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Anansi and the Halfling  - Annex Theatre
Anjelica McMillan

Lovely dancer and excellent accent. I believed her, particularly when she was portraying the god and the mother.


 Anansi and the Halfling  - Annex Theatre
Anjelica McMillan

Really gorgeous work shifting between several clear and interesting roles


 Anansi and the Halfling  - Annex Theatre
Comments (Choreography)

Beautiful choreography and world creating!


 Anansi and the Halfling  - Annex Theatre
Comments (Choreography)

Especially when the main character was dancing with her inner child was glorious


 Anansi and the Halfling  - Annex Theatre
Comments (Costume)

The opening costumes of college students were really well done and color coordinated and played off of each other well. Some nice shoe choices.


 Anansi and the Halfling  - Annex Theatre
Comments (Costume)

simple yet expressive and tone setting


 Anansi and the Halfling  - Annex Theatre
Comments (Direction)

So many movement pieces that were seamlessly interwoven and viscerally choreographed. Exquisite.


 Anansi and the Halfling  - Annex Theatre
Comments (Ensemble)

great chemisrty and very good story telling


 Anansi and the Halfling  - Annex Theatre
Comments (Ensemble)

You could tell that they all moved together and trusted one another and it was beautiful to watch.


 Anansi and the Halfling  - Annex Theatre
Comments (Playwright)

An exquisite flawless and beautiful celebration of African myth juxtaposed with the stress of modern day hyper-racial pressures that a young biracial woman experiences.


 Anansi and the Halfling  - Annex Theatre
Comments (Playwright)

I was astounded by Jones' ability to touch on so many different social issues within the same 2 hour script. It never once felt "preachy" and provided an insider's look into different aspects of culture and the own author's experience. I especially loved the sections relating to mental health and found the depiction of the various "voices" in her head to be incredibly arresting and relatable.


 Anansi and the Halfling  - Annex Theatre
Comments (Playwright)

Need more NOW


 Anansi and the Halfling  - Annex Theatre
Comments (Scenic)

Great use of space and dimension


 Anansi and the Halfling  - Annex Theatre
Comments (Scenic)

The moving white fabric on a zip line gave depth to the piece and cast about the possibility of multiple worlds and realities. Nice!


 Anansi and the Halfling  - Annex Theatre
Comments (Sound/Music)

The compositions were beautiful!


 Anansi and the Halfling  - Annex Theatre
Defining Moment

A collective cheer arose from the audience when Maizah found empowerment and acceptance as a woman and a lesbian.


 Anansi and the Halfling  - Annex Theatre
Defining Moment

The agonizing dances of the two sisters making death and the heartache and wrath of filling the world with wild animals that gnash and tear their teeth. An exquisite embodiment of the bleeding heart through African dance


 Anansi and the Halfling  - Annex Theatre
Defining Moment

The ENTIRE THING!? The first time they danced. The song was absolutely mesmerizing. The scene with the moral of the story where her character comes to terms with her reality. "I need professional help. I do not need to be strong, I need to be well"


 Anansi and the Halfling  - Annex Theatre
Defining Moment

The moment when Maizah finds herself in the play and exclaims that she is enough. Everything stopped for a beat and she saw the light of her ancestors begin to come back--it was a really beautiful moment.


 Anansi and the Halfling  - Annex Theatre
Defining Moment

The Princess choosing the winner of the contest even though she was a female.


 Anansi and the Halfling  - Annex Theatre
Defining Moment

The wonderful thing about this piece is its honesty, the playwright's willingness to be authentic and vulnerable, and how fresh and funny the playwright's voice is. There was never a dull moment.


 Anansi and the Halfling  - Annex Theatre
Defining Moment

There were many, but I thought the dance at the end captured the joy of the piece most clearly.


 Anansi and the Halfling  - Annex Theatre
Defining Moment

There were several "perfect" moments that brought tears to my eyes and made me forget that I was in a theater, watching a play performed by actors who were not actually those characters they portrayed. Probably the moment that was beautifully and perfectly "real" and raw to me was when Maizah stepped out of the "story" and finished the telling, saying "I am enough". The stark and simple lighting, the silence, and the joy and contentment on her face made me feel that it was true. The both she AND I were enough.


 Anansi and the Halfling  - Annex Theatre
Defining Moment

Toss up between Maizah and the princess harmonizing together after the Blood Trial, and the Prince number!


 Anansi and the Halfling  - Annex Theatre
Defining Moment

When it was revealed that the janitor was Anasi in disguise, that was really cool. Also, when it was revealed that Anasi was kind of the "bad-guy," that was interesting to see.


 Anansi and the Halfling  - Annex Theatre
Madison Jade Jones (Maizah)

A connected performance that is clearly meaningful and very personal to the performer.


 Anansi and the Halfling  - Annex Theatre
Madison Jade Jones (Maizah)

I have loved seeing her in anything she's been a part of. Her comic timing is impeccable. She has such a grounded presence onstage that it is a joy to be right there in the present moment along with her.


 Anansi and the Halfling  - Annex Theatre
Madison Jade Jones (Maizah)

Madison created a lovely, genuine character, who followed a path that many must travel, and her journey and transition into a strong, confident woman at the end was beautiful.


