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As You Like It  - Seattle Shakespeare Company
Defining Moment

Rosalind's first entrance as Ganymede


 As You Like It  - Seattle Shakespeare Company
Defining Moment

The Act 1 relationship between Celia and Rosalind was so beautiful. There was an incredible tender moment of onstage intimacy and play with Celia teasing Rosalind about Orlando where they were in their night clothes before the banishment and had playfully found themselves on the ground with such intimacy of two women that is seldom portrayed onstage.


 As You Like It  - Seattle Shakespeare Company
Defining Moment

The choreography of the wrestling match


 As You Like It  - Seattle Shakespeare Company
Defining Moment

The original music sections in the forest were beautifully lit.


 As You Like It  - Seattle Shakespeare Company
Defining Moment

The philosophy scene with Touchstone. Brilliant.


 As You Like It  - Seattle Shakespeare Company
Defining Moment

There was a moment in the beginning of the play where Rosalind first lays eyes on Orlando and he proceeds to win in a wrestling match. The movement of each person onstage in that moment really spoke to how connected the entire cast was, a feeling that remained throughout the production.


 As You Like It  - Seattle Shakespeare Company
Defining Moment

There was a moment when Rosalind as Ganymede is talking with Orlando, and they mention something about Rosalind being wise, and we just hear Celia on the other side of the stage give a very questioning, "Hmmmmm...." Great add.


 As You Like It  - Seattle Shakespeare Company
Defining Moment

When Rosalind and Orlando were doing the first wooing scene.


 As You Like It  - Seattle Shakespeare Company
Defining Moment

When the curtains are pulled down to reveal the forest of Arden.


 As You Like It  - Seattle Shakespeare Company
Julie Jamieson (Adam/Sir Oliver Martext)

What a gorgeous and heartbreaking performance. Sweet vulnerability and devotion and clear understanding and deeply touching embodiment of the text.


 As You Like It  - Seattle Shakespeare Company
Other/Final Comments

Bobbi Kotula was out and played by another actress this evening. Lovely show, miss Bobbi.


 B  - Washington Ensemble Theatre
Comments (Costume)

The costumes and masks are among the best I have seen onstage here. Jose Miguel’s broad red coat is astonishing and beautiful. The masks help the actors bring out character qualitiies and are major contributors to the best moments in the play. Superbly done.


 B  - Washington Ensemble Theatre
Comments (Direction)

Super strong POV and great, dynamic staging.


 B  - Washington Ensemble Theatre
Comments (Direction)

This is a strikingly well composed production, in which every element is excellent and in complete harmony with the other elements. The play is disorienting and challenging, but it is never less than a pleasure to watch or to hear.


 B  - Washington Ensemble Theatre
Comments (Lighting)

Incredible use of lighting as a story telling tool.


 B  - Washington Ensemble Theatre
Comments (Lighting)

Tristan Roberson is simply the best. Here again, his inventive lighting was the star of the show.


 B  - Washington Ensemble Theatre
Comments (Scenic)

By far, the best part of this production was this set. It allowed me to lean into the story, because it didn't scream such-and-such era. It felt quite scientific in some ways, which pointed toward an examination of the events on stage.


 B  - Washington Ensemble Theatre
Comments (Scenic)

I loved the white aesthetics sending all the focus to the words and actions of the show. The lit proscenium was also super cool


 B  - Washington Ensemble Theatre
Comments (Sound/Music)

All the sound, from preshow to postshow, was carefully crafted to unbalance the viewer in exactly the right way.


 B  - Washington Ensemble Theatre
Craig Peterson (Jose Miguel)

Did a great job, loved the intensity


 B  - Washington Ensemble Theatre
Craig Peterson (Jose Miguel)

His physicality was exceptional.


 B  - Washington Ensemble Theatre
Defining Moment

As each of the main characters had their monologues we finally got a deeper look into their motives. The 3 monologues back-to-back was an interesting choice.


 B  - Washington Ensemble Theatre
Defining Moment

Can I say the feel of the play was defining? I really dug the juxtaposition of a pretend party, complete with colorful candies and cupcakes against the stark backdrop of anarchy, completed by the extreme black and white play of the set. Very cool through-ine.


 B  - Washington Ensemble Theatre
Defining Moment

Craig Peterson's entrance - the precision and focus of his stylized movement - left me entranced and will stick in my memory for a long time.


 B  - Washington Ensemble Theatre
Defining Moment

I especially loved the use of red, pulsating lighting when the bomb finally went off. It was also cool to see the look of horror on each of their faces as they looked at each other when they realized what was happening.


 B  - Washington Ensemble Theatre
Defining Moment

Jose Miguel's entrance.


 B  - Washington Ensemble Theatre
Defining Moment

The birthday music before the cheese goes off.


 B  - Washington Ensemble Theatre
Defining Moment

The defining moment was when the package containing the bomb began to ring like a cel phone, and the characters onstage knew they were going to die.


 B  - Washington Ensemble Theatre
Defining Moment

The explosion was incredibly impactful and well done.


 B  - Washington Ensemble Theatre
Defining Moment

The light change to red and the blackout at the end of the performance were stunning dramatic moments.


 B  - Washington Ensemble Theatre
Defining Moment

The stark white set, with carefully placed splashes of color was effective starting us off in this strange world.


 B  - Washington Ensemble Theatre
Defining Moment

The way to actors embraced silence and the overhead lights flickering as the bomb moved across the stage when Jose Miguel first entered left me with goosebumps! Definitely a defining moment that stuck with me long after leaving the theatre.


