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

Cell phone lighting under the actors faces, blood light beneath a white sterile stage, roaring strobe on the escape from Bedlam all were deeply inventive uses that moved along the plot beautifully.


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

Red lights under the stage for the bake house was a wonderful touch. Would have loved to see this utilized more!


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

That space is hard to light well, but it worked.


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

The progression of the red/bloody stage was amazing!!! Use of the screens and shadowing was cleaver


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

Great ensemble work and good use of the space.


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

The non-traditional casting served the story incredibly well


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

Enjoyed the use of scrims on wheels. Added dimension.


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

Great use of white plastic backgrounds like a scene from a morgue or a butcher's shop.


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

Made great use of the small playing space and mobile set elements to tell the story


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

simple but clear. Use of the screens and shadowing was cleaver


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

Excellent.


 Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street  - Reboot Theatre Company
Defining Moment

A Little Priest - The chemistry and timing of Mandy And Alyssa made that Act 1 finale the peak of the story.


 Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street  - Reboot Theatre Company
Defining Moment

All of "A Little Priest" was very fun and memorable.


 Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street  - Reboot Theatre Company
Defining Moment

Any time there was blood squirting on the stage, I was INTO IT. Also when Harry took a selfie while sliding down the death slide- that was GOLD.


 Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street  - Reboot Theatre Company
Defining Moment

Cellphones lighting the faces of the chorus, revealing and hiding their features as they sing.


 Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street  - Reboot Theatre Company
Defining Moment

I particularly enjoyed Karin Terry's moment with Alysa's charter at towards the end when they sang about doing everything for them. before they got locked in a fricken basement of death!


 Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street  - Reboot Theatre Company
Defining Moment

It's so challenging to pick just one moment so I'll put down several:

*Sweeney's opening entrance of arriving and entering into a detached cell phone void with vacuous eyes and something sinister moving inside of them. I could tell from the first entrance this was going to be a production of Sweeney like no other.

*Anthony's soul stirring ode to Johanna left me openly weeping feeling such commitment to the swelling passion of love towards seeing her in the window

* Judge Turpin's angst filled song punishing himself for desiring Johanna and then at the end of the song asphyxiating himself briefly with his neck tie. It was the complete embodiment of a totally tortured soul grappling with such darkness that left me almost physically ill from the character's struggle.


 Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street  - Reboot Theatre Company
Defining Moment

Mandy during "There's No Place Like London." Everything about their physicality and characterization from the play's first real moments.


 Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street  - Reboot Theatre Company
Defining Moment

My baby gay was happiest when the "fe-male presenting" Antony was singing love songs with Johanna. It made me cry.


 Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street  - Reboot Theatre Company
Defining Moment

Sweeney's first and unexpected appearance, house right, with all the angst and rage so present in his situation in his posture and face that our hearts squeeze and falter.


 Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street  - Reboot Theatre Company
Defining Moment

the ensemble going getting repeatedly killed in white jumpsuits


 Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street  - Reboot Theatre Company
Defining Moment

The final scene between Toby and Sweeney was amazing. It was the first time I forgot I was watching a play.


 Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street  - Reboot Theatre Company
Defining Moment

The first appearance of Sweeney on the stage. The actor was commanding from the first instant. I was a little dubious about the production during the opening number, but as soon as they sang their first line and I saw their face...I was totally hooked. Their presence and commitment was remarkable.


 Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street  - Reboot Theatre Company
Defining Moment

The part where Sweeney has the Judge in his chair but doesn't kill him.


 Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street  - Reboot Theatre Company
Defining Moment

The scene where all the folx in white jumpsuits with hashtags on them keep entering and getting killed.


 Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street  - Reboot Theatre Company
Defining Moment

What a beautiful use of gender bent casting! It gave a new richness to the score to hear female harmonies where males were previously cast. Thank you Reboot for representing the Trans community with your epic casting of Sweeney & Pirelli as well!


 Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street  - Reboot Theatre Company
Harry Turpin (Judge Turpin)

So creepy


 Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street  - Reboot Theatre Company
Justine Davis (Beggar Woman)

Funny but I was still sad for her.


 Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street  - Reboot Theatre Company
Justine Davis (Beggar Woman)

Funny, tragic, and not over-played. A great performance.


 Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street  - Reboot Theatre Company
Justine Davis (Beggar Woman)

Great comedic choices from Justine!


 Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street  - Reboot Theatre Company
Justine Davis (Beggar Woman)

HELLO. Hilarious. Perfect.


 Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street  - Reboot Theatre Company
Karin Terry (Toby)

Beautiful, totally childlike physicality, and wonderful character-filled singing. Grubby and enchanting!


 Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street  - Reboot Theatre Company
Karin Terry (Toby)

I loved everything about Karin's performance. Please cast her in everything.


 Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street  - Reboot Theatre Company
Karin Terry (Toby)

Karin portrayed Toby in a manner that was guileless, fearless, and honest --taking what could have been a cloying and annoying adult-playing-child bit-- and created a heartwarming character to whom our hearts connected. Karin sang the role with perfection, and gave life to this pivotal character in the plot.


 Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street  - Reboot Theatre Company
Karin Terry (Toby)

Karin Terry was a pure joy to watch. The perfect child!


 Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street  - Reboot Theatre Company
Karin Terry (Toby)

So friggin cute


 Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street  - Reboot Theatre Company
Karin Terry (Toby)

Terry blew me out of the water in this role. They were able to handle patter songs better than many other actors. As well not shying away from the complex emotions of their character at any level. Very believable both as comedically drunk, and as someone literally frightened out of their mind. They ran the gamut and I loved watching every minute of it.


 Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street  - Reboot Theatre Company
Karin Terry (Toby)

The earnestness, the listening, the stakes that Karin brought to this role were really really lovely.


 Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street  - Reboot Theatre Company
Kylee Gano (Beadle)

Fantastic singing voice. Loved where they took this character.


 Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street  - Reboot Theatre Company
Kylee Gano (Beadle)

Great comedic chops! Cheers to Kylee Gano for being so lovable AND hateable


 Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street  - Reboot Theatre Company
Kylee Gano (Beadle)

Is Kylee Gano ever NOT good in something? Freaking outstanding.


 Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street  - Reboot Theatre Company
Kylee Gano (Beadle)

Kylee stole the show on several occasions, surprising us all with the range, flexibility, and power of their vocal instrument. Kylee is clearly a trained singer --but more importantly--a trained and intuitive actor. Kylee elevated the role of Beadle from mindless thug, as the character is so often played, into a delightfully doofy sidekick with a sense of humor and quick temper. Lovely performance!


 Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street  - Reboot Theatre Company
Kylee Gano (Beadle)

The weird sexual tension between the Beadle and the Judge was comedy gold. Kylee just rocked the comedy all night long


 Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street  - Reboot Theatre Company
Mandy Rose Nichols (Sweeney Todd)

Absolutely convincing and moving. I loved every anguished, obsessive moment of Nichols' performance.


 Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street  - Reboot Theatre Company
Mandy Rose Nichols (Sweeney Todd)

Gloomy, sexy, and wiry. YES.


 Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street  - Reboot Theatre Company
Mandy Rose Nichols (Sweeney Todd)

Holy Smokes I was scared of Sweeney!!


 Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street  - Reboot Theatre Company
Mandy Rose Nichols (Sweeney Todd)

Mandy Rose is a powerhouse. They brought Sweeney's pathos, madness and grief into a stark light.


 Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street  - Reboot Theatre Company
Mandy Rose Nichols (Sweeney Todd)

Nichols' performance was one of the most impactful I've seen in Seattle. They embodied this role in a way I had never imagined before, and lent a humanity far beyond the standard "look how creepy I can be" reading of this piece. I very much look forward to seeing more of their work.


 Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street  - Reboot Theatre Company
Mandy Rose Nichols (Sweeney Todd)

Strong performer. I believed every word that came out of their mouth. Intense and focused. We done.


 Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street  - Reboot Theatre Company
Mandy Rose Nichols (Sweeney Todd)

The Sweeney we've always wanted! Cheers to Mandy and their amazing work!


 Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street  - Reboot Theatre Company
Mandy Rose Nichols (Sweeney Todd)

They were breathtaking. Every moment they were on the stage I wanted to look at them. They were intense all the time. They hit the jokes right.


 Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street  - Reboot Theatre Company
Mandy Rose Nichols (Sweeney Todd)

We come here to praise Mandy.


 Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street  - Reboot Theatre Company
Other/Final Comments

A beautiful piece of theater that will go down in Seattle history.


 Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street  - Reboot Theatre Company
Other/Final Comments

Great dialect work


 Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street  - Reboot Theatre Company
Other/Final Comments

I was extremely impressed with this production. I think the casting was on point throughout, and everyone was fully committed. What it lacked in polish it made up for in integrity. Everyone on this show is to be highly commended.


 Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street  - Reboot Theatre Company
Other/Final Comments

Major kudos to Reboot for once again delighting us with their intelligent experimentation. Their new look at Sweeney Todd questioned and deepened the story, but nonetheless focused on **telling** the story without losing any of its inherent meaning and beauty.


 Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street  - Reboot Theatre Company
Other/Final Comments

Reboot has been coming into their own at lightning speed. We know what to expect from them, AND know they're going to kill it. Can't wait for Cabaret!


 Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street  - Reboot Theatre Company
Other/Final Comments

Refreshing. Gut-Wrenching. Deeply Darkly Funny.


 Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street  - Reboot Theatre Company
Vincent Milay (Pirelli)

A fine performance


 Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street  - Reboot Theatre Company
Vincent Milay (Pirelli)

A tranformative actor who can play any role. Cheers to Vincent and his hilarious portrayal of Pirelli, seamlessly paired with his other roles, each with a full life seen through his amazing character choices.


 Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street  - Reboot Theatre Company
Vincent Milay (Pirelli)

Milay is always a pleasure to watch on stage. They have incredible energy, their dialect work was pretty solid, their physicality was on point. This was an excellent casting choice.


 Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street  - Reboot Theatre Company
Vincent Milay (Pirelli)

Pirelli! Such a wonderful interpretation: campy, ridiculous, and just plain fun. When it is revealed that Pirelli is more than a mere huckster hawking hair serums, Vincent deftly flipped the character into the gutter rat who grew up with Sweeney. It was a vicious and clean turn, and wonderful to watch.


 Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street  - Reboot Theatre Company
Vincent Milay (Pirelli)

Uh, yeah. Vincent SHINES as Pirelli.


 Sweet Land, the Musical  - Taproot Theatre Company
Chris Shea (Alvin Frandsen)

Chris was another actor who just seemed "on" so much of the time. It was like he sprang to life off of the stage almost, with his jovial, personal portrayal of Alvin. I loved the intimacy between himself and "Brownie" as well as the many colors to his relationship with Olaf.


 Sweet Land, the Musical  - Taproot Theatre Company
Chris Shea (Alvin Frandsen)

Just overall like-able character - lightened up every moment he was onstage, and was fun to watch. It was refreshing to see a "healthy" marriage relationship onstage these days.


 Sweet Land, the Musical  - Taproot Theatre Company
Comments (Choreography)

The choreography was limited, but what was there was nice and fit well with the show.


 Sweet Land, the Musical  - Taproot Theatre Company
Comments (Costume)

Props to the costumer especially, for creating so many different looks and characters for each ensemble member.


 Sweet Land, the Musical  - Taproot Theatre Company
Comments (Direction)

This felt like a very sweet play...that's how I described it to my friend. I didn't feel that the songs were memorable, but still think about the relationships within the town and the individual characters in the story. It had some funny, touching moments and a nice character arc with Torvik (Eric Dobson). I also appreciated how the passage of time was marked by Brownie's (April Poland) growing pregnancy.


 Sweet Land, the Musical  - Taproot Theatre Company
Comments (Ensemble)

Felt like a real town. Loved the ensemble vocal harmonies.


 Sweet Land, the Musical  - Taproot Theatre Company
Comments (Ensemble)

This cast was exceptional as an ensemble. Every scene and moment seemed to flow so naturally and organically into the next.


 Sweet Land, the Musical  - Taproot Theatre Company
Daniel Stoltenberg (Auctioneer)

Daniel played a variety of roles and each were so different and excellent! He also had a difficult job of playing entirely unlikeable characters, yet he was a pleasure to watch, hilarious (the courthouse clerk was so good!), and provided the necessary cinge-inducing impediments to Inge and Olaf's story.


 Sweet Land, the Musical  - Taproot Theatre Company
Defining Moment

Amanda Sweger's lighting design ranged from subtly supportive to wondrously spectacular, and in all the right moments. Her designs brought America's golden wheat fields and the aurora borealis to life in my imagination.


 Sweet Land, the Musical  - Taproot Theatre Company
Defining Moment

Do. Ducks. Dream?


 Sweet Land, the Musical  - Taproot Theatre Company
Defining Moment

I especially loved the auction song. It immediately caught my attention as it began a capella, which was different from the rest of the music so far, and the mounting tension within the song made for a spellbinding little moment within the show.


 Sweet Land, the Musical  - Taproot Theatre Company
Defining Moment

I felt the defining moment was Inga informing the preacher that she and Olaf were already married. This is a turning point in the show I enjoyed and also I had not have expected it in a Taproot show. I was pleasantly surprised by the moment.


 Sweet Land, the Musical  - Taproot Theatre Company
Defining Moment

I still have snatches of the opening/closing song in my head after almost a week...


 Sweet Land, the Musical  - Taproot Theatre Company
Defining Moment

On this particular day, the theater had a sudden power outage just before the production started...the production was delayed and when it began, they did so with limited lights, until the power actually shut off completely and the actors were left onstage in the dark and still kept up their scene until the SM came to call a break until the power could be restored. Both the audience and the staff were all good-natured about it, and after about half-hour, the play was able to continue. The artistic director gave a quick synopsis to get the audience back up to speed, and the character of Alvin Frandsen (Chris Shea) delivered his scripted line in such a way as to unify the cast and the audience: "Things move pretty fast around here." This was met with huge applause and laughter and the play continued until the end. The attitude of the cast and the house staff was just awesome - it did not feel stressful at all, and contributed to the sweet feeling that I had around this play.


 Sweet Land, the Musical  - Taproot Theatre Company
Defining Moment

The a capella song in the second act was quite unique, and it definitely added to the tension of the scene. Not many musicals contain whole songs without any musical underscoring. It was a feat that could only be entrusted by highly talented individuals.


