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Comments (Costume) Deers  - Annex Theatre

Great use of regular clothes to hint at their animal characters, rather than using costumes of the animals. These were much more enjoyable and fitting with the story.


 Comments (Costume) Deers  - Annex Theatre

The lower budget, animal costumes were fabulous, because they were so much more effective than full animal suits.


 Comments (Costume) Deers  - Annex Theatre

The make-up design for each animal was excellent, with Owl's feathers being truly extraordinary.


 Comments (Ensemble) Deers  - Annex Theatre

Great character chemistry


 Comments (Ensemble) Deers  - Annex Theatre

There was a very present feeling of commaraderie among the cast and they seemed like they were clearly havibg fun, which made me very happy.


 Comments (Playwright) Deers  - Annex Theatre

I LOVE that all the characters are written as gender neutral/nonbinary. The existent of a nongenderconforming script in the world is incredibly pleasing to me.


 Comments (Playwright) Deers  - Annex Theatre

Very inventive & witty; liked the total removal of gender distinctions. Very original piece.


 Comments (Scenic) Deers  - Annex Theatre

Great set -- and especially impressive given its mobility, with two plays (and two totally different sets) in rep on the same stage.


 Defining Moment Deers  - Annex Theatre

Emu after taking his first drink.


 Defining Moment Deers  - Annex Theatre

Emu's and Turtle's walking across the stage were probably my favorite moments. They truly appeared animal-like to me, especially during the scene changes. I also appreciated how the actors stayed in character during the scene changes, so we could clearly see who/what they were and their relationships.


 Defining Moment Deers  - Annex Theatre

Emu's strut, Turtle's creep along & Raccoon's shifty eyes


 Defining Moment Deers  - Annex Theatre

I enjoyed the low tech solutions to scripted stage effects. Also the gender neutral pronouns of all characters.


 Defining Moment Deers  - Annex Theatre

I really liked how the different animals moved in ways that fit each animal character.


 Defining Moment Deers  - Annex Theatre

Just the cadence between the cast mates was really refreshing. They all seemed to feed off of each others' energy that kept the show interesting and moving forward. The cohesiveness made the show for me.


 Defining Moment Deers  - Annex Theatre

The first transition in which Turtle comes in moving in slow motion while all other characters are walking in regular tempo.


 Defining Moment Deers  - Annex Theatre

Turtle's original entrance. His physicality was on point, and remained so for the duration of the show. As soon as he came on I felt like I really understood the universe that I was in.


 Defining Moment Deers  - Annex Theatre

When the Emu walked on, bobbing his head, in his preppy Emily Elizabeth from Clifford the Big Red Dog outfit, and then he opened his mouth and was broadly Australian? I LOST it.


 Geoff Finney (Turtle) Deers  - Annex Theatre

Amazing ability to stay in slow movements throughout the show -- not easy. Great job!


 Geoff Finney (Turtle) Deers  - Annex Theatre

EVERY TIME THE TURTLE SAID OR DID ANYTHING I COULD NOT KEEP MYSELF FROM LAUGHING. Very much a slowed down Garth, very much a beloved character to me.


 Geoff Finney (Turtle) Deers  - Annex Theatre

Geoff was a perfect Turtle. His movements and speech patterns were exceptional and very turtle-like. He often even blinked slowly, which is quite difficult in a high-stress, heightened-adrenaline situation like being on stage.


 Geoff Finney (Turtle) Deers  - Annex Theatre

Great slow motion.


 Geoff Finney (Turtle) Deers  - Annex Theatre

Really excellent vocal and physical choices for this character. My heart went out to them immediately. They always drew my attention (without pulling focus), and I was excited whenever they were at the heart of a scene.


 Jackie Miedema (Rabbit) Deers  - Annex Theatre

Excellent work. I couldn't keep my eyes off of them the whole time. Comedic timing, physicality, presence, was all exceptional. It is rare that an attractive, female-presenting actor is given an opportunity to be silly, obscene, goofy, and outlandish in this way. I really appreciated this subversion of norms, and hope to see more of their work in the future.


 Jackie Miedema (Rabbit) Deers  - Annex Theatre

Great rabbit movements and positions at all times. Fun bunny choreography and an amazingly fast tail shake.


 Jackie Miedema (Rabbit) Deers  - Annex Theatre

Jackie did a lovely job bringing Rabbit to life. I enjoyed her frenetic energy and extra facial ticks that reminded me that she was an animal.


 Jesse Calixto (Bear/Human) Deers  - Annex Theatre

Really good bear noises/voice/characterization. To the point of being jarring at times, but it worked well.


 Jordan Moeller (Emu) Deers  - Annex Theatre

Great strut!


 Jordan Moeller (Emu) Deers  - Annex Theatre

His bird strutting and head/neck movements were very good and quite entertaining.


 Jordan Moeller (Emu) Deers  - Annex Theatre

Really nice physical choices for this character.


 Jordan Moeller (Emu) Deers  - Annex Theatre

Some of my favorite moments in the show were when Emu crossed the stage or did little Emu-like movements with his head or body. He did a lovely job stretching his neck and back to make him even taller in those moments.


