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Defining Moment Nether, The  - Washington Ensemble Theatre

The opening moment when the table for the interrogation lit up. Very stark and drastic. A perfect way to kick off the play


 Defining Moment Nether, The  - Washington Ensemble Theatre

The reveal of their projection use was quite lovely.


 Defining Moment Nether, The  - Washington Ensemble Theatre

The scene in the second half of the play between Morris (O'Connell) and Sims (Weidman) when they discuss Sim's rationale for creating The Hideaway was quite compelling. Even though we all know pedophilia is wrong, Weidman's portrayal of the character made me almost sympathetic of his plight. Almost.


 Defining Moment Nether, The  - Washington Ensemble Theatre

The twist about 2/3 of the way through where the real identity of the behinders is revealed...I legitimately did not see it coming it was so satisfying and perfect. The play is extremely well written and didn't telegraph that moment at all.


 Defining Moment Nether, The  - Washington Ensemble Theatre

The twist of who was who between reality and the nethers.


 Defining Moment Nether, The  - Washington Ensemble Theatre

There was a moment when Woodnut and Iris were sitting on the bed, and Woodnut had the barest impulse to touch the young girl's leg, but drew his hand back. It was the tiniest of moments, but it was real, honest, and spoke volumes about this person and the moral struggle they were ensnared in.


 Defining Moment Nether, The  - Washington Ensemble Theatre

When Weidman just so casually handed over the axe.


 Gabriella O'Fallon Nether, The  - Washington Ensemble Theatre

This incredible young actor is going places. Fresh, alive, and ever present.


 Gabriella O'Fallon Nether, The  - Washington Ensemble Theatre

This is such a challenging role and I was deeply moved and engaged with Gabriella's performance the entire time. Her innocence and knowing, the curl of her smile. She had profound depth in this role and her performance continues to somewhat haunt me.


 James Weidman (Papa/Sims) Nether, The  - Washington Ensemble Theatre

A deeply challenging role and despite it's confusing nature, I found I was able to empathize with this character and his journey which has almost surprised me. Definitely a tribute to the deep discoveries that James made in this role. I admire the courage for anyone to step into a part like this and James did it seemingly fearlessly and with total commitment.


 Kevin Kelly (Woodnut) Nether, The  - Washington Ensemble Theatre

A lovely range and emotional arch. Some beautiful moments where the inner child came out in him and he was able to play and relate to Iris and move beyond the script requirements of needing to play the part of a predator / non-predator. Moments when Woodnut and Iris enchanted each other which ultimately led to the fall of the moral structure within and the collapse of the moral-less structure in The Hideaway.


 Kevin Kelly (Woodnut) Nether, The  - Washington Ensemble Theatre

Mr. Kelly's work in this role was striking. His struggle between the job he has to do and the feelings he develops towards The Hideaway was one of my favorite things about this show.


 Other/Final Comments Nether, The  - Washington Ensemble Theatre

I must say, with all the trigger warnings around this show, I was almost dreading seeing The Nether.

I find myself, however, completely moved and dare I say, a different person after seeing it. There are levels of compassion and understanding that opened in me that had previously been closed or held judgment. This was definitely a journey of the head and gut that has left me questioning a great deal. I'm deeply inspired by the courage it took to make this piece of theatre, the brave actors who stepped into these roles baring the soul journey's of deeply troubled individual's that society views as outcasts and showed light on something I don't think I fully considered even thinking about until now.

Gratitude to the director and playwright and production staff for daring to make deeply provocative and exceptionally brave theatre that is truly transformational.


 Other/Final Comments Nether, The  - Washington Ensemble Theatre

Really impressive production. Everyone was on point and it was an electric piece to behold. Well done.


 Pilar O'Connell (Morris) Nether, The  - Washington Ensemble Theatre

Lovely emotional ranges and arches from authoritative to completely undone by the end of the play.


