Ain't That America

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Reviews: 2

Audience

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Reviews: 3

In this politically-charged drama, Red, an alt-right advocate, is bent on waking America up through violence. Pat, a traditional Conservative, must decide either to stop his only friend or follow him to infamy.

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This is a work that defies the common wisdom, which is common because it is wise. But Brahan and Schultz offer themselves up as the proverbial “exceptions that tests the rules.”

sweet - Ernest Kearney - www.thetvolution.com - ...read full review


Jim Vejvoda

A gripping, all too timely, and well-acted drama! The two young actors both deliver sharp, engaging performances and find the humanity in their characters — even when they are saying and plotting truly horrible things. The writing in the coda was a bit too on the nose, though.

sweet - Jim Vejvoda


Shari Barrett

I met actor John Brahan at the Better Lemons panel in which I participated, and he was so enthusiastic about this show, I knew I had to go see it. And even though the idea of anyone that far to the right of the political spectrum is abhorrent to me, the two actors in the play both gave amazing performances which riveted my attention from start to its surprising finish. Pulling story-forwarding props from trunks used as seats during the show, was an excellent way to keep the story flowing at a quick pace. Increasing the size of the cast to include others spoken about in the story would be a great addition when the play is increased in length and production values.

sweet - Shari Barrett - ...read full review


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Very well written and fantastically performed. Super relevant. As a Southerner, I was impressed by just how accurately they captured the sentiment of working class, small town white Southerners that I know well. I thought that it was both risky and brave to bring this to LA. I heard some comments from people who have never lived in the south, about the comedic nature of these two characters, and I certainly can understand and appreciate that. However, I was genuinely moved by the performances; the care and authenticity that each actor brought to the character, and the way that the story was told in such a familiar way- to any of us who grew up in the area, and what seems to be in small town USA all over- was endearing, and tragic, and a great reminder of why we have to keep fighting for progress and change and truth for all Americans.

sweet - Jessica Whatley


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"American History X" meets "The Trump Era" and this piece is the best show I've seen for this year's Fringe season. This play needs to be extended and invested into because it's "The Trump Era Play" everybody has been waiting for. I loved how unapologetic this show was to the truth of how some groups are thinking in this political climate today. The chemistry between John Brahan and Dan Schultz was captivating onstage. No matter how uncomfortable it may have been in the audience, the raw writing style mixed with superb acting left an impression on me at the end. That's what good theater tries to do, but great theater achieves. I would love to see this play developed into a full length version. Specifically, character development and maybe adding additional characters to the story line.

sweet - Matthew Domenico


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This is a work that defies the common wisdom, which is common because it is wise. But Brahan and Schultz offer themselves up as the proverbial “exceptions that tests the rules.”

sweet - Ernest Kearney - www.thetvolution.com - ...read full review


Shari Barrett

I met actor John Brahan at the Better Lemons panel in which I participated, and he was so enthusiastic about this show, I knew I had to go see it. And even though the idea of anyone that far to the right of the political spectrum is abhorrent to me, the two actors in the play both gave amazing performances which riveted my attention from start to its surprising finish. Pulling story-forwarding props from trunks used as seats during the show, was an excellent way to keep the story flowing at a quick pace. Increasing the size of the cast to include others spoken about in the story would be a great addition when the play is increased in length and production values.

sweet - Shari Barrett - ...read full review


Jim Vejvoda

A gripping, all too timely, and well-acted drama! The two young actors both deliver sharp, engaging performances and find the humanity in their characters — even when they are saying and plotting truly horrible things. The writing in the coda was a bit too on the nose, though.

sweet - Jim Vejvoda


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Very well written and fantastically performed. Super relevant. As a Southerner, I was impressed by just how accurately they captured the sentiment of working class, small town white Southerners that I know well. I thought that it was both risky and brave to bring this to LA. I heard some comments from people who have never lived in the south, about the comedic nature of these two characters, and I certainly can understand and appreciate that. However, I was genuinely moved by the performances; the care and authenticity that each actor brought to the character, and the way that the story was told in such a familiar way- to any of us who grew up in the area, and what seems to be in small town USA all over- was endearing, and tragic, and a great reminder of why we have to keep fighting for progress and change and truth for all Americans.

sweet - Jessica Whatley


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"American History X" meets "The Trump Era" and this piece is the best show I've seen for this year's Fringe season. This play needs to be extended and invested into because it's "The Trump Era Play" everybody has been waiting for. I loved how unapologetic this show was to the truth of how some groups are thinking in this political climate today. The chemistry between John Brahan and Dan Schultz was captivating onstage. No matter how uncomfortable it may have been in the audience, the raw writing style mixed with superb acting left an impression on me at the end. That's what good theater tries to do, but great theater achieves. I would love to see this play developed into a full length version. Specifically, character development and maybe adding additional characters to the story line.

sweet - Matthew Domenico