 Kinzie Shaw (Raccoon) Deers  - Annex Theatre

Raccoon was possibly my favorite character. Each time they spoke, I was reminded that this was an unstable creature that could turn on me (or the others) at any time (just like a wild raccoon).


 Kinzie Shaw (Raccoon) Deers  - Annex Theatre

The frantic/shiftiness was right-on -- well played!


 Lauren Skelton (Owl) Deers  - Annex Theatre

Owl's make-up was my favorite of the entire show, and she did a lovely job adding elements of "owl-ness" to her character throughout the play.


 Maggie McMuffin (Squirrel/Tiger) Deers  - Annex Theatre

Really good job at being 2 completely different characters.


 Mi Y. Kang (Binty) Deers  - Annex Theatre

I strongly identified with their character from the beginning. They really gave life to the setting, and I felt I wanted to know them.


 Other/Final Comments Deers  - Annex Theatre

A great idea for a play, done very well and fun to watch.


 Other/Final Comments Deers  - Annex Theatre

I really enjoyed this and hope it has an episodic future!


 Other/Final Comments Deers  - Annex Theatre

Very novel & enjoyable show. Congratulations!


 Sin de la Rosa (Bobcat) Deers  - Annex Theatre

A smaller role, but they maintained noticeable presence. Their characterization was very complete, and they were a pleasure to watch in every scene.


 Alaji (Kimberly Prentice) Last Stop on Lilac  - Annex Theatre

She had fantastic stage presence- was very engaging to watch, and hilarious to boot.


 Alexander Samuels (Roger Twyneing) Last Stop on Lilac  - Annex Theatre

Great (and very funny) accent and vocal work, superb commitment to the ridiculous character, really enjoyable to watch.


 Comments (Choreography) Last Stop on Lilac  - Annex Theatre

Fun, fun, fun! The dancing scene changes were great and a huge hit. In the dance club, the go-go dancers were slinky, shimmying and graceful, while the male patrons were clumsy, awkward and out of sync. Great job with the details.


 Comments (Choreography) Last Stop on Lilac  - Annex Theatre

The dramatic fight scene to end the play was perfectly campy and well executed comedy!


 Comments (Costume) Last Stop on Lilac  - Annex Theatre

Amazing number of beautiful outfits - colors and designs were authentic to the time and were really the scenic design!


 Comments (Costume) Last Stop on Lilac  - Annex Theatre

Every single costume was straight out of the 60s, styled perfectly, and matched each character's personality. The many dresses were gorgeous- and expertly put together and presented with details like go go boots and bouffant hairdos. It was a real pleasure to see the many excellent costumes in this show!


 Comments (Costume) Last Stop on Lilac  - Annex Theatre

Perfect!


 Comments (Direction) Last Stop on Lilac  - Annex Theatre

Everything was done perfectly in a fun, campy way.


 Comments (Direction) Last Stop on Lilac  - Annex Theatre

Fast paced and obviously well thought out. Many great stage 'pictures'


 Comments (Ensemble) Last Stop on Lilac  - Annex Theatre

Everyone fit their parts well and worked perfectly together.


 Comments (Ensemble) Last Stop on Lilac  - Annex Theatre

The cast had great chemistry and seemed to genuinely having a good time on stage, which added to my positive experience as an audience member.


 Comments (Lighting) Last Stop on Lilac  - Annex Theatre

In a small theatre, with limited resources, the lighting was done perfectly to complete this great production.


 Comments (Overall Production) Last Stop on Lilac  - Annex Theatre

Great fun! A high-energy, splashy Hollywood murder mystery with lots of dancing scene changes. The audience loved it!


 Comments (Playwright) Last Stop on Lilac  - Annex Theatre

Fun, witty, and great in every way.


 Comments (Scenic) Last Stop on Lilac  - Annex Theatre

I really enjoyed the props and the styling- from the tupperware to the martini shakers and bar cart, with minimal items I felt transported to a swinging 60s party!


 Comments (Scenic) Last Stop on Lilac  - Annex Theatre

With minimal set pieces, everything needed was there. The rolling desk was a huge hit, which became a masseuse table and even a go-go dancer podium complete with lights as the show progressed.


 Comments (Sound/Music) Last Stop on Lilac  - Annex Theatre

Perfect!


 Danielle Daggerty (Veranda Mink) Last Stop on Lilac  - Annex Theatre

She wasn't even in the majority of the scenes, but she was my absolute favorite part of this entire performance and experience. Danielle's full commitment to the absurd and over-the-top character, her physicality and vocal choices were all simply HYSTERICAL- any time she came onstage I instantly got excited and ready to laugh. She started the play, which was a perfect way to set the tone for the ridiculousness that was to follow. An outstanding performance.


 Defining Moment Last Stop on Lilac  - Annex Theatre

1) Carolyn's scene with her in the "pool" was a great use of Annex's space.
2) The pentagram reveal was a fantastic moment for the audience as we found out that we had no idea what was coming.