 Anansi and the Halfling  - Annex Theatre
Madison Jade Jones (Maizah)

Thank you. Truly remarkable embodiment and a beautiful transformation on all levels.


 Anansi and the Halfling  - Annex Theatre
Madison Jade Jones (Maizah)

truly cared about the story and became the character


 Anansi and the Halfling  - Annex Theatre
Other/Final Comments

It isn't often I wish I could see a show twice. This is one I could watch again and again. Thank you for writing this, Madison Jade Jones, and thank you for bringing it to life, Jay O'Leary!


 Anansi and the Halfling  - Annex Theatre
Other/Final Comments

This is such a beautifully honest, universal story. I wish I could make sure everyone saw this play, it is a story worth being shared. I was moved to tears by the artistry of this piece and wish I had the chance to see it a hundred more times.


 Anansi and the Halfling  - Annex Theatre
Saige Hawthorne

brought all the childhood traits to the foreground. impressed


 Anansi and the Halfling  - Annex Theatre
Saige Hawthorne

I really enjoyed her performance! I'd be excited to see her in anything else in the future. She had such a unique knack for taking on a new character and the range she played was lovely to experience. She was able to imbue each of her characters with such a beautiful presence that was grounded in authenticity-- which was quite a feat given that she was playing so many optimistic "Disney-princess" types of characters.


 Anansi and the Halfling  - Annex Theatre
Saige Hawthorne

Saige had a sweet, childlike joy about her, a vulnerability that was pure. And a lovely voice!


 Anansi and the Halfling  - Annex Theatre
Saige Hawthorne

Wonderful energy and clarity. A truly engaging performance.


 Annie  - The 5th Avenue Theatre
Cheyenne Casebier (Lily St. Regis)

She had fantastic physicality, understood her role, and had great vocal nuance.


 Annie  - The 5th Avenue Theatre
Comments (Actors)

Olivia Juarez was incredible! I was so so impressed she had so much power and so much presence and a solid sense of her character.


 Annie  - The 5th Avenue Theatre
Comments (Choreography)

Nicholas Bernard's high kick off stage- was the highlight


 Annie  - The 5th Avenue Theatre
Comments (Choreography)

Terrific choreography, especially for numbers where there were large numbers of people both singing and dancing. The welcome to the mansion scene was especially fun, as was the "walk" to the Roxy.


 Annie  - The 5th Avenue Theatre
Comments (Choreography)

The "Hard Knock Life" choreography with added orchestration was a great way to put a fresh look into a well known song.
Many of the songs used a lot of the music to precisely stage not just dancing but also movement.
The "Anything But You" mirrored choreography was amazing


 Annie  - The 5th Avenue Theatre
Comments (Choreography)

The work with the orphans was great-- movement that could help the young performers succeed and look great.


 Annie  - The 5th Avenue Theatre
Comments (Costume)

Delightful. Standouts were the golden dress, the pink Lily St. Regis dress, and the second blue Annie dress. Also appreciated the orphans' collection of mis-matched red and green plaids!


 Annie  - The 5th Avenue Theatre
Comments (Costume)

Evoked the time period beautifully and there was a crisp difference between the haves and have nots


 Annie  - The 5th Avenue Theatre
Comments (Costume)

Grace's dress at the end was stunning


 Annie  - The 5th Avenue Theatre
Comments (Costume)

The costumes all created a cohesive whole and helped differentiate characters and status- something so important in such a big musical and in a period piece.


 Annie  - The 5th Avenue Theatre
Comments (Direction)

A wonderfully boisterous production with many cats to be juggled. Loved the interpretation!


 Annie  - The 5th Avenue Theatre
Comments (Direction)

The characters had a lot more depth than I have seen in the past and the staging felt like it was always moving forward. Even the transitions were used to keep telling the story and push the story forward. For example when the orphans were brought out in different formations during the transitions. Also, the technical elements were unified. The director really used the lighting and set to full advantage. For example, the way the actors to got to the office at center in Act II.


 Annie  - The 5th Avenue Theatre
Comments (Direction)

The show was super tight- all of the children had their own distinct personalities, and there were many specific moments that stood out, but no one part overpowered anything. It was all imaginative and highly engaging.


 Annie  - The 5th Avenue Theatre
Comments (Ensemble)

The ensemble worked together


 Annie  - The 5th Avenue Theatre
Comments (Lighting)

I am in love with this lighting design. The lighting design created the best possible environment and helped tell the story. The lighting was keyed to the style and tone of the show, most of it was bright and buoyant, except for in the orphanage where the colors were much darker and more muted. The spot light was practically flawless and helped focus the audience's attention. The lighting also the lighting helped differentiate the time. My absolute favorite moment was the blackout of a dramatic scene, in which the light from the windows showed nighttime into the sunrise. Then over the course of the entire final scene it slowly became a beautiful and bright day. But it was so subtle.


 Annie  - The 5th Avenue Theatre
Comments (Lighting)

The Broadway marquees were especially well-done.


 Annie  - The 5th Avenue Theatre
Comments (Lighting)

The lighting design with the backdrops was amazing (really told the time and mood of the story)
Notable moments
-Tree lights


 Annie  - The 5th Avenue Theatre
Comments (Scenic)

Loved the projections on the Brooklyn Bridge in the background.


