terrific lead, and a lively cast add up to one great half hour. Joy is a utterly hilarious as a young woman who wants to follow her dream despite knowing it will break the heart of her immigrant parents who want her to be a doctor. This one is a must see.

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Jul

Leaving Prince Charming

Lara is a dynamic and charismatic performer with a clear grasp of this art form. It was funny, touching and insightful. Having recently seen a dear friend extract herself from a verbally abusive relationship made this hit close for me. And seeing Lara bring her liberation to live was very moving. This is a courageous performance by a brave, and talented young woman. She lights up the stage and makes you fall in love with her, and then she drags you down into the depths of an abusive relationship, then lights it up again with her story of liberation, all while giving important information and support to anyone who may be going through such an ordeal in their own lives. Just wonderful.

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Jul

FERTILE: A Conversation About the Expectation of Procreation

Heater Dowling takes a situation that too many of us are unfortunately familiar with and crafts a funny and touching tale of a a couple’s ordeal in conceiving a child. She plays a plethora of characters, all distinct and all seem to be people we all know which helps make this piece really hit home. From the old lady confidant to the sometimes befuddle husband and the woman who is confident in her choice to never have kids, you will recognize everyone because Heather brings them all to life! Solo shows are a lot more difficult than people realize and this one is pulled off splendidly. You’d be hard pressed to find a better solo show! There is a wait list for a reason. It's a great performance by a charismatic and talented woman in a terrific show that does not end the way you think it’s going to. Highly recommended!

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Jul

Ask A Black Woman

This was just a superb show. Shanara Sanders delivers a stellar 60 minutes and really brings you into her world, a world far too familiar for people of color, and a world far too unfamiliar to white people. Shanara tells some heartbreaking stories but also works in some hilarious humor, highlighting some issues in our culture that need to be addressed. As far as solo shows go, this is about as good as they get. It never fell into the trap of self indulgence (as many unfortunately do) and instead hooked you the entire time because of Shanara’s gift for storytelling, her amazing poetry, and her focus on important relatable issues. This is a must see and if it gets an extension (if it doesn’t it’s a crime) you must check it out. It's a confronting, insightful, upsetting, educational, funny, and important show courtesy of a gifted storyteller with buckets of charisma, talent and charm.

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Jun

To Richard!

Just a superb piece of work. A funny and touching story with tight writing, inspired direction and heartfelt and funny performances. Both actors switch from comedy to drama effortlessly. You will laugh and you will cry. But more importantly you will leave knowing you have seen a genuine human connection between two people who could not come from more different backgrounds.

Writer/Director/Star Jessica Durdock Moreno has been lighting up stages in NY, LA and Edinburgh
as a performer for years in award winning pieces. And all of that talent has seamlessly translated to the writer/director chair.

When you watch this you are clearly watching a gifted storyteller at work, a storyteller with her finger on the pulse of human emotions and a storyteller with as sharp a comic timing as you will find.

This is why this art form exists. This is story telling at its finest.

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