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Paul Flanagan (Miss Bible Belt) Pageant  - A Sensible Theatre Co.

Brought down the house in his musical number. A performance somehow appropriately broad and incredibly nuanced at the same time. Delightful.


 Paul Flanagan (Miss Bible Belt) Pageant  - A Sensible Theatre Co.

The actor disappeared in the role. It was a megawatt performance. He was amazing to watch and really what you would imagine as a televangelist beauty pageant contestant.


 Avery Clark (Reverend John Hale) Crucible, The  - ACT Theatre

A passionate and clear performance.


 Avery Clark (Reverend John Hale) Crucible, The  - ACT Theatre

Watching John Hale's journey was fascinating. When I first read the Crucible, I hated that character because he was so changeable, but after seeing this production and Clark's performance, I realised that I hated the character because he reminded me of myself.


 Claudine Mboligikpelani Nako (Mary Warren) Crucible, The  - ACT Theatre

Nako's vulnerability guided her through the journey of Mary Warren so clearly. Wonderful performance.


 Comments (Choreography) Crucible, The  - ACT Theatre

The way the girls moved during the dance was really otherworldly and setup the world


 Comments (Direction) Crucible, The  - ACT Theatre

The best directors lead a team of collaborators to create a greater vision than any of them had to begin with. I believe this is what John has done here.


 Comments (Overall Production) Crucible, The  - ACT Theatre

I don't like Arthur Miller or really, any show long enough to justify an intermission - but this production held me rapt for three hours. Every element (the direction, the ensemble, the design) was cogent, affecting, breathtaking in it's potency. I can't remember the last time I left a theater feeling like this.


 Comments (Scenic) Crucible, The  - ACT Theatre

Both the design & use of space (the loading dock door, etc.) were some of the best I've ever seen in Seattle. I love the 'Our Town'-y feel, contemporary but timeless in all the design.


 Comments (Scenic) Crucible, The  - ACT Theatre

Such a simple set, really set the "world out of time" feeling


 Comments (Scenic) Crucible, The  - ACT Theatre

The stark, bare set allowed the story and characters to shine dramatically.


 Defining Moment Crucible, The  - ACT Theatre

As soon as Tituba realizes the positions she is in. The look on her face as she hears the girls start to accuse her, and she knows there is no way out. Her expression was flawless, it told the whole story. Even though she had lines after that supporting it, she wouldn't have needed them. At that moment, I was in.


 Defining Moment Crucible, The  - ACT Theatre

From the pre-show speech to the bows, the actors were "in it", setting the scene and telling a brilliant story. My stomach was in knots by the end, and I am still trying to recover from the reality of the experience.


 Defining Moment Crucible, The  - ACT Theatre

Hearing the chains slide along the steel girder until they hit the end. It sounded like a prison door slamming shut.


 Defining Moment Crucible, The  - ACT Theatre

John refusing to put his name on the wall with all the others at the end of Act 2. A great moment of dramatically integrating design.


 Defining Moment Crucible, The  - ACT Theatre

That opening moment with Tituba and the girls, it so well established the visual language of the play.


 Defining Moment Crucible, The  - ACT Theatre

The actors drawing on the back wall with chalk.


 Defining Moment Crucible, The  - ACT Theatre

The best part of this production was the way that the actors wrote the names of the accused on the wall in chalk. It was a very visceral, tangible way to show the finality of the accusations.


 Defining Moment Crucible, The  - ACT Theatre

The characters writing the names of all of the women who are charged with witchcraft on the walls and floors with chalk.


 Defining Moment Crucible, The  - ACT Theatre

The curtain speech. Is that weird? The entire cast came out on stage and provided a piece of it. No mics. It sent a message that this show was truly ensemble, and that with no mics, and the modern dress - it was going to be a different kind of Crucible.


 Defining Moment Crucible, The  - ACT Theatre

The end of Act 1 when the chair hung from a rope drops into the room was really well done.


 Defining Moment Crucible, The  - ACT Theatre

The initial setting of the scene, with the ensemble assembling the scene, drawing in chalk on the floor.


 Defining Moment Crucible, The  - ACT Theatre

The whole thing was stark. Emotionally and physically. From the actors pouring their hearts out, to the names written on the walls and floor. I loved the spare set and the "rawness" of it all.


 Defining Moment Crucible, The  - ACT Theatre

There were so many! The first scene between Abigail and John; the domestic scene that included Elizabeth, John, and Hale; the riveting courtroom drama with Danforth, John, Abigail, and Elizabeth. Tremendous, terrifying, and haunting.


 Defining Moment Crucible, The  - ACT Theatre

When the actors started writing names on the wall, I was very emotional. Also when the girls were all in the courtroom and the mob mentality/hysteria was in full force, that was incredibly intense and enlightening.


 Defining Moment Crucible, The  - ACT Theatre

When the company first began writing the names of the accused in chalk on the floor and walls, it felt as though something heavy landed in my gut. It was such a vicious, intentional, desperate action that continued to echo through the play.