 Annie  - The 5th Avenue Theatre
Comments (Scenic)

Outstanding! The scrims were so well-thought out and gave such good perspective. Loved how the orphanage came together like pieces of a doll house. The majestic staircase was a treat.


 Annie  - The 5th Avenue Theatre
Comments (Scenic)

The orphanage was a great first look into the Annie world. It was amazing how it rotated and came apart and became several different locations as well as how it would come back together.

The backdrops looked like paintings/works of arts and seemed to be living works of art that seemed to be their own light.


 Annie  - The 5th Avenue Theatre
Comments (Scenic)

The scenic elements were all beautifully designed and built. The scene changes were incredibly smooth and effectively communicated not only where we were, but how we were supposed to feel about the environment being presented.


 Annie  - The 5th Avenue Theatre
Comments (Scenic)

the tree was the best part


 Annie  - The 5th Avenue Theatre
Comments (Scenic)

There was a really great contrast between the lower class buildings areas of New York and the upper class world. A lot of the back drops felt like a love letter to N.Y.C.


 Annie  - The 5th Avenue Theatre
Comments (Sound/Music)

The orchestra was wonderful, though the levels were veryvery loud.


 Annie  - The 5th Avenue Theatre
Comments (Sound/Music)

The sound design used an appropriate speaker system and microphones for voices and instrument. The mix was excellent, except for a few moments when Mr. Warbucks' mic went out.


 Annie  - The 5th Avenue Theatre
Cynthia Jones (Miss Hannigan)

I did not see Cynthia Jones perform. But her understudy was phenomenal.


 Annie  - The 5th Avenue Theatre
Cynthia Jones (Miss Hannigan)

Devoured her role and I loved every scene stealing minute of it.


 Annie  - The 5th Avenue Theatre
Cynthia Jones (Miss Hannigan)

That squirrel sound! Great interpretation of the classic villain. A bring-the-house down voice!


 Annie  - The 5th Avenue Theatre
Cynthia Jones (Miss Hannigan)

The role is not written with a lot of depth, but she brought a lot it. Her facial expressions and physicality were amazing. I laughed a lot because of her.


 Annie  - The 5th Avenue Theatre
Defining Moment

"It's a Hard Knock Life"


 Annie  - The 5th Avenue Theatre
Defining Moment

Annie solves the Great Depression!


 Annie  - The 5th Avenue Theatre
Defining Moment

Annie was so present and invested. A joy to watch the future of theater in the young girls!


 Annie  - The 5th Avenue Theatre
Defining Moment

I loved the moment of everyone getting the house ready for Annie's adoption party, and then Annie coming down the big stairs from stage left.


 Annie  - The 5th Avenue Theatre
Defining Moment

I loved the moment when Annie has left the stage and President Roosevelt and his team sing directly to the audience about having hope and the New Deal.


 Annie  - The 5th Avenue Theatre
Defining Moment

The kids and dogs stole the show


 Annie  - The 5th Avenue Theatre
Defining Moment

The very opening of Hard Knock Life, when the boots slammed on the ground right on the beat, along with the kids jumping off the bunk beds. A classic moment done to perfection.


 Annie  - The 5th Avenue Theatre
Defining Moment

Truly moving moments between Daddy Warbucks and Annie, and Grace, lent a depth to upbeat music, making it much more than sentimental.


 Annie  - The 5th Avenue Theatre
Defining Moment

Warbucks mansion reveal


 Annie  - The 5th Avenue Theatre
Defining Moment

When Annie is adopted at the end


 Annie  - The 5th Avenue Theatre
Defining Moment

When Hard Knock Life started playing, I had a stupid grin from ear to ear on my face. Those talented young ladies sold it!!!


 Annie  - The 5th Avenue Theatre
Jessica Skerritt (Grace)

Amazing as always.


 Annie  - The 5th Avenue Theatre
Jessica Skerritt (Grace)

She was very likable, had great rapport with Warbucks, and had great expression in her physicality and singing.


 Annie  - The 5th Avenue Theatre
Jessica Skerritt (Grace)

Solid as always work from Ms. Skerritt. Love her presence on stage.


 Annie  - The 5th Avenue Theatre
Other/Final Comments

Male ensemble members were so precise!


 Annie  - The 5th Avenue Theatre
Other/Final Comments

Shout-out to Olivia Juarez (Molly) who was a stand-out among the ensemble. Loud, plucky, charming and a real spit-fire. Especially cute hugging on her Christmas gift.

Second shout-out to Sandy and his/her trainer. In both shows Sandy was solid. Never missed a cue, even the wag was spot-on. Perfect.

Third shout-out to the stage manager, who handled the stopping of the show for a medical emergency with aplomb. In fact, kudos to Annie, Miss Hannigan and the police officer for handling that semi-surreal situation expertly.


 Annie  - The 5th Avenue Theatre
Other/Final Comments

The Military uniforms were slightly off
The Harmony in the FDR scene and at the end of the curtain call was amazing
The orphans did a great job and were a great unit.
Shout out to Tony for his FDR portrayal
Shout out to Lauren for her NYC solo
Shout out to the dog (not sure which we had)


 Annie  - The 5th Avenue Theatre
Timothy McCuen Piggee (Oliver Warbucks)

A solid as always perfomance from Mr. Piggee. Loved seeing the emotional transformation of Daddy Warbucks. And the man can sell a one liner.