 Defining Moment Last Stop on Lilac  - Annex Theatre

Bunny's Ann-Margret songs and, oh lord, the monkey tail...


 Defining Moment Last Stop on Lilac  - Annex Theatre

Danielle Daggerty's performance - completely in the world and style of the play. Also the final, impressive amount of blood sources.


 Defining Moment Last Stop on Lilac  - Annex Theatre

Detective Larry Bruce sit-walking his desk on and off the stage.


 Defining Moment Last Stop on Lilac  - Annex Theatre

From the beginning of the opening scene, the lighting, costumes, set and instant characters let me know I was going to be in for an enjoyable evening.


 Defining Moment Last Stop on Lilac  - Annex Theatre

It may not have been part of the proper action of the play, but I really loved that everyone helped clean up the blood at intermission. It really read "ensemble" to me. 🙂


 Defining Moment Last Stop on Lilac  - Annex Theatre

The final scene where almost everyone dies, with epic and gratuitous blood-squirting. So. F***ing. Funny. It was a prime example of how this show and cast operated- everyone was all in, all the time.


 Defining Moment Last Stop on Lilac  - Annex Theatre

The last scene with all the blood and devil worship. I haven't laughed that hard at a show in a long time.


 Defining Moment Last Stop on Lilac  - Annex Theatre

The many amazing costume changes! The costuming for this was definitely a highlight.


 Defining Moment Last Stop on Lilac  - Annex Theatre

The moment when Danielle Daggerty turns her back to the audience at the end of her opening monologue, and her silhouette is caught in the round spotlight against the back curtain, is wonderful foreshadowing for the campy potboiler detective story to come.


 Defining Moment Last Stop on Lilac  - Annex Theatre

The moving of the desk scenery on wheels was hilarious and beautifully choreographed within the campy nature of the play.


 Defining Moment Last Stop on Lilac  - Annex Theatre

The opening monologue of Veranda Mink (played by Danielle Daggerty) was stunning. Lit and costumed just right, Ms. Daggerty set the tone and message of the evening with drama and passion.


 Defining Moment Last Stop on Lilac  - Annex Theatre

The swimming scene was done very well.


 Jen Nelson (Candy Spice) Last Stop on Lilac  - Annex Theatre

Her comic timing was...spot...on


 Other/Final Comments Last Stop on Lilac  - Annex Theatre

Great show, great fun!


 Tasha Kay Newell (Tina Topps) Last Stop on Lilac  - Annex Theatre

SO hilarious!! Great comedic actor, with strong improv. skills too.


 Comments (Overall Production) Nite Skool  - Annex Theatre

Whip smart and silly political sass. So much fun. And very tight.


 Other/Final Comments Nite Skool  - Annex Theatre

Nite Skool did a fantastic job of creating a show that was very funny and enjoyable AND also very relevant and important.


 Comments (Choreography) Over & Under  - Annex Theatre

Just beautifully done. I wanted more.


 Comments (Costume) Over & Under  - Annex Theatre

Then actors took on multiple roles and often just made a few quick costumes changes to become the new character. The little thimgs made a big difference. The items seemed well thoughout. Nothing was over the top, everything fit its purpose to tell the story.


 Comments (Direction) Over & Under  - Annex Theatre

The actors just glided across the stage and seamlessly hit their marks. I particularly lived the opening dance. It told a story, entertained and used he space perfectly. Then I set pieces were whisked in in a spiral by the actors. It appeared to be a continuation of the dance and suddenly we were at a subway station. I was so impressed with how well the scenes flowed together, how the actors took on different roles. The blocking was just perfect.


 Comments (Ensemble) Over & Under  - Annex Theatre

Omg They work so well together. They really build off of each other. It was seamless.


 Comments (Lighting) Over & Under  - Annex Theatre

I loved the creativity for the lighting used during Shem and Noah's fantasy scene. I thought Annex had invested in spotlights, then realized the actors were wearing lights. It made a great scene even better.


 Comments (Overall Production) Over & Under  - Annex Theatre

A charming Tuesday evening.


 Comments (Playwright) Over & Under  - Annex Theatre

I loved so much of both plays. "Turnstile" had that imaginative edge illuminating the fantasy behind daily life. It really brought me joy. I would love to see it again and again. Cumulus added that bit of familiarity. Everyone knows that bit of time you sit on an airplane with someone or see someone you would rather avoid. The play was so fun to watch with unexpected elements.


 Comments (Scenic) Over & Under  - Annex Theatre

Creative use of space and limited set.


 Comments (Scenic) Over & Under  - Annex Theatre

The props and set pieces were perfect. They were pretty basic, but could be transformed to a subway platform, hospital, or airplane with just a few adjustments. This allowed for quick transitions that kept the play at a good pace.


 Comments (Scenic) Over & Under  - Annex Theatre

Tremendously clever use of simple materials powered by humans.


 Comments (Sound/Music) Over & Under  - Annex Theatre

The subway announcements were a nice added bonus. Reminded me of a real announcer, but with funny comments.


 Merry Senn Over & Under  - Annex Theatre

Such a joy to watch. Would love to see more of her work.


