With My Eyes Shut

Critics

LemonMeter

100 %

Reviews: 3

Audience

LemonMeter

Reviews: 0

A love story, between two prodigies with Asperger's Syndrome, that explores how we make connections. With My Eyes Shut is a love story that explores how we make connections, when typical forms of connection aren't available. Two neuro-divergent young people meet in what appears to be clown college. Learning emotions through facial expressions and working towards the goal — interaction. Cole and Naomi both have Asperger's Syndrome and relate to the world through their own expertise. Cole a musical savant and Naomi a dance prodigy who feels in color, grow closer as the perils of “performing” and the interjections of the Stage Hand weigh on them.

Reviews

The music and dancing were first rate, and moved the story along nicely.  It was so easy to get swept up in this show,, which is definitely one of the best productions of HFF18.  This one deserves recognition at the awards, and another run.

sweet - Bob Leggett - ...read full review


Great performances from Esther Mira, Craig Shields, and a very funny Olivia Schlueter-Corey, with a truly impressive and subtle lighting design by Gregory Crafts, make With My Eyes Shut a moving and powerful show. Recommended

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


Directed by Tara Donovan with skill, passion and great insight into the many components of those on the autism spectrum, this West Coast premiere of Kira Rockwell's three-person play WITH MY EYES WIDE SHUT will open your eyes to the ways in which others see the world and react to it. The two lead characters, Cole (Craig Shields) and Naomi (Esther Mira, a highly artistic choreographer whose lovely dances are set to the color moods of her character), both have behavior issues. He is a musical prodigy whose skill with instruments leads his life while her obsession with color leads her into a life surrounded by "blue" to calm her down. I really enjoyed watching the two of them learn to relate to each other on a realistic time frame, as well as Olivia Schlueter-Corey's role as Laura, the person in charge of their "sessions" who often appears as the Stage Manager to assist in carrying out scene changes, each one written on a white board and announced as each begins. These ranged from Word Associations, One Word Sentences, Simon Says, Dress Rehearsal, Performance to Curtain Speech, and set the pace of each scene performed exceedingly well. And I loved interacting with the bowl of spinach! I cannot suggest any improvements as this play was perfectly done.

sweet - Shari Barrett - ...read full review


The music and dancing were first rate, and moved the story along nicely.  It was so easy to get swept up in this show,, which is definitely one of the best productions of HFF18.  This one deserves recognition at the awards, and another run.

sweet - Bob Leggett - ...read full review


Great performances from Esther Mira, Craig Shields, and a very funny Olivia Schlueter-Corey, with a truly impressive and subtle lighting design by Gregory Crafts, make With My Eyes Shut a moving and powerful show. Recommended

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


Directed by Tara Donovan with skill, passion and great insight into the many components of those on the autism spectrum, this West Coast premiere of Kira Rockwell's three-person play WITH MY EYES WIDE SHUT will open your eyes to the ways in which others see the world and react to it. The two lead characters, Cole (Craig Shields) and Naomi (Esther Mira, a highly artistic choreographer whose lovely dances are set to the color moods of her character), both have behavior issues. He is a musical prodigy whose skill with instruments leads his life while her obsession with color leads her into a life surrounded by "blue" to calm her down. I really enjoyed watching the two of them learn to relate to each other on a realistic time frame, as well as Olivia Schlueter-Corey's role as Laura, the person in charge of their "sessions" who often appears as the Stage Manager to assist in carrying out scene changes, each one written on a white board and announced as each begins. These ranged from Word Associations, One Word Sentences, Simon Says, Dress Rehearsal, Performance to Curtain Speech, and set the pace of each scene performed exceedingly well. And I loved interacting with the bowl of spinach! I cannot suggest any improvements as this play was perfectly done.

sweet - Shari Barrett - ...read full review