 Annie  - The 5th Avenue Theatre
Timothy McCuen Piggee (Oliver Warbucks)

Really wonderful work. Embodied his character, had beautiful switches between serious and comic, and was just the right amount of goofy. His relationships with the other actors onstage were so solid, really wonderful work.


 Annie  - The 5th Avenue Theatre
Timothy McCuen Piggee (Oliver Warbucks)

The character journey that Timothy took us on with the hardened Warbucks transformation into a soft, loving father was truly heartwarming. Great vulnerability!


 Annie  - The 5th Avenue Theatre
Timothy McCuen Piggee (Oliver Warbucks)

The role is not written with a lot of depth, but he brought a lot it. There was a genuine connection between him and Annie.


 Annie  - The 5th Avenue Theatre
Visesia Fakatoufifita/Faith Young (Annie)

Visesia: Lovely, thoughtful interpretation of Annie. I especially loved her moments with Sandy, when she really seemed to connect with the pooch. Animated, fearless, great voice and swell dancing. Faith: Her voice was just incredible. Poised, professional and what a belt!


 Annie  - The 5th Avenue Theatre
Visesia Fakatoufifita/Faith Young (Annie)

FANTASTIC- perfect comic timing, great attitude, but never felt over the top, She completely embodied the character and was a true delight. I don't love Annie, but I loved Faith Young.


 Annie  - The 5th Avenue Theatre
Visesia Fakatoufifita/Faith Young (Annie)

I was impressed with Visesia;s connection and listening to other actors on stage.


 Annie  - The 5th Avenue Theatre
Visesia Fakatoufifita/Faith Young (Annie)

Some of the best youth acting I've seen in Seattle.


 Annie  - The 5th Avenue Theatre
Visesia Fakatoufifita/Faith Young (Annie)

Visesia Fakatoufifita did amazing. She really carried the show and brought a lot to sucha famous role. There was a lot of depth to what she was doing.


 Arms and the Man  - Seattle Shakespeare Company
Allen Fitzpatrick (Major Paul Petkoff)

A beautiful blustery performance.


 Arms and the Man  - Seattle Shakespeare Company
Allen Fitzpatrick (Major Paul Petkoff)

I can see why this man is an Equity actor. His timing was impeccable and he was just a joy to watch. I was never anxious when he walked onstage and immediately felt like I could relax into the story.


 Arms and the Man  - Seattle Shakespeare Company
Brenda Joyner (Raina Petkoff)

Joyner has a tough row to hoe with Raina who is as insufferable in her brainwashed femininity as is her fiancé is his toy soldier bravado. Yet, she portrays Raina's character arc and transformation into greater maturity well.


 Arms and the Man  - Seattle Shakespeare Company
Brenda Joyner (Raina Petkoff)

This young actress owned the full scale embodiment of a ridiculous young ingenue. I absolutely loved everything about her performance. And I have never seen a woman more actively embody the extension of a bustle than she. Well done!


 Arms and the Man  - Seattle Shakespeare Company
Comments (Costume)

Everything worked well, but the women's costumes were fabulous.


 Arms and the Man  - Seattle Shakespeare Company
Comments (Costume)

The costumes were beautiful! I especially liked all of the embroidery details on the traditional wear.


 Arms and the Man  - Seattle Shakespeare Company
Comments (Costume)

What an absolutely remarkable job in costume design top to bottom in every way. This was the bustle to end all bustles! Thank you for this most eloquent piece of construction. Wonderful Bulgarian pieces interspersed with a more classical style. Beautiful shoes. Bravo.


 Arms and the Man  - Seattle Shakespeare Company
Comments (Lighting)

Use of the candles, the change of lighting for different times of day, all very effective.


 Arms and the Man  - Seattle Shakespeare Company
Comments (Scenic)

Opulence of the bedroom; the "wood" of the library; even the mountains added to the atmosphere and really helped establish the mood.


 Arms and the Man  - Seattle Shakespeare Company
Comments (Sound/Music)

I saw the play with someone who actually spoke Bulgarian (who knew?), and was familiar with different styles of Bulgarian music. Each choice was spot on. But also the other sound elements (were those birds I heard)?


 Arms and the Man  - Seattle Shakespeare Company
Comments (Sound/Music)

Real Bulgarian music, well done. And some lovely nature soundscapes in Act 2.


 Arms and the Man  - Seattle Shakespeare Company
Defining Moment

I really liked the moment when Nicola got out of Louka's way and helped her on in her pursuit of Sergius. It was very touching and sweet and excellently played/directed by all.


 Arms and the Man  - Seattle Shakespeare Company
Defining Moment

I was moved by the moments when Louka stood up for herself, particularly to Sergius. I found the actors wrestling with Shaw's text to be more interesting than the text itself.


 Arms and the Man  - Seattle Shakespeare Company
Defining Moment

Louka's pragmatic response to Saranoff's amorous advances.


