What Happened When

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Reviews: 8

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Wed Jun 19, 12:00am

On a snowy night in a rural farmhouse, three siblings huddle together in the dark with a flashlight, while the audience (unseen by them) gathers closely around. Expect to be fully immersed in this beautiful, provocative and disturbing ghost story, a memory play by Rattlestick Playwrights Theater's Daniel Talbott (Slipping) that Time Out Chicago calls “a work of spare and haunting power.” Opens on Thursday, Sept. 27 with performances thereafter on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays at 8:00 pm, with one preview performance on Sept. 26, The Echo Theater Company at Atwater Village Theatre, 3269 Casitas Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90039; $20-$34; 310-307-3753; www.EchoTheaterCompany.com.

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Reviews

"In the incredibly tight narrative encompassing 6 years from 2009 to 2015, we aren't privy to much to many of the key moments that drive the plot along. Instead, we witness the consequences of these events told through a handful of key interactions between the siblings. What might seem to be a rather ordinary premise comes to life with a combination of nuanced writing and some very honest and invigorated performances."

sweet - Brian Tull - Horror Buzz - ...read full review


Steven Stanley
"Following its flawed West Coast Premiere last April, I wrote that at the very least “Daniel Talbott's latest is sixty-five minutes of theater you'll be talking about long after its fade to black,” words that still true three months later only this time Echo Theater Company gets everything right."

sweet - Steven Stanley - Stage Scene LA - ...read full review


"A snippet of humor here and there, but ultimately a tearjerker. I also found my mind connecting in various places to memories of my own childhood and people I've known (nothing quite so intense, but memories were triggered), which made it all a more personal experience. The play is 65 minutes, perfectly paced, but it continued to run through my mind for quite awhile after it's over, trying to see it all from each character's point of view."

sweet - Carol Edger-Germain - Colorado Boulevard - ...read full review


"As an acting exercise, this is a wonderful workout for these actors. As a play that intends to have meaning, it's important to remember that exposition only enlightens if it's all coherent and understood. "It's not going to try to entertain," writes Daniel Talbot. In this aspect, the play succeeds."

sweet - Michael Sheehan - On Stage LA - ...read full review


"The performances are spectacularly tender in their own unique way, suggesting a provocative humanity that is utterly enthralling... Overall, although “What Happened When” only lasts a little more than an hour, it imparts a lasting piece of wisdom upon its audience."

sweet - Imaan Jalali - LA Excites - ...read full review


Patrick Chavis
"While the concepts and themes presented in "What Happened When" are stark and thought provoking, inconsistent dialogue and performances hinder the production from reaching it's full potential."

sour - Matthew Robinson - LA Theatre Bites - Podcast - ...read full review


"But my first instinct to see what reviewers of the first run of this show had called “riveting,” “chilling” and “shocking” was right. This was one of the most powerful theater experiences I've ever had... This is a taut 65 minutes with superb playwriting and phenomenal acting. There are spots of humor as the haunting story unfolds, but there is not really any release until the final moment — when I couldn't hold back the tears. A must see."

sweet - Julie Riggott - Culture Spot LA - ...read full review


"What Happened When is a different tale of demons and spirits. The use of supernatural components creates a sense of magic realism that boosts the terror of the siblings' problems, while its strong emotional pull ensures that the ghost of this play will stay with the audience for a long while after their summer cast's final bow. - RECOMMENDED"

sweet - Lara J. Altunian - Stage Raw - ...read full review


"In the incredibly tight narrative encompassing 6 years from 2009 to 2015, we aren't privy to much to many of the key moments that drive the plot along. Instead, we witness the consequences of these events told through a handful of key interactions between the siblings. What might seem to be a rather ordinary premise comes to life with a combination of nuanced writing and some very honest and invigorated performances."

sweet - Brian Tull - Horror Buzz - ...read full review


Steven Stanley
"Following its flawed West Coast Premiere last April, I wrote that at the very least “Daniel Talbott's latest is sixty-five minutes of theater you'll be talking about long after its fade to black,” words that still true three months later only this time Echo Theater Company gets everything right."

sweet - Steven Stanley - Stage Scene LA - ...read full review


"A snippet of humor here and there, but ultimately a tearjerker. I also found my mind connecting in various places to memories of my own childhood and people I've known (nothing quite so intense, but memories were triggered), which made it all a more personal experience. The play is 65 minutes, perfectly paced, but it continued to run through my mind for quite awhile after it's over, trying to see it all from each character's point of view."

sweet - Carol Edger-Germain - Colorado Boulevard - ...read full review


"As an acting exercise, this is a wonderful workout for these actors. As a play that intends to have meaning, it's important to remember that exposition only enlightens if it's all coherent and understood. "It's not going to try to entertain," writes Daniel Talbot. In this aspect, the play succeeds."

sweet - Michael Sheehan - On Stage LA - ...read full review


"The performances are spectacularly tender in their own unique way, suggesting a provocative humanity that is utterly enthralling... Overall, although “What Happened When” only lasts a little more than an hour, it imparts a lasting piece of wisdom upon its audience."

sweet - Imaan Jalali - LA Excites - ...read full review


Patrick Chavis
"While the concepts and themes presented in "What Happened When" are stark and thought provoking, inconsistent dialogue and performances hinder the production from reaching it's full potential."

sour - Matthew Robinson - LA Theatre Bites - Podcast - ...read full review


"But my first instinct to see what reviewers of the first run of this show had called “riveting,” “chilling” and “shocking” was right. This was one of the most powerful theater experiences I've ever had... This is a taut 65 minutes with superb playwriting and phenomenal acting. There are spots of humor as the haunting story unfolds, but there is not really any release until the final moment — when I couldn't hold back the tears. A must see."

sweet - Julie Riggott - Culture Spot LA - ...read full review


"What Happened When is a different tale of demons and spirits. The use of supernatural components creates a sense of magic realism that boosts the terror of the siblings' problems, while its strong emotional pull ensures that the ghost of this play will stay with the audience for a long while after their summer cast's final bow. - RECOMMENDED"

sweet - Lara J. Altunian - Stage Raw - ...read full review