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Karin Terry (Snoopy) You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown  - Aurora Theatre Company

Channeled Liza Minelli in her performance. It was a clear and unexpected choice that brought the overall quality of the show up.


 Karin Terry (Snoopy) You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown  - Aurora Theatre Company

Great verbal "dog" choices. Stand out of the ensemble!


 Karin Terry (Snoopy) You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown  - Aurora Theatre Company

Karin Terry was hands down the standout player of the show, playing Snoopy with a constant mischievous grin and a twinkle in her eye. Every side glance, leg twitch, and ear scratch was the embodiment of a dog and never turned into an imitation. Even her speaking cadence had a barking quality that would occasionally turn into a low growl as she delivered her lines.


 Karin Terry (Snoopy) You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown  - Aurora Theatre Company

With a beautiful singing voice, perfectly timed comedy, and tons of charismatic energy, Karin was a highlight of the show!


 Noah Bruckshen (Linus Van Pelt) You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown  - Aurora Theatre Company

Played very nicely off the other actors. Good timing and comedic sense.


 Other/Final Comments You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown  - Aurora Theatre Company

Love seeing theatre in Shoreline! Especially appreciated that the location, parking, flexible seating, and no-cost ticket made it very accessible to all.


 Phillip Meader Yeatter (Schroeder) You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown  - Aurora Theatre Company

Lots of potential in this talented young actor!


 Comments (Direction) Building the Wall  - Azeotrope

Superb direction on the part of Ms Chiang.


 Comments (Lighting) Building the Wall  - Azeotrope

Simple but functional. Fluorescents were a good choice.


 Comments (Lighting) Building the Wall  - Azeotrope

Subtle and precise.


 Comments (Lighting) Building the Wall  - Azeotrope

The lighting design was meant to look minimal. It was simple and effective and set the scene for the show.


 Comments (Scenic) Building the Wall  - Azeotrope

Minimal and succinct.


 Comments (Scenic) Building the Wall  - Azeotrope

The scenic design also simply and effectively filled its role in the show.


 Defining Moment Building the Wall  - Azeotrope

Finding out a plane had been placed near the holding area for immigrants.


 Defining Moment Building the Wall  - Azeotrope

Her: You realize it had nothing to do with Iraq, right?
Him: Yeah, but we weren't gonna invade Saudi Arabia now were we...

Perfect mix of sad truth and comedy in the delivery.


 Defining Moment Building the Wall  - Azeotrope

One aspect I love about seeing shows at 12th Avenue Arts is that every show has a dramatically different staging and audience configuration, and Chiang and Choo took advantage of this to really "set the stage", so to speak. As soon as I walked into the space, my eye was immediately drawn to the simplistic yet striking set; and having the ability to walk through the set to access seating somehow made me feel more connected to what I was about to watch.


 Defining Moment Building the Wall  - Azeotrope

The final moment of the play, where Rick reveals the deeper, metaphorical meaning behind the play's title.


 Defining Moment Building the Wall  - Azeotrope

The final speech


 Defining Moment Building the Wall  - Azeotrope

The last sentence.


 Defining Moment Building the Wall  - Azeotrope

When the play's exposition put a pin in the map to our potential apocolyptic future under the current regime. We started realizing that the matter-of-fact references to terrorist acts in Times Square, dirty bombs and the rapic escalation of fear and paranoia were all things that had not actually transpired in our reality, but felt like an inevitability.


 Defining Moment Building the Wall  - Azeotrope

When they started describing the room with the vents and hook-ups for the semi... that’s when the penny dropped that they were alluding to the Holocaust.


 Other/Final Comments Building the Wall  - Azeotrope

This play was so deceptively simple. It was solid work all around, and packed quite the punch. Well done to all!


 Shermona Mitchell (Gloria) Building the Wall  - Azeotrope

Though Ms Mitchell's character was the voice of our community (and perhaps our anchor for reason) she never made a character choice that told us how we should feel about the person sharing the stage with her. This was Ms Mitchell's greatest gift to the audience--she taught how we can to remain objective, even while digesting a boatload of horrific facts. I do believe that through nearly every moment of this play, Ms Mitchell's character kept her heart open.


 Tim Gouran (Rick) Building the Wall  - Azeotrope

Mr. Gouran gave a nuanced and disturbing performance as Rick. He was so simple, overwhelmed, honest, and sorry for how things turned out. It was easy to sympathize with him despite the terrible things he had done. His portrayal made the play a haunting exploration of how extraordinary circumstances could make an ordinary person do monstrous things.


 Tim Gouran (Rick) Building the Wall  - Azeotrope

There are few actors in the community that can compete with Mr Gouran's skill in versatility. Buidling the Wall, was simply another feather in his cap. This play is an Olympic dash for any actor and Mr Gouran runs the distance without breaking a sweat.


 Comments (Direction) Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, The  - Book-It Repertory Theatre

Great use of the entire set, and melding all design elements and actors physicality into the show.


 Comments (Lighting) Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, The  - Book-It Repertory Theatre

Good use of subtle color through out show. Great visuals in amount of light and color shift to help differentiate different locations and moods when the story grew darker.


