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Richard III  - Seattle Shakespeare Company; upstart crow collective
Kate Wisniewski (Margaret)

I especially enjoyed the subtle humor she brought to the Bishop and the strength and passion she brought to Margaret.


 Richard III  - Seattle Shakespeare Company; upstart crow collective
Kate Wisniewski (Margaret)

the curse scenes were amazing


 Richard III  - Seattle Shakespeare Company; upstart crow collective
Kate Wisniewski (Margaret)

unrelentingly creepy


 Richard III  - Seattle Shakespeare Company; upstart crow collective
Mari Nelson (Duchess of York/1st Murderer)

A brilliant actress. Incredible pathos and feeling, making the Duchess of York a much more memorable character than she has been for me in other plays. As the murderer, very chilling.


 Richard III  - Seattle Shakespeare Company; upstart crow collective
Mari Nelson (Duchess of York/1st Murderer)

As 1st Murderer, she made me laugh, and I fully believed both the nonchalance of that character and the bitterness and strength of the Duchess of York. On another note, she is absolutely stunningly beautiful.


 Richard III  - Seattle Shakespeare Company; upstart crow collective
Mari Nelson (Duchess of York/1st Murderer)

Mari Nelson was outstanding


 Richard III  - Seattle Shakespeare Company; upstart crow collective
Mari Nelson (Duchess of York/1st Murderer)

Mari transformed herself and the world around her with an incredibly commanding presence, yet still so vulnerable and human.


 Richard III  - Seattle Shakespeare Company; upstart crow collective
Mari Nelson (Duchess of York/1st Murderer)

so funny and very clear in playing different characters


 Richard III  - Seattle Shakespeare Company; upstart crow collective
Mari Nelson (Duchess of York/1st Murderer)

The first murderer was a stand out!


 Richard III  - Seattle Shakespeare Company; upstart crow collective
Mari Nelson (Duchess of York/1st Murderer)

You cannot take your eyes of her - even when she is literally doing nothing, she's the most compelling person on stage. One of the few actors I've seen who is able to create a living, breathing Shakespearean character.


 Richard III  - Seattle Shakespeare Company; upstart crow collective
Other/Final Comments

AMAZING job!!


 Richard III  - Seattle Shakespeare Company; upstart crow collective
Other/Final Comments

I've been seeing theater in Seattle for a dozen years and this show goes on the shortlist for best overall designs I've ever seen here.


 Richard III  - Seattle Shakespeare Company; upstart crow collective
Other/Final Comments

Ordinarily I'm iffy on seeing shows twice, but I enjoyed Richard III as much if not more the second time. The story lost nothing in the telling.


 Richard III  - Seattle Shakespeare Company; upstart crow collective
Other/Final Comments

Seattle theater at its finest


 Richard III  - Seattle Shakespeare Company; upstart crow collective
Porscha Shaw (Anne/2nd Murderer/Richmond)

Spectacular in the simultaneously hilarious and terrifying murderer and Richmond whose character was dramatically reformed in my mind by the show's ending moment.


 Richard III  - Seattle Shakespeare Company; upstart crow collective
Porscha Shaw (Anne/2nd Murderer/Richmond)

amazing job. very clear in playing different characters. great job as Richmond. Love the final line of the play. Perfect delivery.


 Richard III  - Seattle Shakespeare Company; upstart crow collective
Porscha Shaw (Anne/2nd Murderer/Richmond)

Porscha's technical work alone makes her someone to watch moving forward.


 Richard III  - Seattle Shakespeare Company; upstart crow collective
Porscha Shaw (Anne/2nd Murderer/Richmond)

Truly lovely version of Richmond, she had a wonderful control of the dialogue. That ending moment was a killer, too.


 Richard III  - Seattle Shakespeare Company; upstart crow collective
Sarah Harlett (Richard)

Sarah Harlett shone in this role, so superbly executed. She was as brilliant in this as she was in Frost/Nixon...possibly moreso, if that's possible.


 Richard III  - Seattle Shakespeare Company; upstart crow collective
Sarah Harlett (Richard)

An absolutely flawless performance that was exhaustingly beautiful and frightening to behold. Not only was everything I thought I knew about the character affirmed, I learned so much more about the story and the world of Richard from Sarah's amazing portrayal. Richard is funny, Richard is so much more in control of everything around him, more an Iago than I had imagined.


 Richard III  - Seattle Shakespeare Company; upstart crow collective
Sarah Harlett (Richard)

An amazing Richard. Creepy, brilliant, sympathetic. I knew she would give an amazing performance, and she certainly didn't disappoint. Very layered.


 Richard III  - Seattle Shakespeare Company; upstart crow collective
Sarah Harlett (Richard)

Harlett's venomous, self-satisfied, shiver-worthy portrayal of Richard is the stuff of nightmares.


