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Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Jersey Lily  - Edmonds Driftwood Players
Scott C. Brown (Moriarty)

Brown brought a charm to this character that I've seldom seen done effectively, along with the intelligence and genuine menace. He raised the level of every other actor with whom he shared a scene.


 Shoolhouse Rock Live!!  - ReAct Theatre
Callie Williams (Calle in Lavender)

Strong voice and presence, clear choices and fun to watch. Had strong energy.


 Shoolhouse Rock Live!!  - ReAct Theatre
Callie Williams (Calle in Lavender)

Wish we could have experienced more of this versatile and hilarious actor!


 Shoolhouse Rock Live!!  - ReAct Theatre
Comments (Choreography)

great use of space and great big bold choices


 Shoolhouse Rock Live!!  - ReAct Theatre
Comments (Choreography)

Not too flashy or dancey, felt appropriate for the content and style of the show.


 Shoolhouse Rock Live!!  - ReAct Theatre
Comments (Costume)

The BILL?! THE TRAIN CONDUCTOR?! So great!


 Shoolhouse Rock Live!!  - ReAct Theatre
Comments (Costume)

These really took center stage! Wonderful job creating the feel of the show. I especially enjoyed Bill (the bill), Janet, the patriotic single-star ensembles and the number with the yellow backpack. Great work!


 Shoolhouse Rock Live!!  - ReAct Theatre
Comments (Direction)

A well-rehearsed, delightful production! Charming characters, lovely moments and a complete blast from the past. I especially enjoyed Bill's number, the roller skating cameos, and the perfectly sweet romance in the final number. Really a treat to watch!


 Shoolhouse Rock Live!!  - ReAct Theatre
Comments (Ensemble)

The cast seemed to be enjoying themselves and working together well.


 Shoolhouse Rock Live!!  - ReAct Theatre
Comments (Lighting)

A number of really nice lighting elements here. I enjoyed the follow spots, stars, flashlight routine and figure either, especially.


 Shoolhouse Rock Live!!  - ReAct Theatre
Comments (Lighting)

LOVED the disco ball with the flashlights!!


 Shoolhouse Rock Live!!  - ReAct Theatre
Comments (Lighting)

Some nice effects.


 Shoolhouse Rock Live!!  - ReAct Theatre
Comments (Overall Production)

Nostalgic, fun, and engaging.


 Shoolhouse Rock Live!!  - ReAct Theatre
Comments (Scenic)

It was fun to see those old cartoons on the stage! And huge shout-out for creating all those placards. Not one out of place, either. Impressive!


 Shoolhouse Rock Live!!  - ReAct Theatre
Defining Moment

Ensemble singing finale, "Interjections", was a strong point in the show. Other high points were those related to elections, especially the women's suffragette moment led by Ellen.


 Shoolhouse Rock Live!!  - ReAct Theatre
Defining Moment

High energy, good performances, kept the audience smiling throughout


 Shoolhouse Rock Live!!  - ReAct Theatre
Defining Moment

ROLLERBLADING! Figure 8!!!


 Shoolhouse Rock Live!!  - ReAct Theatre
Defining Moment

Setting the scene in the opening was one of the defining moments for me. IT was a clear introduction to the ridiculousness of the whole production and very very relatable.


 Shoolhouse Rock Live!!  - ReAct Theatre
Defining Moment

The incredible energy and enthusiasm put out by the cast on such a small budget!


 Shoolhouse Rock Live!!  - ReAct Theatre
Defining Moment

The opening and first number showed this would be a revue, chorus line performance, loosely tied together with the teacher getting ready for school.


 Shoolhouse Rock Live!!  - ReAct Theatre
Defining Moment

When all the actors were kneeling behind their flags in front of the Statue of Liberty.


 Shoolhouse Rock Live!!  - ReAct Theatre
Defining Moment

When the strains of Conjunction Junction came up, the energy in the room was all abuzz.


 Shoolhouse Rock Live!!  - ReAct Theatre
Defining Moment

When they interacted with the audience, handing out signs in time with the song to audience members! A fun and engaging moment in a fun song!


 Shoolhouse Rock Live!!  - ReAct Theatre
Duncan Menzies (Duncan in Orange)

I may have fallen a bit in love with this actor. Funny, adorable, and charismatic to the max. Big fan.


 Shoolhouse Rock Live!!  - ReAct Theatre
Ellen Dessler Smith (Ellen in Blue)

Ellen really brought a lot of energy to the show and her numbers in particular. Her voice was strong and clear and her actions definite and strong.


 Shoolhouse Rock Live!!  - ReAct Theatre
Eric Dobson (Eric in Purple)

I loved the magician, roller skating bit and the physicals in the last romance. Delightful!


 Shoolhouse Rock Live!!  - ReAct Theatre
Henry Vu (Al in Yellow)

great embodiment of the character that we all know so very well.


 Shoolhouse Rock Live!!  - ReAct Theatre
Henry Vu (Al in Yellow)

Strong voice and presence, good diction and dance moves. Had high points with
"Bill" number.


 Shoolhouse Rock Live!!  - ReAct Theatre
Jesse Smith (Chris in Red)

Pleasant persona, a bit quiet


 Shoolhouse Rock Live!!  - ReAct Theatre
Joanna Hardie (Faith in Navy)

Nice stage presence, strong sense of character, good physical movement.