 Pilar O'Connell (Morris) Nether, The  - Washington Ensemble Theatre

Pilar continues to impress with every role. One of the best in town.


 Pilar O'Connell (Morris) Nether, The  - Washington Ensemble Theatre

Stunning, specific work.


 Steven Sterne (Doyle) Nether, The  - Washington Ensemble Theatre

I was completely undone by the final dialogue between Doyle and Papa. A heartbreaking journey that makes something so awful, empathetic and almost relatable. I feel like I was able to actually feel and see this emotional journey onstage rather than this character simply feeling unrelatable.


 Comments (Choreography) Straight White Men  - Washington Ensemble Theatre

The uncomfortable white dancing and the incredibly familiar fights were so realistic, I barely pegged them as choreography.


 Comments (Choreography) Straight White Men  - Washington Ensemble Theatre

YAS.


 Comments (Costume) Straight White Men  - Washington Ensemble Theatre

I wanted to steal both of the People in Charge's costumes.


 Comments (Direction) Straight White Men  - Washington Ensemble Theatre

Anything Sara Porkalob touches is GOLDEN.


 Comments (Lighting) Straight White Men  - Washington Ensemble Theatre

It felt like the inside of a house, and all of the drunken breakdown scenes were wonderfully punctuated by the lighting.


 Comments (Scenic) Straight White Men  - Washington Ensemble Theatre

I HAVE BEEN IN THAT HOUSE, IN MAGNOLIA. It was so familiar and scary.


 Comments (Scenic) Straight White Men  - Washington Ensemble Theatre

Set did a good job of being exactly what it was meant to represent: a middle class, older person's suburban home.


 Comments (Sound/Music) Straight White Men  - Washington Ensemble Theatre

The pre-show playlist was banging. That french rap in the middle was also banging.


 Defining Moment Straight White Men  - Washington Ensemble Theatre

All four dancing


 Defining Moment Straight White Men  - Washington Ensemble Theatre

ALL THE DANCE NUMBERS. I CAN'T CHOOSE.
Also the most memorable was having People in Charge sitting with us. Very impactful.


 Defining Moment Straight White Men  - Washington Ensemble Theatre

Defining moments were really the narrators placing the actors into place, and introducing the play.
Other defining moments were when Matt starts crying in the middle of Christmas


 Defining Moment Straight White Men  - Washington Ensemble Theatre

I suppose the frighteningly dark Christmas dance scene.


 Defining Moment Straight White Men  - Washington Ensemble Theatre

Matt (Frank Boyd) waking up to the audience and becoming aware of the world outside of himself was very moving.


 Defining Moment Straight White Men  - Washington Ensemble Theatre

Matt's quiet, withdrawn introspection while everyone around him went bonkers.


 Defining Moment Straight White Men  - Washington Ensemble Theatre

The dance party in the middle of the show was exceptional.


 Defining Moment Straight White Men  - Washington Ensemble Theatre

The people in charge coming down onto the stage and resetting the space and actors for the next scene.


 Defining Moment Straight White Men  - Washington Ensemble Theatre

The tortured novelist brother will haunt me forever. Each of these characters were so broad, yet so specific- I know these men, and I hate all of them. I don't know if that was a defining moment, or just a mood.


 Defining Moment Straight White Men  - Washington Ensemble Theatre

The two characters who controlled the show and introduced themselves with their pronouns.


 Defining Moment Straight White Men  - Washington Ensemble Theatre

The two characters who were not straight white men taking the stage before the show and in between scenes, starting the action with their claps, controlling the other actors physically. That was really powerful and well done.


 Defining Moment Straight White Men  - Washington Ensemble Theatre

The Xmas Eve Dance Break!


 Defining Moment Straight White Men  - Washington Ensemble Theatre

When the hosts of the evening laughed at the audience for suffering through an ear splitting pre-show.


 Frank Boyd (Matt) Straight White Men  - Washington Ensemble Theatre

I didn't want to like any of these characters, but I couldn't help liking Matt.