 Sweet Land, the Musical  - Taproot Theatre Company
Defining Moment

The song "Threshing Time" was incredibly evocative of the mindnumbing repetitiveness of farming. It felt habitual & safe, which may be why these families clung to farming, even as their money was eaten away.


 Sweet Land, the Musical  - Taproot Theatre Company
Defining Moment

When Inge teaches Olaf to waltz


 Sweet Land, the Musical  - Taproot Theatre Company
Hugh Hastings (Pastor Sorenson)

Very believable (although unlikable) character.


 Sweet Land, the Musical  - Taproot Theatre Company
Jenny Cross (Gail/Esther)

I really liked her as Esther, her comedic timing was charming.


 Sweet Land, the Musical  - Taproot Theatre Company
Molli Corcoran (Inge Altenberg)

I could understand her German, which I heard she actually learned for this production. Her mannerisms of a new immigrant unsure about her surroundings and trying to fit in and show gratitude, were very believable.


 Sweet Land, the Musical  - Taproot Theatre Company
Molli Corcoran (Inge Altenberg)

I loved the way she portrayed Inge! So fierce, honest, and hilarious at the same time!


 Sweet Land, the Musical  - Taproot Theatre Company
Molli Corcoran (Inge Altenberg)

I was very impressed with Ms. Corcoran's acting, especially in the first half of the play where she has so much to convey and so few words to do it in. Even when she was silent, I knew what she was trying to say.


 Sweet Land, the Musical  - Taproot Theatre Company
Other/Final Comments

I really enjoyed the message and heart of this show. I'm sure it was difficult to make so many pieces come together with such a small group of cast and crew. They did a lovely job.


 Sweet Land, the Musical  - Taproot Theatre Company
Other/Final Comments

While for me, the book or songs were not memorable, I felt the actors portrayals and occasional comedic moments gave depth to the production so that I still left the theater feeling happy and hopeful. The combination of the sweet-feeling play and the good-natured attitude of this cast and house staff during the power outage gave me more of a soft spot for Taproot. I felt on this particular day that the choice of production mirrored the company. To me, this play had elements of Charlie Brown (the baseball game and the style of animations above) and Little House on the Prairie (especially when the town helps out the Ingalls family), showing the importance of having a supportive community to live and play with. I would not have chosen to see this play, but am very glad I did.


 Sweet Land, the Musical  - Taproot Theatre Company
Tyler Todd Kimmel (Olaf Torvik/Lars Torvik)

Tyler was 100% "on" all of the time and it was mesmerizing to watch.


 Take Me Out  - Strawberry Theatre Workshop
Comments (Direction)

loved the staging


 Take Me Out  - Strawberry Theatre Workshop
Comments (Ensemble)

I believed the actors they were definitely on a team.


 Take Me Out  - Strawberry Theatre Workshop
Craig Peterson (Shane Mungitt)

Craig did a lot with this role and his face told the story and showed the depth. Very uncomfortable and rewarding to watch.


 Take Me Out  - Strawberry Theatre Workshop
Defining Moment

Darren's first meeting with Mason! Kawabata's English language monologue!


 Take Me Out  - Strawberry Theatre Workshop
Defining Moment

In a production so filled with stand-out moments, how do I choose? Perhaps the moment when Mungitt covers his mouth to stop himself from speaking the words that shut down his career. Or perhaps the moment when Daren and Davey face off and the words "Drop dead" are uttered. Or even that stark moment when the stage is emptied at the close of Act I, but we still hear the voices of the stadium echoing in the empty dressing room.


 Take Me Out  - Strawberry Theatre Workshop
Defining Moment

Jon Lutyens' gorgeous monologue about the metaphors of baseball.


 Take Me Out  - Strawberry Theatre Workshop
Defining Moment

Mars/Mason: "Life is so tiny, so daily."


 Take Me Out  - Strawberry Theatre Workshop
Defining Moment

The montage of baseball clips at the top of the show really drew me into the show. I don't really watch much baseball. My last game I saw was decades ago. But this made me want to go to a game today. Now. This moment.


 Take Me Out  - Strawberry Theatre Workshop
Defining Moment

The scene where Kippy, Darren, and Shane are in a room. So loaded and raw.


 Take Me Out  - Strawberry Theatre Workshop
Defining Moment

The shower scene. Not because they were all naked.


 Take Me Out  - Strawberry Theatre Workshop
Defining Moment

When Shane reveals to Darren that Kippy is the one who actually wrote the apology letter for all of the racist and homophobic things that he said, and not Shane.


 Take Me Out  - Strawberry Theatre Workshop
Jon Lutyens (Mason Marzac)

Convincing, hilarious, moving, and utterly charming. Lutyens turned what could so easily have been the one weak-link, clichéd character in the script into one of the brightest, most believable characters on a stage full of incredible actors. Sheer delight.