 Shoolhouse Rock Live!!  - ReAct Theatre
Kim Anh Yanda (Dina in Goldenrod)

Quirky and charming, easy to hear and fun to watch. High point with "Adjectives" number.


 Shoolhouse Rock Live!!  - ReAct Theatre
Madelaine Figueroa (Beth in Pink)

Sweet and pleasant, easy to hear, enjoyed the "nouns" section.


 Shoolhouse Rock Live!!  - ReAct Theatre
Other/Final Comments

Great energy in this show! The cast was a real team!


 Shoolhouse Rock Live!!  - ReAct Theatre
William Lavely (Billy in Green)

The man with the elastic face! Loved his expression and commitment to his characters. The Train Conductor was a true delight.


 Silent Sky  - Edmonds Driftwood Players
Annie St. John (Margaret Leavitt)

Annie brought a lovely, warm presence to the stage, and was very believable as the loving supportive sister.


 Silent Sky  - Edmonds Driftwood Players
Annie St. John (Margaret Leavitt)

I've seen Annie in several shows, and it's a treat to see her so motherly.


 Silent Sky  - Edmonds Driftwood Players
Comments (Costume)

Costumes were elaborate and period specific.c


 Silent Sky  - Edmonds Driftwood Players
Comments (Costume)

Henrietta in particular looked very beautifully costumed, and everything fit her perfectly.


 Silent Sky  - Edmonds Driftwood Players
Comments (Direction)

The director clearly rehearsed the show to a fine degree of preparation, allowing the actors work to seem effortless. The relationships between the characters was refined; and the lead character was not THE LEAD but a woman whose story was engaging and needed to be told.


 Silent Sky  - Edmonds Driftwood Players
Comments (Ensemble)

As mentioned in my comments about the director, the acting seemed effortless to me.


 Silent Sky  - Edmonds Driftwood Players
Comments (Ensemble)

I have to say, I didn't know a single actor in this cast, and they floored me. Everyone was great. They had an easy, effervescent chemistry with each other. I wanted to go out for drinks with these characters after the show!


 Silent Sky  - Edmonds Driftwood Players
Comments (Lighting)

Some lovely moments of warmth and emotion were created by the lighting in this production.


 Silent Sky  - Edmonds Driftwood Players
Comments (Sound/Music)

The sound design was beautiful.


 Silent Sky  - Edmonds Driftwood Players
Daniel Ruiz (Peter Shaw)

A very charismatic and endearing presence.


 Silent Sky  - Edmonds Driftwood Players
Defining Moment

Often, as an actor, I will be watching a play with an eye or an ear to what I would do differently. I was so absorbed in this performance, from the very beginning to the very end, that I never once had the invidious thought, "I could do that better". In point of fact, when it was over I literally thought "there's no way I could have done that. The acting was seamless. My defining moment was the whole show.


 Silent Sky  - Edmonds Driftwood Players
Defining Moment

The closing, with all the characters onstage and the main character narrating their futures.


 Silent Sky  - Edmonds Driftwood Players
Defining Moment

The light going out at the end of Peter's letter. A nicely done lighting cue that created the perfect sense of loss.


 Silent Sky  - Edmonds Driftwood Players
Defining Moment

The line from Henrietta to the male assistant that said “I’m so sorry this has been so hard for you.” Very biting and well hit.


 Silent Sky  - Edmonds Driftwood Players
Defining Moment

The look on Henrietta’s face when she finds out her work was used to furthe a huge scientific discovery.


 Silent Sky  - Edmonds Driftwood Players
Defining Moment

The love story and their kiss before they parted....


 Silent Sky  - Edmonds Driftwood Players
Defining Moment

The monologues Henrietta delivers at the end of both acts were very powerful and well-delivered.


 Silent Sky  - Edmonds Driftwood Players
Defining Moment

The opening of the second act was lovely with the green lights and a sprinkling of stars over the actors.


 Silent Sky  - Edmonds Driftwood Players
Elizabeth Shipman (Williamina Fleming)

What a hoot! Very funny, and fabulous dialect work. Loved her relationship with Annie.


 Silent Sky  - Edmonds Driftwood Players
Elizabeth Shipman (Williamina Fleming)

What a wonderful character performance!


 Silent Sky  - Edmonds Driftwood Players
Ingrid Sanai Buron (Annie Cannon)

Very natural in Annie's seriousness. I loved her relationship with Willie.


 Silent Sky  - Edmonds Driftwood Players
Marena Kleinpeter (Henrietta Leavitt)

Bravo! What a great performance. Holding the stage the entire time, Marena was simply captivating. What a find. She was committed and honest all the way through, and never once allowed my attention to drop.


 Silent Sky  - Edmonds Driftwood Players
Marena Kleinpeter (Henrietta Leavitt)

Fantastic as Henrietta!


 Silent Sky  - Edmonds Driftwood Players
Marena Kleinpeter (Henrietta Leavitt)

I was just completely enamoured with the Marena in this role. From the first moment she came on stage, I felt taken care of and knew she was going to take care of Henrietta.


 Silent Sky  - Edmonds Driftwood Players
Other/Final Comments

A lovely two hours of theater. A lovely production of a well-written script.


 Silent Sky  - Edmonds Driftwood Players
Other/Final Comments

I thoroughly enjoyed this production. I'm really sad they lost performances due to the snow.