 Defining Moment Crucible, The  - ACT Theatre

Wow, this play was amazing. So many defining moments - but the moment Abigail Williams changes her personalities based on her wishes and desires was flooring


 Hanah Mootz (Mercy Lewis) Crucible, The  - ACT Theatre

I always love seeing Hannah Mootz in anything.


 Marianne Owen (Rebecca Nurse) Crucible, The  - ACT Theatre

Marianne was so beatific and as Rebecca, she seemed to radiate a goodness that was so palpable, it incensed me to see that the rest of the characters were so blind to it.


 MJ Sieber (Reverend Samuel Parris) Crucible, The  - ACT Theatre

MJ gave an intense, stirring and emotional performance at the Rev. I love to watch him work onstage. He always gives 100%


 Other/Final Comments Crucible, The  - ACT Theatre

A truly excellent production.


 Other/Final Comments Crucible, The  - ACT Theatre

More plays like this please 🙂


 Paul Morgan Stetler (John Proctor) Crucible, The  - ACT Theatre

You could really see him struggling with himself


 Shermona Mitchell (Tituba) Crucible, The  - ACT Theatre

Shermona had such a quality of pathos and intensity every moment she was on stage. I wish that Tituba had a larger role in the script because every moment that Shermona Mitchell was in sight, and every instance where she spoke, I was riveted. I adore Shermona, and consider myself incredibly lucky, every time I see her perform.


 Shermona Mitchell (Tituba) Crucible, The  - ACT Theatre

Shermona is one of Seattle's best actresses. She always gives deep meaning and care to her craft.


 Sylvie Davidson (Abigail Williams) Crucible, The  - ACT Theatre

Sylvie was intense and disturbing as Abigail. She played a huge range of emotions beautifully.


 William Hall Jr. (Giles Corey) Crucible, The  - ACT Theatre

Woof. Heartbreaking.


 Annelih GH Hamilton (Actor #2) King of the Yees  - ACT Theatre

Annelih was a joy to watch in her many roles. Especially as the actress, she was in her element as a bright, self-absorbed, honest actor wrestling with the stereotypes and crap Asian actors have to deal with.


 Annelih GH Hamilton (Actor #2) King of the Yees  - ACT Theatre

Fantastic character actress! Every time she emerged as a different character I was impressed. Her scene were she learns a Chinese accent is hilarious. Both the old lad int he grandparent gang, and the liquor store barder wench were beyond her age but very believable.


 Comments (Costume) King of the Yees  - ACT Theatre

The costumes ran the whole spectrum of costumes from perfectly understated modern wear to the fabulously flamboyant garb of the Model Ancestor. They were all spot on, from how perfectly Lauren's outfit underlined her white-ish, yuppie departure from her past to the Model Ancestor's truly stunning shoes.


 Comments (Costume) King of the Yees  - ACT Theatre

The Dragon! YES! It's tail and the way it could bat its eyes! The original ancestors boots! Thank you! Too cha-cha for words! Also the gangsters entire outfit but especially his shoes. Hell yes.


 Comments (Costume) King of the Yees  - ACT Theatre

The fact that they were all played by only 3 actors means they were carefully thought through in terms of quick changes. The quick changes themselves are a feat. I was amazed with some of them!

Costumes that are set in modern day can easily be ignored. They just look like clothes. The main characters were typical clothing. The different characters that Lauren meets along her journey were fantastic! My favorite was the gang of elders. These actors were quick changed into fat padding and wigs.The costumes were perfect shades of gray and muted colors.
You giggle in surprise with the Lion Dancer.
The Model Ancestor brought to life was lovely. The mysterious cloaked figure that changes masks like Magic was stunning. I am still trying to figure out how they did it!


 Comments (Direction) King of the Yees  - ACT Theatre

Desdemona's hand is so clear in this play, and is so completely spot on. The trust she has in her actors shows beautifully, and not a moment felt forced or out of synch. Masterful.


 Comments (Direction) King of the Yees  - ACT Theatre

Great pacing and use of the entire stage and house to tell the story.


 Comments (Direction) King of the Yees  - ACT Theatre

The lay was a seamless whole with all of the aspects feeding each other well.


 Comments (Ensemble) King of the Yees  - ACT Theatre

Ensemble work at it's finest. Everyone pulling in the same direction, to incredible effect.


 Comments (Ensemble) King of the Yees  - ACT Theatre

I believed everyone of these relationships and interactions.


 Comments (Ensemble) King of the Yees  - ACT Theatre

The ensemble was incredibly strong, especially the three actors playing many roles.


 Comments (Lighting) King of the Yees  - ACT Theatre

Enjoyed the surprise of the LED lights that outlined the stage in Act II.


 Comments (Lighting) King of the Yees  - ACT Theatre

The disco scene was everything! Thank you! Also sweet moments of lit space informing falling fortune cookies from the sky and beautiful light transitions as the doors lowered to the stage floor and opened into a new dimension. Even the thoughtful lighting of Larry Yee as we was distantly visible in the wings. Really effective, and dazzling in the right moments and subtle in the right moments.