 Take Me Out  - Strawberry Theatre Workshop
Jon Lutyens (Mason Marzac)

great monologues, super honest performance. one of my favorites this season.


 Take Me Out  - Strawberry Theatre Workshop
Jon Lutyens (Mason Marzac)

This is my first time seeing Jon. And I am an instafan. He was the heart of the show, and I was delighted whenever he stepped into the story. He was a great balance of stakes and passion and nervousness and hurt and awkward. I loved this performance.


 Take Me Out  - Strawberry Theatre Workshop
Jon Lutyens (Mason Marzac)

Wow, wow, wow. Absolute show-stealing performance by Jon Lutyens.


 Take Me Out  - Strawberry Theatre Workshop
Josh Kenji (Kawabata)

Beautifully simple monologue.


 Take Me Out  - Strawberry Theatre Workshop
Josh Kenji (Kawabata)

Lovely work full of subtlety and grace.


 Take Me Out  - Strawberry Theatre Workshop
Lamar Legend (Darren Lemming)

Wow. I know lamar personally, but Darren was a completely different person. It was an amazing transformation.


 Take Me Out  - Strawberry Theatre Workshop
Nicholas Japaul Bernard (Davey Battle)

I also know Nicholas and had yet to see this type of transformation. He did a fabulous job.


 Take Me Out  - Strawberry Theatre Workshop
Other/Final Comments

Thank you, Strawshop, for once again whacking your audience upside the head with meaning and significance and straight-up honest, beautiful theater. So glad we have you in our city.


 Take Me Out  - Strawberry Theatre Workshop
Other/Final Comments

Very poignant and moving.


 Take Me Out  - Strawberry Theatre Workshop
Trick Danneker (Kippy Sunderstrom)

A great role for Trick. He knows how to make the audience feel safe. You want to root for him. You want to have a beer with him.


 Take Me Out  - Strawberry Theatre Workshop
Trick Danneker (Kippy Sunderstrom)

It was pure pleasure to be led through this tale by Danneker's Kippy. I fully bought, trusted, and believed in the character, and really felt like I was getting to know a new friend as the story unfolded. A multidimensional and totally convincing portrayal.


 Take Me Out  - Strawberry Theatre Workshop
Trick Danneker (Kippy Sunderstrom)

So honest.


 They/Them The Musical  - Annex Theatre
Comments (Playwright)

I feel I have a new understanding about why people use they/them pronouns thanks to this piece.


 They/Them The Musical  - Annex Theatre
Comments (Scenic)

I liked the empty frames. Made me feel like we were boxed in, or looking for something that wasn't there. The asymmetry of them also added to the sometimes jarring dialogue.


 They/Them The Musical  - Annex Theatre
Comments (Scenic)

I rather liked the black transitioning to white with different hues of gray in between. It was a spectrum. I thought it was nicely done.


 They/Them The Musical  - Annex Theatre
Comments (Sound/Music)

Clear, easy to hear and good levels. Nice attention to detail in some of the sound effects and location of sounds within the theatre.


 They/Them The Musical  - Annex Theatre
Comments (Sound/Music)

I enjoyed the collection of radio baby songs!


 They/Them The Musical  - Annex Theatre
Defining Moment

One defining moment was when the male and female silhouettes appeared in two of the picture frames.


 They/Them The Musical  - Annex Theatre
Defining Moment

Skipping stones after a high school dance


 They/Them The Musical  - Annex Theatre
Defining Moment

The moment when there was both pink and blue light shining on Sam's face.


 They/Them The Musical  - Annex Theatre
Defining Moment

The moments when Sam is looking in the mirror while getting changed were especially poignant.


 They/Them The Musical  - Annex Theatre
Defining Moment

The scene at the doctor's office really tied the meaning of the whole play together for me. Sam did an amazing job differentiating the characters and I loved the pregnancy scenes. The physical acting was charming and hilarious.


 They/Them The Musical  - Annex Theatre
Defining Moment

The scene closer to end, where young Sam is bullied by both genders about not fitting into either group.


 They/Them The Musical  - Annex Theatre
Defining Moment

the scene with the skipping stones, when they toss the larger rock in.


 They/Them The Musical  - Annex Theatre
Defining Moment

When I first watched Sam-I-am move through characters, I could easily tell which characters they were conveying throughout the play.


 They/Them The Musical  - Annex Theatre
Sam I'Am

Engaging, strong, confident performer. Fun to watch, good connection with the audience. Good singing voice, great separation of characters and clarity of movement.


 They/Them The Musical  - Annex Theatre
Sam I'Am

Beautiful, fine dancer, singer, and actor playing two roles talking to each other in a conversation.


 They/Them The Musical  - Annex Theatre
Sam I'Am

Loved the Minnesotan accent and also the young boy and girl Sams. The moment with teen Sam tossing rocks into the lake was also beautifully delivered.