 Steph Sola Over & Under  - Annex Theatre

Her switch from girl friend to mom was priceless.


 Anjelica McMillan (Julia) Row Yr Boat (Achievement Unlocked)  - Annex Theatre

Was in some ways the "bad guy," but I think she brought some depth or humanity to it as a corporate business woman.


 Cody Smith (Coyle) Row Yr Boat (Achievement Unlocked)  - Annex Theatre

Cody's performance was the most honest and vulnerable in the show.


 Cody Smith (Coyle) Row Yr Boat (Achievement Unlocked)  - Annex Theatre

Good overall performance. I think he really stood out as far as making you care about his character over the other actors


 Cody Smith (Coyle) Row Yr Boat (Achievement Unlocked)  - Annex Theatre

He was a very comforting presence on stage, even through his character's awkwardness.


 Cody Smith (Coyle) Row Yr Boat (Achievement Unlocked)  - Annex Theatre

Maybe the most underrated actor in Seattle. So effortlessly charismatic, no matter what he's doing. A fucking gem.


 Comments (Costume) Row Yr Boat (Achievement Unlocked)  - Annex Theatre

Being a modern play, the costumes were very simple. However, they really served to tell the differences in each character. For example, Herman and Coyle were obviously more "country" in plaid whereas Danny had more of the hipster vibe. The differences between Rose and Julia were highlighted in the use of business suit vs jeans. Also, it was not confusing when Val switched between her characters.


 Comments (Ensemble) Row Yr Boat (Achievement Unlocked)  - Annex Theatre

Great work as a team. Very solid.


 Comments (Lighting) Row Yr Boat (Achievement Unlocked)  - Annex Theatre

Cool use of blacklights at the beginning. Lighting was usually pretty subtle but it was never confusing as to where the characters were as they traveled to different locations. Also cool to use/add lights to the table to convey the bar scenes.


 Comments (Lighting) Row Yr Boat (Achievement Unlocked)  - Annex Theatre

The lighting design was very well done!


 Comments (Overall Production) Row Yr Boat (Achievement Unlocked)  - Annex Theatre

Production had some exceptional moments. Awesome idea to incorporate of VR in the lobby prior to show.


 Comments (Playwright) Row Yr Boat (Achievement Unlocked)  - Annex Theatre

Surreal and unexpected but had real substance to it.


 Comments (Scenic) Row Yr Boat (Achievement Unlocked)  - Annex Theatre

Simple but really functional, and cool in the way it was able to light up.


 Comments (Scenic) Row Yr Boat (Achievement Unlocked)  - Annex Theatre

The set was immediately engaging. It allowed for this high-tech secretive world to exist but also co-exist with the normal life in Nevada (dates) and the party life of Las Vegas. Entrances and exits allowed actors to fully use space. The cockpit was not obviously a cockpit but was in no way confusing as to what it was supposed to be. I liked the use of the mountain range in the background to highlight when they were outside/at the ranch area.


 Comments (Sound/Music) Row Yr Boat (Achievement Unlocked)  - Annex Theatre

Awesome idea to use the curtain speech voice over as part of the show. Starting off with "curtain speech commencing and ending with "achievement unlocked" really put the audience into the right headspace. Also, good use of sound cues to highlight what the actors were experience in the VR googles so that the audience could also experience/understand what was happening rather than just watching actors wear VR googles.


 Comments (Sound/Music) Row Yr Boat (Achievement Unlocked)  - Annex Theatre

The in-game sound production was impressive.


 Defining Moment Row Yr Boat (Achievement Unlocked)  - Annex Theatre

After the house lights went out and the illuminated edges of the set glowed. It reminded me of the film "Tron" and set the mood for the show.


 Defining Moment Row Yr Boat (Achievement Unlocked)  - Annex Theatre

I found the first day of work very memorable with the interaction between the three characters, the one exiting female employee and the incoming female employee.


 Defining Moment Row Yr Boat (Achievement Unlocked)  - Annex Theatre

I loved the final scene when Rose pulled out her gun and shot Coyle's father, it felt like a kick in the face to all evil patriarchs.


 Defining Moment Row Yr Boat (Achievement Unlocked)  - Annex Theatre

It was a super cool look when the LED tape around the set was glowing and the main character was standing in the circle and was backlit.


 Defining Moment Row Yr Boat (Achievement Unlocked)  - Annex Theatre

The end when the father came back alive and said, "Rose, achievement unlocked"

Followed closely by the VR holding hands date moment


 Defining Moment Row Yr Boat (Achievement Unlocked)  - Annex Theatre

The loudest, most visceral stage slap I've ever seen. Featured a skillfully written and choreographed series of interwoven conversations.


 Heidi Cheyenne (Rose) Row Yr Boat (Achievement Unlocked)  - Annex Theatre

Excellent performance. Had some good depth to it. Really drove the narrative and interactions.


 Heidi Cheyenne (Rose) Row Yr Boat (Achievement Unlocked)  - Annex Theatre

Watching her juggle her dueling affections with subtlety was admirable.