 Comments (Scenic) Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, The  - Book-It Repertory Theatre

Simple, yet effective. Use of rods which became the canes and then the disco and then . . . very evocative.


 Comments (Scenic) Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, The  - Book-It Repertory Theatre

This set designer offered a great space for the director to choose where she wanted to play different locations in each scene and a clean space for the lighten designer to paint the set with light to help color shift and suggest the different locations.


 Comments (Sound/Music) Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, The  - Book-It Repertory Theatre

The swooshing noises were loud enough to be noticed, subtly different, appropriately placed to help aid in the transition changes between scenes, but not at all to loud. Pleasing! I rarely see a show with a sound design that I feel like I have remembered.


 Defining Moment Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, The  - Book-It Repertory Theatre

Acting so hard your shoes flew off.


 Defining Moment Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, The  - Book-It Repertory Theatre

Hard to pick one. Mr. Nolasco's performance was so engaging. An early line sticks out as both funny and foreboding "Fuku believes in you." But the final moments of the show, "the beauty" was equally as powerful.


 Defining Moment Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, The  - Book-It Repertory Theatre

Line delivered by Lola to Oscar. (I hope I decipher by handwriting from the dark correctly).
"Every Nerd has 18 nerds to Roll play with." as sister Lovingly mocking her brother and his nerddom.


 Defining Moment Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, The  - Book-It Repertory Theatre

Right before Oscar is killed when he talks about how love is the most important thing and that it is stronger than fear.


 Defining Moment Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, The  - Book-It Repertory Theatre

The care put in to crafting each character and the clear distinctions between them.


 Defining Moment Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, The  - Book-It Repertory Theatre

The leaping to the footnotes.


 Defining Moment Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, The  - Book-It Repertory Theatre

The lighting and scene changes on the set were very dynamic.


 Defining Moment Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, The  - Book-It Repertory Theatre

The opening drumming grabbed my attention.


 Defining Moment Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, The  - Book-It Repertory Theatre

The sugar cane fields


 Elvis Nolasco Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, The  - Book-It Repertory Theatre

Dynamic, clearly defined character shifts, imaginative, believable.


 Elvis Nolasco Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, The  - Book-It Repertory Theatre

Elvis has an attention grabbing physicality in his ability to smoothly shift between characters, while finding a way to make each character have and physical stance or Facal expression that is their on character definition. Exactly the way a one person show should be preformed. I felt like I was watching a changeling in the best way possible.


 Other/Final Comments Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, The  - Book-It Repertory Theatre

This lighting, scenic, and sound designers are defiantly a group that other theaters should hire as combination. They clearly have a communication and style that work together.


 Comments (Costume) Howl's Moving Castle  - Book-It Repertory Theatre

Stunning costumes that told the story of each character. Amazing color and attention to detail. Very helpful in evoking the mood and tone of the story.


 Comments (Lighting) Howl's Moving Castle  - Book-It Repertory Theatre

Lighting design for this was wicked cool. I literally felt transported thru the different lands depending on the scheme. Well done.


 Comments (Lighting) Howl's Moving Castle  - Book-It Repertory Theatre

mystical and aided nicely in scene transition


 Defining Moment Howl's Moving Castle  - Book-It Repertory Theatre

"Cake" was the best possible number to usher in the new year.


 Defining Moment Howl's Moving Castle  - Book-It Repertory Theatre

After a slow setup, the story became fun and imaginative once the action reached the castle.


 Defining Moment Howl's Moving Castle  - Book-It Repertory Theatre

Every time the line about "a girl getting to be anything she wants to be" was sung, I got chills. Good chills. Chills that echoed the hope, promise, and determination of the production.


 Defining Moment Howl's Moving Castle  - Book-It Repertory Theatre

The defining moment of the play was when the Witch of the Waste entered the stage and began singing, it was mesmerizing.


 Defining Moment Howl's Moving Castle  - Book-It Repertory Theatre

The first time that we saw the castle move.


 Defining Moment Howl's Moving Castle  - Book-It Repertory Theatre

The moments where the actors blended chords was utterly beautiful. Also...CAKE. Awesome. ALSO, the Magic Boots being used for the first time and the actor flapping another actors cheeks to indicate speed of movement - BRILLIANT and hilarious.


 Defining Moment Howl's Moving Castle  - Book-It Repertory Theatre

The opening song


 Defining Moment Howl's Moving Castle  - Book-It Repertory Theatre

The way that Sara Porkalob seamlessly transformed from sweet, demure daughter to sassy, spunky senior citizen took my breath away. She is a masterful performer and absolutely riveting and believable in each extreme.


 Defining Moment Howl's Moving Castle  - Book-It Repertory Theatre

The Witch of the Waste's introduction and solo.


 Michael Feldman (Howl) Howl's Moving Castle  - Book-It Repertory Theatre

That man has the most sonorous voice.


 Other/Final Comments Howl's Moving Castle  - Book-It Repertory Theatre

This show was such an interesting beast. Detailed and complex story. Full of GORGEOUS music, and clearly the actors had worked on blending - beautiful. The only drawback was that the second act was noticeably slower than the first; not in pace, but rather content? Lots of exposition that seemed unnecessary. A revision or two of the script and this seems like a show that could go the distance.