 Tiny Beautiful Things  - Seattle Rep
Chantal DeGroat (Letter Writer)

Very powerful performance. Her letters about sexual assault and grief were the ones that stood out to me the most and were very powerful/meaningful.


 Tiny Beautiful Things  - Seattle Rep
Charles Leggett (Letter Writer)

Charles was AMAZING!!!! The monologue he did as the man who lost his son was breathtaking. Watching him, we all sat in stunned silence until some of us in the theater started to cry with him. He gave us a very moving performance.


 Tiny Beautiful Things  - Seattle Rep
Charles Leggett (Letter Writer)

Well done! His letter as the father who was grieving for his son is what sticks out to me the most and was very powerful. A lot of audience members around me were crying.


 Tiny Beautiful Things  - Seattle Rep
Comments (Direction)

Great use of the set. I liked how the letter writers were their assigned letters. I liked how the letter writers entered in different places at the beginning of the show. I also really liked how they used the set/space when they were not the ones "active." I liked that the letter writers made themselves at home as an ode to the fact that they would eventually become a huge part of her life. The theme of human connection coming through the computer and impacting their lives was very clear and meaningful.


 Tiny Beautiful Things  - Seattle Rep
Comments (Direction)

I really liked how all of Sugar's fans were always so close to her. They seemed more like house guests than people online. I also liked the way the director had them have physical contact at times. It really emphasized the connection that this woman has with her fans.


 Tiny Beautiful Things  - Seattle Rep
Comments (Direction)

This play must have been so difficult to direct, since it was just a bunch of letters and long stories; the characters however felt motivated and active the entire time and the behind the scenes action never felt distracting.


 Tiny Beautiful Things  - Seattle Rep
Comments (Lighting)

Great use of light to show time shifts and focus in on specific letter writers and to help tell their stories. I also liked all the practical lights like the lamps and bathroom lights.


 Tiny Beautiful Things  - Seattle Rep
Comments (Lighting)

In an otherwise unremarkable play, the lighting was actually noticeable in a very positive way. Subtle, but very effective. Nice work.


 Tiny Beautiful Things  - Seattle Rep
Comments (Scenic)

Such a beautiful set! I loved all the details. I didn't see the stuff along the top of the kitchen cupboards until I sat in the Orchestra the second time I saw it. They were invisible from the balcony.


 Tiny Beautiful Things  - Seattle Rep
Comments (Scenic)

The designer was able to effectively and accurately capture the interior of a home. It felt authentic, warm, lived in, and familiar.


 Tiny Beautiful Things  - Seattle Rep
Comments (Scenic)

Very detailed set that was very believable for who Sugar was and also gave the actors a lot to use. I liked that the xbox worked and they could play on it.


 Tiny Beautiful Things  - Seattle Rep
Comments (Sound/Music)

I liked the email sounds


 Tiny Beautiful Things  - Seattle Rep
Defining Moment

I liked most the story by the letter writer played by Charles Leggett when telling his family story to Sugar. It made me cry.


 Tiny Beautiful Things  - Seattle Rep
Defining Moment

Leggett's monologue toward the end of the show, when he played the man whose son had been killed. He was capable of extraordinary gravity in that moment. He made the rest of the stage melt away. I was sitting toward the back of the theatre but it was still as if all I could see was his broken face. It was an honor to watch him.


 Tiny Beautiful Things  - Seattle Rep
Defining Moment

Sugar letter to herself at the end when the whole cast had lines


 Tiny Beautiful Things  - Seattle Rep
Defining Moment

The exquisite final monologue exchange between Charles Leggett and Julie Briskman was pure emotion and perfectly timed.


 Tiny Beautiful Things  - Seattle Rep
Defining Moment

The letter from the father who lost his son. It slowly and surely snuck up on me, and by the end I was bawling.


 Tiny Beautiful Things  - Seattle Rep
Defining Moment

The scene between the letter writer who lost his son and carol; especially the moment when she said “23. There is no 23.” The whole moment was so heartbreaking beautifully acted.


 Tiny Beautiful Things  - Seattle Rep
Defining Moment

There is a moving scene near the end where Charles Leggett delivers a heartrending description of his grief at the loss of his adult son. Perhaps it is because I have a son of a similar age that this struck such a chord. I heard a couple of people in the audience sniffling.


 Tiny Beautiful Things  - Seattle Rep
Defining Moment

This is a hard question, so I will give you two.

1. There was the moment when sugar finally addressed the WTF guy's letter by talking about how her grandfather sexually assaulted her.

2. There was Sugar's response to the father who had lost his 22-year-old son. After that vignette, there wasn't a dry eye in the house. It was very powerful.


 Tiny Beautiful Things  - Seattle Rep
Defining Moment

When Dear Sugar finally reveals her actual name


 Tiny Beautiful Things  - Seattle Rep
Julie Briskman (Sugar)

Great performance. She really focused all her attention on the current letter writer and was really able to tell these beautiful sometimes dark stories in a very meaningful way. She really showed the connection that she had to these people that she did not know more than the letters they shared.