 Richard III  - Seattle Shakespeare Company; upstart crow collective
Sarah Harlett (Richard)

Having seen this play a number of times, I appreciated seeing the clear downfall of this character as she gets deeper and deeper in the muck until being truly unforgivable. I love how she seemed to curdle exponentially the minute the crown went on her head.


 Richard III  - Seattle Shakespeare Company; upstart crow collective
Sarah Harlett (Richard)

In one word, superb!

"I will prove to be a villain"

great chemistry and work with Suzanne.


 Richard III  - Seattle Shakespeare Company; upstart crow collective
Sarah Harlett (Richard)

Sarah is riveting to watch. Totally Richard.


 Richard III  - Seattle Shakespeare Company; upstart crow collective
Sarah Harlett (Richard)

She never missed a beat. I was incredibly impressed by her voice, her body work, and her ability to go between the inner thoughts and outer manipulations as smoothly as good brandy.


 Richard III  - Seattle Shakespeare Company; upstart crow collective
Sarah Harlett (Richard)

Stunning performance; every character nuance was beautifully delivered


 Richard III  - Seattle Shakespeare Company; upstart crow collective
Suzanne Bouchard (Buckingham)

All hail, Queen Bouchard!


 Richard III  - Seattle Shakespeare Company; upstart crow collective
Suzanne Bouchard (Buckingham)

amazing performance. really brought out a lot of dimension to Buckingham. great work with Sara.


 Richard III  - Seattle Shakespeare Company; upstart crow collective
Suzanne Bouchard (Buckingham)

Bouchard's Buckingham is a soulless and self-serving husk in the guise of a wise counselor, and a perfect foil for the more overtly evil Richard.


 Richard III  - Seattle Shakespeare Company; upstart crow collective
Suzanne Bouchard (Buckingham)

I could watch Suzanne in anything, and she really owns the text and remains always compelling to watch.


 Rock of Ages  - The 5th Avenue Theatre
Brandon O'Neill (Stacee Jaxx/Father)

I didn't recognize Brandon in this role- he disappeared completely into it and I was amazed when I saw that it was the same actor. I've loved him in Burn This and Oslo. Very excited to see what he does next.


 Rock of Ages  - The 5th Avenue Theatre
Brandon O'Neill (Stacee Jaxx/Father)

Loved Brandon's performance as Stacee Jaxx - I've seen him on several Seattle stages, and he always completely embodies his characters and has absolutely incredible comedic timing and presence.


 Rock of Ages  - The 5th Avenue Theatre
Brandon O'Neill (Stacee Jaxx/Father)

O'Neill is that rare, amazing actor that can play the disapproving father in one moment and in the next he's channeling Jon Bon Jovi. So perfectly over-the-top in every scene - funny, hunky, and a voice that you just want to listen to all night long.


 Rock of Ages  - The 5th Avenue Theatre
Comments (Actors)

Ensemble member Sarah Rose Davis did some great character work as Waitress Number One.


 Rock of Ages  - The 5th Avenue Theatre
Comments (Actors)

Richard Peacock showed great range going from uptight, unethical mayor to Candi, the pole-dancing goddess. He is a truly talented actor.


 Rock of Ages  - The 5th Avenue Theatre
Comments (Choreography)

Again, outstanding. Loved the opening number, the pole dancing number was terrific, the scene with the two ladies dancing in the background was mesmerizing, and I was impressed with how well the choreography worked even for those who had less dance experience.


 Rock of Ages  - The 5th Avenue Theatre
Comments (Choreography)

Great energy. All of the dancing was appropriate for the show and time-period. Impressive Pole dancing acrobatics, not something you see at any run of the mill musical performance.


 Rock of Ages  - The 5th Avenue Theatre
Comments (Costume)

Each look was so unique and yet the whole cast's costumes coalesced seemingly effortlessly! A beautiful job!


 Rock of Ages  - The 5th Avenue Theatre
Comments (Costume)

Outstanding. The attention to detail on every little piece was such a treat. Loved the pink tap pants, the fur coat, the "cheerleading" ensemble, the Tiger Beat jacket. It also just worked, so well. The nostalgia factor was as huuuuge as the hair!


 Rock of Ages  - The 5th Avenue Theatre
Comments (Costume)

Wowza, those wigs! Period clothing was right on point. Hilarious jacket with music notes that Drew wore in the second scene, and loved the bling of Felicia Loud's Mother dress and the bright color Richard Peacock's Candi outfit!


 Rock of Ages  - The 5th Avenue Theatre
Comments (Direction)

Every little bit of this show was exciting to watch. Great use of the space, of levels, of all sorts of bodies. The casting was outstanding. Each bit of comedy was spot-on. The romance was surprisingly touching between Sherrie and Drew. It felt like everyone was having the time of their lives, so the audience did, too.