 Comments (Scenic) King of the Yees  - ACT Theatre

Simple and tasteful.


 Comments (Scenic) King of the Yees  - ACT Theatre

Simple. Tasteful. Loved the use of trap doors.


 Comments (Scenic) King of the Yees  - ACT Theatre

The scenic design included simple, specific pieces for each of the many places that the play explored. It was well executed.


 Comments (Sound/Music) King of the Yees  - ACT Theatre

Thoughtful, playful, appropriate, and executed to perfection.


 Defining Moment King of the Yees  - ACT Theatre

Congrats to ACT for bringing a wonderful new work to life in Seattle on the lives of our Asian American brothers and sisters. It was a great night of theatre taking in the new stories that need to be told.


 Defining Moment King of the Yees  - ACT Theatre

Early in the first act, Actor 3 is introduced as a seemingly passive audience member. When the character, Larry Yee, picks him out from the house, I truly thought he was a regular guy, and it took me a whole minute to realize he was an actor. The whole exchange was handled extremely well, and I knew then that I was in the presence of high-quality artists.


 Defining Moment King of the Yees  - ACT Theatre

Joseph Ngo being a fake audience member was convincing and funny


 Defining Moment King of the Yees  - ACT Theatre

Near the of the play the character Lauren Yees looks out into the audience and you can see she has just figured out what her father had been trying to teach her about the Chinatown community, and how you are there for each other. And that giving allows you get back with out paying.


 Defining Moment King of the Yees  - ACT Theatre

Ray Tagavilla sipping / chewing on tapioca milk tea while holding a blinged out glock.

AND the scene between Annelih and Ray when he is coaching her on how to be more "Chinese" - completely taboo and side-splittingly hilarious!


 Defining Moment King of the Yees  - ACT Theatre

Shrimp boy, Shrimp Boy, Shrimp Boy.


 Defining Moment King of the Yees  - ACT Theatre

Slow mo bubble tea shoot out!


 Defining Moment King of the Yees  - ACT Theatre

The defining moment for me was when Lauren committed to trying the lion dance, took of her blazer, and danced with the dragon with increasing glee.


 Defining Moment King of the Yees  - ACT Theatre

The final scene of Act I just as the Yee father disappears is when the play shifts from normal family drama to "anything might happen". The lighting and way it was set was really well done.


 Defining Moment King of the Yees  - ACT Theatre

The moment where Larry went through the door and it went from theater about theater to magic realism


 Defining Moment King of the Yees  - ACT Theatre

The scene with the face-changer stands out as a moment of true theatre magic on the stage.


 Defining Moment King of the Yees  - ACT Theatre

There were two memorable places for me where the play brought the audience into the action: 1)Near the start of the play, when the "real" writers and the "real" father show up from different sides of the house and mildly break the fourth wall - I think it was instigated by a cellphone ringing sound. It introduced a sense of chaos into the calm story-telling beginning of the play, and was humorous. 2) Larry Yee passing out water, voter registration forms and the interaction with Mr. Mah in the audience while looking for more Yees- who we initially didn't realize was an actor in the play!


 Defining Moment King of the Yees  - ACT Theatre

This show was everything! I was particularly impressed with the discrete lighting cues on the Model Ancestor's costume alone.


 Joseph Ngo (Actor #3) King of the Yees  - ACT Theatre

Girl. Girl. Girl. I could watch a whole show of Joseph Ngo playing the Model Ancestor. It would probably be a drag show, but I would watch the shit out of it. He was a delight! Mr. Ngo was also quite the chameleon in his other roles as the chiropractor and the elder, even if he was a bit over-earnest as the audience member turned Yee disciple.


 Khanh Doan (Lauren Yee) King of the Yees  - ACT Theatre

comical with her fathers interactions as she is somewhat embarrassed by him and his old ways. Her character was stronger in the second act as she learns on her journey.


 Khanh Doan (Lauren Yee) King of the Yees  - ACT Theatre

Ms. Doan was a perfect Lauren Yee. She was thoughtful and frustrated. She made her slow discovery of her own Yee-ness convincing and captivating.


 Khanh Doan (Lauren Yee) King of the Yees  - ACT Theatre

Playing the straight (wo)man is tough, and Khanh was absolute perfection. I loved going on this journey with her. A joy to watch.


 Other/Final Comments King of the Yees  - ACT Theatre

Enjoyably witty, and heart felled with great surprises!


 Other/Final Comments King of the Yees  - ACT Theatre

Surprising and delightful staging hiding Actor 2 and 3 in the audience. I completely thought Actor 2 was an audience member until he actually came on stage.

The dragon dance left me a ridiculous grin and on the edge of my seat.


 Ray Tagavilla (Actor #1) King of the Yees  - ACT Theatre

Ray does it again. His performance as Shrimp Boy had me absolutely dying (seriously, the Boba...), and his other characters were just as inspired and fun.