 Tiny Beautiful Things  - Seattle Rep
Julie Briskman (Sugar)

Julie was confident and sure in this role. Giving Sugar a grounded and "real" presence. She was grounded and helped navigate this production for the audience.


 Tiny Beautiful Things  - Seattle Rep
Julie Briskman (Sugar)

Julie was excellent.


 Tiny Beautiful Things  - Seattle Rep
Justin Huertas (Letter Writer)

Great performance. His letters as a trans man and thief were the ones that stuck out to me the most.


 Tiny Beautiful Things  - Seattle Rep
Other/Final Comments

This was such a beautiful play about a woman who shared her life's story by helping other people with their journeys. It was a great reminder about how we are all connected in some way. We might not have the same experiences, but at some point, they all connect. We all know love and loss and it's part of what makes us human and able to speak the same language.


 Tiny Beautiful Things  - Seattle Rep
Other/Final Comments

Wish there was the ability to rate this cast as an ensemble. They did a great job as a team and really worked well together. It was clear that they were actively listening and responding to each other instead of just saying their lines. The final letter that they did where Sugar wrote to her younger self was very powerful. Excellent job all the way around.


 Trevor  - MAP Theatre
Brandon Ryan (Trevor)

Really pulled off creating a character that the audience cared about, while still reminding us that he was actually a chimp. This character could have so easily become a cartoon, but Brandon brought Trevor to life in a beautifully real and nuanced way.


 Trevor  - MAP Theatre
Comments (Direction)

Julie Beckman is one of the best directors working in Seattle, and her work her cements that. A fantastic balance of comedy, tragedy, and tension. Perfectly calibrated performances.


 Trevor  - MAP Theatre
Comments (Lighting)

Great use of upstage platform lighting and using the depth in this unusually narrow space. The transition to foreground spaces and use of shadow through the curtains was very impactful.


 Trevor  - MAP Theatre
Comments (Scenic)

Every detail, every prop, nook, and hidden corner spoke volumes about the people who lived in that home. It set up the story, and introduced the characters' lives, beautifully.


 Trevor  - MAP Theatre
Comments (Scenic)

Stunning, detailed job in an incredibly cramped space.


 Trevor  - MAP Theatre
Comments (Sound/Music)

Nicely curated pre-show playlist!


 Trevor  - MAP Theatre
Danielle Daggerty (Jeri/PA)

I really enjoyed her in this small role as Jeri. She came across as completely human and sympathetic. Wonderful performance in a small role.


 Trevor  - MAP Theatre
Defining Moment

Michael D. Blum struck a masterful balance in portraying Jim's understated attachment to Sandra and Trevor, creating a gentle yet compelling tension in his scenes. These moments felt like they could have come straight out of a classic TV sitcom.


 Trevor  - MAP Theatre
Defining Moment

Rollerskating!


 Trevor  - MAP Theatre
Defining Moment

The appearance of Jess Calixto as Oliver kicks the level of unreality up a notch.


 Trevor  - MAP Theatre
Defining Moment

The clever blocking of Oliver re-emerging from behind the sofa.


 Trevor  - MAP Theatre
Defining Moment

The first twenty or so minutes of the second act (when, admittedly, I realized what real-life incident this play was based off of) were probably some of the tensest moments I've ever experienced in Seattle theater. It was unbearable. I loved it.


 Trevor  - MAP Theatre
Defining Moment

The performance of both Brandon and Terry


 Trevor  - MAP Theatre
Defining Moment

The social service agent getting shot with the tranquilizer


 Trevor  - MAP Theatre
Defining Moment

The transition between the current day in his house and Trevor's first memory with Morgan Fairchild.


 Trevor  - MAP Theatre
Defining Moment

Walking in to see the lovely set! It was well designed, with expertly crafted details that immediately let the audience know what they were walking into.


 Trevor  - MAP Theatre
Defining Moment

When I realized Brandon was playing a chimpanzee, and when I realized similar situations have actually happened in real life, with a neighbor being attacked by a chimp being kept as a pet.


 Trevor  - MAP Theatre
Teri Lazzara (Sandra)

I honestly don't know what to say other than Teri Lazzara is a treasure to the Seattle theater scene. She's perfect in this.


 Trevor  - MAP Theatre
Teri Lazzara (Sandra)

Teri's lovely performance set up a nice dynamic between Sandra and Trevor.


 Twist of the Magi  - The Phoenix Theatre
Comments (Costume)

Mostly period accurate, good cohesion, and lovely details.


 Twist of the Magi  - The Phoenix Theatre
Comments (Costume)

Wow! What wonderful attention to detail and the time period. Every costume was exceptionally tailored and appropriately fitted. Everything was wonderful head to toe.


 Twist of the Magi  - The Phoenix Theatre
Comments (Direction)

Clean moments, clear objectives, and really lovely stage business.