 Nicolas Japaul Bernard (Person in Charge) Straight White Men  - Washington Ensemble Theatre

Every time Nicolas came on stage, the stage seemed to brighten up. He was a highlight of the show.


 Nina Williams-Teramachi (Person In Charge) Straight White Men  - Washington Ensemble Theatre

Nina was a wonderful, bouncing sweetener in a show that needed the acerbic sweetness of the People in Charge. I also loved the joy with which they wore their "2 Cute 2 Be Cis" jumpsuit. Amazing.


 Other/Final Comments Straight White Men  - Washington Ensemble Theatre

An extremely powerful and introspective piece about the culture of "straight white men."


 Sam Turner (Drew) Straight White Men  - Washington Ensemble Theatre

Everything about him was so natural. Loved him.


 Arjun Pande (Topiary) TEH INTERNET IS SERIOUS BUSINESS  - Washington Ensemble Theatre

Mr. Pande had a huge role in Topiary and acted it admirably. He acted his heart out in his big monologue and was even sometimes sympathetic as the lost teenager he was.


 Arjun Pande (Topiary) TEH INTERNET IS SERIOUS BUSINESS  - Washington Ensemble Theatre

This guy has the most beautiful sounding speaking voice. Like read me the phone book would you?


 Comments (Choreography) TEH INTERNET IS SERIOUS BUSINESS  - Washington Ensemble Theatre

Alyza DelPan-Monley is an enormous value add to every production she works on. The choreography was tight, served the story, & didn't totally overwhelm a group of non-dancers.


 Comments (Choreography) TEH INTERNET IS SERIOUS BUSINESS  - Washington Ensemble Theatre

Alyza is a choreography deity. LIKE OMG IS THIS FOR REAL. I am. I am floored at how much they did for this show. I hope Alyza gets to choreograph everything, everywhere. If only we'd be so lucky.


 Comments (Choreography) TEH INTERNET IS SERIOUS BUSINESS  - Washington Ensemble Theatre

hand choreography when the hackers were working


 Comments (Choreography) TEH INTERNET IS SERIOUS BUSINESS  - Washington Ensemble Theatre

It can be hard to make choreography in a straight play add and not distract, but the choreography for this show was great. The opening number was interesting and brought the right amount of angst and gravitas to the play. And the movement in the hacking scenes was helpful and creative.


 Comments (Choreography) TEH INTERNET IS SERIOUS BUSINESS  - Washington Ensemble Theatre

There was so much happening and it just flowed in together.


 Comments (Costume) TEH INTERNET IS SERIOUS BUSINESS  - Washington Ensemble Theatre

I recognized so many classic internet memes instantly. I was particularly impressed with the "Y U NO . . . " guy and grumpy cat costumes. They looked so well done. I was also impressed with the quick changes on stage. The actor transitioned from Tom Cruise back to an Anonymous member with barely any wardrobe change and it worked wonderfully. Great planning.


 Comments (Costume) TEH INTERNET IS SERIOUS BUSINESS  - Washington Ensemble Theatre

The costuming for the show was fun and included challenges like the Stormtrooper, grumpy cat, and condescending Wonka. Each challenge was met with a costume that worked well and didn't distract. The costumes for each of the many characters in more normal wear also fit the characters well and helped illuminate themes and growth.


 Comments (Costume) TEH INTERNET IS SERIOUS BUSINESS  - Washington Ensemble Theatre

The hoodies said "millennials" immediately.


 Comments (Direction) TEH INTERNET IS SERIOUS BUSINESS  - Washington Ensemble Theatre

Exceptional direction from Mr Rawley.


 Comments (Direction) TEH INTERNET IS SERIOUS BUSINESS  - Washington Ensemble Theatre

HOW. How did he direct this with no stage directions. IS HE A WIZARD??