 B  - Washington Ensemble Theatre
Other/Final Comments

Another tremendous production from WET. They have been remarkably consistent in terms of high aspiration and high quality since the current artistic director, Samie Spring Detzer, took the helm. B is a remarkable show.


 B  - Washington Ensemble Theatre
Shermona Mitchell (Carmen)

Makes the smartest choices, so fun to watch


 B  - Washington Ensemble Theatre
Shermona Mitchell (Carmen)

She was hilarious and so committed.


 B  - Washington Ensemble Theatre
Sophie Franco (Alejandra)

The range of emotion she displayed was captivating.


 Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery  - Taproot Theatre Company
Comments (Costume)

As the actors play multiple characters in quick succession, it was essential that the costumes were flexible, fast to change, and give the general impression of the characters. The costumes became another character in the play, as they were whipped on and off, reversed, and rotated. Great fun to watch!


 Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery  - Taproot Theatre Company
Comments (Costume)

High-quality costumes, that befitted the characters well.


 Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery  - Taproot Theatre Company
Comments (Costume)

I was impressed with the amount of pieces that doubled or switched to become other costume pieces. It was fun to see the little gimmicks they used (the tiny explorer hat and the mustache on a stick) but I was disappointed that, while some of the looks seemed so complete, (Holmes', Watson's, Sir Henry's, the Barrymores') that others were lacking (Ms. Hudson, the maid in the beginning, Sir Hugo and Sir Charles.) I realize that they were minor parts who rarely appeared, but it still looked sloppy and like an after thought or they'd run out of time/ideas to me.

There are ways to make a character's look "complete" with minimal pieces. Covering Eric Hampton's Barrymore costume with just a cloak in order to be the convict was perfect. And even the switch from Lestrade to Sir Henry seemed more like a complete change even though it was mostly a jacket and hat swap.


 Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery  - Taproot Theatre Company
Comments (Costume)

Sherlock's cape was a stand-out. Also the quick changes were a delight to watch.


 Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery  - Taproot Theatre Company
Comments (Costume)

The clothes were beautiful and differentiated each character. The costume changes were very clever and it was evident a lot of skill and ingenuity went into the design and construction of the numerous pieces.


 Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery  - Taproot Theatre Company
Comments (Costume)

The costume design was consistent, funny, clever and of a unified piece - it was the most important production element and it served the caper magnificently.


 Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery  - Taproot Theatre Company
Comments (Direction)

I thought this play was very cohesive. The dramatic sound design, murky lighting, and heightened acting all came together to tell the same melodramatic and slapstick comedy.


 Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery  - Taproot Theatre Company
Comments (Direction)

This play was directed with a very specific audience in mind. The humor, while simple, was played to the hilt, and the staging was effective from all angles. Easy to understand and enjoyable.


 Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery  - Taproot Theatre Company
Comments (Ensemble)

The ensemble clearly enjoyed this production, and thrilled each other with little discoveries. It was a pleasure to see them react to each other in an engaged manner, not overly rehearsed and rote.


 Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery  - Taproot Theatre Company
Comments (Lighting)

Entertaining and inventive use of lighting effects and projections were effectively used to help create a different sense of place for each scene and bring the backdrop to life.


 Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery  - Taproot Theatre Company
Comments (Lighting)

The concept of using one set and then layering graphics through light to tell the audience where we were was very clever. I especially thought the butterflies were charmin


 Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery  - Taproot Theatre Company
Comments (Lighting)

The lighting was crisp and clean, and the gobos specifically looked beautiful with all of the haze. The projection work was very clever and definitely enhanced the story telling, as well as made the shifting locations clearer. I specially loved the moment when the actors are struggling in the wind, and the location title keeps getting blown away as well. It was very funny and clever.


 Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery  - Taproot Theatre Company
Comments (Lighting)

Thoughtful use of lighting helped create the ambiance needed for each scene, using the illusion of practicals in windows to great effect, in addition to specials. Beautiful.


 Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery  - Taproot Theatre Company
Comments (Scenic)

The set embodied the spirit of the show while embracing the challenge of a 3/4 thrust stage in an intimate space. Garish teal paint on the building facade became spooky, adorable, and dingy by turns, allowing the characters to move through space and time while interacting with the set in a farcical manner.


 Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery  - Taproot Theatre Company
Comments (Sound/Music)

lots of offstage sounds: dob barks, the howl of the hound, etc.


 Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery  - Taproot Theatre Company
Comments (Sound/Music)

The most effective bit of sound design was the hound itself. Scary, realistic, and just close enough to be terrifying.


 Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery  - Taproot Theatre Company
Comments (Sound/Music)

The sound definitely creates a spooky ambience and the dramatic stings were very funny


 Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery  - Taproot Theatre Company
Comments (Sound/Music)

The sound was really lovely and did much to enhance a sparse set, as far as setting tone and location changes.

Some moments with the sound cues seemed a bit off (perhaps the timing was under-rehearsed?) I could tell that they were intended as musical buttons, but they didn't quite land, it seemed to me.


 Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery  - Taproot Theatre Company
Comments (Sound/Music)

Kudos is due for recognizing the comedic potential of a little melodrama, as most of the big laughs I heard came from well-placed clichéd music cues straight out of 'Golden-Age' films.


 Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery  - Taproot Theatre Company
Defining Moment

A wonderful comic moment underscored the show's theatricality and the hard-working cast's multiple roles: Holmes, explaining his theory of the case as it was acted out, mentioned the names of some suspicious parties, paused, and repeated the name--triggering the folks he was talking to to run backstage and change into the wardrobe of the people in question. Hilarious and well played.


 Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery  - Taproot Theatre Company
Defining Moment

Holmes and Sherlock turn their collars to the weather, holding their hats as they struggle against the wind. Leaning into the wild wind, they struggle up the hill, seeking answers to their mystery. Brilliant bit of stage action, well acted, and effective.


 Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery  - Taproot Theatre Company
Defining Moment

I loved the smart idea of projecting labels on the set, so that the door and windows could be for Baskerville Hall or for 221B Baker Street or for lots of other places. There was also a round flat space where a shield or other decoration could be projected. For one scene there were additional labels for businesses. I hadn't noticed a space where these things could be projected and yet they were there. The set was painted bright turquoise and purple. You would not think it could be so versatile.


 Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery  - Taproot Theatre Company
Defining Moment

Loved the spooky red "hound's eyes" popping out at the beginning.


 Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery  - Taproot Theatre Company
Defining Moment

Set Design. The simplicity of the set and the creative use of space and minimalist props.


 Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery  - Taproot Theatre Company
Defining Moment

The defining moment was when Holmes was talking with his irregulars, and mentioned two of the other characters that the same actors play, and he cleared his throat to remind them to change into those costumes...summed up the silliness of the rapidfire role changes.


 Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery  - Taproot Theatre Company
Defining Moment

The first moment that Watson encountered Ms. Stapleton and everything stopped in time, as they noticed each other. It was then that I realized that Watson was single and looking and that arrested my attention, so it was doubly funny when he tried to get it on with the nurse in a later scene.


 Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery  - Taproot Theatre Company
Defining Moment

The surprise reappearance of Actor 2 and Actress 3 as street urchins to Holmes' deadpan welcome.


 Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery  - Taproot Theatre Company
Defining Moment

Watson, Sir Henry, and Dr Mortimer were struggling in the wind mishearing each other. Their physicality was clear, the projections were wobbling in the wind which was clever, and then suddenly they went inside and the sound immediately cut out, the lights shifted, and their body language instantly became much more relaxed and still. It was very funny.


 Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery  - Taproot Theatre Company
Defining Moment

When Watson came into the audience and sat on me. I actually completely didn't see it coming. Just all of those sudden there was a dude on my lap. It legitimately made me laugh.


 Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery  - Taproot Theatre Company
Elizabeth Keck (Actress One)

A difficult task to attempt to play many characters in rapid succession, and Elizabeth achieved it brilliantly. In particular, her turn as the love struck girl was ridiculously sweet and zany.


 Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery  - Taproot Theatre Company
Elizabeth Keck (Actress One)

Her physicality was very strong- she went from a hobbling Mrs. Hudson to a melodramatic ingenue with absolute ease. Her accent work was also very impressive.


 Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery  - Taproot Theatre Company
Elizabeth Keck (Actress One)

She was phenomenal. Her ability to play so many different ages, classes and genders(!) was truly breathtaking. I especially loved her little boy character as well as Miss. Stapleton, but all of them were so fully realized, committed and enjoyable to watch.


 Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery  - Taproot Theatre Company
Elizabeth Keck (Actress One)

Superb work with accents, timing, and limning characters in just a few strokes.


 Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery  - Taproot Theatre Company
Eric Hampton (Actor One)

Eric is mad in the best sort of way. His characters are just a bit insane, keeping us guessing as to what they will do next. Clear, precise accents for each character show his skill with language, and his physical comedy is as sharp as a knife.


 Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery  - Taproot Theatre Company
Eric Hampton (Actor One)

He was very funny and his butterfly exploits were hysterical. His choices were large and outlandish, which fit in well with the overall silliness of the production.


 Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery  - Taproot Theatre Company
Michael Patten (Sherlock Holmes)

Commanding and humorous, Michael brought levity to a traditionally stodgy character while maintaining his infamous sociopathic tendencies toward lack of empathy to delightful end. Delightful


 Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery  - Taproot Theatre Company
Michael Patten (Sherlock Holmes)

He was a very good, and classic, Sherlock Holmes. His comedic timing was spot on, and his choices were clear and sharp.


 Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery  - Taproot Theatre Company
Nick Watson (Actor Two)

Each character Nick tried on felt not like a costume change, but a full person emerging. Funny, sweet, and endearing, his performance was a perfect example of how to tackle ensemble roles with ease.


 Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery  - Taproot Theatre Company
Nick Watson (Actor Two)

His character shifts were clear, specific, and all drastically different from each other. His Sir Henry was very endearing and he had lovely moments of genuine vulnerability.


 Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery  - Taproot Theatre Company
Nick Watson (Actor Two)

I was blown away by the wealth of physical and vocal choices this actor had at his disposal. Just when I thought he would have exhausted his limit of ideas, in he walked as Lestrade, and a new, complete human person. His performance made the ending bit of changing rapidly between Sir Henry and Lestrade utterly hilarious.


 Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery  - Taproot Theatre Company
Other/Final Comments

There were quick costume changes, sometimes onstage and sometimes offstage. Near the end one actor held a mustache near the upper lip of another actor - no time to rush offstage and stick on the mustache! So in many ways it was largely a farce. In a way, you don't get emotionally involved with people who show up and disappear so fast, but it was played for comedy and I think was successful in that. I enjoyed the production.


 Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery  - Taproot Theatre Company
Other/Final Comments

Surprisingly well-paced and exuberantly performed.


 Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery  - Taproot Theatre Company
Other/Final Comments

This production has a lot to like, from wacky comedy to the slightly darker themes running running parallel to the humor. A crowd pleaser, meant to lift the spirit.


 Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery  - Taproot Theatre Company
Reginald André Jackson (Doctor Watson)

Watson is often thought of as a supporting character, when in reality he is the driving force behind the tales and exploits of Sherlock. This is especially true for this production, in which Reginald expertly guides us through this tale with humor, panache, and intrigue. A difficult role handled deftly, and with a beautiful accent.


 Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery  - Taproot Theatre Company
Reginald André Jackson (Doctor Watson)

While often very comedic, he also absolutely carried the production and showed depth and feeling. He showed great range in his physicality and his relationships with the other actors were wonderfully specific.


 Behold the Dreamers  - Book-It Repertory Theatre
Anjelica McMillan (Neni Jonga)

Strong and beautiful work. Loved Anjelica's performance.


 Behold the Dreamers  - Book-It Repertory Theatre
Beth DeVries (Cindy Edwards)

Loved to hate her. She somehow made you sympathize with the villain, which I think showed an incredible range.


 Behold the Dreamers  - Book-It Repertory Theatre
Comments (Choreography)

The fight choreography by Ian Bond was very effective and chilling in it's simple depiction of domestic violence. And if "Chair Choreography" was a category, Myra Platt would most certainly receive the award!


 Behold the Dreamers  - Book-It Repertory Theatre
Comments (Costume)

Excellent perspective expressed through costume design, revealing character clearly and effectively.


 Behold the Dreamers  - Book-It Repertory Theatre
Comments (Costume)

I thought the costuming was good and like the wax print cloth used for the Cameroonian clothing.


 Behold the Dreamers  - Book-It Repertory Theatre
Comments (Direction)

Beautifully done!


 Behold the Dreamers  - Book-It Repertory Theatre
Comments (Direction)

Myra Platt at her signature best!


 Behold the Dreamers  - Book-It Repertory Theatre
Comments (Ensemble)

Wonderful group work, a tight and committed ensemble.


 Behold the Dreamers  - Book-It Repertory Theatre
Comments (Scenic)

Scenic Design by Christopher Mumaw - Simple, classy and stunning!


 Behold the Dreamers  - Book-It Repertory Theatre
Comments (Scenic)

While reading the program notes, I was struck by the gravity of the stark image on stage. Then I realized it was the same feeling I had when I walked into the theatre. That image has power. My father was an immigrant, and the vision of the Statue of Liberty in the "distance" spoke to the piece of me that longs for the ideals and freedoms of being an American - freedoms not everyone in this "great" country experiences.


 Behold the Dreamers  - Book-It Repertory Theatre
Comments (Sound/Music)

The music caught my attention before I even walked through the doors - African beats have moved me for years, but this music had a combination of African beats, beautiful languages, and modern sounds and instrumentation.


 Behold the Dreamers  - Book-It Repertory Theatre
Comments (Sound/Music)

The perfect sound design by Justin Johnson transformed the stage with its simple set pieces rearranged into an instantly recognizable subway, airport, train station, office tower elevator, limousine and so on. The sound design also heightened moments of tension wonderfully!


 Behold the Dreamers  - Book-It Repertory Theatre
Defining Moment

I particularly enjoyed the Book-It magic employed in this play; where a witch's brew of lighting, deceptively simple stage covering, a few chairs and tables, explicatory sound effects and the incantations provided by the actors bring to life any number of complex settings from a NY subway train to an elegant vacation home to an office with floor-to-ceiling windows. I could see all of the settings quite clearly.


 Behold the Dreamers  - Book-It Repertory Theatre
Defining Moment

Jende's friends and family singing and dancing was wonderful


 Behold the Dreamers  - Book-It Repertory Theatre
Defining Moment

One key moment was Cindy's breakdown in Act 1. She was captivating and brought tears to my eyes, with her raw emotion, clear love for her family, and desperate need to not be abandoned. The air was thick, the room quiet, and her pain palpable.

There were so many beautiful moments throughout the show. What brought it all together full circle was the last picture of the Statue of Liberty lit from both above and below, with the rest of the stage dark, the silhouette of the heroine outlined against the backdrop of the "greatness" of the United States. It was so real! That simple (yet beautifully created) picture of the Statue was a powerful statement.


 Behold the Dreamers  - Book-It Repertory Theatre
Defining Moment

Really well choreogaphed and well rehearsed scene transitions using the same "set pieces" in unique and transforming ways.


 Behold the Dreamers  - Book-It Repertory Theatre
Defining Moment

The choice to have all the furniture be transparent.


 Behold the Dreamers  - Book-It Repertory Theatre
Defining Moment

The final scene where the see Neni taking one last look at the city she worked, learned and fought in for a better life for herself and her family.


 Behold the Dreamers  - Book-It Repertory Theatre
Defining Moment

The opening moment on the subway, with Jende going to his job interview. I felt the elements come together beautifully to escort the audience into the story.


 Behold the Dreamers  - Book-It Repertory Theatre
Defining Moment

The simple, yet stunning set was adorned only with clear lucite chairs with gleaming chrome legs that lit beautifully and two matching end tables that when flipped on end together made desks, tables, etc. These almost transparent pieces were moved around and regrouped to create all the furniture in the play, even the subway set with the addition of a couple poles being held by actors - genius! A couple of the chairs even doubled as dance partners at a charity ball, and the effect was magical and left the audience smiling.


 Behold the Dreamers  - Book-It Repertory Theatre
Defining Moment

There were a lot of tense moments throughout, but the standout for me was the fight between the wealthy husband and wife and the following scene where Neni comforted her.


