Movin' On Up

Critics

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Reviews: 4

Audience

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Reviews: 16

Thu Aug 22, 12:00am

Tessie Barressi (Joan)

The Watchman watching out

Gary Rubenstein (Lewis)

Jeffrey Wylie (The Watchman)

 

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It's funny-or-die-in-the-graveyard time when Jeremy Kehoe's absurdist, existential comedy, “MOVIN' ON UP”, makes its West Coast premiere at the 2018 Hollywood Fringe Festival at The Complex theater in Hollywood. “MOVIN' ON UP” made its world premiere at the New York International Fringe Festival, where it performed before sold-out audiences, was named one of the 10 Shows That Stand Out (Producer's Perspective), and was hailed by critics as “a short, fun romp of a good time”, who called Kehoe's dialogue, “reminiscent of a David Sedaris essay. His dialogue is witty, absurd, and unexpectedly endearing” (Theater Pizazz). “Movin' On Up” is directed by McKerrin Kelly, and features performances by Tessie Barresi, Gary Rubenstein and Jeffrey Wylie. For TICKETS, go to http://hff18.org/5109. For more show info, go to: www.movinonuptheplay.com.

Reviews

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"I almost wanted a remote control to rewind and replay the dialogue. Though I felt a little unclear at times, I was following everything being conveyed, I had a smile on my face throughout and laughed out loud at times. I was in awe of how well the actors delivered lines that conveyed heavy content/themes with a levity I particularly appreciate right now."

sweet - Megan Hanson


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"Dazzling dialogue; thought-provolkng ideas; a talented cast ... what more could you ask from en evening (okay, 60 minutes) of theater?"

sweet - Dan Perry


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"Thought provoking. Intriguing characters in an even more intriguing situation! Accomplished acting and directing support the astounding wordsmith(ery) of playwright Jeremy Kehoe."

sweet - Leslie Hardy


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"A sophisticated show about the meaning of life from the word master Jeremy Kehoe. Jeremy writes with irony and bite and brains."

sweet - Ann Ryerson Hall


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"Perfect length, great time to question your mortality, morality? With a perfect balance comedy. Enjoyed it very much."

sweet - lee Kingsley


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"A well-written, thought-provoking discussion on life and what comes after it. It was quick, light, and fun despite being a pretty weighty topic (and taking place in a graveyard)! I really liked that playwright Jeremy Kehoe avoided the pitfall of offering an opinion or an answer but rather explored the poignance and purpose of the questions themselves. There was plenty of snappy dialogue and clever wordplay to keep the audience entertained while the players are given free rein to subtly come to their own conclusions."

sweet - Jodi Harris


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"An interesting debate on our purpose/objective in life. I appreciated how they snuck in a Devo lyric, and how it really summed up the play for me: “Freedom of choice is what you got. Freedom from choice is what you want.” This is full of clever, witty dialogue and strong performances from the entire cast."

sweet - Jake Kornely


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"What's it all about? Does anything really matter? Deftly written and memorably acted – buckle up for 60 minutes of provocative existentialist dialogue that pokes at our tender spots and resonates for days after – Mr. Kehoe and the talented cast give the viewer a lot to chew on. Highly recommended."

sweet - Chris Spellmeyer


Matt Ritchey
"Kehoe has a true flair as a wordsmith, the show more of a treatise or dense book of poetry than a stage play. The arguments are certainly witty and well-penned, but as dialogue and dramatic action, they lose their bite. Conflict is avoided in favor of intellectual arguments – the characters so quick to trust one another and not question their surroundings that the stakes seem non-existent. Perhaps that's the point of Movin' On Up, though: it's not about the characters, it's about the ideas. If so, it's an evening chock full of deep, thoughtful concepts and arguments worth seeing to continue the conversation after the curtain closes."

sweet - Matt Ritchey - Gia On The Move - ...read full review


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"Well written and well acted. Movin' On Up was a thought provoking, witty and very entertaining 60 minutes. It's worth a see!"

sweet - Kristyn Dunlap


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"A well written, well acted, thought provoking play. This is a thoroughly engaging work that leaves the audience with much to think about and also wanting more. With playful, witty writing and rapid fire banter, Movin' On Up takes a lighthearted approach to deeper themes and maintains momentum throughout. A quick-paced romp through some existential questions…I'd watch this play again and recommend it to anyone looking for creative, new work."

