Haiku

Critics

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Reviews: 1

Audience

LemonMeter

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Reviews: 6

Haiku is about family, faith and miracles. Louise is a young woman with Autism who has brief intervals of cognizance where she speaks in beautiful haiku poetry. Her mother, Nell, has published the poems under her own name. When an older daughter, Billie, visits, she refuses to believe that her Louise composed the extraordinary poems. The issues of compassion and understanding are evident in this heartwarming one-act.

Reviews


Haiku is a not only poetic in its title, but also in its execution. The story is woven together with the strong energy of soul, truth, and human beauty. It's subject matter is of great importance, and this intimate team of actors and director have handled it with great courage, care, and style. Save your time and money this fringe season and set aside a few evenings to see this play. You won't regret it.

sweet - Connor Pacale


An incredibly touching story delivered so powerfully by three incredible actors. Under the brilliant direction of Mary Smith. This poetic show takes you on a journey with a compassionate mother, Christina Mcgrath, an autistic daughter, Morgan Abbot, and a strong grounded sister, Brianna Saranshock. This woman run show is heartbreakingly beautiful. The realistic portrayal of each character had me in tears rooting for each woman in their journey. A true collaboration of creatives and I devoured each moment presented to me. As I sat back and Shared this living room with these women I was transported to another place and time. It was truly the most rich experience. It made me think about what real theatre entails. People sharing real lives, conveying messages, starting conversations, making people walk slowly out of the theatre in a completely new mind space. As the final moments of the play were sinking in on us. Every fiber of my being was alight with so many different emotions. These women are insanely talented, nuanced and so deeply full of soul. This is a level of artistry that many talented young creatives aspire to be. If you feel like getting your world rocked a bit and leaving a theatre inspired and full, then this is definitely a show you MUST NOT MISS!

sweet - Savannah Rutledge


Waiting in the audience was a perplexing sound, music that was reminiscent of chimes in a bamboo forest, one wouldn't know what to expect. Then in walks a mother and a daughter, later another daughter which then unfold a story of different kinds of love and the anguish it can bring. The director brought upon herself a challenge which was very precisely met. It all takes place in a living room which has seen memories that roughed up carpets and ripped holes in couches but also brought warmth to a devoted family. One finds themselves within each person, the vacillation of staying or leaving and the teeter totter of belief and doubt. Each aspect of this production was carefully laid out on the stage as all other inhibitions fly away and the audience member becomes a part of the lives of each family member. Each word of Louise's haiku evoking an internal response, the conflict in Billie's eyes to trust and the struggle in her mother Nell to gain it is omnipresent and encapsulating as a whole. The actors went all in and left every piece of themselves within these human beings on the stage, flowing through the 30 minute play with a fluidity that makes one forget where they are completely. The tenderness between Billie and her sister Louise is captivating while the heartbreak going through Nell's body is everywhere as she struggles to love the one's that reminds her of her deceased husband. Her need to be accepted by her daughter is examined as there is light brought to an issue of approval among relationships that are generally expected to automatically have it. Bringing forth emotions one doesn't even remember they had, this play is a revelation and is so intricately beautiful that multiple viewings are necessary.

sweet - Rachel Frost


A beautiful story about family, love, compassion that needs to be told and seen. I had the privilege of seeing it twice. Cried both times. I highly recommend this play! Mary Smith has guided her actors beautifully in such a way that will tug at your heart. I will definitely be watching Haiku again this June.

sweet - YA


A story of womanhood. This play is a story of humanity, and through the lives of a family going through constant obstacles, these characters need each other, and through these obstacles comes a deeper connection with one another of understanding. The sisterhood in this play is a great story to be told that is about putting aside our differences of judgment so that we can see what is true and honest of our loved ones in our lives. The story is very intimate, taking place in a living room. There, we as the audience are taken in to the point we feel right there with them. The honest portrayals of these characters serve truth to the writing of the play and I as an audience was moved and uplifted. I was taken through a rollercoasters of feelings throughout this play. After finishing watching this play, that was what I appreciated the most. I appreciated that this play is a reflection of life, as it is a roller coaster into the unkown and how we as humans have to make choices that we must have to face and endure. The beauty in this play was that each character was not alone. They each loved each other and would do anything for each other. The actors' vulnerability was an inspiration to artists and human beings going through their everyday life. This story is a story of family, womanhood, empowerment, love, and truth. Being that we all live this life once, we should spend it watching plays that matter and give voices to those who don't have the chance.