 Arms and the Man  - Seattle Shakespeare Company
Defining Moment

Richard Sloniker's Sergius unintentionally spits on Brenda Joyner's Raina face as he declares his love for her. Without missing a beat, Raina wipes her face as she returns his affection.


 Arms and the Man  - Seattle Shakespeare Company
Defining Moment

The costumes in the show were excellent. They were well matched with the scenic design and I couldn't stop admiring them throughout the show.


 Arms and the Man  - Seattle Shakespeare Company
Defining Moment

The defining moment: Raina and Major Sergius's absolutely ridiculous love scenes and the moment where they are so committed to the heightened farce of their romance they are actually amorously spitting in each other's faces!


 Arms and the Man  - Seattle Shakespeare Company
Defining Moment

The final act of the the play where the lovers overcome their obsession with status quo and what should be in order to follow their hearts, proving that love can conquer the false lines of rank.


 Arms and the Man  - Seattle Shakespeare Company
Defining Moment

The piercing look that Louka gives to the curtain when she realizes that someone is hiding there, who that someone must be, and that Raina is keeping this secret-- it read loud and clear, and encapsulated everything that was to come in the story!


 Arms and the Man  - Seattle Shakespeare Company
Defining Moment

When it begins to dawn on Raina that she's lacking in real substance and she chooses to grow.


 Arms and the Man  - Seattle Shakespeare Company
Defining Moment

When Raina reveals that she's not REALLY the poseur she pretends to be.


 Arms and the Man  - Seattle Shakespeare Company
Defining Moment

When we first see Raina Petkoff with Saranoff


 Arms and the Man  - Seattle Shakespeare Company
George Mount (Nicola)

Mount brings respect to what could be a doormat of a character. Nicola's admiration and generosity toward the rising, ambitious Louka has been played by others with such obsequiousness as to make one nauseated, but Mount gives him heart and soul. Well done.


 Arms and the Man  - Seattle Shakespeare Company
Jonelle Jordan (Louka)

Jonelle was lovely. I cannot wait to see her in something else. I was in awe of her ability to handle the bruised arm section with tact and grace, never once losing the implications of this potentially triggering moment in this day and age.


 Arms and the Man  - Seattle Shakespeare Company
Jonelle Jordan (Louka)

Great comic timing.


 Arms and the Man  - Seattle Shakespeare Company
Jonelle Jordan (Louka)

Jordan's Louka is a surprise in all the best ways. She's been played before as a golddigger and with reason, yet Jordan imbues her with vision and drive not merely for baubles and lace but for a bigger life!


 Arms and the Man  - Seattle Shakespeare Company
Jonelle Jordan (Louka)

Wonderful nuances and very funny comedic bits such as pulling the cigarette out of her bosom or her side eyes as she enters a room. The opening of the terrace door for Raina. I'm devastated someone of her fire would end of with Sergius. Why???


 Arms and the Man  - Seattle Shakespeare Company
Richard Nguyen Sloniker (Major Sergius Saranoff)

Nguyen Sloniker does a great job with the pompous Major and provides over the top in a likable way.


 Arms and the Man  - Seattle Shakespeare Company
Richard Nguyen Sloniker (Major Sergius Saranoff)

Oh there's so many things about this performance that is so good. The pouting, the farcical comedic embodiments. Completely committed to being totally ridiculous.


 Arms and the Man  - Seattle Shakespeare Company
Richard Nguyen Sloniker (Major Sergius Saranoff)

Richard was breathtaking to watch! He perfectly straddled the line between playing a realistic human character and a typical Shawvian caricature. I felt for Sergius and although he's arguably the least likeable character in the whole show, he was my favorite part. His mannerisms were perfect and he stood out from the ensemble in a huge way because he had such an excellent grasp of his character's function, as well as his own ability to meet that expectation.


 Arms and the Man  - Seattle Shakespeare Company
S.F. Kamara (Captain Bluntschli)

He was very lovely. I enjoyed his wry sense of humor.


 Arms and the Man  - Seattle Shakespeare Company
S.F. Kamara (Captain Bluntschli)

This actor brought so much gravitas to the Captain! He conveyed Blunschli's exhaustion of mind, body and spirit in the first scene in an understated and all the more affecting way, yet he keeps his humanity. He's at the very end of his tether and yet his dignity remains.


 Arms and the Man  - Seattle Shakespeare Company
Suzy Hunt (Catherine Petkoff)

I can't believe this is the first time I've seen her onstage in Seattle! I clearly need to get out to see more shows. She was FLAWLESS, perfect timing, facial expressions, she embodied so much of her character's opposing ambitions and played each nuanced emotion as a reaction to new information perfectly. It was a joy to watch a Shaw mother character who wasn't portrayed as an unfeeling witch or old, sexless hag. Truly beautiful, wonderful, hilarious work.


 Arms and the Man  - Seattle Shakespeare Company
Suzy Hunt (Catherine Petkoff)

I saw her understudy who had great commitment to her role and offered beautiful nuance despite having script in hand.


 Arms and the Man  - Seattle Shakespeare Company
Suzy Hunt (Catherine Petkoff)

Suzy was out during my performance, but Macall Gordon did a stellar job stepping in. She had only a few performances under her belt, but short of one awkward moment and a script in her hand, it seemed pretty seamless. Macall did a wonderful job.


