Publicist: Stacy Dymalski

Jul

Clementine

A realistic, relatable story about the dichotomy of motherhood ranging from never wanting to let your kids out of your sight to wishing they'd leave you alone for at least two seconds so you can go to the bathroom. April expertly sparks laughter through tears when she talks about how her life has evolved once she became a mother. I loved it. The writing is so truthful. There were several bits that absolutely pierced my heart with poignancy. My kids are in their twenties, but the memories of our family when they were little came flooding back with every word April spoke. Plus, I loved her set design. It was spot-on accurate and reminiscent of when everything in my house was some form of large colored plastic. Go see this show, then run home, call your mom, and tell her you love her.

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Jul

Dancing to the Edge of a Cliff: One Woman's Musical Mythological Journey toward Self-Acceptance

Margaret's positive personality shines through every moment of her story, giving us hope that everything will be all right, even through the darkest moments of her past. Even when she hits rock bottom, and dances dangerously close to the edge of that metaphoric cliff, she always figures out a way to revive her life and resurface to victory. This is a beautiful story of a woman finding her truth within by pushing herself to the limits of her comfort zone and beyond. She is an inspiration.

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Jul

Loose Underwear

A beautifully crafted story that shares one woman’s journey from her homeland of Czechoslovakia to the United States, and how it affected her and her relationship with her parents (especially her mother). Dagmar’s story is a wonderful metaphor of how generational differences define who we are, no matter how much we try to run from them. I especially love the message that, in the end, we have to accept our parents for who they are. Go see this show with your mom, if you can.

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Jul

Bunny the Elf LIVE!

A delightful story that shares the experience of a hopeful musical theatre actor doing what she can to make ends meet. It’s a journey any artist can relate to, no matter where their creativity falls. Christi Pedigo is an effervescent breath of fresh onstage as Bunny the Elf. I love how this story shows that, in the end, there’s always a way to make your creativity serve you and the world around you. Even though Christmas is the backdrop for the story, it’s a universal theme that works year-round.

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Jul

Pit of Goblins

What a funny, creative concept! I love stories that are different and out-of-the-box, but still entertaining and relevant. Pit of Goblins is definitely that. I love how the story combines humor and horror, two of my favorite genres, to justify the actions of a likable serial killer who found a way (with the help of a Pit of Goblins) to kill but not get caught. Similar in tone to Rocky Horror Picture Show, Mitchell Bisschop's irreverent sense of humor is priceless. There are tons of great lines in this show that if you blink, you’ll miss them. Writing like this keeps an audience on their toes. Go see this show, if you like different, smart comedy.

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Jul

Ask A Black Woman

I love the authenticity of Shanara's voice and the unapologetic way she tells her story. But the thing I loved the most is her spoken word poetry. She’s a wonderful writer and can slam with the best of them. A strong and powerful voice that shares one woman's truth based on her experience. It’s a perspective on American life that needs to be heard by men and women of all colors. You just keep speaking your truth, Shanara.

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Jul

Straight White Men Trying to Woke

I love sketch comedy when it’s done right. The pacing of these sketches flowed very well, leading us to punchlines that highlight ironically hilarious situations. Plus, I love the goodnatured poke at straight, white men trying to navigate a changing world that now considers women, LGBT, and people of color. It’s smart humor. The comedy writing in this production is so good, that several of the sketches are “SNL” or “In Living Color” worthy. Seriously, this is better than most of the stuff on network TV. If you like laughing, go see this show.

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Jul

Mandy Picks A Husband

The vulnerability of Amanda’s story is both relatable and endearing. We root for Mandy right out of the gate, as she takes us on her version of the ride to empowerment and self-acceptance that just about every human being experiences in their own way. We see ourselves in Mandy, and she gives us hope. Plus, as a fun literary device, Mandy occasionally breaks out in cover songs with new, original lyrics that act as a Greek chorus, which adds humorous commentary to her story. It’s a very element device that works well in the context of her show. I love it!

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Jul

The Journey of the Little Prince

The Little Prince is one of my all time, favorite stories. And Irina Kompa’s retelling of it in the span of 45 minutes totally works. She hits the highlights and main themes, but at the same time adds some new and interesting theatrical elements that keep this telling of the story fresh. I was totally engaged the whole time, and quite impressed by how the actors transformed themselves into multiple characters throughout the production. I don’t want to give too much away, but there are some creative uses of lighting that make watching the story a whole new theatrical experience.