 Rock of Ages  - The 5th Avenue Theatre
Comments (Ensemble)

A testament to the cast and the director, these people had a three-hour party and we were invited. Every single person seemed committed, well-rehearsed, on-point and to be having the most rad time ever!


 Rock of Ages  - The 5th Avenue Theatre
Comments (Lighting)

Inside club lights were very well-done still giving the impression of a smoky rock club, but characters were all well lit. Amazing pyrotechnics for two of the numbers. And the Disco ball reflections brought everyone into the world of the actors.


 Rock of Ages  - The 5th Avenue Theatre
Comments (Lighting)

The neon signs were amazing and I'm a sucker for a disco ball (and as previously mentioned, that disco lighting immersed us all in wonder the first time it was used).


 Rock of Ages  - The 5th Avenue Theatre
Comments (Overall Production)

Incredible mix of high energy, nostalgia, better vocals than the original songs, one of the best jukebox musicals I have seen. The 5th did an incredible job combining a rock concert with a musical theater production. Every person onstage was on fire with stellar choreography, timely and fun costumes and wigs, and the storyline and songs never lagged. And the band - wow. They were as much a part of the show as the actors. The production managed to create a sense of intimacy and connect the audience to the action onstage.


 Rock of Ages  - The 5th Avenue Theatre
Comments (Scenic)

I am so glad I sat on the balcony for this one - I was able to see the Sunset Strip and Hollywood signs and "palm trees" in the background, as well as the actors on the balcony and stairs. Great use of front of house floor to add tables for more of a club scene, which gave another level for actors to engage in. Entrances, exits were all used well and easy to differentiate which room/space was which. The restroom doors opening as the action changed was impressive and funny. Creating the sense of intimacy of a small rock venue in a theater as large as the 5th Avenue was quite a successful feat.


 Rock of Ages  - The 5th Avenue Theatre
Comments (Scenic)

The sliding action of the bathroom was most clever, as was the surprising poles shooting out from the floor. Also appreciated the 80s grit of the wire fencing and the Hollywood sign was a nice touch.


 Rock of Ages  - The 5th Avenue Theatre
Comments (Sound/Music)

I have seen a LOT of shows at this theater. This blending of sound was the best I've ever heard at the 5th. The balance of rock vocals with the band was impressive. The choral vocal notes of singers offstage with some of the numbers were just beautiful. I feel that this was particularly challenging to achieve because of the loudness and high energy of the 80s rock genre, but this challenge was absolutely met.


 Rock of Ages  - The 5th Avenue Theatre
Comments (Sound/Music)

Perfectly captured the soundtrack of the era.


 Rock of Ages  - The 5th Avenue Theatre
Comments (Sound/Music)

The band was absolutely amazing! I don't think they missed a beat, and that's incredibly difficult music to cover. I wish that the program had the bios for the band members because I wanted to know if they played together as a band outside of the production or if they were individually recruited. They were the glue that held the show together.


 Rock of Ages  - The 5th Avenue Theatre
Dane Stokinger (Lonny)

A delightful narrator with a kick-butt voice! Hilarious, upbeat, and fun to watch.


 Rock of Ages  - The 5th Avenue Theatre
Dane Stokinger (Lonny)

He was outstanding! One of the few self-aware narrator character-type performances I have actually enjoyed. He managed to remain likable, even with soo many cheesy jokes.


 Rock of Ages  - The 5th Avenue Theatre
Dane Stokinger (Lonny)

oh my gawd - DANE is such a star!- he truly was the glue that held this whole thing together. While all elements of the production were stellar - it was Dane's performance, humor, breaking the 4th wall and coming right back to the action, physicality, likeability and vocals that made this particular Rock of Ages probably one of the best ever produced. Seattle is so very fortunate to have such a versatile performer in its midst.


 Rock of Ages  - The 5th Avenue Theatre
Defining Moment

All of it!

If I have to choose it would be at the very beginning when the band began to play on stage I knew I was in for a good time.


 Rock of Ages  - The 5th Avenue Theatre
Defining Moment

Drew's amazing vocal riff in "Oh Sherrie"


 Rock of Ages  - The 5th Avenue Theatre
Defining Moment

Hanz stance against his father was the most memorable and inspiring moment of the show!


 Rock of Ages  - The 5th Avenue Theatre
Defining Moment

Oh gosh. I saw this show three times, and each time it was a little different, but it was always amazing. I think the first moment when the disco ball was projected across the audience was stunning. It brought us into the world in a sensory way.


 Rock of Ages  - The 5th Avenue Theatre
Defining Moment

One of my favorite lines in the play, just because it was such a schmaltzy, classic musical comedy zinger was when Franz explains, "I'm not gay, I'm German."