 Sara Porkalob (Sophie Hatter) Howl's Moving Castle  - Book-It Repertory Theatre

Sara's performance was dynamic and solid- funny and moving. She needed to carry this show- and she did.


 Aishe Keita I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings  - Book-It Repertory Theatre

Keita's performance was one of the most technically masterful, nuanced, and compelling portrayals of a young person that I've seen in a very long time. Keita and director Malika Oyetimein deserve high praise for their profound vision in crafting this carefully stylized character, whose optimism and determination provided a powerful engine within a story that can easily become bogged down as little tragedies pile up.


 Aishe Keita I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings  - Book-It Repertory Theatre

Aishe Keita uses every last muscle in her face and body to tell us who she is, and what she wants. I couldn't take my eyes off her. Brennie Tellu is a cool breeze, a rock that is present through the whole story - her presence throughout is reassuring.


 Chip Sherman (Bailey) I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings  - Book-It Repertory Theatre

Enjoyable throughout. He broke my heart as Bailey returning home after witnessing the cruel discovery of a dead black man.


 Chip Sherman (Bailey) I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings  - Book-It Repertory Theatre

This actor portrayed the many ages (and changes) of his character perfectly. A standout in an excellent ensemble.


 Comments (Actors) I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings  - Book-It Repertory Theatre

I loved the combo of both actresses playing Maya (Brennie Tellu and Aishe Keita). They played the role very convincingly and both of them effectively tossed the narrative back and forth giving us a full picture of this incredible woman.


 Comments (Actors) I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings  - Book-It Repertory Theatre

I thought the cast worked beautifully as an ensemble. There were certain standouts (wow, that Momma!) but all of them were a cut above. Beautiful performance.


 Comments (Costume) I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings  - Book-It Repertory Theatre

Especially loved Mother Dear's costumes, and the use of white gloves and clothes for the white people.


 Comments (Costume) I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings  - Book-It Repertory Theatre

Good costumes that reflected the time period. The ensemble actors had a lot of costumes to transition from character to character. Everything look so well done and matched the different characters to a tee.


 Comments (Costume) I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings  - Book-It Repertory Theatre

K.D. Schill's costumes convey the summer warmth of Arkansas, the cool sophistication of St. Louis, and the vibrant rainbow of Africa. Each piece places the character in their sphere of influence, and illustrates their relationships to eachother.


 Comments (Costume) I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings  - Book-It Repertory Theatre

The costuming was subtle, but powerful and well though out. Adult Maya stood out in bold red dress, turquoise necklace, and head scarf, fully present and embracing her heritage. All the other characters in her past are dressed in pastels, with family members wearing similar color palettes. My favorite costuming choice, however, was to have the black actors dress head to toe in white, with white gloves, when they were playing white characters.


 Comments (Costume) I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings  - Book-It Repertory Theatre

There were subtle connections between related characters that engaged me further into each character. Also the use of white gloves for every white character stood out to me.


 Comments (Direction) I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings  - Book-It Repertory Theatre

Malika handled the Book-It heavy exposition script deftly with the balance of the narrator and the story-action. Her use of the (typically) white Book it audiences as a character within the racially charged scenes was handled beautifully.


 Comments (Direction) I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings  - Book-It Repertory Theatre

The ensemble was fully utilized and everyone had a specific purpose within the show.


 Comments (Direction) I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings  - Book-It Repertory Theatre

The many scenes and locations flowed in and out of each other very well.


 Comments (Direction) I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings  - Book-It Repertory Theatre

The staging, pacing, and message are perfect - Malika Oyetimein uses all the elements at her disposal to tell a compelling story - that carries us through every moment.


 Comments (Direction) I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings  - Book-It Repertory Theatre

There was a nice use of stage and stairs.


 Comments (Ensemble) I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings  - Book-It Repertory Theatre

The script required different actors to deliver different phrases of the same line, and the cast was able to do so smoothly and fluidly, never missing a beat. Most of the ensemble played multiple characters as well, and were able to make each character distinct.


 Comments (Lighting) I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings  - Book-It Repertory Theatre

Some beautiful lighting effects that perfectly portrayed mood.


 Comments (Playwright) I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings  - Book-It Repertory Theatre

This adaptation is beautifully concise - it condenses the story to the emotional landmarks of Angelou's childhood, but flows effortlessly.


 Comments (Scenic) I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings  - Book-It Repertory Theatre

Loved the sparse set that could be many different locations.


 Comments (Scenic) I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings  - Book-It Repertory Theatre

Simple, but functional while still projecting a certain tone of a space.


 Comments (Scenic) I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings  - Book-It Repertory Theatre

The play covered a lot of time and a lot of different locations. The scenic design allowed for quick transitions. Typically just a few chairs were moved or a panel flipped. It was almost seamless. There was even a background behind the panels that added a nice texture and depth to the play. Everything was well done.