 Other/Final Comments Row Yr Boat (Achievement Unlocked)  - Annex Theatre

Overall good performance. Tech was great. Acting was solid.


 Tim Gagne (Danny) Row Yr Boat (Achievement Unlocked)  - Annex Theatre

Good overall performance. Just not a lot of depth.


 Tim Gagne (Danny) Row Yr Boat (Achievement Unlocked)  - Annex Theatre

He was the best actor in the cast, very believable and I often forgot I was watching an actor when I watched him.


 Tim Gagne (Danny) Row Yr Boat (Achievement Unlocked)  - Annex Theatre

I've always enjoyed watching him play the charismatic-turned-asshole.


 Val Brunetto (Wanda/Sam) Row Yr Boat (Achievement Unlocked)  - Annex Theatre

Her drunk moments as the sister were some of my favorite moments in the play. I enjoyed watching her have fun and play onstage.


 Val Brunetto (Wanda/Sam) Row Yr Boat (Achievement Unlocked)  - Annex Theatre

Never confused on when she changed roles. They were very different. Very good performance.


 Comments (Choreography) Safe Space  - Annex Theatre

Fight scene very well coordinated


 Comments (Direction) Safe Space  - Annex Theatre

An exceptional job making very serious subject matter into a very entertaining play.


 Comments (Playwright) Safe Space  - Annex Theatre

Director Kyleigh Archer gives the Ensemble credit for devising this play, although she was the original playwright and during the rehearsal process the cast revised 40 - 50 percent of what is said. But Kyleigh came up with the phenomenal idea to present this material in a slumber party setting so that the characters could speak candidly with each other (no adults!) and their behavior, befitting middle school aged girls, would add levity to the subject matter and make this play very entertaining. Well done!


 Defining Moment Safe Space  - Annex Theatre

Discussion of what to do regarding pregnancy


 Defining Moment Safe Space  - Annex Theatre

I liked the fabric and the shadow play at the very end. That was fun and unusual.


 Defining Moment Safe Space  - Annex Theatre

I really enjoyed the "Flashlight Witch Tag" where the cast was in the dark except for their flashlights, which highlighted different actors as they spoke, or sang and danced during their game of tag out in the woods at night. Also the "Fight Scene" was really well staged.


 Defining Moment Safe Space  - Annex Theatre

Paris's song with the ensemble support and the flashlights. I was chilled to the bone by the content and the bravery of all of the actors.


 Defining Moment Safe Space  - Annex Theatre

The party game that degenerates into a physical fight.


 Defining Moment Safe Space  - Annex Theatre

The revelation of Lauren's legs is a great confluence of the different tones the play juggles.


 Defining Moment Safe Space  - Annex Theatre

The whole exchange between Caughlin's character and the other characters in the second act regarding her pregnancy was pretty unique. It didn't come off as preachy to me--it actually brought up a couple of flaws in the pro-choice argument that I hadn't thought about. It also shined a light on certain ethical issues that some minors in the foster system face in real life. I'm glad the ensemble chose to touch on the subject.


 Defining Moment Safe Space  - Annex Theatre

When they broke into song toward the end of the first act. It was a complete departure from what we'd seen so far but I felt it really grounded the rest of the piece. There were some really nice voices in the cast, and helped build the strange, collaborative universe we were in.


 Defining Moment Safe Space  - Annex Theatre

Witch Flashlight Tag


 Other/Final Comments Safe Space  - Annex Theatre

Exquisite ensemble work with very difficult material. Bravo to the cast, director and playwright with creating a piece so absolutely relevant to our current time.


 Other/Final Comments Safe Space  - Annex Theatre

I was surprised at the level of cohesion they were able to achieve for having been an ensemble devised piece. There was a lot of heart in this production. It really took me back to the stress and anxiety and awkwardness and excitement of being 11-13 years old, particularly at a slumber party. It was uncomfortable in the best way. And I feel like it's going to stay on my mind for a while.


 Other/Final Comments Safe Space  - Annex Theatre

I was surprised how entertaining a play could be about such serious and horrifying subject matter. Very careful crafting was involved, and it was very successful.


 Other/Final Comments Safe Space  - Annex Theatre

The Director and Ensemble are to be credited for the development of this play - they have created many engaging characters of depth.


 Alexei Cifrese (Blake) Silhouette  - Annex Theatre

Alexei was captivating- it was impossible to look away from them when they were on stage, and I do so wish they had been on stage longer.


 Aviona Rodriguez-Brown (Sally) Silhouette  - Annex Theatre

Aviona commanded the stage. Her voice was clear, and striking.


 Comments (Choreography) Silhouette  - Annex Theatre

Loved the ground control sequences!


 Comments (Choreography) Silhouette  - Annex Theatre

There was not nearly enough dancing!


 Comments (Costume) Silhouette  - Annex Theatre

I loved how there were one of two details in each costume that gave it that "sci fi" feel. Aurelia's leather-esque ensemble was a stand-out.