 Skeleton Crew  - ArtsWest Playhouse & Gallery
Allen Miller III (Reggie)

Allen Miller III portrays Reggie's struggle to be both a friend and a supervisor, to keep his job and do right by people he cares about, with nuance and charm. In one of the interstitial scenes he portrays a machine on the verge of breaking down. In the following scene there are similar movements and energy in his body language as the character tries to recover from an emotional outburst.


 Skeleton Crew  - ArtsWest Playhouse & Gallery
Allen Miller III (Reggie)

Mr. Miller's performance was restrained and understated which added to the emotional stakes of the play and earned his breakdown in act two.


 Skeleton Crew  - ArtsWest Playhouse & Gallery
Allyson Lee Brown (Shanita)

Allyson was honest and three dimensional, intentional down to every drop of salad dressing. Her comedic timing is exceptional, and yet she had no issue switching into young and eager vulnerability.


 Skeleton Crew  - ArtsWest Playhouse & Gallery
Allyson Lee Brown (Shanita)

Allyson Lee Brown has a great deadpan comic sensibility. I can imagine the character Shanita being played as a motormouthed crazy pregnant lady- "Hormones!" At the beginning of Act 2 she tells a story about road rage. She throws her Frosty at a Mack Truck which lands ineffectually in the street. "It was pretty anticlimactic." Lee Brown delivers funny lines like that with an assured soft touch.


 Skeleton Crew  - ArtsWest Playhouse & Gallery
Allyson Lee Brown (Shanita)

I thought she gave a nuanced and often very comical performance- which was very welcome in such a heavy show. Her character felt fully realized and I could imagine her existing in the outside world.


 Skeleton Crew  - ArtsWest Playhouse & Gallery
Charles Wright (Dez)

Charles Wright makes Dez not just likable but lovable. A favorite moment has him sitting perfectly still, worried he will be fired or worse. He rejects then accepts an offer of coffee then a brownie from Faye and Shanita respectively. It is a sweet and funny moment. The coworkers trying to comfort their friend. He is not quite sulking, trying to keep his cool but still appreciative of their kindness. Wright does a lot with a little.


 Skeleton Crew  - ArtsWest Playhouse & Gallery
Charles Wright (Dez)

I thought he fully embodied his character and found wonderful moments of both comedy and drama.


 Skeleton Crew  - ArtsWest Playhouse & Gallery
Comments (Costume)

Iman’s costumes show so much about the characters - such a beautiful contribution to the story.


 Skeleton Crew  - ArtsWest Playhouse & Gallery
Comments (Costume)

Sadiqua Iman's costumes do an excellent job of putting us in the time and place of the play- Detroit, factory, winter. The work clothes all look authentic, the coveralls, safety vests and glasses and boots. And then there are all the character details- the contrast between the feminine coat and scarf that Shanita wears next to the butch denim coat and plaid scarf on Faye. Reggie always looks a bit uncomfortable, constricted in his management uniform. While Dez always looks stylish- particularly in his mustard yellow knit hat, white sweater, coveralls tied at the waist.


 Skeleton Crew  - ArtsWest Playhouse & Gallery
Comments (Direction)

Jay has such a beautiful way of incorporating movement into her work. ArtWest is an intimate space, and rather than shy away from that, Miss O' Leary leans into it and invites her audience into the scene. The blocking was natural and a great use of the space, and she highlighted details that give perspective into the culture of this community.


 Skeleton Crew  - ArtsWest Playhouse & Gallery
Comments (Direction)

Stunning staging, design and scene work.


 Skeleton Crew  - ArtsWest Playhouse & Gallery
Comments (Direction)

Beautiful stage pictures and naturalistic blocking choices. The movement pieces added more meaning to the storytelling by showing the audience the labor unseen in the rest of the play. I look forward to seeing Jay O' Leary's next production.


 Skeleton Crew  - ArtsWest Playhouse & Gallery
Comments (Direction)

Jay made great big choices and these people became very real very quickly


 Skeleton Crew  - ArtsWest Playhouse & Gallery
Comments (Direction)

Jay O'Leary put together an amazing cast and crew for this production. Like the break room where the play takes place it feels lived in. There is a great family dynamic between the characters. While Skeleton Crew is likely to break your heart there is so much humor and beauty it won't crush your spirit.


 Skeleton Crew  - ArtsWest Playhouse & Gallery
Comments (Direction)

O’Leary has built a compelling, real room for these characters and directed some brilliant performances.


 Skeleton Crew  - ArtsWest Playhouse & Gallery
Comments (Lighting)

I loved the gobos that were primarily directed toward the walls. They added more texture, depth, and grit to the location. They worked fantastically with the set design, providing a very cohesive environment and world. I also thought the lighting made strong environmental changes between day and night, giving more intimacy to the night settings. The fluorescent lights were also a nice touch, adding to the realistic setting of the show.


 Skeleton Crew  - ArtsWest Playhouse & Gallery
Comments (Scenic)

All the meticulous details on this set really brought me into the world of the play.


 Skeleton Crew  - ArtsWest Playhouse & Gallery
Comments (Scenic)

Hyper-realistic and flawless in its detailing.


 Skeleton Crew  - ArtsWest Playhouse & Gallery
Comments (Scenic)

The sets were incredibly realistic and had very strong attention to detail. Every aspect helped show what time period it was, what was important to the characters on stage, and what the outside world could have been like. It was designed beautifully so the actors could move freely around it and could be seen at all times. The texturing on the walls and the crates instead of tables were also a beautiful touch.