 Rock of Ages  - The 5th Avenue Theatre
Defining Moment

stupid funny love duet ("I Can't Stop This Feelin Anymore") between two of the male character actors


 Rock of Ages  - The 5th Avenue Theatre
Defining Moment

The first time the pyrotechnics appeared.


 Rock of Ages  - The 5th Avenue Theatre
Defining Moment

The highlight was Nik Hagen's dance solo.


 Rock of Ages  - The 5th Avenue Theatre
Defining Moment

The into to "Hit Me With Your Best Shot." Nik Hagen is a force to be reckoned with. I haven't laughed so hard in forever!


 Rock of Ages  - The 5th Avenue Theatre
Defining Moment

The narrator’s explanation to the male lead that he was, in fact, the narrator of the story. The play’s best moments were its most self referential moments, when it stepped outside the banality of the storyline and made fun of itself.


 Rock of Ages  - The 5th Avenue Theatre
Defining Moment

The third wall breaking of the narrator and the band. The scenes where everyone was on stage.


 Rock of Ages  - The 5th Avenue Theatre
Defining Moment

When Franz finally steps up to his Papa with "Hit Me With Your Best Shot". The choreography for this song was very fitting to the character.


 Rock of Ages  - The 5th Avenue Theatre
Diana Huey (Sherrie)

A powerhouse of a voice, charming, hilarious, and such fun to watch!


 Rock of Ages  - The 5th Avenue Theatre
Diana Huey (Sherrie)

Huey gave this performance the perfect blend of sweetness and strength, her stage presence and incredible vocals were impressive.


 Rock of Ages  - The 5th Avenue Theatre
Felicia Loud (Justice/Mother)

Exceptional voice and nice naturalness with Sherrie.


 Rock of Ages  - The 5th Avenue Theatre
Galen Disston (Drew)

CAN SING!


 Rock of Ages  - The 5th Avenue Theatre
Galen Disston (Drew)

I'm now a Pickwick fan. Holy bejeebus, that voice! Also, how is this show his first ever? Natural, charismatic, confident - but appropriately nerdy - I sincerely hope we see much, much more of him!


 Rock of Ages  - The 5th Avenue Theatre
Mickey Thomas (Dennis)

A pleasure to watch him sing! Especially enjoyed the scene with the Fogmaster 5000.


 Rock of Ages  - The 5th Avenue Theatre
Nick DeSantis (Hertz)

A terrific villain with an arc!


 Rock of Ages  - The 5th Avenue Theatre
Nik Hagen (Franz)

Hi-lar-i-ous! Those dance moves - the moonwalk! That charming accent - he was so fun!


 Rock of Ages  - The 5th Avenue Theatre
Nik Hagen (Franz)

I have not laughed so hard in so long. When he did the opening to "Hit Me With Your Best Shot" I lost it. It was wonderful to see a young actor play a role that could have easily turned into a stereotype, with so much originality and focus. I can't wait to see what he does with a real lead role.


 Rock of Ages  - The 5th Avenue Theatre
Nik Hagen (Franz)

That moonwalk! Those splits! Great character voice, exceptional body work, and a heartwarming performance.


 Rock of Ages  - The 5th Avenue Theatre
Other/Final Comments

Going to see this show was a treat. I loved every minute of it.


 Rock of Ages  - The 5th Avenue Theatre
Other/Final Comments

I had no interest in seeing this production when it was in town on tour, and again this local version. However, one of the gems of being a Gregory Nominator is that my preconceived notions were tossed away and as you can see - I fully enjoyed and celebrated a show that I probably would have missed were I not assigned to it. This does happen occasionally and I am so grateful to TPS for the opportunities I have had to see and celebrate interesting and enlightening theater around town.


 Rock of Ages  - The 5th Avenue Theatre
Other/Final Comments

I very much enjoyed the brief moments we had with Waitress Number 1. She nailed it!


 Rock of Ages  - The 5th Avenue Theatre
Other/Final Comments

Pure stupid, rockin', musical theatre fun.


 Rock of Ages  - The 5th Avenue Theatre
Sara Porkalob (Regina)

Her comedic timing was impeccable.


 Rock of Ages  - The 5th Avenue Theatre
Sara Porkalob (Regina)

Sara was a natural in this production - a strong, fierce, activist - loved her in this show!


 Rock of Ages  - The 5th Avenue Theatre
Sara Porkalob (Regina)

Wonderful Fifth Ave debut! A terrific voice and wonderful interpretation of the character.


 Romeo + Juliet  - ACT Theatre
Amy Thone (Nurse/Prince)

What else can be said about Amy Thone? She utterly owned the stage and I wished there was more of her.


 Romeo + Juliet  - ACT Theatre
Chip Sherman (Benvolio)

Also flawless. Completely en pointe with his delivery and extremely honest.