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Jul

FERTILE: A Conversation About the Expectation of Procreation

Heather Dowling is a fabulous writer. Let's start there. She comically unfolds her journey so expertly that we hardly notice the pain (but it’s still there in just the right amount). She has a great way of expressing herself in a way that is completely relatable, whether you have kids or not. We’ve all desperately wanted something that was unattainable, and Heather bundles up that anguish and delivers it with laughter through tears. Plus, she is a master at characters. She believably transforms herself from one person to the next in a second. You almost think you’re seeing different people. Keep writing and performing, Heather. I'm a huge fan and I can't wait to see what you come up with next!

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Jun

The Oz Monologues

A clever take on hearing the innermost thoughts of all of the characters of The Wizard of Oz, the Oz Monologues is a visual treat and a ton of fun. With a hi-def backdrop as set design the director is able to take you anywhere he wants in the land of Oz and does not disappoint. If you're looking for something different and fanciful, go see the Oz Monologues, and then debate with your fellow viewers who had it the hardest in the land of Oz.

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Jun

UnReel

A very clever take on the classic one-man-play, Krapp's Last Tape, only instead of a 69-year-old man doing the soul-searching, it's a 17-year-old kid the night before he takes his college SAT exam. As you can image, things go wonky (not to give away the wonkiness) and the kid makes some mistakes we can all relate to, having survived being teenagers ourselves. This is an ambitious attempt to mimic/parody the writing style of Samuel Beckett, and mostly it works, so much so that those not familiar with Beckett's play may be lost in translation, because young Denzil says and does things that seem random if you don't know the play. Also, depending on how you interpret the ending of Krapp's Last Tape (which is purposely ambiguous, and has been debated in AP English classes for decades), you're not sure what fate lies for young Denzil at the end of the night. Since the playwright fully admits that this is his personal story, we know teenage Denzil did not kill himself. So then that begs the question, what happened the next day when young Denzil was supposed to take the SAT exam? Did he blow it off? Did he suffer through the test and bomb? What happened? Still, it's not enough of a quibble to take away from the experience. Make sure you see this with friends, as you'll want to discuss it together after you leave.

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Jun

It's Just My Life

The authenticity of these stories touched my heart deeply. All of these women storytellers relate to the audience in their own way, and each bears her soul to a roomful of riveted viewers. I thought the length of time each storyteller was given was perfect. (In fact, I wanted more when it was over.) Everyone got right to the point and held the audience's attention from beginning to end. Not one story was irrelevant and all were compelling.

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Jun

Nephew of the Universe

Rob Bruner's ease onstage makes him seem like you've known him forever. Even though his story is very unique, he has a friendly demeanor that makes him relatable and engages you to listen to what he has to say. Rob took what could've easily been a bitter childhood story and turned it into something almost whimsical, without making it grandiose or over-the-top. He shows us the parts of his crazy past that were deeply rooted in any coming of age story (pain, love, disappointment), which makes you feel for him as the main character in his own life.

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Jun

A Complete Waste of Time

It's always exciting to discover a new talent before anyone else. And Steve Chang is that rare, exceptional find. Are you looking for a thoroughly entertaining theatre experience? Then go see “A Complete Waste of Time.” It's far from a waste of time, but rather storytelling at its hysterical finest. Steve weaves stories we can all relate to, giving a voice to the politically incorrect things we all think, but never say (but wish we could). I never stopped laughing throughout the whole show!

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Jun

Sam Shaber: Life, Death & Duran Duran

Sam Shaber's mix of storytelling and original music weaves a tapestry of life to which we can all relate on some level, regardless of what you grew up to be. Her story is a wonderful metaphor of how acceptance of what life throws at you can lead to unexpected gifts. I love her storytelling method of going back and forth between a childhood "Sam" and the adult "Sam," which is reminiscent of creative storytelling in movies such as "The Sandlot," "Big," and "Stand By Me." Plus, Sam Shaber's original songs were an unexpected treat! I'd never heard of her before, but now, as a result of her show, I'm a huge fan of her music! I highly recommend you check out her songs on Bandcamp.

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