 Skeleton Crew  - ArtsWest Playhouse & Gallery
Comments (Scenic)

There were so many fine details in this set! From the posters on the wall, to the condensation stains on the vent shafts, this felt like a real break room. It was stunning.


 Skeleton Crew  - ArtsWest Playhouse & Gallery
Comments (Sound/Music)

I loved the mechanical sounds which created the ambience of the workroom. It helped support the concept that the workers are inherently tied to the machines, and how big of a role their job plays in their life. They machinery noises melded together with music helped bridge the time between scenes, and definitely added to the vignettes that provided more internal monologue for the characters and also served as transitions. The music from the boombox was always a welcome shift in environment and tone for the scenes. It was just truly lovely work.


 Skeleton Crew  - ArtsWest Playhouse & Gallery
Comments (Sound/Music)

Stephen Dorsey is a master at creating an atmosphere with his music. A native Detroit man himself, you could tell how familiar he was with the rhythm of the city and the community.


 Skeleton Crew  - ArtsWest Playhouse & Gallery
Comments (Sound/Music)

The pre-show music was excellent. The music, sound fx, and sound cues during the play added appropriate tension and ambience to the overall storytelling.


 Skeleton Crew  - ArtsWest Playhouse & Gallery
Defining Moment

Allen's portrayal of a broken man, who just overstepped his boundaries in society was scary, close to heart and heart breaking.


 Skeleton Crew  - ArtsWest Playhouse & Gallery
Defining Moment

Faye (the incredible Tracy Michelle Hughes) who has been living in the breakroom of the factory where she has worked for 29 years goes through her morning routine while listening to Aretha Franklin's Spirit in the Dark. The room looks cold and dirty. Her clothes are draped over the back of the couch, her bra drying on the portable heater. It could be an unrelentingly grim scene but then she starts to dance and sing along while putting on her deodorant and lotion. Despite all she has going against her- breast cancer and imminent job loss to name just two- she is tough and fun and doesn't need pity. A beautiful character moment and a beautiful human moment.


 Skeleton Crew  - ArtsWest Playhouse & Gallery
Defining Moment

Faye's early morning scene, happy and safe in her "private" breakroom despite the upheaval in her life.


 Skeleton Crew  - ArtsWest Playhouse & Gallery
Defining Moment

Hughes is a force to be reckoned with in her role as Faye. The final monologue she delivers to Reggie (Miller III) is raw and almost moved me to tears. I'm looking forward to seeing more of her in the future.


 Skeleton Crew  - ArtsWest Playhouse & Gallery
Defining Moment

I thought the defining moment was the two minute sequence in which Faye sings along to music, putting on lotion and deodorant, and then has to find places to hide all of her other belongings as Reggie pounds on the door threatening to call the police.


 Skeleton Crew  - ArtsWest Playhouse & Gallery
Defining Moment

In the last scene of the play, it is revealed that Faye, a mother-figure to not only Reggie, but everyone at the plant, chooses to sacrifice her 30 year retirement package for Reggie's sake.


 Skeleton Crew  - ArtsWest Playhouse & Gallery
Defining Moment

Seeing Reggie's shadow outside the break room door as Faye was blissfully unaware in her post-shower state.


 Skeleton Crew  - ArtsWest Playhouse & Gallery
Defining Moment

The defining moment in the play was when Faye is singing to her music and getting ready for work and Reggie shows up at the door. The juxtaposition of seeing Faye in her own world than being interrupted by reality was really striking to me.

I also appreciated the moment when Reggie confesses to Faye that he attacked his supervisor.


 Skeleton Crew  - ArtsWest Playhouse & Gallery
Defining Moment

The scene where Reggie finds out Faye is living at work


 Skeleton Crew  - ArtsWest Playhouse & Gallery
Defining Moment

There was an Obama Yes We Can poster taped to the side of the breakroom fridge. It wasn't even a real poster, just a shitty, warped color print out that had aged badly, gotten sun-bleached & torn, then taped back together. An absolutely exquisite piece of set dressing that tickled me to no end.


 Skeleton Crew  - ArtsWest Playhouse & Gallery
Defining Moment

This amazing play was emotionally intense and absolutely vital at this moment. There was something simultaneously terrifying and comforting in watching these incredible actors navigating a world in which their characters live on the edge, and yet do so with grace and price. The one moment? Dez's steaming tear after Reggie's invasion of his space.


 Skeleton Crew  - ArtsWest Playhouse & Gallery
Defining Moment

Watching Faye’s face when Reggie is talking about his altercation with Harrison


 Skeleton Crew  - ArtsWest Playhouse & Gallery
Defining Moment

When Faye comes onto the set alone in the break room. She establishes so much about her character through movement and gesture, without a word.


 Skeleton Crew  - ArtsWest Playhouse & Gallery
Defining Moment

When Faye was dancing all over the breakroom to music and getting ready for her day!


 Skeleton Crew  - ArtsWest Playhouse & Gallery
Defining Moment

When Reggie crumples to the ground in despair, falling against the lockers that hide also-crippling secrets from the other three employees' lives.


 Skeleton Crew  - ArtsWest Playhouse & Gallery
Defining Moment

When you realize that Faye is living in the break room.


 Skeleton Crew  - ArtsWest Playhouse & Gallery
Other/Final Comments

The relationships were so clear, and drove this play. Excellent work.


 Skeleton Crew  - ArtsWest Playhouse & Gallery
Other/Final Comments

This was an excellent production. The acting, spectacle, and direction were incredible.