 Comments (Direction) TEH INTERNET IS SERIOUS BUSINESS  - Washington Ensemble Theatre

There was just so much happening all the time and it just flowed together exquisitely. All the transitions, all the lights, all the dances, and movement. I particularly loved the slow motion of people trying to join Anonymous while the creators thought about the possible outcomes. They were literally be blocking out and trying to rejoin in slow motion. Just a great moment. And great use of stage throughout. Beyond my expectations for the space. It made the space feel huge like one of the large local theaters.


 Comments (Direction) TEH INTERNET IS SERIOUS BUSINESS  - Washington Ensemble Theatre

Tm Price had a huge cast and a huge, unwieldy script to work with, but he pulled the whole together beautifully. Moment to moment the play was specific, the action was clear, and the staging was imaginative.


 Comments (Ensemble) TEH INTERNET IS SERIOUS BUSINESS  - Washington Ensemble Theatre

Great ensemble of talent actors who blended well together.


 Comments (Ensemble) TEH INTERNET IS SERIOUS BUSINESS  - Washington Ensemble Theatre

The ensemble work amazingly well together. The main "Anonymous" actors just felt like an authentic team. You actually saw their relationship develop while not really even knowing each other. It was intriguing to see individuals get to know each other without really getting to know each other.


 Comments (Ensemble) TEH INTERNET IS SERIOUS BUSINESS  - Washington Ensemble Theatre

What a huge ensemble! But pretty much everyone pulled their weight and brought something unique to the show. And they balanced the chaos of the large chatroom scenes with their individual roles well.


 Comments (Lighting) TEH INTERNET IS SERIOUS BUSINESS  - Washington Ensemble Theatre

COULD THIS BE ANY COOLER??? I mean!! Everything!!!


 Comments (Lighting) TEH INTERNET IS SERIOUS BUSINESS  - Washington Ensemble Theatre

From the floor to the wall of lights in the back, the lighting always served the story and the floor was occasionally it's own character.


 Comments (Lighting) TEH INTERNET IS SERIOUS BUSINESS  - Washington Ensemble Theatre

Just bravo. The lighting was phenomenal. The use of lighting on the floor as the characters were hacking into a sight just made the moment. LOVED it throughout. The light made it even more exciting to watch.


 Comments (Lighting) TEH INTERNET IS SERIOUS BUSINESS  - Washington Ensemble Theatre

probably one of the best elements in the show!


 Comments (Lighting) TEH INTERNET IS SERIOUS BUSINESS  - Washington Ensemble Theatre

The lighting design is the actual star of this production & should have gotten it's own curtain call.


 Comments (Lighting) TEH INTERNET IS SERIOUS BUSINESS  - Washington Ensemble Theatre

The lighting for the play was brilliant. The lights in the stage were everything from a funny effect when we got rick rolled again to a tool to help understand the plot and the somewhat abstract action during the scene where Anonymous hacked the Tunisian government. It was a creative way to solve many problems and illuminate (pun intended) the themes of the play.


 Comments (Overall Production) TEH INTERNET IS SERIOUS BUSINESS  - Washington Ensemble Theatre

Everything came together perfectly from the scenery and lighting, to the choreography and acting. Can't wait to see more from this director.


 Comments (Overall Production) TEH INTERNET IS SERIOUS BUSINESS  - Washington Ensemble Theatre

This was the only show I've ever seen about being Very Online that didn't feel inauthentic or immediately dated (& therefore tone deaf). I loved that, in a show about computers, there weren't 700 projectors & none of the cast had to mime typing; physically embodying being involved in an online community felt much truer to the emotional experience.


 Comments (Scenic) TEH INTERNET IS SERIOUS BUSINESS  - Washington Ensemble Theatre

My immediate gut response after walking into the theater & looking at the set was, "Can I go play on that??"