 Arms and the Man  - Seattle Shakespeare Company
Suzy Hunt (Catherine Petkoff)

Unfortunately, Suzy was not able to perform for the show I saw, but Macall Gordon stepped in seamlessly: If I hadn't known she was sub'ing for Suzy, I would have thought she'd done the role all along.


 Arsenic and Old Lace  - Taproot Theatre Company
Bill Johns (Reverend Harper/Mr. Gibbs/Mr. Witherspoon)

I couldn't believe this man played so many different characters throughout the whole show! A hidden gem of a performer! He was flawless and awe-inspiring to watch.


 Arsenic and Old Lace  - Taproot Theatre Company
Bill Johns (Reverend Harper/Mr. Gibbs/Mr. Witherspoon)

Mr. Johns is a great character actor. His three different characters were distinct and different.


 Arsenic and Old Lace  - Taproot Theatre Company
Comments (Costume)

Beautifully detailed work. Especially the Aunts' costumes.


 Arsenic and Old Lace  - Taproot Theatre Company
Comments (Costume)

Very lovely dresses for the women and the style was great.


 Arsenic and Old Lace  - Taproot Theatre Company
Comments (Costume)

Well done costumes - I especially liked the brewsters sisters "funeral" black dresses.


 Arsenic and Old Lace  - Taproot Theatre Company
Comments (Direction)

Like all good farces, this show had amazing pace and drive. Once the groundwork was laid, the show just "cooked". Also, I loved the littie details. The lighting of the candelabra to set the mood for dinner, the setting of the table and the nearly constant going up and down the stairs by nearly everyone.


 Arsenic and Old Lace  - Taproot Theatre Company
Comments (Direction)

The director managed to incorporated all aspects of the space and I appreciate how the director utilized all the entrances/exits. The blocking was well done and supported the focus of the story.


 Arsenic and Old Lace  - Taproot Theatre Company
Comments (Lighting)

The lighting in the night time scenes were exceptional as it set the environment while still providing the audience with appropriate lighting to see the action on stage.


 Arsenic and Old Lace  - Taproot Theatre Company
Comments (Scenic)

Definitely used a tricky space very very well!


 Arsenic and Old Lace  - Taproot Theatre Company
Comments (Scenic)

I've seen several plays at this theater and am always impressed by how they utilize their limited space - the added mahogany stairwell leading up to the balcony bedroom helped the home look larger, and added to the several well-used entries and exits of this set, the pictures on the wall were referred to, the carpets and furniture seemed appropriate to the time period and social stature of the family, and the window seat looked like a coffin, something I noticed immediately before the play even began - and was a nice foreshadow.


 Arsenic and Old Lace  - Taproot Theatre Company
Comments (Scenic)

Loved the details in the set and the homey feeling. So much was crammed into the small space, but it worked. The family photos in the stairwell and the gruesome tools Jonathan took out of his bag were things that stood out.


 Arsenic and Old Lace  - Taproot Theatre Company
Comments (Scenic)

Stunning! The level of detail that went into this two story structure was unparalleled. Furthermore, it allowed the audience to be instantly welcomed into this family's home from the moment the lights came up.


 Arsenic and Old Lace  - Taproot Theatre Company
Comments (Scenic)

The set was lovely! I loved the two levels, use of staircase and all of the hardwood.


 Arsenic and Old Lace  - Taproot Theatre Company
Comments (Scenic)

Very creative use of the space, I don't know if I've seen a show there before that utilized the upstairs so well.


 Arsenic and Old Lace  - Taproot Theatre Company
Comments (Sound/Music)

I don't think the actors wear mics, but the sound effects and music were timed well - notable was the timing of the telephone and doorbell ring, as well as the sound of crickets whenever the windows were opened, giving a sense of the unseen outdoors.


 Arsenic and Old Lace  - Taproot Theatre Company
David Drummond (Jonathan Brewster)

I am in awe of his ability to be utterly terrifying and then completely ridiculous in the same scene. His emotional breadth and vocal range is incredible. Also I love the physicality he created for this character.


 Arsenic and Old Lace  - Taproot Theatre Company
Defining Moment

Every time Teddy blows his bugle.


 Arsenic and Old Lace  - Taproot Theatre Company
Defining Moment

I love the way that they used the space, building the set all the way up into the balcony. It was very creative and very effective.


 Arsenic and Old Lace  - Taproot Theatre Company
Defining Moment

Loved the door bell / knocker


 Arsenic and Old Lace  - Taproot Theatre Company
Defining Moment

Richard Nguyen Sloniker's comic realization that there is a body in the window seat, and that his aunts are responsible. Simply priceless.


 Arsenic and Old Lace  - Taproot Theatre Company
Defining Moment

The comedic timing of the actors through out the show was phenomenal and had me laughing the entire time! The quick pace and appropriate pauses, the delivery of specific lines (i.e. "Chaaaaarge"), and the actors facial expressions keep me engaged and wondering what crazy antics would happen next.


 Arsenic and Old Lace  - Taproot Theatre Company
Defining Moment

The end of Act 1 was the most memorable, as different members of the cast are putting it all together at difference paces.