 Ray Tagavilla (Actor #1) King of the Yees  - ACT Theatre

Showed great versatility (and great quick-changes) in all of his ensemble parts.


 Ray Tagavilla (Actor #1) King of the Yees  - ACT Theatre

What can I even say about Ray as Shrimp Boy? He was hilarious, over the top, and dangerously funny. It showed impressive range up against Ray's actor who was grounded, honest, and funny in a whole different (sharper, more jaded) way as he mocked the Asian stereotypes he had to deal with in LA.


 Stan Egi (Larry Yee) King of the Yees  - ACT Theatre

Funny, and just like a dad that wants something other for you that is not what you want for yourself.
I would never have guessed that this actor is younger than the character he played.


 Stan Egi (Larry Yee) King of the Yees  - ACT Theatre

How can I describe Stan Egi as Larry Yee? Funny, goofy, outlandish, heartfelt, heartbreaking, sincere. He was spot on, giving Larry full beautiful life without every falling into a caricature of any of his many eccentricities.


 Stan Egi (Larry Yee) King of the Yees  - ACT Theatre

Stan embodied this role with such clarity, humor, and truth that had me from his first moments on stage. I just knew this character the minute I met him, and I loved the journey he took me on from laughter to heartbreak to ugly happy crying.


 Adam Standley (Misha) Ride the Cyclone  - ACT Theatre

Adam managed to take a character we are tempted to write off early on as a goofy, posturing teen and carry him on a touching journey though love, loss and growth. Really fine work.


 Adam Standley (Misha) Ride the Cyclone  - ACT Theatre

An engaging performance!


 Adam Standley (Misha) Ride the Cyclone  - ACT Theatre

Excellent rap skills. Really felt him in his musical numbers.


 Adam Standley (Misha) Ride the Cyclone  - ACT Theatre

Understudy, Nicholas Tarabini went on the night I saw it.


 Comments (Choreography) Ride the Cyclone  - ACT Theatre

Wonderful subtle stylized choreography that elevated the elements of the musical. Great use of each characters physical strengths and gifts.


 Comments (Costume) Ride the Cyclone  - ACT Theatre

Good base costumes for each character with surprising reveals underneath - the illuminated codpiece, the Marlena Dietrich torn stockings, the cat people outfits. Really well done.


 Comments (Costume) Ride the Cyclone  - ACT Theatre

I loved the mouse the best! Also impressive: the tear-away clothes, the cat attire (and glowing codpiece), the sexy little black slip and fishnets combo. Also, I have no idea how Jane Doe flew in that manner, but her costume did a good job of disguising the apparatus on her back.


 Comments (Ensemble) Ride the Cyclone  - ACT Theatre

Impressive! Each moment was so polished, from the collective gyrations of a dance number to the proper positioning of a shoe horn. Well-rehearsed, well-thought out, smart acting and seamless transitions.


 Comments (Ensemble) Ride the Cyclone  - ACT Theatre

Very tight knit cast. It was clear many had worked on this show previously.


 Comments (Lighting) Ride the Cyclone  - ACT Theatre

I thought the white light and fog combination made a surprisingly effective "other side". Lights on the fortune teller's box were also nicely done. The projection work was really cool as well, especially on the sheet and the women's skirts.


 Comments (Lighting) Ride the Cyclone  - ACT Theatre

Incredible lighting components! So much is happening here that added so much to the play, from integrative illumination in props and wardrobe choices, to opening gobos and spectral projections. I've never seen such superb lighting in a production. Bravo!


 Comments (Lighting) Ride the Cyclone  - ACT Theatre

Incredible lighting work, the projections were particularly effective.


 Comments (Scenic) Ride the Cyclone  - ACT Theatre

Absolutely amazing. Thoughtful and surprising and fun and thoroughly effective. Creative projection work was stellar.


 Comments (Scenic) Ride the Cyclone  - ACT Theatre

Absolutely wonderful and slightly skeezie carney vibe.


 Comments (Scenic) Ride the Cyclone  - ACT Theatre

Amazing set and scenery -- truly creative and clever.


 Comments (Scenic) Ride the Cyclone  - ACT Theatre

The set design was perfection! The relatively small stage felt enormous and filled to the brim with this universe.


 Comments (Scenic) Ride the Cyclone  - ACT Theatre

This set was amazing! Loved the double-rotating floor, the twisted carnage of roller coaster looming overhead, and the proscenium "game" photos. The fortune teller's box was creepily perfect.


 Comments (Sound/Music) Ride the Cyclone  - ACT Theatre

A fantastic musical with a great world of sound.


 Comments (Sound/Music) Ride the Cyclone  - ACT Theatre

Great pre-show music and wonderful seamless sound effects that deeply enhanced the piece.


 Comments (Sound/Music) Ride the Cyclone  - ACT Theatre

Wins the award for best use of autotune


 Connor Russell (Ricky) Ride the Cyclone  - ACT Theatre

Loved watching him sing and dance. The transformation from mute and disabled to dance-master extraordinaire was thrilling. Way to work that codpiece!