 Skeleton Crew  - ArtsWest Playhouse & Gallery
Tracy Michelle Hughes (Faye)

Brought these moments to life


 Skeleton Crew  - ArtsWest Playhouse & Gallery
Tracy Michelle Hughes (Faye)

Hughes’ performance is so perfect it hurts. The entire performance was phenomenal, but the best moments were her listening moments. This is one of the best performances I have seen onstage in Seattle.


 Skeleton Crew  - ArtsWest Playhouse & Gallery
Tracy Michelle Hughes (Faye)

Just the way she sits in a chair speaks volumes. A great American character beautifully realized by one of Seattle's best actors.


 Skeleton Crew  - ArtsWest Playhouse & Gallery
Tracy Michelle Hughes (Faye)

Ms. Hughes is a powerhouse performer who can skillfully maneuver between comedy, rage, and vulnerability. She is a masterful actor.


 Skeleton Crew  - ArtsWest Playhouse & Gallery
Tracy Michelle Hughes (Faye)

This is the finest work I've seen Tracy do. She was strong and loving, and she perfectly captured the determination and the pride of an older butch woman who has had to fight for herself all along, and who doesn't know how to ask for help. She was simultaneously tender and stern- intimidating, yet warm. A true mastery of this work and of her own art form. Brava.


 Skeleton Crew  - ArtsWest Playhouse & Gallery
Tracy Michelle Hughes (Faye)

What a powerhouse! Absolutely fantastic portrayal of an obviously layered and rich character. Her physical choices were nuanced and felt specific to a woman who had worked in a factory for 29 years (specifically her ritual of pulling up her work jumpsuit as she sat down so it wouldn't bunch). Her performance was subtle and also incredibly powerful- she reached emotional depth without ever feeling melodramatic or insincere.


 Skylight  - ACT Theatre
Comments (Costume)

I loved the extra touch of Kyra's glasses


 Skylight  - ACT Theatre
Comments (Direction)

Amazingly clear direction, blocking worked very well in a challenging in-the-round space. Very cohesive production


 Skylight  - ACT Theatre
Comments (Direction)

Perfection!


 Skylight  - ACT Theatre
Comments (Direction)

the movement of the characters pacing the apartment particularly, it was a very intimate setting, the characters and actors were really peeled open for the audience


 Skylight  - ACT Theatre
Comments (Lighting)

nice use of lamps inside the apartment


 Skylight  - ACT Theatre
Comments (Scenic)

I loved watching the practical lights come on- especially the single bulb above the kitchen island. The use of the piping to articulate the space was lovely, and I so appreciated all the little piles of clutter around Kyra's apartment. It was a great choice given the in-the-round playing space, and meant that no matter where you sat in the house, you got the chance to see a new side of the character's life, via whatever pile was closest to you.


 Skylight  - ACT Theatre
Comments (Scenic)

Incredible use of space! The set was just perfect and I loved the way they built an entire apartment, but removed the walls and left only the pipes. Not to mention how many working elements existed onstage (fridge, stove, sink!)


 Skylight  - ACT Theatre
Comments (Scenic)

Perfection!


 Skylight  - ACT Theatre
Comments (Scenic)

The pipes surrounding the set were so well done. And the working kitchen? It was brilliant. Added so much to the feeling of eavesdropping on these intimate conversations.


 Skylight  - ACT Theatre
Comments (Scenic)

The set was spectacular, including a working stove and sink, so the actors actually cook dinner during the play, which was amazing. The set design was very carefully planned to make the whole set very visible and readable with in the round audience seating, there wasn't a bad seat in the house. You were able to read a great deal about Kyra's life in the set of her apartment.


 Skylight  - ACT Theatre
Comments (Sound/Music)

Perfection!


 Skylight  - ACT Theatre
Daniel Gerroll (Tom Sergeant)

Very good, very insufferable character. The accent was particularly good, very low-middle class roots becoming overly rich. Able to expose a lot of the character's feelings and nuance even as the character pretended to be stoic


 Skylight  - ACT Theatre
Defining Moment

It was incredible to watch the lead actress prepare a full dinner while performing onstage.


 Skylight  - ACT Theatre
Defining Moment

Kyra realizing in her last monologue that Tom has been her one student that she is trying to change really hit me. I don't agree that teachers live only to change one person, but watching her realize that so much of what she has done has been in hopes of teaching him was heartbreaking.


 Skylight  - ACT Theatre
Defining Moment

THAT KITCHEN DOE.


 Skylight  - ACT Theatre
Defining Moment

That set was incredible. Looking through the pipes to the action within the apartment was such a lovely touch.


 Skylight  - ACT Theatre
Defining Moment

The actors were excellent, the production was excellent and everything was really well thought out. The defining moment for me was when Kyra let Tom back in, even temporarily at the end of Act one. I liked how it coincided with her completion of the meal.


 Skylight  - ACT Theatre
Defining Moment

The defining moment for me was a moment towards the end of the first act where the stage was illuminated to appear as if there were two skylights in the apartment and then transitioned to be full of sunlight. This moment was aesthetically beautiful and artistic.


 Skylight  - ACT Theatre
Defining Moment

The fact that Kyra was actually cooking on stage made the whole play seem so much more real, and when she poured the cans of tomatoes in the already simmering onions and garlic, the smell that filled the theater was incredible!