 Comments (Scenic) TEH INTERNET IS SERIOUS BUSINESS  - Washington Ensemble Theatre

The set for this show was imaginative and perfect. I loved the device of using cardboard boxes to be whatever was needed at the moment. From seats, to a pirate ship, to an impenetrable wall being breached by a hack, the set was quick to adapt much like the internet itself.


 Comments (Scenic) TEH INTERNET IS SERIOUS BUSINESS  - Washington Ensemble Theatre

The whole set up seemed to be in another world. It was inviting, yet atypical. It was the perfect setting for this crazy world of the internet and internet memes. It enabled the scenes to transition from craziness to serious or even frightening.


 Comments (Sound/Music) TEH INTERNET IS SERIOUS BUSINESS  - Washington Ensemble Theatre

I LOVE THE MUSIC CHOICE. INCREDIBLE.


 Comments (Sound/Music) TEH INTERNET IS SERIOUS BUSINESS  - Washington Ensemble Theatre

The music choices for this show were flawless. I enjoyed the heck out of all the internet flashbacks in the pre-show and intermission music. (They're Taking the Hobbits to Isengard is a personal favorite). But on a more serious note, the sound and music throughout supported the theme and the script without ever being to cliche about computers or the internet.


 Defining Moment TEH INTERNET IS SERIOUS BUSINESS  - Washington Ensemble Theatre

All of theeemmmm!!! The dance numbers!!! The nerf guns!!! The coding done with awesome hand gestures! The lights in the floor!


 Defining Moment TEH INTERNET IS SERIOUS BUSINESS  - Washington Ensemble Theatre

Getting rick rolled live. The cast, the lighting, the sound. Each time it was hilarious and perfect.


 Defining Moment TEH INTERNET IS SERIOUS BUSINESS  - Washington Ensemble Theatre

I knew this show was going to be something different from the opening dance sequence. It really awakened the audience into the crazy world of the internet. I was a bit confused, but excited to see more.

The other defining moment was when Hector was caught and instructed Topiary to threaten the police. Clearly Topiary did not wan to do this. The mood of the play changed even more dramatically. The actors did a fabulous job portraying the intensity of the situation. I watched with bated breath.


 Defining Moment TEH INTERNET IS SERIOUS BUSINESS  - Washington Ensemble Theatre

One of the most impressive moments of staging took place in the group hacking scene. The rippling colored floor grid coupled with the stylized movement and gestures of the ensemble made this and related scenes magic.


 Defining Moment TEH INTERNET IS SERIOUS BUSINESS  - Washington Ensemble Theatre

Opening dance: full of energy, set the tone.


 Defining Moment TEH INTERNET IS SERIOUS BUSINESS  - Washington Ensemble Theatre

That opening sequence was unlike anything I've seen on stage in a while. The lighting, the sound and Alyza's choreography all came together to send us to a different world


 Defining Moment TEH INTERNET IS SERIOUS BUSINESS  - Washington Ensemble Theatre

The 1st time the floor lite up was pure delight.


 Defining Moment TEH INTERNET IS SERIOUS BUSINESS  - Washington Ensemble Theatre

The irony and stark realism of the final moment of the play. Two hackers meet in person as if strangers, but they had been working together "anonymously" for a while. The cordial introduction, then shaking of hands as the spotlight focuses on their hands, then lights out. Mesmerizing! Poignant!


 Defining Moment TEH INTERNET IS SERIOUS BUSINESS  - Washington Ensemble Theatre

The opening choreography had me immediately on-board & engaged. My favorite moment (or the one that made me swear out loud & tear up because ~*~theater magic~*~) was in the second act when, as the team are hacking into a Tunisian server, the LED grid on the floor started slowly changing from red to green.


 Defining Moment TEH INTERNET IS SERIOUS BUSINESS  - Washington Ensemble Theatre

The Tom Cruise scene.


 Defining Moment TEH INTERNET IS SERIOUS BUSINESS  - Washington Ensemble Theatre

When the Anonymous group was hacking into the Tunisian government's system, the interaction with the floor lighting and their physical specificity made for a really interesting sequence. It felt like an action movie on stage.


