ROTTERDAM

Critics

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Reviews: 8

Audience

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Reviews: 0

A queer love story about all of us.
New Year's. Rotterdam, 2018. Alice has finally found the courage to come out to her parents as a lesbian. But before she has the chance, her girlfriend, Fiona, reveals that she has always identified as a man and now wants to live as one, sending their relationship into a tailspin. A bittersweet comedy with deeply human characters, both flawed and hilarious, Rotterdam poses powerful questions about love and identity.

Reviews

Shari Barrett

ROTTERDAM is a powerful, character-driven tale of love and identity about what happens in a lesbian relationship when one partner decides to identify as transgender and begins the process of switching from female to male. Would such a situation be a deal breaker for you, especially if you are not attracted to the opposite sex? Could your deep and abiding love for that person allow you to accept the change and stay together? Or like so many other couples of all sexual orientations, would such a challenge drive you into divorce court? It's a love story played out across gender lines between couples of all orientations, very human and heart wrenching, with no definite answer given by the play's conclusion if the couple will stay together or part ways, although a moment of tenderness seems to indicate everything will work out best for the both of them, whatever decision is made.

sweet - Shari Barrett - Broadway World - ...read full review


Michael Van Duzer

The Skylight Theatre production of Rotterdam is being revived by Center Theatre Group in their Block Party series at the Kirk Douglas Theatre. The indelible original cast and creative team are back. And while Jeff McLaughlin's snappy sets have grown to fit the more expansive real estate of the Douglas stage, the production remains as focused, intimate, and moving as ever. If you didn't catch it originally, you must go. If you did, treat yourself to a second viewing. My original review is below.

sweet - Michael Van Duzer - Show Mag - ...read full review


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Though the play gives Alice a chance to admit she just wants the person Fiona or Adrian is inside, there is something about the way we get there that undermines the victory.  Perhaps it's the pop-music-driven scene changes that tend to look more like a military exercise than any kind of physical reveal of the characters.

sweet-sour - Christine Deitner - The Theatre Times - ...read full review


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Jon Brittain's play was first done in London at Theatre503 and was successful there and at L.A.'s Skylight Theater last year, thanks to its mixture of passionate intensity and  caustic humor.  But more than anything, it is the superb work of the actors that makes this encore production of Rotterdam the triumph it is. They have infused the text with life and heart, and  have managed to wring two and a half hours of tears and laughter out of the audience.

sweet - Willard Manus - Total Theater - ...read full review


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Overall, I ended up enjoying Rotterdam and its not-so-innocents-abroad fable. It is well-acted and helmed by the venerable Michael A. Shepperd. As an exploration of the emerging, evolving Trans phenomenon it is trendsetting, but some may view the ending as a trite, Tammy Wynette, “Stand By Your Man” denouement of a very complicated issue, as the conventional subsumes the unconventional.

sweet - Ed Rampell - Free Press - ...read full review


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Englishman Brittain's superb writing ensures that the audience becomes fully invested in the lives of these four characters. Whether you want to or not. Whether you agree or disagree with a character's choice – you care.

Shepperd's tight, yet fluid direction moves the story forward and keeps this dynamic cast in motion. Scene transitions are literally a choreographed dance. Scene changes are made by cast members who effortlessly move the one piece of multifunctional, multifaceted furniture on set.

sweet - Darlene Donloe - Donloe's Lowdown - ...read full review


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Romans's portrayal of Fiona/Adrian is honest and exposing. This show would not work without an unapologetic Fiona/Adrian at its center. It was blindingly clear that Roman trusted her castmates, the script, and, unflinchingly, herself, and the integrity of the story was better for it...

sweet - Kelsey Goeres - The SoCal Review - ...read full review


Eric A Gordon

If transitioning from one gender to another is the central subject matter of the play, it is not the theme. These characters really need to understand their own motivations, their sincerity, the lies and misrepresentations they put forward, their inability to articulate clearly what it is they want, and their avoidance of risk, which manifests itself in their all too transparent use of polite convention to paper over what they or others might find uncomfortable or hurtful. No one here gets away unscathed, especially as alcohol, hashish and unaccustomed hormones start kicking in.