 Comments (Costume) Silhouette  - Annex Theatre

I LOVED the costume, makeup, and hair. It fit the sci-fi theme so well. The inhabitants of Silhouette all wore hues of brown with a variety of chains or belts. It was unified, yet still so different and unique from each other. All the individual pieces could be found in local stores or thrifts shops, but together they made something very magical (pun not intended). The combination of costumes, makeup, and hair gave such a post-apocalyptic feel. It was perfect for this show. Additionally, the fleet members wore a mix of black. It was still very unique to the characters, but much more formal like uniform designating stature.


 Comments (Ensemble) Silhouette  - Annex Theatre

As an ensemble, the group was tight. Musically, it was both fascinating and lovely. It was clear this ensemble worked VERY hard on this show.


 Comments (Ensemble) Silhouette  - Annex Theatre

When you're singing a cappella, you'd better be in tune with one another! (Ha, ha!) Really well-organized, committed cast that worked beautifully together.


 Comments (Lighting) Silhouette  - Annex Theatre

I loved how the colors look when shone through the movable sails.


 Comments (Lighting) Silhouette  - Annex Theatre

The set utilized white teepee-like shades that illuminated with bright colors as the light shined down on them. It was a nice way to change the setting/mood of the show. It was very impactful throughout the show as the lights changed.


 Comments (Playwright) Silhouette  - Annex Theatre

A wonderfully ambitious project! Creatively conceived and nicely staged.


 Comments (Scenic) Silhouette  - Annex Theatre

Clever, inventive design on what I assume was a limited budget!


 Comments (Scenic) Silhouette  - Annex Theatre

The production utilized half-teepee like shades. The actors could easily move them around to designate different scenes as needed. They were illuminated throughout the show to set the mood of the scene.


 Comments (Sound/Music) Silhouette  - Annex Theatre

I thought the background sound effects were really strong and suited the theme of the show very well. The sounds of magical powers, spaceships landing/crashing, and bombs hitting the fleet ship were all on point. It was well done.


 Comments (Sound/Music) Silhouette  - Annex Theatre

The sound effects were very well done, especially the landing of the Fleet. Cleverly devised to give the singers their notes!


 Defining Moment Silhouette  - Annex Theatre

At the start of the show, the lights and sounds were engaged, immersing the audience in a space-ship environment. From the get-go, we were transported into the world.


 Defining Moment Silhouette  - Annex Theatre

I loved the opening/closing moments when the whole cast was frozen for a split second together on stage.


 Defining Moment Silhouette  - Annex Theatre

I think the most defining moment was when Miranda was on the fleet sheep and realized that the fleet was whittled down to one ship. All the years of hiding from the fleet in fear, there was really nothing left to fear. Her plan to protect Silhouette and her daughters was for naught. It was like all that she stood for vanished, her life was a lie. Her faced showed it.


 Defining Moment Silhouette  - Annex Theatre

The "Flight Control" Musical Sequence


 Defining Moment Silhouette  - Annex Theatre

The dance number.


 Defining Moment Silhouette  - Annex Theatre

The defining moment of the show for me lay in the opening of the 2nd Act. There had been hidden deep voices in the a capella "orchestra" in the background, but the show didn't truly feel full until I could put faces to voices.


 Defining Moment Silhouette  - Annex Theatre

The use of a minimal but specific set really drew me in, the triangular pieces did well to bring the scifi mood as well as versatility to telling the story.


 Defining Moment Silhouette  - Annex Theatre

There was a moment at the beginning and one at the end, when the music, lights, blocking, and sound collided into sharply focused moment of perfection. It made my heart stop (both times).


 Defining Moment Silhouette  - Annex Theatre

Virtuosic performances from Nichos and Troutt grounded this well plotted sci-fi adventure.

Scott Moore's writing created fantastic drama by setting up juicy dilemmas and allowing the audience to watch the characters work through them every step of the way.


 Defining Moment Silhouette  - Annex Theatre

When all of the characters come back on stage and sing the reprise of "stars" at the end. The lights and singing with this moment was lovely.


 Defining Moment Silhouette  - Annex Theatre

When Miranda boards the shuttle and takes over, it was a 'whooping' moment from the audience and definitely the tightest moment of action in the whole show.


 Mandy Rose Nichols (Miranda) Silhouette  - Annex Theatre

Strong emotion throughout.


 Miranda Troutt (Aurelia) Silhouette  - Annex Theatre

Miranda's voice was soaring and expressive. It was an exceedingly joyous thing to listen to her vocal quality tell her character's story.


 Other/Final Comments Silhouette  - Annex Theatre

INCREDIBLE SCRIPT!!!!


 Other/Final Comments Silhouette  - Annex Theatre

Shout-out to the stage manager for a beautifully called show - with a ton of cues!


 Other/Final Comments Silhouette  - Annex Theatre

This show was an incredible at using the space and resources they were given. It was exciting and unique and brought new ideas and expectations into the theatre.


 Adrian Kljucec (Max) Hir  - ArtsWest & Intiman Theatre

Fun, engaging, quirky and deep character. Played annoying sibling well, and also someone who wants to please and to be loved.


