middle8

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A dramedy with live original music, Middle8 is about a fictitious Kansas City rock group played by the real-life LA-based band The Four Postmen.

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"There's much to recommend about writer/director Stefan Marks's musical play, Middle8. Refreshingly original with even more exhilarative acting, the premise basically follows Adam (a vulnerable Matt Kaminsky), who in mid-life is still trying to create that great rock opera, which he falters at — even with the support of wife, Cassidy (a multi-dimensional Brittany Joyner)."

sweet - Tony Frankel - Stage and Cinema - ...read full review


"MIDDLE8's special contribution to the theater must remain its music and the talented people who make this an unforgettable evening."

sweet - Elaine Mura - LA Splash - ...read full review


"Middle8 certainly shows sparks of promise; the acting is good and the music is grand. But the story's many loose ends dilute the play's overall impact. Ultimately though, it's a tale as painfully ordinary as it is relatable: some dreams just don't come true."

sweet-sour - Dana Martin - Stage Raw - ...read full review


"The dialogue and song lyrics flow naturally and provoke thought. But it is a group effort and the acting is cohesive. The Skype scene between Adam and Cassidy (Brittany Joyner) is so realistic one can almost taste the toast she is eating. When the remaining (think older) bandmates attempt to perform hip hop, the results are hilarious. We care about these people, we rejoice with them, we mourn with them."

sweet - Laura Voeth - Tolucan Times - ...read full review


"The talented Marks, who directed as well as wrote “Middle8,” might benefit from a very severe editor to help him locate the story he wants to tell in this promising material. On the other hand, as one of Adam's bandmates says of his rock opera, “You can't possibly cut everything you need to cut.”"

sour - Margaret Gray - LA Times - ...read full review


Kathy Flynn
"Middle 8 works best when it's a comedy. It's frequently hilarious and the musical numbers are just plain great, particularly the opening number with its three-part harmonies, and the boy band number that opens the second act, which is one of the funniest pieces of theatre I have seen this year. The male cast members are all members of The Four Postmen, and have obvious talent and musical chemistry."

sweet - Kathy Flynn - Discover Hollywood - ...read full review


"There's much to recommend about writer/director Stefan Marks's musical play, Middle8. Refreshingly original with even more exhilarative acting, the premise basically follows Adam (a vulnerable Matt Kaminsky), who in mid-life is still trying to create that great rock opera, which he falters at — even with the support of wife, Cassidy (a multi-dimensional Brittany Joyner)."

sweet - Tony Frankel - Stage and Cinema - ...read full review


"MIDDLE8's special contribution to the theater must remain its music and the talented people who make this an unforgettable evening."

sweet - Elaine Mura - LA Splash - ...read full review


"Middle8 certainly shows sparks of promise; the acting is good and the music is grand. But the story's many loose ends dilute the play's overall impact. Ultimately though, it's a tale as painfully ordinary as it is relatable: some dreams just don't come true."

sweet-sour - Dana Martin - Stage Raw - ...read full review


"The dialogue and song lyrics flow naturally and provoke thought. But it is a group effort and the acting is cohesive. The Skype scene between Adam and Cassidy (Brittany Joyner) is so realistic one can almost taste the toast she is eating. When the remaining (think older) bandmates attempt to perform hip hop, the results are hilarious. We care about these people, we rejoice with them, we mourn with them."

sweet - Laura Voeth - Tolucan Times - ...read full review


"The talented Marks, who directed as well as wrote “Middle8,” might benefit from a very severe editor to help him locate the story he wants to tell in this promising material. On the other hand, as one of Adam's bandmates says of his rock opera, “You can't possibly cut everything you need to cut.”"

sour - Margaret Gray - LA Times - ...read full review


Kathy Flynn
"Middle 8 works best when it's a comedy. It's frequently hilarious and the musical numbers are just plain great, particularly the opening number with its three-part harmonies, and the boy band number that opens the second act, which is one of the funniest pieces of theatre I have seen this year. The male cast members are all members of The Four Postmen, and have obvious talent and musical chemistry."

sweet - Kathy Flynn - Discover Hollywood - ...read full review