 Twist of the Magi  - The Phoenix Theatre
Comments (Ensemble)

They pulled the show off successfully and I understood the story fully and it was enjoying, which, in my opinion, is a feat in itself, being that the entire story is told in the parameter of an old time live radio performance. The diversions from the story as we entered the lives of the actual characters lives was successful, I could tell when they were themselves and then when they were in performance mode.


 Twist of the Magi  - The Phoenix Theatre
Comments (Ensemble)

Great ensemble work


 Twist of the Magi  - The Phoenix Theatre
Comments (Ensemble)

Some truly lovely moments between the cast occurred, and made this ensemble show feel cohesive.


 Twist of the Magi  - The Phoenix Theatre
Comments (Lighting)

Good, functional lighting.


 Twist of the Magi  - The Phoenix Theatre
Comments (Overall Production)

Thoroughly delightful production with broad appeal.


 Twist of the Magi  - The Phoenix Theatre
Comments (Scenic)

There was clear artistry and creativity expressed in the set design and charmed me. It did serve to elevate the source material. It helped to tell some of the story before the play even began.


 Twist of the Magi  - The Phoenix Theatre
Comments (Scenic)

Lovely little easter eggs were hidden throughout the set, and many objects were real vintage which added to the feel of the 1940's. Very much appreciated.


 Twist of the Magi  - The Phoenix Theatre
Comments (Sound/Music)

I think the interesting part of this show was really the sound design and I guess I'm looping the live Foley work in with this as well. It's definitely part of the actor's performance, without a doubt, but most of the sound in the show was created live on stage by the actor playing the Foley. Either way, I think it gets high marks just to be able to pull that off competently and with successful comic timing. Sound was totally immersive in the telling of this story, even having a sound be the punch line of jokes.


 Twist of the Magi  - The Phoenix Theatre
Comments (Sound/Music)

Original music sung by trio was very enjoyable, fun lyrics and good sound. 40s music on entry helped give sense of timing to production.


 Twist of the Magi  - The Phoenix Theatre
Comments (Sound/Music)

The Foley artist was EXCELLENT! The use of the microphones was well executed. The harmonies by the Twisted Sisters were crispy and clean.


 Twist of the Magi  - The Phoenix Theatre
Darian Conn (Twister Sister/Looloo)

Nice vocals and character expressiveness


 Twist of the Magi  - The Phoenix Theatre
Defining Moment

The sound generation was adorable and her expressions were delightful.


 Twist of the Magi  - The Phoenix Theatre
Defining Moment

Any time Betsey was making radio sound with their props. I know it's not technically a 'moment,' but that is what I will remember the most. Absolutely the funniest and most novel part of the show.


 Twist of the Magi  - The Phoenix Theatre
Defining Moment

Honestly, the best thing they did was cast Larry Albert as both one of the main characters and the narrator and sort of captain of the events on stage. The defining moment, to me, was his opening bit, sort of like a late night talk show host's opening monologue. There weren't a heck of a lot of jokes but the bit just had that feel to it and Larry is a pro who knows how to work an audience and he did his job.


 Twist of the Magi  - The Phoenix Theatre
Defining Moment

I distinctly remember the whole sequence where Ms. Mandelbread and Della encounter Looloo in the house. It was such a funny moment and the timing was excellent.


 Twist of the Magi  - The Phoenix Theatre
Defining Moment

Many of the moments that made me laugh and stuck with me were provided by Betsey, the foley artist, played by Melanie Calderwood, as she enthusiastically, sometimes too enthusiastically, went about her work throughout the show.


 Twist of the Magi  - The Phoenix Theatre
Defining Moment

The Boogie-Woogie Bugle Boy performance


 Twist of the Magi  - The Phoenix Theatre
Defining Moment

The first time the Twisted Sisters took to the microphone to sing us a jingle really set the tone for the whole production.


 Twist of the Magi  - The Phoenix Theatre
Defining Moment

The interstitial music by the trio was the most enjoyable part of this production.


 Twist of the Magi  - The Phoenix Theatre
Defining Moment

The lady doing Foley on stage. She was brilliant. The whole show.


 Twist of the Magi  - The Phoenix Theatre
Defining Moment

The moment when Betsy doing the sound cues threw the bail of hay at Della!


 Twist of the Magi  - The Phoenix Theatre
James Lynch (Freddie/Jim/McGreggor/Driver #1/Mr. Feldman)

Loved the accents tackled in the production, and really endearing performance.


 Twist of the Magi  - The Phoenix Theatre
James Milton (Mr . Marcetti/Mr . Mandelbread/Mr . Bartlett/ Mailman/ Storekeeper #1/Harvey/Mr . Macyntire/Barney/ Driver #2)

Versatility is the name of the game for this role, and James Milton is the king of it! Great accents, delightful and fully developed characters, and perfect comedic timing. Wonderful.