 Behold the Dreamers  - Book-It Repertory Theatre
Defining Moment

when the wife Cindi boxes in the chauffeur Jende, to spy on his boss/her husband- she is finally showing her ruthless, condescending self-centeredness. A lesson about white PRIVELEGE


 Behold the Dreamers  - Book-It Repertory Theatre
Marcel Davis (Bubakar)

oh, so slimy, self-assured - and seemingly incompetent


 Behold the Dreamers  - Book-It Repertory Theatre
Other/Final Comments

A stunning play in true Book-It style!


 Behold the Dreamers  - Book-It Repertory Theatre
Other/Final Comments

I have a renewed respect for my father and what he went through to become an American and bring his family here for a "better life", as well as his strong desire to raise his new family as "Americans" so they wouldn't suffer.


 Behold the Dreamers  - Book-It Repertory Theatre
Other/Final Comments

Very timely, well-produced show. Great ensemble and directing united by a solid vision. 🙂


 Behold the Dreamers  - Book-It Repertory Theatre
Sylvester Foday Kamara (Jende Jonga)

Clarity of action and intention throughout. Really effecting performance.


 Behold the Dreamers  - Book-It Repertory Theatre
Sylvester Foday Kamara (Jende Jonga)

Very strong actor for the show's critical role. I thought he did a great job!


 BenDeLaCreme Presents Beware the Terror of Gaylord Manor  - ACT Theatre; Ben DeLaCreme
BenDeLaCreme (Patsy Jejune)

Always in character, but with just the perfect soupcon of irony.


 BenDeLaCreme Presents Beware the Terror of Gaylord Manor  - ACT Theatre; Ben DeLaCreme
BenDeLaCreme (Patsy Jejune)

Ben is always so great and this show was no exception.


 BenDeLaCreme Presents Beware the Terror of Gaylord Manor  - ACT Theatre; Ben DeLaCreme
Comments (Choreography)

LOVED the skeleton dance... it set the right mood, good choice of music too.


 BenDeLaCreme Presents Beware the Terror of Gaylord Manor  - ACT Theatre; Ben DeLaCreme
Comments (Choreography)

Some of the best dancing I have seen. The choreography worked with the music flawlessly and the whole company was in sync.


 BenDeLaCreme Presents Beware the Terror of Gaylord Manor  - ACT Theatre; Ben DeLaCreme
Comments (Costume)

Transformation from man to werewolf was seamless, so was the vampire transformation!


 BenDeLaCreme Presents Beware the Terror of Gaylord Manor  - ACT Theatre; Ben DeLaCreme
Comments (Direction)

Ben de la Creme pulled together a highly timing dependent production with scarcely a hair of her bewigged head out of place.


 BenDeLaCreme Presents Beware the Terror of Gaylord Manor  - ACT Theatre; Ben DeLaCreme
Comments (Direction)

There was a lot of details that the director was able to bring together to make the play hilarious, spooky, raunchy and entertaining. The timing and dialog delivery was spot on especially since this was a comedy, it could’ve fallen flat.


 BenDeLaCreme Presents Beware the Terror of Gaylord Manor  - ACT Theatre; Ben DeLaCreme
Comments (Direction)

There were a few moments that lingered in spaces I couldn't see due to major poles in the room. Otherwise I think the blocking was great and the characterizations all worked well together!


 BenDeLaCreme Presents Beware the Terror of Gaylord Manor  - ACT Theatre; Ben DeLaCreme
Comments (Ensemble)

The ensemble was able to embody their creatures to bring out the creepy and sexy factor


 BenDeLaCreme Presents Beware the Terror of Gaylord Manor  - ACT Theatre; Ben DeLaCreme
Comments (Lighting)

Particularly fun black light effects during the skeleton dance.


 BenDeLaCreme Presents Beware the Terror of Gaylord Manor  - ACT Theatre; Ben DeLaCreme
Comments (Overall Production)

Very well put-together and fun overall.


 BenDeLaCreme Presents Beware the Terror of Gaylord Manor  - ACT Theatre; Ben DeLaCreme
Comments (Scenic)

A terrific job of incorporating the existing architectural details of the Bullitt Cabaret with the haunted Gaylord mansion.


 BenDeLaCreme Presents Beware the Terror of Gaylord Manor  - ACT Theatre; Ben DeLaCreme
Defining Moment

An incredible blend of schtick and serious love for all things Halloween. This felt like the realization of everything that 2014's VAUDEVILLIANS wanted to be.


 BenDeLaCreme Presents Beware the Terror of Gaylord Manor  - ACT Theatre; Ben DeLaCreme
Defining Moment

Dancing skeletons.


 BenDeLaCreme Presents Beware the Terror of Gaylord Manor  - ACT Theatre; Ben DeLaCreme
Defining Moment

I think more than a specific moment, for me it was a specific character! Leonora stole the show with her dramatic, film noir delivery of some of the funniest lines!


 BenDeLaCreme Presents Beware the Terror of Gaylord Manor  - ACT Theatre; Ben DeLaCreme
Defining Moment

In the beginning of the play when Ms. Jijun walked into Gaylord Manor and there isn’t anyone in the house, music is playing in the back and the art work start to sing, with their eyes moving and their lips syncing with the music. It was a minute detail that took a lot of coordination, thought and timing to make it work. Defined what the audience should expect moving forward.


 BenDeLaCreme Presents Beware the Terror of Gaylord Manor  - ACT Theatre; Ben DeLaCreme
Defining Moment

Inga's dance was really spectacular

Every time Mandy Price was onstage I was laughing.

The ghost dance was really well choreographed, and a bit spooky!