 Comments (Scenic) I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings  - Book-It Repertory Theatre

This was the best use of the Center House Theatre I have seen by a scenic designer. The scenic design invited the audience's imagination to become involved in the scene making while subtly providing the tonal and historical background for that foray. It was exquisite. It played to the breadth of the stage space while not making the environmental more expansive than the play itself.


 Dedra D. Woods (Mother Dear) I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings  - Book-It Repertory Theatre

Love all the roles she took on throughout the show. She was a joy to watch throughout, especially as Mrs. Flowers.


 Defining Moment I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings  - Book-It Repertory Theatre

Aishe Keita's entire performance will resonate with me for quite some time.


 Defining Moment I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings  - Book-It Repertory Theatre

Bertha Flowers' yellow dress, which was perfect


 Defining Moment I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings  - Book-It Repertory Theatre

I loved the stylization of movement and design, particularly KD Schill's choice to put the Black actors playing White characters in all white with white gloves.


 Defining Moment I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings  - Book-It Repertory Theatre

Mya embracing her poetic voice for the first time after inspiration from Ms. Flowers.


 Defining Moment I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings  - Book-It Repertory Theatre

Seamless shifting of Mayas


 Defining Moment I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings  - Book-It Repertory Theatre

The first time a White character was introduced on stage. All it took was a small change of physicality, and the white gloves...and I understood exactly what was being conveyed. I loved that the entire cast was African-American, and they didn't feel the need to cast White actors just because there were White characters in the story. This was a production for POC to be able to tell their story, and that's exactly what they did.


 Defining Moment I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings  - Book-It Repertory Theatre

The molestation of Maya and the Grandmother and the dentist scene


 Defining Moment I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings  - Book-It Repertory Theatre

The moment during the second Act when the grandmother berates the white dentist for not seeing Maya with a toothache was beautifully directed, lit, and acted by Shaunyce Omar.


 Defining Moment I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings  - Book-It Repertory Theatre

The scene in the first act when Momma (Shaunyce Omar) stood on her porch humming to herself while being taunted by offstage voices.


 Defining Moment I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings  - Book-It Repertory Theatre

The sequence in which Maya and Young Maya recount her rape concentrates all elements to a point: the sound and lights gather the energy of the cast, and the moment Maya (Brennie Tellu) collapses to the ground brings home the weight of the action.


 Defining Moment I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings  - Book-It Repertory Theatre

The use of music helped to set the tone for the show as well and transporting us into the world. I felt like I was in the story with Angelou for years, yet it flew by like an evening.


 Defining Moment I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings  - Book-It Repertory Theatre

When adult Maya collapses onstage as young Maya is being raped- it is as if she is finally acknowledging and absorbing the full impact of what had happened and grieving it the way she was not able to grieve when it originally occurred.


 Defining Moment I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings  - Book-It Repertory Theatre

When Bailey lost his innocence. When he returned home asking "Why do they hate us?" Bailey had the same face that I saw on my nephew when he was 8. Such a sad moment in life. The family is sad too, because you want to protect them and you don't want them to live in world without hope.


 Lindsay Zae Summers (Dolores) I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings  - Book-It Repertory Theatre

I particularly loved the innocence she portrayed as a young school friend of Maya. She had such youthful joy. It was such a highlight to watch in a rather disheartening story.


 Other/Final Comments I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings  - Book-It Repertory Theatre

As always, it is heartening to see theatre highlighting minority voices and stories. Having an all black cast made a powerful statement, especially given the fact that they portrayed the few white characters onstage as well.


 Other/Final Comments I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings  - Book-It Repertory Theatre

I would see this show again of my own volition.


 Other/Final Comments I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings  - Book-It Repertory Theatre

Truly the best thing I've seen in ... forever. A peerless blending of exceptional acting, creative design, and that outstanding adaptation. Had me from the start ("Whadya looking at me for? I didn't come to stay") and never let go. This is that rare staging that took a very dear, perfect piece of writing and did the unthinkable: it gave the writing even more life. Reading Dr. Angelou now is a different experience: the visuals and voices of the actors are there mixed into the printed words, and it's a beautiful thing.


 Ronnie Hill (Uncle Willie/Freeman) I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings  - Book-It Repertory Theatre

Hard to believe the same actor was portraying both Uncle Willie and Freeman -- so very distinct!


 Ronnie Hill (Uncle Willie/Freeman) I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings  - Book-It Repertory Theatre

I didn't realize that Uncle Willie and Freeman were played by the same actor until I read the cast list during intermission. Such a fantastic performance in both roles. He really showed his range and flexibility as an actor. Also enjoyed his performance as the white man at the graduation.


 Shaunyce Omar (Momma) I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings  - Book-It Repertory Theatre

Great performance as a strong motherly figure. Really fun a woman in Mexico. It was great to see such a different character from the same actress in one show.


 Shaunyce Omar (Momma) I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings  - Book-It Repertory Theatre

Her singing voice roots the ensemle and gives every song a ponderous depth, smooth like molasses. I thrilled to see her range from comforting warmth to buring fire.