 Skylight  - ACT Theatre
Defining Moment

The moment that keeps sticking in my head was such a great example of what only live theatre can do. So, this play is, for the most part, just two people in a room talking for two hours and debating values, political and otherwise. Somewhere at about the midpoint of the play Kyra was dressing Tom down for some of his right-wing values on wealth which concluded with a "FUCK OFF!" from Kyra which was rewarded by the Seattle audience by a large applause, the biggest in-show one of the evening and then all of that was followed by Tom delivering a blistering and very fair retort to those points of view. You could just feel that both the original screed from Kyra and Tom's retort were very effective.


 Skylight  - ACT Theatre
Defining Moment

The tea kettle that just wouldn't quit.


 Skylight  - ACT Theatre
Defining Moment

There wasn't one "defining moment" but the slow realization that everything in the kitchen worked, going from a simple action like boiling water for tea, to eventually cooking an entire batch of spaghetti, was really cool to watch.


 Skylight  - ACT Theatre
Defining Moment

There were two for me- the scene as Tom first is blathering on and Kyra is nodding and reacting exactly the way I and many women react to arrogant self absorbed male monologes and the moment Edward brings breakfast in the morning and she hugs him


 Skylight  - ACT Theatre
Defining Moment

This play had me on the edge of my seat. I think one particularly delicious moment was when we figured out the full extent of Kyra and Tom's relationship and the horrible way his wife's life ended.


 Skylight  - ACT Theatre
Elinor Gunn (Kyra Hollis)

Elinor was outstanding in this show. She was raw and real and an amazing listener. Her pacing and timing were great and she was the heart of the production.


 Skylight  - ACT Theatre
Elinor Gunn (Kyra Hollis)

Great work by Gunn. I was with her every moment. She locked into Tom, and we were wanting answers with her.


 Skylight  - ACT Theatre
Elinor Gunn (Kyra Hollis)

Her performance was flawless; every nuance of her character's actions and emotions were taken into account and presented in some way through her performance. Her accent work was exceptional. I'm sad she's based out of LA, because I would love to see more of her work up here in Seattle!


 Skylight  - ACT Theatre
Elinor Gunn (Kyra Hollis)

the ending was especially wrenching. A lovely job showing someone in stasis who's life has been disturbed and turned inside out for examination, and feels in the end she's in the right place, but it's still painful.


 Skylight  - ACT Theatre
Elinor Gunn (Kyra Hollis)

Wonderful!


 Skylight  - ACT Theatre
Michael Monicatti (Daniel Sergeant)

The ending was especially sweet. He did a good job at portraying such a naive but loving boy, growing up, but getting in touch with someone he's loved as a child.


 Skylight  - ACT Theatre
Michael Monicatti (Daniel Sergeant)

Michael had a monologue during the first scene that was particularly moving and was the first time in the play where my attention was really caught and I felt an emotional connection to a character in the show. Very well done.


 Skylight  - ACT Theatre
Other/Final Comments

Very moving night of theatre.


 Skylight  - ACT Theatre
Other/Final Comments

What a fantastic play staged to perfection.


 Small History of Amal, Age 7, A  - Pratidhwani; Forward Flux Productions
Comments (Choreography)

All of the movement and transitions were so smooth, efficient and flawless!


 Small History of Amal, Age 7, A  - Pratidhwani; Forward Flux Productions
Comments (Costume)

My favorite costume was Death. I LOVED how his wings were made of x-rays! That was so cool!


 Small History of Amal, Age 7, A  - Pratidhwani; Forward Flux Productions
Comments (Ensemble)

The ensemble work in this show was truly outstanding. They were all working together to create scenes, soundscapes, different characters, dream worlds...it was so impressive.


 Small History of Amal, Age 7, A  - Pratidhwani; Forward Flux Productions
Comments (Lighting)

I rarely "notice" lighting design in shows but this design served so well to highlight the action. It was playful, and contributed so much to creating Amal's world as a curious, dramatic child. It especially enhanced so much of the costumes and set which were quite simple.


 Small History of Amal, Age 7, A  - Pratidhwani; Forward Flux Productions
Comments (Lighting)

I was really struck by the use of fluorescent lights in the hospital scenes - it gave such a great feel to those scenes.


 Small History of Amal, Age 7, A  - Pratidhwani; Forward Flux Productions
Comments (Lighting)

Not too much by way of lighting, but the fluorescent lights in the hospital scenes were brilliant. Gave me flashbacks of the times I've spent in Indian hospitals.


 Small History of Amal, Age 7, A  - Pratidhwani; Forward Flux Productions
Comments (Overall Production)

This play was such a delight to watch. The joy of the storytelling was key to its success, and the actors embodied the childlike spirit and curiosity of seven-year-old Amal.


 Small History of Amal, Age 7, A  - Pratidhwani; Forward Flux Productions
Comments (Scenic)

The scenic design was very clever and flexible, and definitely helped support the story.


 Small History of Amal, Age 7, A  - Pratidhwani; Forward Flux Productions
Comments (Sound/Music)

All of the percussion created by the ensemble was so effective and arresting.


 Small History of Amal, Age 7, A  - Pratidhwani; Forward Flux Productions
Comments (Sound/Music)

The soundscapes created by the actors were exceptional. It made you feel like you were in the middle of the scene.


 Small History of Amal, Age 7, A  - Pratidhwani; Forward Flux Productions
Defining Moment

Death attacking with wings of x-rays.