 BenDeLaCreme Presents Beware the Terror of Gaylord Manor  - ACT Theatre; Ben DeLaCreme
Defining Moment

My entire evening was purely delightful. The ghosts made out of butterfly nets and the dancing ensemble never failed to make me smile.


 BenDeLaCreme Presents Beware the Terror of Gaylord Manor  - ACT Theatre; Ben DeLaCreme
Defining Moment

The choreography in the exposition with the 6 people in body suits was sooo imaginative and captivating - a great way to kick off the show!

Also Faggedy Randy's werewolf/strip number.. for nonartistic reasons.


 BenDeLaCreme Presents Beware the Terror of Gaylord Manor  - ACT Theatre; Ben DeLaCreme
Defining Moment

The opening, featuring Major Scales as Count Baron Von Gaylord, resplendent in purple smoking jacket and a very expressive quiff, sitting at the keyboard with a conspiratorial smile and singing "beware, beware...." was a perfect entree to an evening of fun.


 BenDeLaCreme Presents Beware the Terror of Gaylord Manor  - ACT Theatre; Ben DeLaCreme
Defining Moment

The psycho skeleton dance! I think it really brought all the elements of the show together! Very memorable. I also loved the singing paintings!


 BenDeLaCreme Presents Beware the Terror of Gaylord Manor  - ACT Theatre; Ben DeLaCreme
Defining Moment

The skeleton dance. It was my favorite last year. It was my favorite this year. It is flawless.


 BenDeLaCreme Presents Beware the Terror of Gaylord Manor  - ACT Theatre; Ben DeLaCreme
Defining Moment

The top-quality Vampire Burlesque was amazing and the high point of a terrific night.


 BenDeLaCreme Presents Beware the Terror of Gaylord Manor  - ACT Theatre; Ben DeLaCreme
Jason Mondine (Mother Puppeteer)

An entrancing performance! I understand what it means to be a professional puppeteer now! Jason made me forget the mother was a puppet. I felt an electricity and vibrancy in the puppet I never expected!


 BenDeLaCreme Presents Beware the Terror of Gaylord Manor  - ACT Theatre; Ben DeLaCreme
Jason Mondine (Mother Puppeteer)

I loved every scene with this character because the puppeteer was so expressive and entertaining!


 BenDeLaCreme Presents Beware the Terror of Gaylord Manor  - ACT Theatre; Ben DeLaCreme
Major Scales (Count Baron Von Gaylord)

This performer was a consistently excellent host for the evening!


 BenDeLaCreme Presents Beware the Terror of Gaylord Manor  - ACT Theatre; Ben DeLaCreme
Mandy Price (Dr. Dudley Dewey Doddington)

This performer made certain that this character was a laughable reflection of today, but also did so with an element of kindness!


 BenDeLaCreme Presents Beware the Terror of Gaylord Manor  - ACT Theatre; Ben DeLaCreme
Other/Final Comments

All in all, a tremendously entertaining evening, kind of like watching "Dark Shadows" with more artistry and sprinklings of fun naughtiness.


 BenDeLaCreme Presents Beware the Terror of Gaylord Manor  - ACT Theatre; Ben DeLaCreme
Other/Final Comments

This production is exceptional. The dialogue is on point campy fun, the performers knock it out of the park, and it just completely FUN.


 BenDeLaCreme Presents Beware the Terror of Gaylord Manor  - ACT Theatre; Ben DeLaCreme
Randy Ford (Mrs. Crachick)

Randy Ford is beautiful and entrancing... a secret show-stealer


 BenDeLaCreme Presents Beware the Terror of Gaylord Manor  - ACT Theatre; Ben DeLaCreme
Scott Shoemaker (Leonora Doddington)

Incredibly funny and committed delivery with great character and she owned the stage.


 Blackbird  - White Rabbits Inc
Comments (Direction)

Very thoughtful work. With a script that has practically no punctuation, there was a level of specificity that showed clear preparation and hard work on the director's part.


 Blackbird  - White Rabbits Inc
Comments (Overall Production)

With both actors pouring their hearts out, very clear moment-to-moment work by the director, and a simple yet effective design, this production was strong.


 Blackbird  - White Rabbits Inc
Comments (Scenic)

Simple and effective


 Blackbird  - White Rabbits Inc
Defining Moment

Discovering the relationship between the two main characters, and the scene between them near the end where they begin kicking the rubbish around the room. The details of the story they tell within the play were so vivid, they have stuck with me.


 Blackbird  - White Rabbits Inc
Defining Moment

I enjoyed the few moments the two principals began kicking the trash can and litter about. It provided a rare moment of release in an otherwise unrelentingly somber play.


 Blackbird  - White Rabbits Inc
Defining Moment

I think Una describing how she had to keep her living her life after their relationship was profound. He was able to leave behind his past by changing his name but she had to endure the rest of her childhood with this story.


 Blackbird  - White Rabbits Inc
Defining Moment

Ray grabbing the garbage can and tossing it across the space, breaking the rhythm of conversation that had held the first majority of the discussion.


 Blackbird  - White Rabbits Inc
Defining Moment

The trashing of the space was such a tension release for me that I felt it defined the anger and passion of the play perfectly.


 Blackbird  - White Rabbits Inc
Defining Moment

There were moments of vivid storytelling throughout, perhaps most striking were the final 10 minutes of the play. Shawn Belyea and Libby Barnard were strong throughout, but particularly in these last moments.


 Blackbird  - White Rabbits Inc
Defining Moment

Trash kicking!!!


 Blackbird  - White Rabbits Inc
Defining Moment

Una's monologue about her experience was incredible. It was incredibly uncomfortable. Extremely difficult to sit through. But it was meant to be. Barnard did some really deep and excellent work with that piece in particular.