sweet - Jeanette Gardzelewski


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"Tightly constructed existential meanderings that kept us chuckling due to the use of language and interplay between the characters. Jeremy Kehoe is a worthy disciple of Mamet who clearly enjoys human interaction, particularly with characters who have something to say and say it in the most interesting of ways."

sweet - Edward Vandenberg


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"What a tour de force! Jeremy Kehoe's writing is getting sharper and sharper, and I admire the actors for being able to deliver his witty words so eloquently. The speed with which they do it is breathtaking!"

sweet - Ray Busmann


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"Exquisitely written, brilliantly directed and inspiringly well acted, “Movin' On Up,” an absurdist, existential and overtly amusing play that fits perfectly into the Hollywood Fringe ethos and I urge you to put in on your Fringe calendars immediately!!"

sweet - Samantha Simmonds-Ronceros - NoHo Arts District - ...read full review


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"MOVIN' ON UP is an great piece that allows you to consider aspects of the characters lives, as well as their choices and beliefs that led them to where they are. It debates whether or not moving on may be the best course of action. Exploring the adage ‘Is an examined life the only one worth living?'"

sweet - Peter Listro


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"Movin' on Up is my favorite of all of Jeremy Kehoe's plays. From the poetic and lyrical dialogue and the incredible actors who spoke the words so beautifully and with intention to the creative setting of a graveyard. The mix of wit and humor of the writing makes this play set in such a surreal surrounding a really fun piece to watch. It will leave you thinking about it days later -- the existential crises of each of the characters, why they were all there, are they dead or alive, can they get out? The writer leaves it for you to decide making this one of the most though-provoking pieces I have seen in a while."

sweet - Noel Kehoe


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"An unexpected message towards the end; the lead powerfully challenges what is up to this point a passive audience. A subtle surprise well worth seeing."

sweet - Emile Peters


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"Fascinating surreal piece bringing back outlandish poetic philosophical dialog to the stage, with riveting performances."

sweet - Jeremiah Benjamin


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"For those with more questions than answers, Movin' On Up offers an unexpected glimmer of existential hope."

sweet - Piper Rasmussen - Theatre is Easy - ...read full review


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"Playwright Jeremy Kehoe's text is reminiscent of a David Sedaris essay. His dialogue is witty, absurd, and unexpectedly endearing... Jeff Gorcyca's performance is pensive and thought-provoking... Movin' On Up is a short, fun romp of a good time. You'll come for the laughs, stay for the characters."

sweet - MR Anderson - Theater Pizzazz - ...read full review


Matt Ritchey
"Kehoe has a true flair as a wordsmith, the show more of a treatise or dense book of poetry than a stage play. The arguments are certainly witty and well-penned, but as dialogue and dramatic action, they lose their bite. Conflict is avoided in favor of intellectual arguments – the characters so quick to trust one another and not question their surroundings that the stakes seem non-existent. Perhaps that's the point of Movin' On Up, though: it's not about the characters, it's about the ideas. If so, it's an evening chock full of deep, thoughtful concepts and arguments worth seeing to continue the conversation after the curtain closes."

sweet - Matt Ritchey - Gia On The Move - ...read full review


Avatar
"Exquisitely written, brilliantly directed and inspiringly well acted, “Movin' On Up,” an absurdist, existential and overtly amusing play that fits perfectly into the Hollywood Fringe ethos and I urge you to put in on your Fringe calendars immediately!!"

sweet - Samantha Simmonds-Ronceros - NoHo Arts District - ...read full review


Avatar
"For those with more questions than answers, Movin' On Up offers an unexpected glimmer of existential hope."

sweet - Piper Rasmussen - Theatre is Easy - ...read full review


Avatar
"Playwright Jeremy Kehoe's text is reminiscent of a David Sedaris essay. His dialogue is witty, absurd, and unexpectedly endearing... Jeff Gorcyca's performance is pensive and thought-provoking... Movin' On Up is a short, fun romp of a good time. You'll come for the laughs, stay for the characters."