 Charles Leggett (Arnold) Hir  - ArtsWest & Intiman Theatre

Great physicality to demonstrate the stroke


 Charles Leggett (Arnold) Hir  - ArtsWest & Intiman Theatre

Solid commitment to the character.


 Comments (Actors) Hir  - ArtsWest & Intiman Theatre

Michael Ramquist played the part of Arnold the night we saw Hir. this was a tough role to play - especially to come in as an understudy - to play the physicality of someone with a stroke, but also having his aphasia wax and wane depending on his stress and security throughout the production. I thought he did very well.


 Comments (Actors) Hir  - ArtsWest & Intiman Theatre

Michael Ramquist was featured in the role of Arnold and was a stand-out in the ensemble.


 Comments (Lighting) Hir  - ArtsWest & Intiman Theatre

being that this was a house and general wash situation, the lighting design was pretty basic. the puppet scene if that counts as lighting design was really well done. The practicals at the beginning of Act II (house lights on and off) were great.


 Comments (Scenic) Hir  - ArtsWest & Intiman Theatre

the chaos on set was immediately engaging and served the story rather than just being there.


 Comments (Scenic) Hir  - ArtsWest & Intiman Theatre

The scenic design and execution absolutely transported me into the world of the play. So much so that I felt like the house, itself, was a character in the play.


 Comments (Sound/Music) Hir  - ArtsWest & Intiman Theatre

sound in background to demonstrate Max was in hir room or the car starting, etc. Sound was minimal but helped to tell the story.


 Defining Moment Hir  - ArtsWest & Intiman Theatre

Actually, walking into the theatre with the actors already interacting in the messy house was enough to shock me and make me feel as if I was intruding on a struggling family, in their home. I half expected to be asked "what are you doing here?".


 Defining Moment Hir  - ArtsWest & Intiman Theatre

Demolition of the air conditioner following Isaac following in his father's violent footsteps.


 Defining Moment Hir  - ArtsWest & Intiman Theatre

In a blend of absurdist comedy and theater of cruelty, the Vet takes out his frustrations on the box-fan air conditioner with what must have been 100 blows with a baseball bat.


 Defining Moment Hir  - ArtsWest & Intiman Theatre

Isaac smashing the air conditioner.


 Defining Moment Hir  - ArtsWest & Intiman Theatre

The punch that totally changed the world.


 Defining Moment Hir  - ArtsWest & Intiman Theatre

The standoff between Paige and each Isaac and Arnold over the air conditioner. The defiance, the clearness of the line being crossed - all with no words.


 Defining Moment Hir  - ArtsWest & Intiman Theatre

To have "Isaac" put in his headphones and clean the house during intermission, then cut the music when Act 2 starts & he takes out his earbuds was a flawless & creative transition I rarely get to see in theater.


 Defining Moment Hir  - ArtsWest & Intiman Theatre

When I punched his Mom and then took a baseball bat to the AC unit


 Defining Moment Hir  - ArtsWest & Intiman Theatre

When Isaac beat/killed the air conditioner.


 Defining Moment Hir  - ArtsWest & Intiman Theatre

When Isaac had taken over his mother's abandoned roles in the home but prior to his assuming his father's historical place in the family.


 Defining Moment Hir  - ArtsWest & Intiman Theatre

Wow what a sucker punch of a play


 Evan Barrett (Isaac) Hir  - ArtsWest & Intiman Theatre

So touching when he was trying to wipe off his dad's make-up...and begging his mom to stay. Of course, the destruction of the air conditioner was pretty epic as well.


 Evan Barrett (Isaac) Hir  - ArtsWest & Intiman Theatre

Strong.


 Gretchen Krich (Paige) Hir  - ArtsWest & Intiman Theatre

Great use of physicality with most all of her lines. Wonderful comic timing.


 Gretchen Krich (Paige) Hir  - ArtsWest & Intiman Theatre

Performance was honest, brilliantly nuanced, scary and heartbreaking at the same time.


 Other/Final Comments Hir  - ArtsWest & Intiman Theatre

This was a flawless piece of theater. It very well may go down as the best thing I see all year. The investment from the actors and dramaturgical team was astounding!


 Comments (Costume) Hir  - ArtsWest & Intiman Theatre

From the pre-show moments of seeing two characters onstage – costume plays a huge part in this production. The Rainbow clown wig-wearing Father (with a painted face) with the nightgown grabbed our attention that this play would not be going in any expected direction. It was not funny, it was uncomfortable to watch, and this was probably the director/writer’s intention. The put-together military guy had holes in both knees of his uniform, and ultimately, his own character. He may have started the military in a clean, pressed, uniform in good repair, but left with rips in the knees…something that would not be tolerated in the military, and consequently his reasons for dishonorable discharge were not “tolerated” and he arrived to the family’s home with this external evidence that he was not playing by the military’s rules. His League of Legends T-shirt made sense – it’s a war-type video game with a huge following and lent the character more authenticity. The younger sibling’s “wife abuser” (funny quote by mom) was thin enough to show the binding cloth used by the character, which lent an element of realism to the part. I thought the green hair for this character was a good choice, as the younger sibling was the most “colorful” character. These individuals all seemed like archetypes and their costumes effectively reflected this. Appreciated dressing stagehands in camo during the intermission transition to clean and organize the home, giving the indication that these tasks were all the work of Isaac, despite others "helping out".