 Shaunyce Omar (Momma) I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings  - Book-It Repertory Theatre

I was blown away by this standout performance. constantly thoughtful and powerful in defining moments within the plays arc.


 Shaunyce Omar (Momma) I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings  - Book-It Repertory Theatre

The scene where Momma took down the dentist was an audience-pleaser, but I preferred the scene in the first act when Momma stood on her porch humming to herself while being taunted by offstage voices.


 Anastasia Higham (Sibyl/Hetty) Picture of Dorian Gray, The  - Book-It Repertory Theatre

Lovely command of the Shakespeare text as Juliet. I absolutely believed Dorian could have fallen in love with her in one night.


 Brandon J. Simmons (Lord Henry Wotton) Picture of Dorian Gray, The  - Book-It Repertory Theatre

Genius. I don't know what else to say. Perfection.


 Brandon J. Simmons (Lord Henry Wotton) Picture of Dorian Gray, The  - Book-It Repertory Theatre

Great command of the language and pithy banter that Wilde is known for.


 Brandon J. Simmons (Lord Henry Wotton) Picture of Dorian Gray, The  - Book-It Repertory Theatre

Mr. Simmons' Lord Henry was masterfully subtle. He managed a range of emotions all while staying polished and delightfully witty.


 Chip Sherman (Dorian Gray) Picture of Dorian Gray, The  - Book-It Repertory Theatre

Chip's portrayal of Dorian is something of a slow burn that suddenly ignites into flames. The transformation surprises even Dorian himself. It's truly spectacular.


 Comments (Costume) Picture of Dorian Gray, The  - Book-It Repertory Theatre

Very nice tailoring on the men's clothes and effective aging of Lord Henry Wotton. It's not easy to use wigs effectively in this close a setting, particularly men's wigs, but the costume designer did a really effective job and should be commended.


 Comments (Costume) Picture of Dorian Gray, The  - Book-It Repertory Theatre

What a collection of lovely menswear! They were all beautiful, they charted Dorian's changes in character wonderfully. The aging effect on Lord Henry was subtle but very effective.


 Comments (Direction) Picture of Dorian Gray, The  - Book-It Repertory Theatre

The director's hand is so clear in this production. Victor Pappas did a wonderful job guiding this cast and crew to a creepy, intense, humorous experience. A clear vision and expert execution of that vision.


 Comments (Ensemble) Picture of Dorian Gray, The  - Book-It Repertory Theatre

Excellent work among the chorus and ensemble playing multiple roles and embodying the drama of the story. Great seamless work of helping elevate or accentuate a prop, be it a knife or the frame.


 Comments (Ensemble) Picture of Dorian Gray, The  - Book-It Repertory Theatre

Excellent, balanced ensemble work. Each actor knew exactly where to pull focus and where to blend back in to the group.


 Comments (Ensemble) Picture of Dorian Gray, The  - Book-It Repertory Theatre

The ensemble did a wonderful job of working together. There were several difficult chorus sections that depended on excellent timing, but they pulled it off effectively.


 Comments (Lighting) Picture of Dorian Gray, The  - Book-It Repertory Theatre

Excellent use of light to clearly convey mood and portray travel between locations in a small playing space.


 Comments (Lighting) Picture of Dorian Gray, The  - Book-It Repertory Theatre

Really lovely use of light in illuminating and concealing the painting. Wonderful opening scene with a mix of light streams and smoke. Felt like London.


 Comments (Lighting) Picture of Dorian Gray, The  - Book-It Repertory Theatre

The first time we see through and then in and the behind the painting. So great - isolation worked. Tone, place - all set with the lighitng


 Comments (Lighting) Picture of Dorian Gray, The  - Book-It Repertory Theatre

The lighting was stunning. The whole thing was lit like a work of art. The interplay of shadow and light made the most the simple set and were the perfect metaphor for the themes of the play. The lightning of the storm and the reveal of the painting at the very end were both exquisite moments.


 Comments (Playwright) Picture of Dorian Gray, The  - Book-It Repertory Theatre

Awesome adaptation


 Comments (Scenic) Picture of Dorian Gray, The  - Book-It Repertory Theatre

Much was done with what appeared to be a very minimalist design. Nice use of structure and rotating platforms, frames and aisle.


 Comments (Scenic) Picture of Dorian Gray, The  - Book-It Repertory Theatre

Simple, clear, striking and effective.


 Comments (Scenic) Picture of Dorian Gray, The  - Book-It Repertory Theatre

The simple scenic design was a wonderful backdrop for the drama of the play. It allowed movement, dramatic lighting, and it made any flashes of color in the costumes more dramatic.


 Comments (Sound/Music) Picture of Dorian Gray, The  - Book-It Repertory Theatre

Definitely enhanced the plot and the more dramatic moments of the show.


 Comments (Sound/Music) Picture of Dorian Gray, The  - Book-It Repertory Theatre

The sound was quite good throughout. The musical choices were especially beautiful and appropriate.