 Blackbird  - White Rabbits Inc
Defining Moment

When both characters sat at the table, comfortable, talking about wanting a beer. That was a really moving moment in conflicting ways.


 Blackbird  - White Rabbits Inc
Defining Moment

When Una is hiding behind the lockers while Ray talks to the young girl--the ability to see her react to what's happening on stage.


 Blackbird  - White Rabbits Inc
Libby Barnard (Una)

Libby brought a level of skill and passion to the role that shone through at every single beat and turn in the play. Very specific choices and strong listening.


 Blackbird  - White Rabbits Inc
Other/Final Comments

This play is really difficult in so many ways. I'm still not sure why this play exists. But for the work that was in front of them, the team did extremely well. It felt very grounded in reality. The acting was superb, and the overall design very detailed and impressive.


 Blackbird  - White Rabbits Inc
Other/Final Comments

This was a surprisingly gentle approach to displaying the trauma of child sexual abuse on stage, I loved the way that it gave both characters power and weakness. The actors did an incredibly difficult job in portraying so many layers of suffering and did so with such skill and artistry. I was stunned by the physical acting of Libby and Shawn. This play will stick with me for a long time.


 Boy  - Fantastic.Z Theatre Company
Anuhea Brown (Jenny Lafferty)

A beautiful portrait of the struggles of a young woman as a single mother. My favorite moment was Jenny leaning in the doorway and the moment she decided to invite Adam in to watch television, but also the desire to invite him into her life as a woman and as a mother.


 Boy  - Fantastic.Z Theatre Company
Anuhea Brown (Jenny Lafferty)

The strongest performance in the ensemble. I felt that she listened to her castmates and let the information land on her.


 Boy  - Fantastic.Z Theatre Company
Comments (Costume)

I really loved Adam's jean jacket with the embroidery and patches and the mother had some wonderful costume pieces including the head wrap with matching outfit in the therapists office. All the clothes fit the actors well. I loved the leather jacket the doctor wore in the final scene. A nice, "I'm out of the office on a social visit sort of option." Great waiter look for Jenny and enjoyed her 'new dress' for meeting Adam's parents.


 Boy  - Fantastic.Z Theatre Company
Comments (Direction)

I felt that there was some really cool staging to this piece and the way the time jumps were handled with chalkboard was super cool. Further, the way transitions were done was great and did not feel like they affected pacing.


 Boy  - Fantastic.Z Theatre Company
Comments (Direction)

The chalkboard was a very clever idea, and helped the audience keep the timeline straight.


 Boy  - Fantastic.Z Theatre Company
Comments (Scenic)

Some really thoughtful props on the set walls that brought the story to life and created a wonderful visual representation of the heightened moments of Adam's life. Loved the Star Wars, Superman hat, Jane Eyre novel, the printed poems. Some really lovely subtle touches, each one telling part of the story.

The use of the chalkboard and dates to represent where we have jumped in time created an interesting map and landing pad to follow throughout the story. I loved that each date was circled or somehow highlighted and then crossed off.


 Boy  - Fantastic.Z Theatre Company
Comments (Scenic)

The chalkboard for time jumps and how the set became props was cool.


 Boy  - Fantastic.Z Theatre Company
Comments (Scenic)

The touches throughout the space relating to time, and phases of life from youth to adulthood through the filter of a boy's eyes made for a sweetly nostalgic feeling, tinged with sadness as the play unfolded. Wonderful.


 Boy  - Fantastic.Z Theatre Company
Defining Moment

"Say my name"


 Boy  - Fantastic.Z Theatre Company
Defining Moment

My favorite moment in this show was when Adam and Jenny were sitting in the car seats center stage and he started exploring touching her energy field in an effort to connect with her and create a new relational and intimacy possibility.


 Boy  - Fantastic.Z Theatre Company
Defining Moment

The chalkboard with the various points in time that the play visited.


 Boy  - Fantastic.Z Theatre Company
Defining Moment

The confrontation in the hallway stood out to me the most, and particularly the very honest moment when Adam had to yell, "SAY MY NAME." It felt like the most earned moment of the evening.


 Boy  - Fantastic.Z Theatre Company
Defining Moment

The first scene shift between adult Adam and child Samantha.


 Boy  - Fantastic.Z Theatre Company
Defining Moment

The moment at the top of the show when Jenny flipped backwards over the couch and hung her legs off the back--it perfectly set the scene and established the character in one gesture.


 Boy  - Fantastic.Z Theatre Company
Defining Moment

The striking off of years from the blackboard was very effective, useful, and engaging.


 Boy  - Fantastic.Z Theatre Company
Defining Moment

When Dr. Barnes mistakes Adam for Steven, and asks about Samantha.


 Boy  - Fantastic.Z Theatre Company
Drew David Combs (Adam Turner)

A really lovely arch and range of age and gender expression and struggle with gender expression. Convincing play of Adam as a very young Samantha being conditioned to be a girl.


 Boy  - Fantastic.Z Theatre Company
Drew David Combs (Adam Turner)

Amazing performance. Very clear when they were an adult vs a 1 year old.


 Boy  - Fantastic.Z Theatre Company
Jamey Cheek (Dr. Wendell Barnes)

Great depth. I felt both compassion and empathy for this character instead of wanting to demonize him. I truly felt the care and love he felt for Samanatha / Adam and the help he wanted to offer as well as his own woundedness and obsession with his career and in proving his theory right and how they were playing out simultaneously. There was a profound moment when Samatha asked to live with him and threw her arms around him that I was deeply touched by - his reaction, the depth of subtle emotion in his face and body at this request as he struggled to hold the line between the personal and the professional.