 Romeo + Juliet  - ACT Theatre
Chip Sherman (Benvolio)

Chip Sherman's Benvolio ROCKED MY WORLD. I have heard/lived this text many many times, yet through Chip's interpreting, heard so many things a new. He was working from a place of constant discovery. Bravo, bravo, bravo!


 Romeo + Juliet  - ACT Theatre
Comments (Choreography)

I loved how the fights escalated as they went through different weapons.


 Romeo + Juliet  - ACT Theatre
Comments (Choreography)

Typically breathtaking choreography by Geoff Alm. Very well executed.


 Romeo + Juliet  - ACT Theatre
Comments (Costume)

I loved the masks and Benvolio's costume gave great indications of the character, specifically.


 Romeo + Juliet  - ACT Theatre
Comments (Direction)

Great use of the space and ensemble


 Romeo + Juliet  - ACT Theatre
Comments (Ensemble)

The cast plays off each other to great effect here. You could see how well they interacted with each other.


 Romeo + Juliet  - ACT Theatre
Comments (Ensemble)

Very tight ensemble. Kept the energy going and supported the ASL elements very well.


 Romeo + Juliet  - ACT Theatre
Comments (Lighting)

Very effective and created great mood.


 Romeo + Juliet  - ACT Theatre
Comments (Scenic)

I love the look, the versatility, and the simplicity. The fences on wheels were great and used very well.


 Romeo + Juliet  - ACT Theatre
Comments (Scenic)

I loved the simple use of the chain link fences. A smart, simple choice used to great affect.


 Romeo + Juliet  - ACT Theatre
Comments (Sound/Music)

Probably the best used element of the play. The music choices set the mood perfectly as well as the effects that augmented key scenes.


 Romeo + Juliet  - ACT Theatre
Darragh Kennan (Mercutio/Montague)

His Queen Mab speech actually made me forget I was watching a play.


 Romeo + Juliet  - ACT Theatre
Darragh Kennan (Mercutio/Montague)

I did not think I would get the opportunity to watch Darragh play Mercutio...I'm glad I did.


 Romeo + Juliet  - ACT Theatre
Defining Moment

Choreography for Tybalt/Mercutio fight


 Romeo + Juliet  - ACT Theatre
Defining Moment

For me, the defining moment was the "balcony scene", where R and J used one of the wheeled fences as a sort of spinning skateboard. It became a great visual symbol of their "whirlwind romance".


 Romeo + Juliet  - ACT Theatre
Defining Moment

For me, the defining moment was the scene the morning after Romeo and Juliet consummate the marriage when they wake up in bed together. This moment solidified the chemistry and intimacy experienced by the actors and the characters that is crucial to the believability and pathos of the story. This moment was a beautiful calm before the storm.


 Romeo + Juliet  - ACT Theatre
Defining Moment

Friar and Romeo had some really amazing all ASL scenes that were very compelling. Seeing these two artists fully express Shakespeare in sign while actors performed the spoken word was really special.


 Romeo + Juliet  - ACT Theatre
Defining Moment

I especially loved when Juliet and Romeo were talking through the fence. It was so cool to have an actual barrier between them, without causing sightline issues.


 Romeo + Juliet  - ACT Theatre
Defining Moment

I felt the shared sonnet between Romeo and Juliet when they first meet was brilliant. The clarity of the poem was exquisite. The use of ASL and English blended so well to carry us through the first interaction of these characters, heighten the text, and set us up to root for them no matter what.


 Romeo + Juliet  - ACT Theatre
Defining Moment

Josh Castille voicing "thus with a kiss I die"


 Romeo + Juliet  - ACT Theatre
Defining Moment

The first meeting of Romeo and Juliet at the Capulet ball was incredibly moving; one of the rare quiet moments of the evening and extremely powerful.


 Romeo + Juliet  - ACT Theatre
Defining Moment

The Juliet and Nurse scenes were some of the best performed of any R+J I've ever seen. Simply brilliant.


 Romeo + Juliet  - ACT Theatre
Defining Moment

The use of chain link fences throughout was interesting and surprisingly beautiful. The movement of the fences worked really well with the change of scenes, added a lovely moment when one was spun in a circle with Romeo and Juliet riding on opposite sides in a gliding dance-like scene that seemed reminiscent of a carousel to me, and became visually stunning when hung with votive candles during the death scene. Wonderful!


 Romeo + Juliet  - ACT Theatre
Defining Moment

when both romeo and juliet scaled the chain link fences at the same time, great imagery and incredible use of the set pieces


 Romeo + Juliet  - ACT Theatre
Defining Moment

When Romeo speaks his last lines before he takes his life, and then Juliet signs her last lines before she takes her life.


 Romeo + Juliet  - ACT Theatre
Gabriella O'Fallon (Juliet)

Flawless performance. Captured the innocence and transitioned, seamlessly, to hardened woman. Well done.