 Defining Moment Picture of Dorian Gray, The  - Book-It Repertory Theatre

Dorian meeting Lord Henry for the first time. The look between them and then Lord Henry's discussion of philosophy


 Defining Moment Picture of Dorian Gray, The  - Book-It Repertory Theatre

Final moment of the play when Dorian has destroyed the painting and himself and then he appears illuminated in empty frame in tableau - appearing as Basil had originally painted him. Exquisite staging!


 Defining Moment Picture of Dorian Gray, The  - Book-It Repertory Theatre

Jon Lutyens' moving confession of love to Dorian was heartbreakingly honest.


 Defining Moment Picture of Dorian Gray, The  - Book-It Repertory Theatre

Killing Basil


 Defining Moment Picture of Dorian Gray, The  - Book-It Repertory Theatre

Scene where Dorian is talking to Henry and Basil and we see him change from the innocent he was to the man he becomes.


 Defining Moment Picture of Dorian Gray, The  - Book-It Repertory Theatre

The final moments where Dorian Gray stabs the painting and that terrible shriek happens, then the frame reappears with him posed in it, eternally young.


 Defining Moment Picture of Dorian Gray, The  - Book-It Repertory Theatre

The rage that Chip brought during his spiral toward the end. CHILLING and delicious.


 Defining Moment Picture of Dorian Gray, The  - Book-It Repertory Theatre

To me the defining moment that tied the whole show together came right after Dorian has killed himself by stabbing the portrait, when Chip Sherman appears in the frame (which has been physically empty the entire show, although amply filled in by the audience's imagination) in the original, innocent Dorian's clothes and character. Lights and forward movement were highly effective here; the moment was chilling and tied the entire production together very neatly.


 Defining Moment Picture of Dorian Gray, The  - Book-It Repertory Theatre

When Dorian (Chip Sherman) successfully deposited his portrait in the attic, locked the door and stood in a beautifully designed spot of angular light and shadow.


 Defining Moment Picture of Dorian Gray, The  - Book-It Repertory Theatre

When Dorian stabs the painting, the sound and lighting cues were perfect. It struck me to the bone. It was an extremely well executed moment.


 Imogen Love (Chorus 4/Victoria) Picture of Dorian Gray, The  - Book-It Repertory Theatre

Great range! Loved the diversity of her characters. "Oranges and Ginger beer" was stuck in my head. And Imogen's portrays of Lord Henry's wife made my skin crawl. She 'saw' everything between Dorian and Lord Henry. The layers of subtext were haunting!


 Imogen Love (Chorus 4/Victoria) Picture of Dorian Gray, The  - Book-It Repertory Theatre

I wanted to see more of Ms. Love as Victoria. She was so delicious. She was also magnetic to watch as part of the chorus.


 Jon Lutyens (Basil Hallward) Picture of Dorian Gray, The  - Book-It Repertory Theatre

A truly moving performance - such depth, a character with a bleeding heart. I wept for him openly, his vulnerability and powerlessness in his idolization and devotion to Dorian. I loved your committed and energized brush strokes in the opening scene.


 Jon Lutyens (Basil Hallward) Picture of Dorian Gray, The  - Book-It Repertory Theatre

Lovely work, particularly in act II. Basil's "confession" scene took my breath away.


 Other/Final Comments Picture of Dorian Gray, The  - Book-It Repertory Theatre

Loved having the discussion time after the performance.


 Other/Final Comments Picture of Dorian Gray, The  - Book-It Repertory Theatre

The entire production was lovely and compelling. Energy never flagged. And Chip, who was almost never offstage owned his transitions, and heartbreak (given and understood.)


 Other/Final Comments Picture of Dorian Gray, The  - Book-It Repertory Theatre

The staging/fight choreo in the stabbing scene was also excellent. Really expertly executed (no pun intended). This production was truly chilling. The best thing I've seen from Book-It.


 Other/Final Comments Picture of Dorian Gray, The  - Book-It Repertory Theatre

This is one of my favorite Book-It productions to date. The adaptation was crisp, showcased each character and offered some wonderful layers of discovery for both audience and performers. The direction played with nuance and duality without being heavy handed. The performances were some of the best I have seen from each ensemble member.


 Other/Final Comments Picture of Dorian Gray, The  - Book-It Repertory Theatre

This was a phenomenal show. Every moment was so tight and every actor completely inhabited the world, from the GET go. Fully committed, fully immersed. It allowed me as an audience member to get on board for the story right away and follow it thru to the very end. This is THEATRE.


 Other/Final Comments Picture of Dorian Gray, The  - Book-It Repertory Theatre

What a wonderful use of the empty frames with the audience's imagination. Truly inventive staging and a delightful and very talented ensemble.


 Comments (Direction) Ben Butler  - Burien Actors Theatre

Rachel has done a fantastic job establishing a premier show, as good as it gets. Staging, acting, all what a director brings to the table.


 Comments (Lighting) Ben Butler  - Burien Actors Theatre

Nicely evocative of the period.


 Comments (Playwright) Ben Butler  - Burien Actors Theatre

Really impressed with the play itself, and great pick by BAT. Evocative, funny, challenging.