 Ian Bond TEH INTERNET IS SERIOUS BUSINESS  - Washington Ensemble Theatre

Can't wait to see what he does next. Great accents, fluid performer, extremely versatile.


 Ian Bond TEH INTERNET IS SERIOUS BUSINESS  - Washington Ensemble Theatre

Ian was one of the highlights of the show for me. His Tom Cruise was subtle, but spot on. His Condescending Wonka was hilarious. He was captivating and a joy to watch throughout.


 Ian Bond TEH INTERNET IS SERIOUS BUSINESS  - Washington Ensemble Theatre

The Tom Cruise moment was exquisite. He managed to capture everything about Cruise without doing an outright mimicry.


 Jessie Underhill TEH INTERNET IS SERIOUS BUSINESS  - Washington Ensemble Theatre

Her Anxiety Cat was one of the true joys of watching this play.


 Jordan-Michael Whidbey TEH INTERNET IS SERIOUS BUSINESS  - Washington Ensemble Theatre

One of the few characters that had an actual emotional journey we got to watch and Jordan nailed it.


 Lisa Viertel TEH INTERNET IS SERIOUS BUSINESS  - Washington Ensemble Theatre

I hope she teaches our youth actors! Watching her was like a master class.


 Megan Ahiers TEH INTERNET IS SERIOUS BUSINESS  - Washington Ensemble Theatre

Megan Ahiers was hilarious as Advice Dog, and grounded and truthful in her many other roles.


 Nick Edwards TEH INTERNET IS SERIOUS BUSINESS  - Washington Ensemble Theatre

Mr. Edwards gave one of the best performances of the show as Tuxedo. He was relaxed but engaging, and I felt for him when it all fell apart. He was also hilarious as the psychotic Ryan Cleary.


 Nick Edwards TEH INTERNET IS SERIOUS BUSINESS  - Washington Ensemble Theatre

There was this beautiful moment when Ryan was betrayed and it was so filled with a million different emotions at once, it was heartwrenching to watch.


 Other/Final Comments TEH INTERNET IS SERIOUS BUSINESS  - Washington Ensemble Theatre

Dramaturgy very well done and added to the experience.


 Other/Final Comments TEH INTERNET IS SERIOUS BUSINESS  - Washington Ensemble Theatre

I found this piece to be a refreshing and raw evening of theatre. I was impressed with how many young people were in the audience. It was a full house, bravo!


 Rachel Guyer-Mafune TEH INTERNET IS SERIOUS BUSINESS  - Washington Ensemble Theatre

Is she not the cutest girl in the world? She is. Next question.


 Rachel Guyer-Mafune TEH INTERNET IS SERIOUS BUSINESS  - Washington Ensemble Theatre

Rachel's performance was fun, spunky, sincere, and charming. It was a delight to have her balancing out some of the heavier angst of Topiary and Tuxedo with a carefree, confident take on Kayla.


 Zenaida Smith TEH INTERNET IS SERIOUS BUSINESS  - Washington Ensemble Theatre

Zenaida commands every room she's in and every stage she steps foot on in the best way possible. She brings nuance and wit to every character and this was no exception.


 Favorite Acting Performances Various  - Washington Ensemble Theatre

My absolute favorite performance this year was James Weidman in The Nether (Washington Ensemble Theater). Gentle, sympathetic, sinister, monstrous - a complex & fully realized performance of one of the most interesting & awful characters I've ever seen on stage.

Other stand outs: Alaji Marie as Jasmine in Pilgrims (Forward Flux), Lantz Wagner in Year of the Rooster (MAP), and the ensembles of Howl's Moving Castle (Book-It), Silhouette (Annex), and The Wolves (ACT).


 Favorite Production Elements Various  - Washington Ensemble Theatre

Everything about The Nether