Publicist: Scott Langer

Jul

The Last PowerPoint

What I liked
Ben’s oddly charming and anxiously disgruntled portrayal of a corporate cog is delightful in this performance.

His wavering perseverance to give the audience what they came for helped give a somewhat dystopian atmosphere. The way his character communicates with the audience makes you feel like an idle machine eagerly waiting to to be satisfied, while also feeling human with patience and understanding towards the problems he faces throughout the show. It really sheds light on the emptiness of corporations and the desperation of its employees.

What I didn't like
I wished for a moment for Ben’s character to break out of his timidness and exude a newfound confidence (albeit wouldn’t make this show’s ending so fun).

My overall impression
It is a lovely show with an even more lovely actor who keeps the audience curious and entertained.

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Jul

Raised By Wolves

What I liked
The show is going one-way then takes a hard, unexpected turn. The visual elements makes this more personal, authentic. The drama is heightened because of how it sneaks up on you after lots of levity.

Also, my father is Canadian so the Canada jokes hit hard for me.

What I didn't like
I wanted your father character to interact with the audience more. But that’s just nitpicking.

My overall impression
Marla Black is a dynamic, versatile performer- showcasing her comedic timing, wit, raw emotions, and beautiful sensitivity in this badass, brilliant one-woman show.

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Jul

The Bully Problem

What I liked
What an outstanding lead filled with charisma, commanding stage presence, and a kickass voice. I also found the lead bully to be perfect casting from his posture, facial expressions, and timbre in his voice. He was effective and wickedly fun, without being cartoonish.

Michael Gordon Shapiro is clearly in the upper echelon of songwriting – every single number has unforgettable lyrics, undeniable power to move you, is timeless, and spawns jealousy of singers in the audience thinking “I want to sing that.”

What I didn't like
I don’t know the logistics of mic-ing a handful of the actors, but some feedback was picking up from them. I was wondering if anyone needed to be mic’d at all.

My overall impression
90 minutes? What 90 minutes? This show flew by with timely songs with brilliant lyrics that endlessly charm, get stuck in your head, and make you smile the rest of your day.

In a world of bullies, cynics and critics- The Bully Problem reminds not just children, but everyone to stand up to evil forces and value community over opportunity.

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Jul

Mil Grus

What I liked
Jeremy Sapp stood out in this cast – his comedic timing, stage presence, and improv skills are so strong. He was simultaneously graceful and ogre-like. His demon meets charm-school grin was an absolute delight.

The chord wrapped around one of the players neck attempting suicide destroyed me. Absolutely mental and hilarious.

What I didn’t like
Needs to be tightened up- some bits lagged (parking/word play/red head lamps/sorry). By shortening certain bits the cast doesn’t run out of improv steam, and by increasing the pace it will accentuate the beautiful madness.

Avoid throwing dangerous items into the crowd, a woman almost lost an eye from a flag.

My overall impression
Let me preface this by saying this is positive – Pure, unadulterated chaos and madness. At times absurd or bizarre, other times charming, but I would categorize this as anarchist theatre – a show that makes the rules, hates the rules it created, makes new ones, then makes fun of them and then the audience.

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