Paper Trails

Critics

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Reviews: 2

Audience

LemonMeter

Reviews: 1

Hard as we try to bury the truth… sometimes it emerges in unexpected ways. Three funny and poignant short plays explore the records we keep and the stories they tell.

In “Dear Diary,” a queer woman discovers 8th grade diary entries detailing her first ever crush on a girl. In “Eguchi,” a woman recounts her great-grandmother's efforts to preserve her family's legacy amidst the austerity of World War II Japan. And in “Snow,” congressional archivists piece together official documents torn to shreds by an impulsive president.

Reviews

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"Paper Trails was by turns funny and insightful and heartbreaking. I loved the moment in Dear Diary when the younger self hugged the older self, and vice versa, and seeing Isabelle tell her story in the voices of the different people in her family's history was beautiful; Snow was hilarious and I could watch those two characters for hours. Taken together, these plays taught me about connection and self-reflection, and I am so thankful I got to watch the show."

sweet - Christina Dirkes


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"I have done administrative work all of my life, so this play intrigued me from the start. The fact that they could present three complete plays in only 30 minutes was a major coup, and all three stories were truly relatable. Hats off to Off the Page Productions, which has presented these three amazing stories: Dear Diary, starring Helen Burak (writer/co-director and Dana) and Audra Leffingwell (young Dana); Egucchi, written by Isabelle Moreau and starring Amanda Noriko Newman (Isabelle); and Snow, written by CJ Hoke and starring Timothy Dvorak (Glenn) and Christine Weatherup (Lacey)."

sweet - Bob Leggett - LA Music Critic - ...read full review


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"Paper Trails was superbly put together, rarely do you see a vignette performance where each short shines as strongly as the others. If you don't believe it is possible to craft meaningful, succinct, and poignant storytelling in less than one hour, then you need to start paying attention to this production team. ...This show earns the distinction of being one of my "Picks of Fringe." "

sweet - Mike Reyes - Mike Check - ...read full review


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"I have done administrative work all of my life, so this play intrigued me from the start. The fact that they could present three complete plays in only 30 minutes was a major coup, and all three stories were truly relatable. Hats off to Off the Page Productions, which has presented these three amazing stories: Dear Diary, starring Helen Burak (writer/co-director and Dana) and Audra Leffingwell (young Dana); Egucchi, written by Isabelle Moreau and starring Amanda Noriko Newman (Isabelle); and Snow, written by CJ Hoke and starring Timothy Dvorak (Glenn) and Christine Weatherup (Lacey)."

sweet - Bob Leggett - LA Music Critic - ...read full review


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"Paper Trails was superbly put together, rarely do you see a vignette performance where each short shines as strongly as the others. If you don't believe it is possible to craft meaningful, succinct, and poignant storytelling in less than one hour, then you need to start paying attention to this production team. ...This show earns the distinction of being one of my "Picks of Fringe." "

sweet - Mike Reyes - Mike Check - ...read full review


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"Paper Trails was by turns funny and insightful and heartbreaking. I loved the moment in Dear Diary when the younger self hugged the older self, and vice versa, and seeing Isabelle tell her story in the voices of the different people in her family's history was beautiful; Snow was hilarious and I could watch those two characters for hours. Taken together, these plays taught me about connection and self-reflection, and I am so thankful I got to watch the show."

sweet - Christina Dirkes