 Boy  - Fantastic.Z Theatre Company
Jane Martin Lynch (Trudy Turner)

This character really came alive for me when Dr. Barnes visited her home. I felt her compliance with authority and the power when she chose to resist "professional medical advice" for the good of her son. A really powerful scene.


 Boy  - Fantastic.Z Theatre Company
Matthew Middleton (Doug Turner)

This character, true to the repressed masculine, didn't have many lines and is a sort of hidden character that when I think back on this now was perhaps intentionally hidden on stage as the father figure was in Adam's life. I really felt like I got inside this character in the final scene where he is drinking Budweiser out of a cooler in Adam's apartment and talks to Adam about sharing one secret with a woman he loves to invite her into the mystery but remaining mysterious enough to keep her guessing.


 Boy  - Fantastic.Z Theatre Company
Other/Final Comments

I was engaged with this play the entire time. Never a dull moment. Many poignant times and the play itself left me disturbed and in an active dialogue around gender and sex afterwards. As an audience member, I deeply value work that leaves me thinking and unsettled and this piece did that.


 Brainpeople  - Latino Theatre Projects
Alyssa Norling (Rosemary)

Alyssa's incredible vocal and physical versatility and perfect comedic timing make what could have been a bizarre sketch of schizophrenia into a delightful roller coaster of personalities, all with their own fully realized needs and desires.


 Brainpeople  - Latino Theatre Projects
Alyssa Norling (Rosemary)

I was in awe of her ability to switch back and forth between so many different characters, as well as just her arsenal itself in having so many different options to choose from.


 Brainpeople  - Latino Theatre Projects
Alyssa Norling (Rosemary)

Ms. Norling hit both the funny bone and the heartstrings with her rapid fire changes from one "brain person" to the next.


 Brainpeople  - Latino Theatre Projects
Comments (Costume)

I especially loved Myannah's black ruffled dress.


 Brainpeople  - Latino Theatre Projects
Comments (Scenic)

I was in awe of that set! I only with the crosses had been real rather than painted, but the detail on the walls, and the paint created such an atmosphere that I was literally transported. It was an especially effective use of space given that TOJ is underground and already has that subterranean feel.


 Brainpeople  - Latino Theatre Projects
Comments (Scenic)

Very nicely done.


 Brainpeople  - Latino Theatre Projects
Comments (Sound/Music)

The sound enhanced so much of the world! Definitely great.


 Brainpeople  - Latino Theatre Projects
Defining Moment

Mayannah's breakthrough about her guilt over her parent's death, that she could have stopped it if she was there with them, even as an 8 year old


 Brainpeople  - Latino Theatre Projects
Defining Moment

Once the magic happens and the family is together again, there is a group hug. Three broken people become one whole family. Beautiful, sad, and mysterious.


 Brainpeople  - Latino Theatre Projects
Defining Moment

The beautiful set


 Brainpeople  - Latino Theatre Projects
Defining Moment

The character Ani succumbing to an emotional fit and falling onto the deck, directly into a well-lighted rectangle of light, as the sound design indicated sirens and chaos outside.


 Brainpeople  - Latino Theatre Projects
Defining Moment

The final scene of the play where Rosemary and Ani seem to embrace the madness about them and take it as their own in order to find a place and to comfort another in this mad world.


 Brainpeople  - Latino Theatre Projects
Defining Moment

The moment near the end of the show, during Myannah's monologue, when I realized she was talking about the crucifix and it being alive. It struck me, and the lighting in that moment was incredibly effective. A nice combination of the playwright orchestrating a reveal, the actress playing that moment, and the lighting designer high-lighting it for us as the audience.


 Brainpeople  - Latino Theatre Projects
Defining Moment

The moment that, through the right combination of magic, invited guests and dinner ingredients, Mayannah finally achieved the reunion with her parents that she had been desiring all those years since their death, was both moving and satisfying.


 Brainpeople  - Latino Theatre Projects
Defining Moment

The moment when Rosemary's personalities are coming out one by one and Tom comes out-- Ms. Norling did a fantastic job diferentiating each character in a very dynamic way.


 Brainpeople  - Latino Theatre Projects
Defining Moment

Toward the end of the play, the guests shift to the parents of Mayannah, and this is where I feel the actors settled into honest storytelling. The weight of playing "characters" shifted, and I experienced lovely humans taking each other in.


 Brainpeople  - Latino Theatre Projects
Defining Moment

Upon entering the theater and seeing the set, the mood and feeling of the location this play inhabits took over before the production even started.


 Brainpeople  - Latino Theatre Projects
Other/Final Comments

An interesting play with very well-performed characters.


 Brainpeople  - Latino Theatre Projects
Other/Final Comments

It was a lovely show and gave me many deep things to contemplate. 🙂


 Brainpeople  - Latino Theatre Projects
Other/Final Comments

This production of a tremendously difficult script was engaging, and did not make us feel like tourists in a therapists office, but rather like a dysfunctional family, coming together for solidarity. Well done.


 Brainpeople  - Latino Theatre Projects
Vero Lecocq (Ani)

Dry humor perfectly balances this portrayal of a deeply disturbed woman seeking the love of her life.


 Brainpeople  - Latino Theatre Projects
Vero Lecocq (Ani)

Her monologue was played so simply and straightforwardly that I was able to follow the story clearly, making it all the more tragic and unfortunate when I realized the actual depth of this relationship she'd had which was messing her character up. A lovely, clear performance.