 Arsenic and Old Lace  - Taproot Theatre Company
Defining Moment

Watching Mortimer discover the new gentleman who was about to drink the wine was hilarious. I was on pins and needles hoping he'd see it in time.


 Arsenic and Old Lace  - Taproot Theatre Company
Defining Moment

When one of the Brewster sisters sweetly says "It had poison in it because we put it in" - that was the moment when the sweetness intersected with the violence of the murders.


 Arsenic and Old Lace  - Taproot Theatre Company
Kim Morris (Abby Brewster)

Her comedic timing was excellent and the delivery of her lines was sincere.


 Arsenic and Old Lace  - Taproot Theatre Company
Kim Morris (Abby Brewster)

Kim brought very good comedic timing to this role.


 Arsenic and Old Lace  - Taproot Theatre Company
Nolan Palmer (Dr. Einstein)

Nolan did a great job taking a role that was very specifically played by Peter Lorre in the film and making it his own.


 Arsenic and Old Lace  - Taproot Theatre Company
Pam Nolte (Martha Brewster)

I love watching Pam in any role because she is always "on" and disappears completely into character.


 Arsenic and Old Lace  - Taproot Theatre Company
Pam Nolte (Martha Brewster)

Loved her energy and calmness as Martha.


 Arsenic and Old Lace  - Taproot Theatre Company
Richard Nguyen Sloniker (Mortimer Brewster)

He carried the energy all the way through the show which was no small feat. Very well done.


 Arsenic and Old Lace  - Taproot Theatre Company
Richard Nguyen Sloniker (Mortimer Brewster)

His facial expression were hilarious! He could tell the whole story with just his face. His physicality and reactions to what was unfolding were both excellent.


 Arsenic and Old Lace  - Taproot Theatre Company
Richard Nguyen Sloniker (Mortimer Brewster)

Mr. Sloniker is a natural comedian. I loved watching his Mortimer try to keep all the balls in the air when he realized what was going on.


 Arsenic and Old Lace  - Taproot Theatre Company
Stephen Grenley (Teddy Brewster)

Great comic work from Mr. Grenley. He is as dependable a comic actor as one can find in Seattle.


 Arsenic and Old Lace  - Taproot Theatre Company
Stephen Grenley (Teddy Brewster)

He completely embodied the role. I believe that he believed he was Teddy Roosevelt!


 Arsenic and Old Lace  - Taproot Theatre Company
Tyler Todd Kimmel (Officer O'Hara)

His silent monologue in which he acted out the entirety of his show had me near tears with laughter!


 Arsenic and Old Lace  - Taproot Theatre Company
Tyler Todd Kimmel (Officer O'Hara)

I had no idea this actor could play anything other than lovestruck leading man. A wonderful, hilarious performance!


 Arsenic and Old Lace  - Taproot Theatre Company
Tyler Todd Kimmel (Officer O'Hara)

Very enjoyable performance! Fun, energetic and silly in just the right way.


 Arsonists, The  - The Horse in Motion
Adrian Kljucec (Police Officer)

Adrain was deeply committed to his role and I felt the energy and focus he brought to each scene both on and off stage in the sidelines.


 Arsonists, The  - The Horse in Motion
Amber Tanaka (Eisenring)

Amber Tanaka's performance as Eisenring was whipsmart, funny, and struck the perfect balance between tongue-in-cheek mischief and deadly earnest.


 Arsonists, The  - The Horse in Motion
Amber Tanaka (Eisenring)

She had great timing and was very likable


 Arsonists, The  - The Horse in Motion
Comments (Actors)

Ben Phillips understudied for Adrian Kljucec, who was out ill, and had I not known he was a replacement, would have never noticed - a great sign of a rehearsed and nimble actor and ensemble.


 Arsonists, The  - The Horse in Motion
Comments (Costume)

Some really interesting costume touches in this show. I appreciated the 'larger than life' aspects to the costumes of the Biedermanns - The bow tie and wrist watch, Mrs Bidermann's pearls and Anna's bow on her apron giving a larger than life, slightly skewed feel to everything.


 Arsonists, The  - The Horse in Motion
Comments (Ensemble)

The ensemble worked really well together. Their focus and movement on the other actors when they were not in a scene offered an additional layer of witnessing, energy and interest for me as an audience member.


 Arsonists, The  - The Horse in Motion
Comments (Overall Production)

I thought the particular use of the gallery in Pioneer Square, the flame art on the wall, the fire-themed music and the Great fire dramaturgy enhanced the expectation of the production, even though the storyline was more allegorical. I felt that the fire-fighter chorus was representative of the audience observers and thought that the production worked its way through breaking and going back inside the fourth wall seamlessly.


 Arsonists, The  - The Horse in Motion
Comments (Scenic)

great use of space at the Erato Gallery. Video wall was very effective.


 Arsonists, The  - The Horse in Motion
Comments (Scenic)

Interesting creates, fire hose rolls and gas cans. Also, what a wonderful creative use of a closet as a bed chamber.


 Arsonists, The  - The Horse in Motion
Comments (Scenic)

The existing space lent itself well to the scenic design, especially the balcony that was able to be used as an attic.