 Connor Russell (Ricky) Ride the Cyclone  - ACT Theatre

Wonderful transformation "Level Up" from the vacant look at the beginning of the show to saving the world with a light up cod piece.


 Defining Moment Ride the Cyclone  - ACT Theatre

"Space Aged Bachelor Man," hands down. Glowing codpiece and all.


 Defining Moment Ride the Cyclone  - ACT Theatre

"This Song is Awesome" was just that, and the subsequent segue into "Talia" was a surprisingly moving.


 Defining Moment Ride the Cyclone  - ACT Theatre

I would have said the cat scene, but then Jane Doe did something I've never seen before on stage, and I was wowed even more


 Defining Moment Ride the Cyclone  - ACT Theatre

Jane Doe's haunting song with illumination effects and her floating on stage


 Defining Moment Ride the Cyclone  - ACT Theatre

Many of the technical elements were well executed. Having Jane Doe float & spin was very impressive


 Defining Moment Ride the Cyclone  - ACT Theatre

The headless victim of The Cyclone rollercoaster lifting off the ground in a perfect blend of high-tech and old-shool stage magic!!


 Defining Moment Ride the Cyclone  - ACT Theatre

This production is so well-produced at every level, from the lights, scenery, audio, acting, costumes, choreography, special effects and so on - all incredible. It was an absolutely joy and at times terrifying - much like the titular roller coaster. I loved it.


 Defining Moment Ride the Cyclone  - ACT Theatre

Walking into the light - the effect with the light and fog behind the curtain was breathtaking each time it came up.
Several memorable moments, but that's the one that stands out for me.
The singing was exquisite all around!


 Defining Moment Ride the Cyclone  - ACT Theatre

When the fortune teller told the students it would have to be a unanimous vote on who to save.


 Defining Moment Ride the Cyclone  - ACT Theatre

When the lights dim, a miniature carnival of lights appears on stage, and Jane Doe begins to fly around the stage.


 Emily Rohm (Jane Doe) Ride the Cyclone  - ACT Theatre

Delightfully creepy and innocent with a stunning, haunting voice. I was floored by her number.


 Emily Rohm (Jane Doe) Ride the Cyclone  - ACT Theatre

Good god, could not have been creepier, and that voice! That voice! Also her intensely disturbing blinking and mechanical doll movements were otherworldly. Wherever she was onstage, she was totally engrossing to watch. And. I'm guessing there was a bit of an issue with the flying machine - maybe - and she handled it like a pro. Outstanding!


 Emily Rohm (Jane Doe) Ride the Cyclone  - ACT Theatre

Hauntingly beautiful voice and wonderfully grotesque physical embodiment.


 Favorite Production Elements Ride the Cyclone  - ACT Theatre

flying girl in Ride the Cyclone at ACT


 Karl Sean Hamilton (Karnak) Ride the Cyclone  - ACT Theatre

Definitely didn't realize this was an actor until the curtain call. A very convincing mechanical man.


 Karl Sean Hamilton (Karnak) Ride the Cyclone  - ACT Theatre

Great timing and powerful resonant voice.


 Karl Sean Hamilton (Karnak) Ride the Cyclone  - ACT Theatre

I think I sat through about half the show wondering if that was a real person in the box or not. #kudos #thepuppethandsthrewme


 Karl Sean Hamilton (Karnak) Ride the Cyclone  - ACT Theatre

If it weren't for the curtain call, I would have sworn his character was an animatronic puppet. Regardless, his voice acting and comedic timing were superb.


 Kholby Wardell (Noel) Ride the Cyclone  - ACT Theatre

"Noel's Lament" was one of the most thrilling solo pieces of musical theatre I've witnessed.


 Kholby Wardell (Noel) Ride the Cyclone  - ACT Theatre

Everything about Kholby's performance was exceptional. The agony of his "I want to be that girl" number has left me with a new favorite musical number. Exceptional dancing with just the right amount of provocateur - daring and tragic. A completely committed performance that I feel blessed to have witnessed.


 Kholby Wardell (Noel) Ride the Cyclone  - ACT Theatre

Perfect performance, completely owned this character and his need to be "that fucked up girl."


 Kholby Wardell (Noel) Ride the Cyclone  - ACT Theatre

What a delicious piece of cabaret! Wonderfully executed and solid throughout.


 Lillian Castillo (Constance) Ride the Cyclone  - ACT Theatre

Completely sold this character and made me feel for her.


 Lillian Castillo (Constance) Ride the Cyclone  - ACT Theatre

One of the best performances I have ever seen. Such beautiful honesty, range and depth. Great physical embodiment of character and an exquisitely touching monologue at the end of the show that was heart wrenching.


 Lillian Castillo (Constance) Ride the Cyclone  - ACT Theatre

Warm, charismatic, delightful voice and charmingly vile as the wicked cat queen!