sweet - Eric Gordon - People's World - ...read full review


Shari Barrett

ROTTERDAM is a powerful, character-driven tale of love and identity about what happens in a lesbian relationship when one partner decides to identify as transgender and begins the process of switching from female to male. Would such a situation be a deal breaker for you, especially if you are not attracted to the opposite sex? Could your deep and abiding love for that person allow you to accept the change and stay together? Or like so many other couples of all sexual orientations, would such a challenge drive you into divorce court? It's a love story played out across gender lines between couples of all orientations, very human and heart wrenching, with no definite answer given by the play's conclusion if the couple will stay together or part ways, although a moment of tenderness seems to indicate everything will work out best for the both of them, whatever decision is made.

sweet - Shari Barrett - Broadway World - ...read full review


Michael Van Duzer

The Skylight Theatre production of Rotterdam is being revived by Center Theatre Group in their Block Party series at the Kirk Douglas Theatre. The indelible original cast and creative team are back. And while Jeff McLaughlin's snappy sets have grown to fit the more expansive real estate of the Douglas stage, the production remains as focused, intimate, and moving as ever. If you didn't catch it originally, you must go. If you did, treat yourself to a second viewing. My original review is below.

sweet - Michael Van Duzer - Show Mag - ...read full review


Avatar

Though the play gives Alice a chance to admit she just wants the person Fiona or Adrian is inside, there is something about the way we get there that undermines the victory.  Perhaps it's the pop-music-driven scene changes that tend to look more like a military exercise than any kind of physical reveal of the characters.

sweet-sour - Christine Deitner - The Theatre Times - ...read full review


Avatar

Jon Brittain's play was first done in London at Theatre503 and was successful there and at L.A.'s Skylight Theater last year, thanks to its mixture of passionate intensity and  caustic humor.  But more than anything, it is the superb work of the actors that makes this encore production of Rotterdam the triumph it is. They have infused the text with life and heart, and  have managed to wring two and a half hours of tears and laughter out of the audience.

sweet - Willard Manus - Total Theater - ...read full review


Avatar

Overall, I ended up enjoying Rotterdam and its not-so-innocents-abroad fable. It is well-acted and helmed by the venerable Michael A. Shepperd. As an exploration of the emerging, evolving Trans phenomenon it is trendsetting, but some may view the ending as a trite, Tammy Wynette, “Stand By Your Man” denouement of a very complicated issue, as the conventional subsumes the unconventional.

sweet - Ed Rampell - Free Press - ...read full review


Avatar

Englishman Brittain's superb writing ensures that the audience becomes fully invested in the lives of these four characters. Whether you want to or not. Whether you agree or disagree with a character's choice – you care.

Shepperd's tight, yet fluid direction moves the story forward and keeps this dynamic cast in motion. Scene transitions are literally a choreographed dance. Scene changes are made by cast members who effortlessly move the one piece of multifunctional, multifaceted furniture on set.

sweet - Darlene Donloe - Donloe's Lowdown - ...read full review


Avatar

Romans's portrayal of Fiona/Adrian is honest and exposing. This show would not work without an unapologetic Fiona/Adrian at its center. It was blindingly clear that Roman trusted her castmates, the script, and, unflinchingly, herself, and the integrity of the story was better for it...

sweet - Kelsey Goeres - The SoCal Review - ...read full review


Eric A Gordon

If transitioning from one gender to another is the central subject matter of the play, it is not the theme. These characters really need to understand their own motivations, their sincerity, the lies and misrepresentations they put forward, their inability to articulate clearly what it is they want, and their avoidance of risk, which manifests itself in their all too transparent use of polite convention to paper over what they or others might find uncomfortable or hurtful. No one here gets away unscathed, especially as alcohol, hashish and unaccustomed hormones start kicking in.

sweet - Eric Gordon - People's World - ...read full review