 Defining Moment Ben Butler  - Burien Actors Theatre

Ben's decision to free Mallory by giving Mallory a satchel with food and water and "letting" him "run". This was Ben's way out of his "moral" morass.


 Defining Moment Ben Butler  - Burien Actors Theatre

Comparing how the character Lt. Kelly reacted to Shepard Mallory between the first and second acts. First act, he didn't even bother knowing his name and as very suspicious of Mallory. In act 2, a day later he is friendly and agreeing with Mallory.


 Defining Moment Ben Butler  - Burien Actors Theatre

I loved the moment when I saw the power shift from the white Union troop leader to the African-American slave....this play took our stereotypes and flipped them. It was fascinating to see the two men quickly develop a mutual respect for one another as they found a true kinship in character and intelligence that unified them, far beyond skin color, or military allegiances.


 Defining Moment Ben Butler  - Burien Actors Theatre

I would have to say the subtle facial expressions of Michael. He was able to convey so much thought and emotion without saying a word.


 Defining Moment Ben Butler  - Burien Actors Theatre

It was a well written play that was well acted. There was not one defining moment.


 Defining Moment Ben Butler  - Burien Actors Theatre

The confrontation between Major Cary and Ben Butler was riviting. Given how heavily narrative that section was, it's a very impressive achievement.


 Defining Moment Ben Butler  - Burien Actors Theatre

The look Michael Mendonsa gave Dave Tucker when he said the word "demands."


 Defining Moment Ben Butler  - Burien Actors Theatre

When Shepard Mallory first enters the scene.


 Defining Moment Ben Butler  - Burien Actors Theatre

When the entire cast of players were onstage, and it was apparent the broader story of three fugitives of slavery had been tokenized into one person in their own story, I had a realization. This play is about Ben Butler - the fugitive(s) are used as a prop - though the story is interesting and well-told. The play is not really about slavery, but it really could open a great discussion of the Civil War, and other individual stories.


 Mark Fox (Lieutenant Kelly) Ben Butler  - Burien Actors Theatre

Mark added a hint of an Irish brogue to the character -- just enough to give him yet another dimension.


 Michael Mendonsa (Major General Benjamin Butler) Ben Butler  - Burien Actors Theatre

It took me a bit to appreciate what Michael brought to the role, but by the end of the play I was mesmerized by his performance -- that of a lawyer made to play a military officer, with humor, arrogance, thoughtfulness, . . .


 Other/Final Comments Ben Butler  - Burien Actors Theatre

Overall this was a great ensemble piece on a difficult subject. set was incredibly well done - down to maps on the wall - for time period. An impressive interpretation of a not so well known fact based work.


 Other/Final Comments Ben Butler  - Burien Actors Theatre

This play was a complete surprise, and reinforced that smaller, non-equity houses can bring us theater every bit as good as the big, equity houses. Bravo to BAT.


 Sharif Ali (Shepard Mallory) Ben Butler  - Burien Actors Theatre

Real, grounded, completely believable. Character choices from strength and anger to self-deprecating slave.


 Comments (Costume) Onērus  - Café Nordo

really fit the story. cool use of adding costumes and props to show dream sequences. loved the technicians and their full faced visors with voice boxes. plus the red (and one blue) scan discs were striking.


 Comments (Costume) Onērus  - Café Nordo

Some really interesting lines and shapes happening. Costumes were a utilitarian, but other-world quality.


 Comments (Costume) Onērus  - Café Nordo

The costumes created a unified look that was futuristic without being overly "weird" or distracting. The details of the dics were well executed and perfect.


 Comments (Ensemble) Onērus  - Café Nordo

great teamwork and transition from characters to dreams to do food service


 Comments (Lighting) Onērus  - Café Nordo

full concept/atmosphere. helped build the tone and style of the show as taking place in the future. great use of specials for entrances and exits. great light during the machine malfunction and i liked the change in lighting in the cells.


 Comments (Lighting) Onērus  - Café Nordo

The lighting had a lot of responsibility for creating our understanding and experience of the sci-fi technology in the show. The mix of theatrical and practical lights was interesting and utilized the entire space in a way that fest immersive and engaging.


 Comments (Playwright) Onērus  - Café Nordo

I would say this is one of the most sophisticated stories I've seen done at Nordo. Terry Podgorski took a risk on telling a story that elevated this space above a mere "dinner theatre" environment. This was tight SF storytelling that gave each ensemble member a moment of their own.


 Comments (Scenic) Onērus  - Café Nordo

I was particularly struck by the circular structures that made up the detainment cells. I also loved the cool aqua coloring of the band platform. The gargantuan "dream machine" which dominated the space was both captivating and frightening.


 Comments (Scenic) Onērus  - Café Nordo

The centerpiece of the set - a looming machine - was spectacular as was the futuristic cells and video screens.


 Comments (Scenic) Onērus  - Café Nordo

The play made great use of a couple of major set pieces. Those were well constructed and held up to the scrutiny of a very close audience.


 Comments (Scenic) Onērus  - Café Nordo

total concept and the machine was amazing.


 Comments (Sound/Music) Onērus  - Café Nordo

Again, Mr. Mosher demonstrated his creative versatility as a sound designer.