 Other/Final Comments Ride the Cyclone  - ACT Theatre

One of the best shows I have had the pleasure to see in Seattle. Thank you!


 Other/Final Comments Ride the Cyclone  - ACT Theatre

Thorough, tuneful and ingenious. A perfect blend of low & high tech.


 Other/Final Comments Ride the Cyclone  - ACT Theatre

Very well done, certainly considering going again on my own time.


 Tiffany Tatreau (Ocean) Ride the Cyclone  - ACT Theatre

Infinite energy! Loved the moments when she had realizations about herself and others. Great comic timing!


 Tiffany Tatreau (Ocean) Ride the Cyclone  - ACT Theatre

Wonderful voice, and great wing-span. Truly obnoxious character that was also endearing.


 Christine Marie Brown (Soccer Mom) Wolves, The  - ACT Theatre

Her emotion just brought me to tears. The scene was well written and her performance just nailed it. That grief and that need to still live the life you have been living with your child. Its hard in real life and Christine brought that emotion out.


 Comments (Choreography) Wolves, The  - ACT Theatre

Nice way to work such a tight space. I thought they were going to run into each other at least once or kick a ball the wrong way, but it never happened. Lots of practice and control. The changes between stretches and practice added an extra layer of engagement when they were just talking about life on and off the soccer field.


 Comments (Direction) Wolves, The  - ACT Theatre

At first, the cacophony of talking was overwhelming, but then I started seeing the relationships evolve and the interactions between groups. There were so many defining moments for me. The director guided this group of actresses supremely.


 Comments (Direction) Wolves, The  - ACT Theatre

Sheila Daniels completely captured the feeling of being in the midst of a group of teenage girls. Every movement, every line spoken over another's, it all rang true and reminded me of my own teenage years in girls locker rooms. The choreographed soccer warmups were perfectly placed within the scenes, and made the setting complete.


 Comments (Ensemble) Wolves, The  - ACT Theatre

I can't imagine a different group of actors. They played off of each other so well. They could actually be a soccer team of teenage girls. Their relationships seemed genuine.


 Comments (Lighting) Wolves, The  - ACT Theatre

Gorgeous throughout! Made for my defining moment for this one.


 Comments (Scenic) Wolves, The  - ACT Theatre

Nice attention to detail throughout the minimal, but effective, set. The dirt and scuff marks on the sidewall were a nice touch.


 Comments (Scenic) Wolves, The  - ACT Theatre

There was such great detail in the set. There were signs on the outside of the fence that were exactly like the signs on a real soccer field. They were never used or referenced by the actresses. They were simply added to the aura of the show. Details like this really set the stage for a high-quality show.

Additionally, I loved the way the netting came down during the intense scene with #00. It was so smooth. It was almost like magic that it appeared and then was raised up.


 Comments (Sound/Music) Wolves, The  - ACT Theatre

From the perfectly chosen pop music, to the chatter of the crowds and the well-timed transitions, the sound was on point! The music made for a welcome additional character to the action on the stage.


 Defining Moment Wolves, The  - ACT Theatre

An impressive ensemble performance from a company of professional actors (their performance belies their age...). An incredibly realistic depiction of the teenage years - in all their mystery and brutality.

The scenic design was incredibly realistic yet perfect measured- we were given just enough to imagine a full indoor soccer field, and not a bit more than necessary (an easy trap with realism). I cannot imagine a better space in Seattle in which to perform this play, and the collaboration between LB Morse and Sheila Daniels made the very most of it.


 Defining Moment Wolves, The  - ACT Theatre

Defining moment was the huddle at the end of the show. Pure electric energy from all 8 actresses.


 Defining Moment Wolves, The  - ACT Theatre

I thought the net drop was exceptionally conceived.


 Defining Moment Wolves, The  - ACT Theatre

The brief scene with Soccer Mom really anchored the show and brought it's messages home for me.


 Defining Moment Wolves, The  - ACT Theatre

The choroegraphy of the warms up was beautifully staged in relationship to the core themes and tensions of the play


 Defining Moment Wolves, The  - ACT Theatre

The final moment of chanting in a tight, supportive circle grabbed me as the fullest realization of this play's teenage heart.


 Defining Moment Wolves, The  - ACT Theatre

The group as ONE - it was in many moments but through the movement choreography, through the circle, seeing the parts in the whole and the nothingness without the parts, each character bringing a different nuance to the dynamic, each with their own heartaches... the whole was certainly so much greater than the sum of the parts. I was spellbound with each scene where ALL the characters were on-stage.


 Defining Moment Wolves, The  - ACT Theatre

The moment when I realized that Christine's character was having a mini breakdown over not having orange slices with her.


 Defining Moment Wolves, The  - ACT Theatre

The scene where #00 is practicing and training alone, circled by the goal nets that have appeared around the stage in the dark. Engrossing without words.


 Defining Moment Wolves, The  - ACT Theatre

There was so much of this show that I absolutely loved. I don't think I can narrow it down to just one moment.

- #00's breakdown.

