The Masher

Critics

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Reviews: 3

Audience

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Reviews: 2

Wed Jun 19, 10:00pm
Sun Jun 23, 8:00pm
Sat Jun 29, 4:00pm

Grace Jasmine's new full-length black comedy throws the audience head-first into a surreal world of #MeToo "what ifs." A female-centric play with a strong LGBTQ lead, The Masher explores the "new now"-a society where the rules of due process are gone, and something gruesome lies beneath the unassuming surface at a mundane factory job. Three totally different women, brought together by fate, discover a hidden malevolent secret and take justice into their own hands.
The Masher uses grim humor to deliver an important message and explore a fantasy world that makes us ask questions about our own. What would we do to defend a friend, or a lover? How would we set wrongs right if every rule we took for granted was suddenly gone? The story ricochets between comedy and tragedy and drives home the importance of women protecting one another, and of knowing when to protect ourselves.

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Reviews

"The play is highly compelling. We believe that sorrowful, concerning events are unfolding in front of us, thanks to the impassioned cast. Thanks to the atmospheric lighting, and a convincing set that feels like an otherworldly factory, the setting is effectively mysterious. I recommend this production for its sobering message, which is delivered with humor and truly visceral, impactful emotion. The play is a cautionary tale, yet the humanity in the writing provides a ray of hope."

sweet - Bob Rich - Tolucan Times - ...read full review


"The Masher runs the gamut of emotion with finesse. I know I wasn’t the only one in the audience laughing, crying, and gripping the edge of my seat! The writing is clever and witty, and the cast really does it justice. The dialogue is very relatable and real, and Jasmine fearlessly tackles very topical subject matter in a sensitive way but takes no prisoners—if you didn’t walk out thinking a little more critically about how women are treated in our country, were you even paying attention? The story shows us brief moments but the overall arc is easy to follow along, but still leaves you in suspense. The hour long format and black box setting leaves me wanting more. The story deserves a full-length format and full set. The Masher gives us a glance into a Black Mirror-esque dystopia which we see from the side of a mundane factory job and a small clutch of well-developed characters who bounce off each other beautifully. Funny, horrifying, and heartbreaking in turns. I’ve already reserved a ticket to see it again and I can’t wait!"

sweet - Jay Carson


Rob Stevens
"Grace Jasmine’s The Masher is a #MeToo era revenge fantasy tale. It’s an interesting approach to the familiar theme of spousal abuse/domestic violence. Jasmine does double duty as director and keeps the momentum flowing to the final revelations and she uses the small confines of Studio C well."

sweet - Rob Stevens - Haines His Way - ...read full review


"The Masher is an awesome show, one of the best I have seen all year and especially one of the best show performances for Hollywood Fringe 2019! I highly recommend that you see this delightful, creepy show and do not miss out. It is a must see for Hollywood Fringe 2019. The casting is totally on point and the acting is incredible. All of the actors are witty, humorous, uplifting, creepy, emotional and definitely passionate. The writing is creative, imaginary, relatable and most of all touching on a few major issues our society faces today with an unorthodox twist for their remedies. I would like to see this show in a full length production for 90 minutes!"

sweet - Marc L. Fierro


"About halfway through the show, my restless brain summoned up a comparison to Rod Serling’s The Twilight Zone, which often blended desperation with irony and humor... There are a few plays that I have seen in Los Angeles, where the playwright takes control and manages a successful performance."

sweet - Paul Myrvold - Theatre Notes - ...read full review


"The play is highly compelling. We believe that sorrowful, concerning events are unfolding in front of us, thanks to the impassioned cast. Thanks to the atmospheric lighting, and a convincing set that feels like an otherworldly factory, the setting is effectively mysterious. I recommend this production for its sobering message, which is delivered with humor and truly visceral, impactful emotion. The play is a cautionary tale, yet the humanity in the writing provides a ray of hope."

sweet - Bob Rich - Tolucan Times - ...read full review


Rob Stevens
"Grace Jasmine’s The Masher is a #MeToo era revenge fantasy tale. It’s an interesting approach to the familiar theme of spousal abuse/domestic violence. Jasmine does double duty as director and keeps the momentum flowing to the final revelations and she uses the small confines of Studio C well."

sweet - Rob Stevens - Haines His Way - ...read full review


"About halfway through the show, my restless brain summoned up a comparison to Rod Serling’s The Twilight Zone, which often blended desperation with irony and humor... There are a few plays that I have seen in Los Angeles, where the playwright takes control and manages a successful performance."

sweet - Paul Myrvold - Theatre Notes - ...read full review


"The Masher runs the gamut of emotion with finesse. I know I wasn’t the only one in the audience laughing, crying, and gripping the edge of my seat! The writing is clever and witty, and the cast really does it justice. The dialogue is very relatable and real, and Jasmine fearlessly tackles very topical subject matter in a sensitive way but takes no prisoners—if you didn’t walk out thinking a little more critically about how women are treated in our country, were you even paying attention? The story shows us brief moments but the overall arc is easy to follow along, but still leaves you in suspense. The hour long format and black box setting leaves me wanting more. The story deserves a full-length format and full set. The Masher gives us a glance into a Black Mirror-esque dystopia which we see from the side of a mundane factory job and a small clutch of well-developed characters who bounce off each other beautifully. Funny, horrifying, and heartbreaking in turns. I’ve already reserved a ticket to see it again and I can’t wait!"

sweet - Jay Carson


"The Masher is an awesome show, one of the best I have seen all year and especially one of the best show performances for Hollywood Fringe 2019! I highly recommend that you see this delightful, creepy show and do not miss out. It is a must see for Hollywood Fringe 2019. The casting is totally on point and the acting is incredible. All of the actors are witty, humorous, uplifting, creepy, emotional and definitely passionate. The writing is creative, imaginary, relatable and most of all touching on a few major issues our society faces today with an unorthodox twist for their remedies. I would like to see this show in a full length production for 90 minutes!"

sweet - Marc L. Fierro