 Arsonists, The  - The Horse in Motion
Comments (Sound/Music)

Nice use of "fire" -related music in the entry: Ring of Fire, Ashes to Ashes and Light My Fire.


 Arsonists, The  - The Horse in Motion
Defining Moment

Defining moment was when Laura Steele filmed Mr Bidermann and then flashed to the audience taking in an additional layer of witnessing and involving the audience as both witness of a play as well as taking us inside of the play.


 Arsonists, The  - The Horse in Motion
Defining Moment

Mr. Biederman deciding to give the Arsonists the matches...we were pretty sure he was going to do it, but still disappointed when he did. And we understood why. Ugh. Great pause and delivery Mario Orallo-Molinaro.


 Arsonists, The  - The Horse in Motion
Defining Moment

Start of show from "lobby" to "dining room"


 Arsonists, The  - The Horse in Motion
Defining Moment

The electric moment when Mr. Biedermann put the matchbook into Eisenring's hand.


 Arsonists, The  - The Horse in Motion
Defining Moment

The handing off of the matches


 Arsonists, The  - The Horse in Motion
Defining Moment

The integration of the chorus infused the whole play with a tension that was frustrating in the best way. Everyone sees the trauma coming and no one (even the firefighters) do enough to stop it.


 Arsonists, The  - The Horse in Motion
Defining Moment

There's a great moment when the chorus is talking and the screen behind them displays a map of the Pioneer Square area with little flame icons showing the spread of the fire. And then a clever live stream on the screen of one of the actors speaking to the audience and then the camera pans across the room and the audience is in the play.


 Arsonists, The  - The Horse in Motion
Defining Moment

When Schmitz starts eating a jar of mustard with a spoon. Also, when the audience notices all the gasoline drums in the attic.


 Arsonists, The  - The Horse in Motion
Defining Moment

Woe appearing larger and larger on the screen


 Arsonists, The  - The Horse in Motion
Gabi Arrastia (Mrs. Knechtling)

Gabi Arrastia brought a lovely, wilting physicality to Mrs. Knechtling.


 Arsonists, The  - The Horse in Motion
Jordan Moeller (Schmitz)

Embodied his character's charm and deceptiveness very well. Funny and likable.


 Arsonists, The  - The Horse in Motion
Jordan Moeller (Schmitz)

Jordan was great - he had a jovial menace about him that came across clearly. Stole the scenes he was in.


 Arsonists, The  - The Horse in Motion
Katherine Bicknell (Anna)

A beautiful stomping on the table cloth moment of letting the veil of service fall and being a human being with volatile feelings. This character perhaps more than any others, I felt empathy for, the confusion of her journey, what was being asked of her and the role of subordinate. It was a small role and Katherine brought a full multi-dimensional embodiment to it.


 Arsonists, The  - The Horse in Motion
Katherine Bicknell (Anna)

Spoke volumes with her eyes


 Arsonists, The  - The Horse in Motion
Kiki Abba (Chorus Leader)

Strong and commanding stage presence


 Arsonists, The  - The Horse in Motion
Mario Orallo-Molinaro (Mr. Biedermann)

A lovely opening moment where Mr. Biedermann came out and took the stage in the lobby moving past where people were sitting and commanding the respect and attention of the room as he lit his first cigarette.


 Arsonists, The  - The Horse in Motion
Other/Final Comments

The Horse in Motion produced yet another great play!


 Arsonists, The  - The Horse in Motion
Steven Sterne (Doctor of Philosophy)

There was a really powerful moment of silence on the above level where the Doctor of Philosophy did a slow clean of his glasses while maintaining eye contact with the other arsonist. Something about the tension of this moment was magnetic and powerful.


 As You Like It  - Seattle Shakespeare Company
Bobbi Kotula (Duke Senior)

A beautiful strong compassionate and grace-filled presence.


 As You Like It  - Seattle Shakespeare Company
Bobbi Kotula (Duke Senior)

Duke Senior was played by Heather Hawkins Weinland because Bobbi Kotula had a medical emergency; she carried a script but this in no way detracted from the rest of the performance.


 As You Like It  - Seattle Shakespeare Company
Chad Sommerville (Silvius/Charles)

Yeeehaw!


 As You Like It  - Seattle Shakespeare Company
Comments (Costume)

Yes! Loved it! Great modernization. I adored the color palette of the costumes in Arden. Some key pieces of note were the berry corsages. Loved Duke Seniors outfit and scarf and Celia's wedding cape were high lights!


 As You Like It  - Seattle Shakespeare Company
Comments (Scenic)

When the curtains were pulled down after Act 1 there was such depth to the stage - the forest felt like it went on and on. The containment of the first Act to downstage and at times in the laps of the audience raised the stakes and heightened the energy of the fight between Orlando and the wrestler and the growing discontent and pressure of banishment of Rosalind.


 As You Like It  - Seattle Shakespeare Company
Corey McDaniel (Oliver)

There wasn't a moment when Corey wasn't 100% engaged and I found him to be the most arresting part of the entire show.


 As You Like It  - Seattle Shakespeare Company
Defining Moment

For me, the defining moment was when the beautiful forest crew lounged around and sang to the Duke upon their first entrance. I felt pastoral harmony was perfectly grabbed here.