- When the player jokingly asked, "What, Are you pregnant?" The moment stopped. You knew there was a lot more going on with these girls than soccer and political drama. They have their secrets and their lives outside of this group of friend.

- All the nosebleeds and helmets. It lightened the mood of the show, but also made you wonder what was really up with this player.

- When #7, the best friend returns to the field after being injured. The tension between #7 and #25 is so high. The injury, the ongoing battle over leadership, and the drama of their lives off the field. It is all there and just erupts. You think this is it for the team and the "friendship."

- The mom arriving at the field as the players are about to finally get ready to play the game. The moment stops. The girls don't know how to react. They are shocked and grieving all over again.


 Defining Moment Wolves, The  - ACT Theatre

Tough to pick one moment beyond the general excellence of the ensemble and the intimacy of the arena set. But Martha Kathryn Smith's dialogue-less scene toward the end, with the net coming down, left a deep impression.


 Defining Moment Wolves, The  - ACT Theatre

When the lights came up on the scene with 00, alone on the field. The perfectly lit scene completely transported to me to an empty and dark indoor soccer field. It immediately changed the tone and feel, and set up the scene beautifully.


 Emilie Hanson (#14) Wolves, The  - ACT Theatre

Strong performance. Performed the emotion of friendship, betrayal of trust, tension of teenage girl drama very well.


 Emma Bjornson (#2) Wolves, The  - ACT Theatre

She was a delight. She felt so authentic in her performance, especially as she talked about her mom making her wear the helmet. Oh, the embarrassment of a teenage girl.


 Favorite Production Elements Wolves, The  - ACT Theatre

Wolves - simply, effective set that served the story well


 Madilyn Cooper (#25) Wolves, The  - ACT Theatre

Powerful, steady performance. A young actor to watch for sure!


 Martha Kathryn Smith (#00) Wolves, The  - ACT Theatre

She didn't have as many lines but her presence was impactful. My eyes were drawn to her emotion and reaction to the talk around her.


 Other/Final Comments Wolves, The  - ACT Theatre

Such a great show. I need to see it again from the other side.


 Other/Final Comments Wolves, The  - ACT Theatre

This was one of my favorite plays this year. I had read it and yet I was hooked the whole way through.


 Rachel Guyer-Mafune (#13) Wolves, The  - ACT Theatre

Loved her performance throughout. Very dynamic. She showed crass, yet vulnerability.


 Zoe Tziotis Shields (#8) Wolves, The  - ACT Theatre

Impressive stage presense. As a character with a more subtle personality, Zoe made 8's place in the ensemble feel important and noteworthy.


 Comments (Scenic) American Hwangap  - AJ Epstein Presents

Tough small space with multiple locations. I like that each section of the stage was corner as a different room or location allowing the lager scenes to happen in the middle.

Most creative scene was the fishing scene. I was not sure if they were meant to be in a boat or on a pier, I like that why were forced to face each other while they were having this heavy conversation.


 Comments (Sound/Music) American Hwangap  - AJ Epstein Presents

great video games!


 Defining Moment American Hwangap  - AJ Epstein Presents

How amazing and rare and thrilling to see a middle-aged Asian couple passionately embracing and making out!


 Defining Moment American Hwangap  - AJ Epstein Presents

I love the dad in the tree!


 Defining Moment American Hwangap  - AJ Epstein Presents

The speeches were very well done.


 Defining Moment American Hwangap  - AJ Epstein Presents

The warmth and charisma that Stephen Sumida brought to Min Suk Chun made it hard not to root for the old bastard, even while we learned increasingly more about consequences of his past selfishness and regret. This was a fascinating, complex journey to be taken on.


 Defining Moment American Hwangap  - AJ Epstein Presents

There was a scene where the father and son were fishing. It was a beautiful interaction between the two of them. And I dug how it was staged.


 Defining Moment American Hwangap  - AJ Epstein Presents

There were many! The script has so many parent/child life moments.
What I am going to say will come across a little of skewed, to follow up I have spent many years with a Korean Family as a large part of my life. This whole show had a greater point of reference for me.
I think my favorite was when he father, Min Suk, and Daughter Ester were sitting in the cafe in the 2nd scene and dad Says "Korean People fucked up". The reason I chose this is because it pokes a great bit of fun at the dad making fun of how patriarcle the Korean culture is.


 Defining Moment American Hwangap  - AJ Epstein Presents

This cast had exceptional concentration through two disruptive cell phones and an infant loudly pooping through the final minutes.

Otherwise, the production was a fabulous portrait of an American family and their unique problems. It was refreshing to not have their Korean heritage over-explained.


 Defining Moment American Hwangap  - AJ Epstein Presents

When Esther admits she was chasing a family of her own to replace the one that broke when she was young.


 Defining Moment American Hwangap  - AJ Epstein Presents

When the father was in the tree. It was like the past was about to repeat itself. Then the mother refused his proposal. I was glad she did. It really shows that she has indeed moved on from the woman she was as his wife long ago.