 Small History of Amal, Age 7, A  - Pratidhwani; Forward Flux Productions
Defining Moment

Even though it was the simplest, the moment when Uncle is just standing center stage, alone and at a loss for words, is the most powerful. We see it at the beginning, not really knowing the reason or depth of his reaction. Then when it comes around again, we know all the churning happening underneath. The silence in that moment is 100% earned by the momentum building up to it.


 Small History of Amal, Age 7, A  - Pratidhwani; Forward Flux Productions
Defining Moment

I loved the moment when the nurse was drawing Amal's blood and he imagined his uncle as a brave warrior. Everything suddenly slowed down and the sound effect of the blood pumping coupled with the bright red light overhead made it a riveting moment to watch.


 Small History of Amal, Age 7, A  - Pratidhwani; Forward Flux Productions
Defining Moment

I watched this under a director's hat so a defining moment for me was the convention of the transitions using the choreography to establish a place.


 Small History of Amal, Age 7, A  - Pratidhwani; Forward Flux Productions
Defining Moment

Moment of the train bombings


 Small History of Amal, Age 7, A  - Pratidhwani; Forward Flux Productions
Defining Moment

The Bollywood dance


 Small History of Amal, Age 7, A  - Pratidhwani; Forward Flux Productions
Defining Moment

The heartbeat lighting choreography.


 Small History of Amal, Age 7, A  - Pratidhwani; Forward Flux Productions
Defining Moment

The moment when the ensemble became squirrels was the best. It was so funny and certainly memorable.


 Small History of Amal, Age 7, A  - Pratidhwani; Forward Flux Productions
Defining Moment

There were so many lovely moments in this play. I especially enjoyed the physical vocal sound effects and the children playing. Amal was delightful! But the ending monologue, with no sound and simple lighting and staging, really got me. I didn't even realize how much the play had touched me until the end of the final monologue. So sweet, quiet, precious, and hopeful. <3


 Small History of Amal, Age 7, A  - Pratidhwani; Forward Flux Productions
Defining Moment

There's a point when Nabilah's 7-year old character worries if her uncle who doesn't pray will be born again. It moved me. I remember having to explain death to my son when he was around the same age and his fear, not for himself but for the idea his parents may not be around forever.

Nabilah captured that same expression and moved me the same way.


 Small History of Amal, Age 7, A  - Pratidhwani; Forward Flux Productions
Nabilah Ahmed (Amal)

Nabilah did an amazing job of transforming into a 7-year old boy simply through body movements, postures, and expressions. She conveyed both the unadulterated joy and wonder of children, and their simultaneous vulnerability and bravery in the face of personal tragedy.


 Small History of Amal, Age 7, A  - Pratidhwani; Forward Flux Productions
Other/Final Comments

I am so glad to have seen this play. It was beautifully directed, staged, and teched. The actors did an admirable job with a lovely script, and my Sweetheart and I thoroughly enjoyed seeing a story with aspects of another culture, one we are not very familiar with. Well done!


 Small History of Amal, Age 7, A  - Pratidhwani; Forward Flux Productions
Other/Final Comments

I came in to the theatre feeling very sad and down after a rough week and left feeling uplifted - that's the mark of a special show. So glad that I was able to see this.


 Small History of Amal, Age 7, A  - Pratidhwani; Forward Flux Productions
Other/Final Comments

I have never seen a show by Pratidhwani before but I will definitely be back! It was so well done and exceptional, especially as it's a new work.

It was also wonderful to see a show with a completely POC cast. I brought a friend who is not a theatre-person, and identifies as a POC, and he cried at the ending and said he was so glad he had decided to come along. He kept reiterating over and again to me how important it was for him to see young kids of color in the audience as well because he knows that seeing a show, where they are represented will make a difference in their lives. So, thank you again and so very much for such a wonderful show.


 Small History of Amal, Age 7, A  - Pratidhwani; Forward Flux Productions
Varsha Raghavan (Suda)

Varsha did a GREAT job, both as a bride (that weird laugh is still in my nightmares) and as the 7.75 year-old Sudha. She had some of the best delivered lines inthe play.


 Small Mouth Sounds  - Thalia's Umbrella
Adam St. John (Ned)

Adam made his character likeable and relatable. His monologue blew me away. Full of anger, hope, pain and innocence. One of the best performances I've seen in a long time. Bravo


 Small Mouth Sounds  - Thalia's Umbrella
Comments (Direction)

All of the movements and interactions, onstage and off, felt seamless and genuine. Everything felt so natural, so organic, that I truly felt as though I was a fly on the wall of a retreat center.


 Small Mouth Sounds  - Thalia's Umbrella
Comments (Scenic)

Deceptively simple! While the set pieces were minimal, there was so much thought and design in the elements that were there. The material, treatment, and curvature of the fabrics used to create the trees was especially clever!


 Small Mouth Sounds  - Thalia's Umbrella
Comments (Sound/Music)

An expert job with the sound design. It was so important to this show and helped fill the gaps when there was no speaking.


 Small Mouth Sounds  - Thalia's Umbrella
Comments (Sound/Music)

With minimal set pieces, the sound really completed each scene. Every sound was well chosen and well timed, transporting the audience completely to the retreat center in the woods and the action taking place there.


 Small Mouth Sounds  - Thalia's Umbrella
Defining Moment

I enjoyed the moment when the lights first came on through the fabric trees.


 Small Mouth Sounds  - Thalia's Umbrella
Defining Moment

Rodney and Alicia jumping into the lake. All of the technical elements, together with smart direction, and the natural ease of the actors, wove together in one perfectly seamless moment of joy.