sweet - MR Anderson - Theater Pizzazz - ...read full review


Avatar
"I almost wanted a remote control to rewind and replay the dialogue. Though I felt a little unclear at times, I was following everything being conveyed, I had a smile on my face throughout and laughed out loud at times. I was in awe of how well the actors delivered lines that conveyed heavy content/themes with a levity I particularly appreciate right now."

sweet - Megan Hanson


Avatar
"Dazzling dialogue; thought-provolkng ideas; a talented cast ... what more could you ask from en evening (okay, 60 minutes) of theater?"

sweet - Dan Perry


Avatar
"Thought provoking. Intriguing characters in an even more intriguing situation! Accomplished acting and directing support the astounding wordsmith(ery) of playwright Jeremy Kehoe."

sweet - Leslie Hardy


Avatar
"A sophisticated show about the meaning of life from the word master Jeremy Kehoe. Jeremy writes with irony and bite and brains."

sweet - Ann Ryerson Hall


Avatar
"Perfect length, great time to question your mortality, morality? With a perfect balance comedy. Enjoyed it very much."

sweet - lee Kingsley


Avatar
"A well-written, thought-provoking discussion on life and what comes after it. It was quick, light, and fun despite being a pretty weighty topic (and taking place in a graveyard)! I really liked that playwright Jeremy Kehoe avoided the pitfall of offering an opinion or an answer but rather explored the poignance and purpose of the questions themselves. There was plenty of snappy dialogue and clever wordplay to keep the audience entertained while the players are given free rein to subtly come to their own conclusions."

sweet - Jodi Harris


Avatar
"An interesting debate on our purpose/objective in life. I appreciated how they snuck in a Devo lyric, and how it really summed up the play for me: “Freedom of choice is what you got. Freedom from choice is what you want.” This is full of clever, witty dialogue and strong performances from the entire cast."

sweet - Jake Kornely


Avatar
"What's it all about? Does anything really matter? Deftly written and memorably acted – buckle up for 60 minutes of provocative existentialist dialogue that pokes at our tender spots and resonates for days after – Mr. Kehoe and the talented cast give the viewer a lot to chew on. Highly recommended."

sweet - Chris Spellmeyer


Avatar
"Well written and well acted. Movin' On Up was a thought provoking, witty and very entertaining 60 minutes. It's worth a see!"

sweet - Kristyn Dunlap


Avatar
"A well written, well acted, thought provoking play. This is a thoroughly engaging work that leaves the audience with much to think about and also wanting more. With playful, witty writing and rapid fire banter, Movin' On Up takes a lighthearted approach to deeper themes and maintains momentum throughout. A quick-paced romp through some existential questions…I'd watch this play again and recommend it to anyone looking for creative, new work."

sweet - Jeanette Gardzelewski


Avatar
"Tightly constructed existential meanderings that kept us chuckling due to the use of language and interplay between the characters. Jeremy Kehoe is a worthy disciple of Mamet who clearly enjoys human interaction, particularly with characters who have something to say and say it in the most interesting of ways."

sweet - Edward Vandenberg


Avatar
"What a tour de force! Jeremy Kehoe's writing is getting sharper and sharper, and I admire the actors for being able to deliver his witty words so eloquently. The speed with which they do it is breathtaking!"

sweet - Ray Busmann


Avatar
"MOVIN' ON UP is an great piece that allows you to consider aspects of the characters lives, as well as their choices and beliefs that led them to where they are. It debates whether or not moving on may be the best course of action. Exploring the adage ‘Is an examined life the only one worth living?'"

sweet - Peter Listro


Avatar
"Movin' on Up is my favorite of all of Jeremy Kehoe's plays. From the poetic and lyrical dialogue and the incredible actors who spoke the words so beautifully and with intention to the creative setting of a graveyard. The mix of wit and humor of the writing makes this play set in such a surreal surrounding a really fun piece to watch. It will leave you thinking about it days later -- the existential crises of each of the characters, why they were all there, are they dead or alive, can they get out? The writer leaves it for you to decide making this one of the most though-provoking pieces I have seen in a while."

sweet - Noel Kehoe


Avatar
"An unexpected message towards the end; the lead powerfully challenges what is up to this point a passive audience. A subtle surprise well worth seeing."

sweet - Emile Peters


Avatar
"Fascinating surreal piece bringing back outlandish poetic philosophical dialog to the stage, with riveting performances."

sweet - Jeremiah Benjamin