 Comments (Lighting) Hir  - ArtsWest & Intiman Theatre

The lighting in the first scene was loud and intensely bright - highlighting the disarray of the house and its characters, and adding to the discomfort of what to expect. As the focus changed, the lighting did, too. Everything was strongly visible throughout and there was never one member highlighted – so there is always something to look at -but the lighting never interfered with the action of the story.


 Comments (Overall Production) Hir  - ArtsWest & Intiman Theatre

This production left me uncomfortable, but also was one that stayed with me for days afterwards – the sign of theater done well. I was engaged from the moment we entered the theater with the pre-show staging, and I found the dramaturgical display (kudos to Eddie DeHais and helpers) at the entrance quite helpful to highlight the primary topics that the playwright was emphasizing, and the entire play achieved that end. Entrances and exits were smooth, performers entirely embodied their characters and their relationships to each other, the lighting, bright sets and props, sound and costumes worked harmoniously to tell the stories. The comments on the dramaturgy display from the writer about how judy felt that the trans character, Max, is a metaphor for America and how a viewer relates to Max the same as how they would relate to America in its current state was also quite meaningful. The US is obviously a country in transition, like the character of Max, and my own feelings were that I celebrated Max becoming their authentic self by breaking free of pre-conceived expectations and ideals. Max is heading to the unknown, but is ready; the US is also heading for an unknown, but as the entrenched Patriarchy have been challenged, the time for change is now and there are some who are with this change, and some who are against – all of it is unknown territory.


 Comments (Scenic) Hir  - ArtsWest & Intiman Theatre

From the start of the pre-show show – the brightly colored and chaotic set definitely aroused curiosity – piles of clothing strewn everywhere. Furniture and walls in disrepair, such as a ceiling light breaking out of its casing in the kitchen ceiling. The rooms in the home were clearly defined, despite the chaos and every part of the stage space was used in some type of action for the play’s duration. Peace flags in the corner and the easel that said “Rural Sprawl” both added irony to the visual we saw. We could tell the play was set in the present because the stainless-steel coffeemaker looked to be relatively new, but otherwise, the décor looked to be at least 20-30 years old, establishing this place as a “starter” home. A working blender and sink, as well as a running window air-conditioning unit (which worked way too well – I wore my coat throughout most of the performance) added to the realism – definitely felt that the designer wanted to make us feel like “flies on the wall” witnessing the goings-on in this home, and the way the set was designed, it did feel like we were “almost” on the set with the actors. Kudos to the props master Andrea Spraycar for finding the Patrick Swayze-faced banjo for Max– Patrick Swayze’s roles have ranged from tough guys, to romantic lead males, to playing a drag queen – gender elements that Max is no doubt exploring in their transition – Swayze’s picture on the banjo that Max attempted to play just amped up the nuance of their character.


 Comments (Sound/Music) Hir  - ArtsWest & Intiman Theatre

The play opened with a series of 60s hits that the Female lead was listening and occasionally dancing to, which filled the space and set up the character’s age. The most memorable sound for me in this play was the sound of the blender – which served to drown out conversation, causing the leads to yell to be heard and at the same time, add to the aural environment. I also appreciated hearing the music in Isaac’s headphones during his mid-show cleaning, that brought us into his world but also allowed for a break if needed and seamlessly connected the two acts into the same day. All actors were heard well and sound seemed balanced throughout.


 Defining Moment Hir  - ArtsWest & Intiman Theatre

When younger brother Max said something like, "I thought you'd be wearing an Orange outfit" indicating the older brother's dishonorable discharge from the military, I realized the play was not going the direction I expected it to –...although most of the play's action did not go the ways of my expectations – this discomfort impacted me most during the duration.


 Comments (Costume) Hedwig and the Angry Inch  - ArtsWest Playhouse & Gallery

great punk costumes and make up. Loved Hedwig's second outfit with the pink coat!


 Comments (Lighting) Hedwig and the Angry Inch  - ArtsWest Playhouse & Gallery

The lighting design throughout this entire production was nothing short of perfection. From the light flooding in across a dark alley from the concert next door, to the lighting changes between songs, it completely transported the audience to a gritty New York bar, and communicated the complexity of the story being told. Even the shadows on the side wall, just offstage, were so perfectly placed it was as if they had been hand painted there.


 Comments (Scenic) Hedwig and the Angry Inch  - ArtsWest Playhouse & Gallery

Absolutely gorgeous! I felt completed immersed in a New York bar.


 Comments (Sound/Music) Hedwig and the Angry Inch  - ArtsWest Playhouse & Gallery

special shout-out to music director Chris DiStefano and bass player Olivia Hamilton who rocked it hard!


 Dani Hobbs (Yitzhak) Hedwig and the Angry Inch  - ArtsWest Playhouse & Gallery

Even in their quiet moments just out of the spotlight, Dani communicated volumes. And holy wow can they can fucking SING.