sweet - Justice McLean-Davis


A truly beautiful story, wonderfully directed and performed. One of the strongest aspects of this production is the tight-knit intimacy, not only between the characters on stage, but also between the cast and the audience. Almost every moment in this play seems so personal, so private, and to be seated there watching these moments unfold almost seems like an invasion of privacy that you can't stop yourself from committing. I highly recommend it!

sweet - Joseph Marcelo


Haiku is a not only poetic in its title, but also in its execution. The story is woven together with the strong energy of soul, truth, and human beauty. It's subject matter is of great importance, and this intimate team of actors and director have handled it with great courage, care, and style. Save your time and money this fringe season and set aside a few evenings to see this play. You won't regret it.

sweet - Connor Pacale


An incredibly touching story delivered so powerfully by three incredible actors. Under the brilliant direction of Mary Smith. This poetic show takes you on a journey with a compassionate mother, Christina Mcgrath, an autistic daughter, Morgan Abbot, and a strong grounded sister, Brianna Saranshock. This woman run show is heartbreakingly beautiful. The realistic portrayal of each character had me in tears rooting for each woman in their journey. A true collaboration of creatives and I devoured each moment presented to me. As I sat back and Shared this living room with these women I was transported to another place and time. It was truly the most rich experience. It made me think about what real theatre entails. People sharing real lives, conveying messages, starting conversations, making people walk slowly out of the theatre in a completely new mind space. As the final moments of the play were sinking in on us. Every fiber of my being was alight with so many different emotions. These women are insanely talented, nuanced and so deeply full of soul. This is a level of artistry that many talented young creatives aspire to be. If you feel like getting your world rocked a bit and leaving a theatre inspired and full, then this is definitely a show you MUST NOT MISS!

sweet - Savannah Rutledge


Waiting in the audience was a perplexing sound, music that was reminiscent of chimes in a bamboo forest, one wouldn't know what to expect. Then in walks a mother and a daughter, later another daughter which then unfold a story of different kinds of love and the anguish it can bring. The director brought upon herself a challenge which was very precisely met. It all takes place in a living room which has seen memories that roughed up carpets and ripped holes in couches but also brought warmth to a devoted family. One finds themselves within each person, the vacillation of staying or leaving and the teeter totter of belief and doubt. Each aspect of this production was carefully laid out on the stage as all other inhibitions fly away and the audience member becomes a part of the lives of each family member. Each word of Louise's haiku evoking an internal response, the conflict in Billie's eyes to trust and the struggle in her mother Nell to gain it is omnipresent and encapsulating as a whole. The actors went all in and left every piece of themselves within these human beings on the stage, flowing through the 30 minute play with a fluidity that makes one forget where they are completely. The tenderness between Billie and her sister Louise is captivating while the heartbreak going through Nell's body is everywhere as she struggles to love the one's that reminds her of her deceased husband. Her need to be accepted by her daughter is examined as there is light brought to an issue of approval among relationships that are generally expected to automatically have it. Bringing forth emotions one doesn't even remember they had, this play is a revelation and is so intricately beautiful that multiple viewings are necessary.

sweet - Rachel Frost


A beautiful story about family, love, compassion that needs to be told and seen. I had the privilege of seeing it twice. Cried both times. I highly recommend this play! Mary Smith has guided her actors beautifully in such a way that will tug at your heart. I will definitely be watching Haiku again this June.

sweet - YA


A story of womanhood. This play is a story of humanity, and through the lives of a family going through constant obstacles, these characters need each other, and through these obstacles comes a deeper connection with one another of understanding. The sisterhood in this play is a great story to be told that is about putting aside our differences of judgment so that we can see what is true and honest of our loved ones in our lives. The story is very intimate, taking place in a living room. There, we as the audience are taken in to the point we feel right there with them. The honest portrayals of these characters serve truth to the writing of the play and I as an audience was moved and uplifted. I was taken through a rollercoasters of feelings throughout this play. After finishing watching this play, that was what I appreciated the most. I appreciated that this play is a reflection of life, as it is a roller coaster into the unkown and how we as humans have to make choices that we must have to face and endure. The beauty in this play was that each character was not alone. They each loved each other and would do anything for each other. The actors' vulnerability was an inspiration to artists and human beings going through their everyday life. This story is a story of family, womanhood, empowerment, love, and truth. Being that we all live this life once, we should spend it watching plays that matter and give voices to those who don't have the chance.

sweet - Justice McLean-Davis


A truly beautiful story, wonderfully directed and performed. One of the strongest aspects of this production is the tight-knit intimacy, not only between the characters on stage, but also between the cast and the audience. Almost every moment in this play seems so personal, so private, and to be seated there watching these moments unfold almost seems like an invasion of privacy that you can't stop yourself from committing. I highly recommend it!

sweet - Joseph Marcelo