 Romeo + Juliet  - ACT Theatre
Gabriella O'Fallon (Juliet)

I'll be keeping my eye on her. Terrific moments of intensity, vulnerability


 Romeo + Juliet  - ACT Theatre
Howie Seago (Friar Lawrence)

Flawless. Absolutely flawless.


 Romeo + Juliet  - ACT Theatre
Joshua M. Castille (Romeo)

A wonderfully emotive performance.


 Romeo + Juliet  - ACT Theatre
Joshua M. Castille (Romeo)

Hands down, the best Romeo I have ever seen.


 Romeo + Juliet  - ACT Theatre
Joshua M. Castille (Romeo)

His expression was so pure, it was beautiful to watch.


 Romeo + Juliet  - ACT Theatre
Joshua M. Castille (Romeo)

Well done and very sympathetic. When he hears that Juliet is "dead" was one of the more heart breaking moments of the play.


 Romeo + Juliet  - ACT Theatre
Lindsay W. Evans (Lady Capulet/Friar John)

A lovely and subtle performance that sticks in the head, generally because the character normally fades into the background.


 Romeo + Juliet  - ACT Theatre
Lindsay W. Evans (Lady Capulet/Friar John)

Lindsay's voicing of characters played by deaf actors particularly stood out. Exceptional interpretation.


 Romeo + Juliet  - ACT Theatre
Lindsay W. Evans (Lady Capulet/Friar John)

Wonderfully bold character choices! Made it look easy.


 Romeo + Juliet  - ACT Theatre
Other/Final Comments

I loved the integration of ASL into the story.


 Romeo + Juliet  - ACT Theatre
Other/Final Comments

This was one of the best shows I've ever seen and by far one of the best Shakespeare productions I've ever seen. It was clear to me that everyone involved in this production understood this story so clearly and every choice contributed to and emphasized the story. I was amazed and moved.


 Romeo + Juliet  - ACT Theatre
Other/Final Comments

What a beautiful and creative take on the classic!


 Romeo + Juliet  - ACT Theatre
Reginald André Jackson (Lord Capulet)

He made me chuckle. So funny. And I loved his scene with Tybalt.


 Romeo + Juliet  - ACT Theatre
Ryan Higgins (Tybalt)

The sheer amount of energy and vitality he brought to the role was mezmerizing.


 Romeo + Juliet  - ACT Theatre
Ryan Higgins (Tybalt)

Very charismatic for such a violent character.


 Rovers!  - Annex Theatre
Alexei Cifrese (MaPLe)

Alexei Cifrese's role, though minimal, is pivotal in the second act of the show, providing a nice change of pace from the high energy of the first act.


 Rovers!  - Annex Theatre
Comments (Costume)

I particularly liked the lights within Sojourner's costume, very interesting.


 Rovers!  - Annex Theatre
Comments (Costume)

The use of little lights and reflective tape on the costumes alluded to the machine nature of the characters without being a literal translation. This clever use of simple items made the characters really shine through and engage with the audience.


 Rovers!  - Annex Theatre
Comments (Direction)

The direction was clear, concise, and fun! The actors rarely felt like they had nothing to "do", the sight lines always well devised, and there was a feeling of an over arching style that was heightened without feeling like a gimmick.


 Rovers!  - Annex Theatre
Comments (Lighting)

The lighting is such an essential part of this play, as it gives atmosphere (hehe) to the environment.


 Rovers!  - Annex Theatre
Comments (Lighting)

Lovely use of lighting in the audience, and stage lighting effects were well matched to the atmosphere of the story at various points


 Rovers!  - Annex Theatre
Comments (Lighting)

More than anything, the beautiful use of color in this lighting plot created space, sending us to a well-lit and welcoming (and really exciting) Martian landscape!


 Rovers!  - Annex Theatre
Comments (Playwright)

Natalie J. Copeland has written a fun play for all ages.


 Rovers!  - Annex Theatre
Comments (Playwright)

The playwright was there for the discussion afterward. I wonder what she'll decide to write about next?


 Rovers!  - Annex Theatre
Comments (Playwright)

Well researched, delightful characters, and a fun concept!


 Rovers!  - Annex Theatre
Comments (Scenic)

100% of these points are for the VIKINGs' station from where they played their music.


 Rovers!  - Annex Theatre
Comments (Scenic)

The scenic design was sparse, but fun!


 Rovers!  - Annex Theatre
Comments (Scenic)

There wasn't much scenery. But what there was worked well. The actors had me close to believing they really were Mars Rovers


 Rovers!  - Annex Theatre
Comments (Sound/Music)

The music provided a cheerful, rollicking good time.