 Small Mouth Sounds  - Thalia's Umbrella
Defining Moment

The big reveal of Terry Moore's character's lack of english. So powerful.


 Small Mouth Sounds  - Thalia's Umbrella
Defining Moment

The final moment--the character of Jan saying "Ocean."


 Small Mouth Sounds  - Thalia's Umbrella
Defining Moment

The moment after the first meeting, when the cast was facing upstage and about to head out on their adventure.


 Small Mouth Sounds  - Thalia's Umbrella
Defining Moment

The sidelights came on and illuminated what had looked like solid trees but turned out to be painted toille and they glowed with stage magic.


 Small Mouth Sounds  - Thalia's Umbrella
Defining Moment

Towards the end of the play when Judy goes to talk to Jan and thank him for his company and asks to keep in touch and we learn that Jan doesn't actually speak English.


 Small Mouth Sounds  - Thalia's Umbrella
Defining Moment

When the group of six showing up at a retreat were told they had to remain silent the whole time they were there - the play got interesting. Six people communicating non-verbally only, and the never seen teacher communicating verbally the whole play, without any gestures or expressions to add anything. Quite an exercise in acting!


 Small Mouth Sounds  - Thalia's Umbrella
Ina Chang (Judy)

Fantastic performance- nuanced and heartfelt representation of Judy.


 Small Mouth Sounds  - Thalia's Umbrella
Other/Final Comments

This play was interesting, creative and well done.


 Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street  - Reboot Theatre Company
Alyssa Keene (Mrs. Lovett)

Keene was an exceptional choice for this role. This was also a Mrs. Lovett that I don't believe has been seen before. Every moment they were on stage I didn't want to take my eyes off of them. It was really something.


 Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street  - Reboot Theatre Company
Alyssa Keene (Mrs. Lovett)

A great performance. I I know that part is not easy, but she made it look easy. She was funny and earnest and evil without acting evil


 Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street  - Reboot Theatre Company
Alyssa Keene (Mrs. Lovett)

A sweet, consistent and fully believable take on Mrs. Lovett. I've never genuinely *liked* her so much before, despite or perhaps because of the fact that her scheming and manipulating still revealed itself layer after gruesome layer as the story advanced.


 Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street  - Reboot Theatre Company
Alyssa Keene (Mrs. Lovett)

Alyssa gave a really exceptional performance as Mrs. Lovett. Singing, comic timing, acting - all spot on and well done!


 Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street  - Reboot Theatre Company
Alyssa Keene (Mrs. Lovett)

Alyssa not only sings this part with panache, but nails the accent (as expected), and provides a lovely comedic foil to the dour Sweeney. More of Alyssa, please!


 Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street  - Reboot Theatre Company
Alyssa Keene (Mrs. Lovett)

Alyssa was having a great time on that stage and it showed.


 Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street  - Reboot Theatre Company
Alyssa Keene (Mrs. Lovett)

Watching Alyssa in this role was the best part of the entire production.


 Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street  - Reboot Theatre Company
Britt Allyson (Anthony)

Allyson made Anthony a more interesting character than how he is written. They were also successful in playing the chemistry between Anthony and Johanna to make it much more compelling and believable.


 Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street  - Reboot Theatre Company
Britt Allyson (Anthony)

Beautiful voice from Britt Allyson gave the score a new richness.


 Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street  - Reboot Theatre Company
Britt Allyson (Anthony)

Britt brought a sweet, playful energy to the part of Anthony, which lit up the whole stage. Britt has the singing chops to nail this role, and the acting chops to endear the character of Anthony to us all. Brava!


 Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street  - Reboot Theatre Company
Britt Allyson (Anthony)

First time I've ever found this character tolerable, let alone likeable.


 Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street  - Reboot Theatre Company
Cammi Smith (Johanna)

Wonderful singing voice. Took the role of Johanna to a place far beyond the classic ingenue. I also very much enjoyed their work in the ensemble. They were notable in those scenes as well.


 Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street  - Reboot Theatre Company
Cammi Smith (Johanna)

Wow those high notes


 Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street  - Reboot Theatre Company
Comments (Costume)

Beautiful gray palettes with splashes of red like Mrs. Lovett's kitchen towel or the suspenders on the male ensemble member. Left wondering after all of the blood packets, how do those costumes stay clean??


 Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street  - Reboot Theatre Company
Comments (Costume)

Sweeney's costume was a nice homage to the Broadway show, but felt updated and modern.


 Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street  - Reboot Theatre Company
Comments (Costume)

The costumes did a great job of suggesting characters on a low budget. The costumes did a terrible job of letting me know when the show was set


 Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street  - Reboot Theatre Company
Comments (Direction)

Bra-fucking-vo! An incredible production top to bottom with truly inventive and modern concepts that took the audience on a ride through a dark and familiar musical to expose the modern day darkness of social media mentality and relishing another's suffering or being driven to insanity by a 'filtered' life.


 Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street  - Reboot Theatre Company
Comments (Direction)

Really enjoyed the scenes with the whole cast, as they weave into and out of the space in an intricate dance. Also, the murder spree scene was brilliant.


 Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street  - Reboot Theatre Company
Comments (Ensemble)

The vocal work was amazing. The musical director was BEHIND THEM! They were in tune with each other. They were a pleasure to watch


 Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street  - Reboot Theatre Company
Comments (Ensemble)

Unified, engaging.