 Stephen Sumida (Min Suk Chun) American Hwangap  - AJ Epstein Presents

What a tough emotional role to play!


 Aaron Lamb (Jamie) Last Five Years, The  - AK-L5 Productions

Aaron's old Jewish man accent was probably my favorite part of his performance.


 Comments (Costume) Last Five Years, The  - AK-L5 Productions

I just really, really enjoyed Katherine Strohmaier's shoes. Those boots!


 Defining Moment Last Five Years, The  - AK-L5 Productions

Cathy and Jamie play the piano together.


 Defining Moment Last Five Years, The  - AK-L5 Productions

Flawless transitions between pianists during complicated sections of music.


 Defining Moment Last Five Years, The  - AK-L5 Productions

I liked the ending when the lights dimmed on the actress after the actor left the stage. It was a nice touch to signify the ending of a relationship.


 Defining Moment Last Five Years, The  - AK-L5 Productions

In the middle of the show when both characters finally get to sing their duet together; the use of the rotating portion of the stage along with Lamb's melodic piano accompaniment made that moment truly captivating.


 Defining Moment Last Five Years, The  - AK-L5 Productions

Seeing Aaron Lamb and Katherine Strohmaier accompany EACHOTHER and seamlessly switch spots on the piano (which was on a turntable) was a stunning artistic choice and very well executed.


 Defining Moment Last Five Years, The  - AK-L5 Productions

The defining moment occurred several times throughout the performance- every time that Katherine and Aaron switched between playing and singing...it was so effortless that I started to forget that they were each playing for each other and then I remembered that they were playing piano for each other and I was so impressed!!


 Defining Moment Last Five Years, The  - AK-L5 Productions

The ease between each actor when they switched playing the piano mid-song was phenomenal to watch! The few times they shared songs/played together were somber and full of emotion.


 Defining Moment Last Five Years, The  - AK-L5 Productions

The moment where the two actors met in the middle of their timelines and actually looked at each other on state and shared the piano duet.


 Defining Moment Last Five Years, The  - AK-L5 Productions

The schmuel song was done excellently.


 Katherine Strohmaier (Cathy) Last Five Years, The  - AK-L5 Productions

Completely captivating performance. Truth shined through her in every moment. She was so vulnerable, likable, funny, powerful, complicated... She had me in the palm of her hand.


 Katherine Strohmaier (Cathy) Last Five Years, The  - AK-L5 Productions

Some truly engaging musical work and WHAT a pianist! The Audition song had me absolutely riveted. Perfect embodiment of the struggling actor's life.


 Other/Final Comments Last Five Years, The  - AK-L5 Productions

I'm so glad I saw this version of Last Five Years. I now cannot imagine seeing a production of this play where the actors did not also play the piano accompaniment. It made for a beautiful and heartbreaking dance between two people in love and out of love, intertwining their lives so intimately that we are left with no doubt that they are deeply part of each other forever, even after the relationship is over.


 Other/Final Comments Last Five Years, The  - AK-L5 Productions

What remarkable musicians and pianists for the actors to be playing the entire score, BRAVO! to the actors!


 Comments (Playwright) Crewmates  - Annex Theatre

The script is clearly still in its early stages and needs editing down, but the writing is strong and the concepts are truly original, engaging and a lot of fun!


 Defining Moment Crewmates  - Annex Theatre

Joke about Netflix.


 Defining Moment Crewmates  - Annex Theatre

Judgement at the top of the show, establishing some of the metaphorical ground rules


 Defining Moment Crewmates  - Annex Theatre

Kudos to the playwright, Sameer Arshad, for the funniest line in the play, when after the set was changed around from the apartment of Faraz to the apartment of Sarah by moving the sofa and changing the walls, Faraz walks in and says "I have the same sofa!".


 Defining Moment Crewmates  - Annex Theatre

Opening scene: a realization of a territory and transitional landscape we're about to enter.


 Defining Moment Crewmates  - Annex Theatre

The nervous chemistry between Faraz and Sarah was lovely and honest.


 Defining Moment Crewmates  - Annex Theatre

The opening with the ticking clock sound and the character on the couch.


 Defining Moment Crewmates  - Annex Theatre

The poop scene was out of left field but hilarious. The pizza introduction.


 Defining Moment Crewmates  - Annex Theatre

When Sarah had an emotional breakdown about comfort women and the troubling parts of Japanese history- the complexities of cultural heritage and identity as well as how one defines oneself in that context really resonated with me.


 Defining Moment Crewmates  - Annex Theatre

When the angel with the spear first came out to assume her protective position. She had great determination and presence.


 Defining Moment Crewmates  - Annex Theatre

When Vida is on the couch in the beginning, hiding her face in her hands and reliving the guilt of the life she has just left as she hears the echoey digital voice explaining what she must do and be in her afterlife to come. A strange and compelling first scene.


 Other/Final Comments Crewmates  - Annex Theatre

An interesting, well written play done in a very creative manner.