 Comments (Sound/Music) Onērus  - Café Nordo

great mix of cues, actors, and live band. great idea to have mics on actors so that they could change voice in machine. only issue was that it was a bit hard to hear the actors when they were singing during dream sequence. but, the clapping moment (from band) right before Iris was "sentenced" was amazing.


 Comments (Sound/Music) Onērus  - Café Nordo

The music was beautiful and appropriate for the show. It captured the magic of dreams, the mood of the show, and helped provide contrast between the real world and the dream world.


 Defining Moment Onērus  - Café Nordo

Kelly Morgan Steven's "host" video prologue. The premise, environment and world of the play were instantly established with this preamble video. I immediately drawn in and knew I could look forward to an entirely different experience than any other I have had before at Cafe Nordo. You knew upon entering the space you were seeing a science fiction piece, but this video and Steven's crisp camera presence told the audience this would not be a silly, pulpy SF piece, but something much more meditative and speculative.


 Defining Moment Onērus  - Café Nordo

Living in the guilt dream of a man while the cast sang a song called "Killed Today" was pretty powerful.


 Defining Moment Onērus  - Café Nordo

Mesmerizing scene when all the characters entered the 'dream' with hats and brightly colored drinks and swirled around humming with the musicians.


 Defining Moment Onērus  - Café Nordo

Somewhere during the first Act, when I got over the fear created by the overall environment and caught up in the story.


 Defining Moment Onērus  - Café Nordo

the death scene with Brook and Iris


 Defining Moment Onērus  - Café Nordo

The dreamy cover of The Ramone's "I Wanna Be Sedated" started a fun game of Name That Tune at our table.


 Defining Moment Onērus  - Café Nordo

The first song sung by the cast was haunting and beautiful. That dream sequence was a striking departure from the realism of the play so far as the lights change, the actors are given props, and we experience what it's like to be in a dream.


 Defining Moment Onērus  - Café Nordo

The gorgeous set created an intelligently designed immersive space.

The lighting design took all the right moments to steal the spotlight, so to speak, but it still blended in when most appropriate.


 Defining Moment Onērus  - Café Nordo

The last moment, as Brook and Iris used the machine to access the others' discs. The design elements came together to create an effective crescendo right up to the blackout at the end.


 Devin Bannon (Dexter) Onērus  - Café Nordo

Mr. Bannon was a delight to watch as the somewhat artificial Dexter. Without going over the top, it was immediately evident that he was different. His mannerisms were consistent throughout the show and well done.


 Devin Bannon (Dexter) Onērus  - Café Nordo

robot character was clear but not stereotypical


 Evan Mosher (Viewer Tristan Orlinsky) Onērus  - Café Nordo

just did not have a lot to do in story (only 2 scenes), but it is amazing that he was also in band.


 Madison Jade Jones (Deviant 637 - Brook) Onērus  - Café Nordo

great performance. end scene was very emotional


 Opal Peachey (Viewer Iris Sakai) Onērus  - Café Nordo

character arc felt realistic. lots of emotion and depth


 Opal Peachey (Viewer Iris Sakai) Onērus  - Café Nordo

Ms. Peachey delivered one of the most intriguing performances of the show. Iris went on a huge emotional journey that was easy to track without being obvious, that was subtle and believable.


 Other/Final Comments Onērus  - Café Nordo

As stated above, Onerus was a very tight and sophisticated story that broke all the rules of what "dinner theatre" means. I applaud Nordo for taking a risk on this kind of piece. I hope to see more stories that stimulate the mind as successfully as the Nordo chefs do our appetites.


 Other/Final Comments Onērus  - Café Nordo

Nordo is always amazing to see because it is a total experience due to the culinary aspect. The set was amazing and the technical elements were as well. And of course, the food was yummy.


 Richard Nguyen Sloniker (Deviant 842 - Jonathan) Onērus  - Café Nordo

brought a lot of depth to character. fear and confusion felt real.


 Sharon Barto Gouran (Congressperson Hall) Onērus  - Café Nordo

good job.


 Ashley Bagwell (Sam Fish) Smoked!  - Café Nordo

Absolutely incredible work being done by Mr. Bagwell. He was his character flawlessly from the moment he entered the playing space. His cadence, the looks he gave the other characters, the audience. Truly impactful.


 Ashley Bagwell (Sam Fish) Smoked!  - Café Nordo

Prime casting. Ashley was a wonderful fit in this role and was always interesting to watch.


 Carol Louise Thompson (Madison "Mad Dog" Withers) Smoked!  - Café Nordo

Carol is so much fun in this role. She commits fully here while staying rooted in reality, and has taken real care to craft a wild and vibrant character that in less adept hands could easily have turned to caricature.


 Carol Louise Thompson (Madison "Mad Dog" Withers) Smoked!  - Café Nordo

Carol’s full commitment to her character’s villainess was a delight to watch. Her improvised moments with the audience added a lot to the world building.


 Carol Louise Thompson (Madison "Mad Dog" Withers) Smoked!  - Café Nordo

God, every time Carol is on stage, I'm dead.