 Rovers!  - Annex Theatre
Comments (Sound/Music)

Especially catchy song "Welcome to Mars", still stuck in my head! But I think the Dust Devil song was my favorite.


 Rovers!  - Annex Theatre
Comments (Sound/Music)

I thought the music was good


 Rovers!  - Annex Theatre
Comments (Sound/Music)

The live duo on the stage encouraged the audience from the beginning to participate, which is an essential element of this show. The music was appropriately loud for the venue, while the lyrics were clever and a sly wink to the audience. My only wish is to have another song or two!


 Rovers!  - Annex Theatre
Defining Moment

In Spirit's solo song, she gave the unusual image in the lyrics--that of Mars rovers united to welcome the first humans to the red planet--and improbably emotional force and staying power.


 Rovers!  - Annex Theatre
Defining Moment

It was a striking and fun shift in mood when the long-absent Sojourner comes wandering mystically onstage and each of the other rovers reacts with its own personal blend of surprise, confusion and delight.


 Rovers!  - Annex Theatre
Defining Moment

realizing all the characters are Mars Rovers, even the musicians are Viking 1 and Viking 2. Evidently the science is right - there was a discussion after with a person from the Pacific Science Center and he said the science is correct. What an imaginative premise!


 Rovers!  - Annex Theatre
Defining Moment

Spirit's endless optimism and earnestness


 Rovers!  - Annex Theatre
Defining Moment

The character of Spirit, played by Kenna Kettrick filled the stage with joy and enthusiasm from the moment she introduced herself, but it is her tender scene with sister rover Opportunity that really stood out. Touching, sweet, and truthful, this scene was the perfect culmination of a delightful little show which is really all about finding home in those you love.


 Rovers!  - Annex Theatre
Defining Moment

The genuine love of wonder, friendship, adventure, and of those blue moments at dawn and dusk were beautiful to witness. This new work was a deft combination


 Rovers!  - Annex Theatre
Defining Moment

The music and any time Minna sang were beautiful.


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Defining Moment

The music score really brought the show together.


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Defining Moment

The remains of the Viking space ship on the stage, with it's familiar landing legs, which served as the platform from which the musicians performed through out the play was a good scene setter.


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Defining Moment

The touching conversatfion between Opportunity and Spirit in Act 2


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Heidi Cheyenne (Viking 1)

Great as the "California surfer/stoner" type comic musician. Very funny interludes to a pretty singing voice with wonderful stage presence.


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Heidi Cheyenne (Viking 1)

Heidi Cheyenne reminded one of Janice, of the Electric Mayhem Muppet Band. Chill, sweet, and funny.


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Heidi Cheyenne (Viking 1)

Heidi seemed 100% in her element. She has such a beautiful singing voice, I would love to hear her sing all the time.


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Heidi Cheyenne (Viking 1)

Incredible stage presence!


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Heidi Cheyenne (Viking 1)

Lovely voice


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Heidi Cheyenne (Viking 1)

one of the 'band' of two musicians, called Viking 1 and Viking 2
At the beginning she played the violin terribly and I thought oh, no
but after that the music was quite nice


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Kenna Kettrick (Spirit)

Adorable. She projected a wonderful earnestness throughout that really helped the audience engage in the play


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Kenna Kettrick (Spirit)

Earnest and fun, smart and demonstrated a lot of growth over the course of the show.


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Kenna Kettrick (Spirit)

Kenna Kettrick was not only portraying a character that leads, she herself led the entire cast with her accomplished portrayal of Spirit. Her ability to be vulnerable, charming, and enthusiastic was heart warming. She stood out, a shining beacon on the wasteland of Mars!


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Kenna Kettrick (Spirit)

She basically had a camp counselor part. The Rovers were all supposed to be part of a summer camp


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Kenna Kettrick (Spirit)

Spirited, sincere, emotionally present: brava.


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Madeline Nutting (Opportunity)

A great stage presence.


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Madeline Nutting (Opportunity)

Madeline is a freaking beautiful supermodel and so natural and funny and I hope we see more of her on stage!


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Madeline Nutting (Opportunity)

Madeline Nutting's sweet nature and awkwardly adorable physicality made her a joy to watch.


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Madeline Nutting (Opportunity)

particularly good in her interactions with Spirit


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Minna Lee (ALISCE)

Again, very earnest and fun to watch and well-suited to the particular nature of this show.


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Minna Lee (ALISCE)

Minna has a beautiful voice and a raw, vulnerable presence on stage that is mesmerizing to watch.


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Minna Lee (ALISCE)

Minna Lee clearly possesses a strong pop singing voice, and I would have loved one more song from her character.


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Minna Lee (ALISCE)

She got to be the new, young recruit who doesn't know too much yet.


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Minna Lee (ALISCE)

Very sweet and earnest. She displayed a noticeable arc and development in her character through the play


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Nick Schell (Viking 2)

Nick Schell was the perfect foil to Heidi Cheyenne. Playing off her vibe, Nick helped guide the audience through the show with panache.


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Nick Schell (Viking 2)

This Viking band of singer/musicians is a highlight of this play.


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Other/Final Comments

A fun romp on Mars with singing Mars Rovers, written by Natalie J. Copeland who is on staff at The Museum Of Flight - so this is "kind of reality-based fiction".


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Other/Final Comments

A wonderful family play, especially engaging and fun for kids and young adults. Very charming. A good balance of acting and songs


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Other/Final Comments

This was a fun show. I was prepared to sit through a boring production - small musicals often seem boring to me. But I loved it. It was a really imaginative idea to have all the actors be Mars Rovers and to make them have different personalities and have them interact. And the music was nice, and fun. I would have suggested friends go except I saw one of the last performances. I hope it gets another producton somewhere.


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Queenelle Gazmen (Curiosity)

High-energy fun made this performance memorable.


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Queenelle Gazmen (Curiosity)

My god I love Queenelle. So hilarious, so confident. Please, cast them in everything.


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Queenelle Gazmen (Curiosity)

Queenelle Gazmen's portrayal of Curiosity was a welcome breathe of fresh air in the oxygen deprived atmosphere of Mars. Energetic, grounded, they took the gag of selfies with a Rover from potential gimmick to a realistic and delightful experience shared with the audience.


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Sunga Rose (Sojourner)

Sunga Rose as Sojourner had some of the best one-liners in the show, with a clean, dry delivery. Her performance was a lovely homage to many an audience member's younger years, and elicited laughter from all.


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Andrew Litzky (Monty)

Andrew embraced the complexity of this role in a way that only someone with his particular lived experience could. Nuanced, daring, and caring.


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Andrew Litzky (Monty)

He did amazing physicality work.


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Andrew Litzky (Monty)

Litzky's Monty embodied the torturous life of a soaring intellect and spirit grounded by physical disability. A truly memorable performance.


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Andrew Litzky (Monty)

Unbelievable. What he had to do with his body, with his voice, with every angle of his head or shoulder, the minute expressions on his face, the sound of his body hitting the floor - that killed me, every time he had to do it.


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Comments (Choreography)

The fight choreography in this piece was brilliantly conceived and delivered, offering me genuine moments of fear and revulsion at the violence. It was sharp, shocking, fun, and I never was concerned for the actor or audience.


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Comments (Choreography)

The fights, the lovemaking, Monty's painfully deliberate efforts at speech and movement, all of the movement work was both realistic and immediate.


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Comments (Choreography)

The level of execution was inconsistent. Some of the slap stuff was okay. But the throat slit at the end of the show was surprising and cleanly done. One of the best bits of fight choreography I ever seen.


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Comments (Choreography)

Wow, that fight scene exploded out of NOWHERE. Chilling. It was the perfect example of what violence on stage should be--believable, and yet theatrical enough that I felt confident the actors were still in control.


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Comments (Costume)

I didn't understand the choices. I wanted help understanding these disjointed characters, and the costumes added to the confusion. It didn't let me in.


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Comments (Costume)

Thoughtful and effective costuming all around. I particularly liked the simplicity of Loretta's costume when she meets Horace for the second time (the nicer dress, but with the hoodie over it)--it spoke volumes about her character's struggle to find hope for her own future and independence.


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Comments (Direction)

It's an incredibly difficult play - none of the characters are likeable, and Leah Adcock-Starr wasn't afraid to make them vicious, but with a viciousness that comes from pain, despair, poverty, ignorance, and profound loneliness.


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Comments (Lighting)

A brilliantly lit that demonstrated master use of praticals.


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Comments (Lighting)

Ingeniously integrated into the set design - because of the dropped ceiling, because of the way the two combined to make you feel like you were in the apartment with them.


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Comments (Scenic)

A simple set design that gave the audience a real sense of the stark, almost hospital-like, cramped environment these two people share.


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Comments (Scenic)

Again, it was very ingenious set design, the raised stage and dropped ceiling clearly defining the cramped, slightly shabby living room of Monty and Loretta's apartment.


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Comments (Scenic)

Looking like a human terrarium (or one of the dioramas from Hereditary) Parmida Ziaei's set hovers above the stage floor. It is large enough for a wheelchair to maneuver but still looks cramped and claustrophobic to suit the tone of the play and the characters' situation. It accomplishes the many demands of the play and challenges of the space in smart and interesting ways. I hope to see more of her work in the future.


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Comments (Sound/Music)

Simply spectacular soundscapes!


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Defining Moment

From the very first moment - you hear a slap in the dark, and the lights come up to find Loretta leaning over Monty, sprawled on the floor. It sets the tone for the entire play.