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Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged), The  - Centerstage Theatre
Comments (Scenic)

creatively functional with great props


 Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged), The  - Centerstage Theatre
Defining Moment

"We don't have to do it justice (referring to the play, Hamlet), we just have to do it!" Hilarious and sums up the entire play!

Also the transition from the comical, to the serious Hamlet monologue was impressive.


 Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged), The  - Centerstage Theatre
Defining Moment

Hamlet backwards


 Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged), The  - Centerstage Theatre
Defining Moment

Loved the moment when the chaos stopped and the Hamlet monologue was delivered - could have a heard a pin drop in the audience.


 Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged), The  - Centerstage Theatre
Defining Moment

Supreme silliness steps aside as one actor sinks into complete seriousness and "delivers!" a monologue from Hamlet....before returning to complete silliness.


 Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged), The  - Centerstage Theatre
Defining Moment

The defining moment for this play was when the ensemble found it's rhythm in the second act and performed Hamlet together.


 Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged), The  - Centerstage Theatre
Defining Moment

The Othello rap


 Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged), The  - Centerstage Theatre
Defining Moment

The Othello rap is always a fun part of the show and they did well with it.


 Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged), The  - Centerstage Theatre
Defining Moment

This was a fun production. A great deal of audience participation and updated for these times. The one moment that sticks out for me is when Joshua's character claims that Shakespeare uses too many big words. He then goes into an example of a passage that, as he continues, becomes more and more luminescent, and Joshua's delivery turns what sounds complicated into a thing of beauty.


 Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged), The  - Centerstage Theatre
Joshua Jerard (Adam/Joshua)

Jerard's whiny, comical lines ("Why can't Shakespeare be more like sports?" and "feign indifference") were great, but then he broke into the serious Hamlet monologue and it was really beautiful.


 Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, The  - Village Theatre
Defining Moment

Christopher’s body language and general portrayal. When he was on his adventure to London, the whole shook and the entire audience empathized with him. You could feel and hear it audibly.


 Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, The  - Village Theatre
Defining Moment

James D. Sasser's performance of Ed was nuanced and fascinating. The projection and sound design for the scenes in the London underground were also outstanding.


 Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, The  - Village Theatre
Defining Moment

Michael Krenning was clearly deep in his character's mind, and expertly helped the audience understand that mind and that character's relationships with others - a great feat.


 Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, The  - Village Theatre
Defining Moment

Mom isn't dead!


 Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, The  - Village Theatre
Defining Moment

The defining moment for this show was when the cast and production elements came together to create a busy train station and ride. They successfully show and bring the audience along for the ride through Christopher's perspective.


 Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, The  - Village Theatre
Defining Moment

The defining moment of the show was the choreographed pantomime fight between the parental characters, upstage. This was a powerful, frightening moment that clearly showed the beauty of the stylistic movement choices and outlined the warring factions in the main character's life.


 Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, The  - Village Theatre
Defining Moment

The first image - before the show started - staged with lighting and a garden fork stuck into the stage, then through the opening choreography and lines and scenic movement really set the level of complete transport for this story. This is the bar to hit! I would be so happy to see this level of complete delivery in any type of theater.


 Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, The  - Village Theatre
Defining Moment

There an ongoing visual effect with the large screens at the back of the stage. Whenever Christopher is touched or in distress his heart beat or perhaps brainwaves go crazy and sound blares. Great visual of his internal state!


 Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, The  - Village Theatre
Defining Moment

There were several "perfect" moments in this show, when the lights, sound, set choreography, and actor movement were in perfect harmony. This is a testament to the direction, the design, the performances, and the stage manager's timing. (Stage managers don't get enough credit for all they do, but this one was exceptional!)

There were just too many moments of brilliance in this show to choose one.


 Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, The  - Village Theatre
Jéhan Òsanyìn (Siobhan)

Òsanyìn's portrayal of Siobhan allowed the audience to connect to the dynamic and emotional depth of her character in relationship to Christopher. She successfully embodied the patience and care Siobhan has for this other individual and allows us to follow her along on her discoveries throughout the work.


 Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, The  - Village Theatre
Michael Krenning (Christopher Boone)

Krenning's ability to embody and portray this character was truly excellent. It was apparent that he spent time working on the sensory and emotional elements of this character, which honored the intent of the story. He successfully enabled the audience to become familiar and accustomed with the Christopher and kept the audience engaged from start to finish.


 Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, The  - Village Theatre
Other/Final Comments

I saw Marcus Dillon (Christopher u/s) play Christopher Boone and he was brilliant.


 Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, The  - Village Theatre
Other/Final Comments

As someone with an autistic nephew, I was captivated by Michael's performance. He was excellent in the role of Christopher, and it looked as if he had spent time with autistic people and studied their behaviors. It was spot-on for a high-functioning autistic person (my nephew is not able to communicate as well as Christopher). The show also helped me understand why my mother thought I might be slightly autistic when I was young. The combination of light and sound design along with the brilliant choreography showed the difficulties many people have dealing with overstimulation or sensory overload.

It opened my eyes and brought me to tears. Thank you to everyone involved in putting this show together.


 Cyla's Gift  - Taproot Theatre Company
Comments (Direction)

For a 55 minute play, not a minute was wasted. The action was fluid and kept moving while still allowing for moments of quiet. Great use of the entire space - not an easy thing to do in a one person show!


 Cyla's Gift  - Taproot Theatre Company
Comments (Lighting)

For me, I am including the projections into this category though it could also be part of set
Moments that stood out to me
-The bomb lighting with projection and sound que stood out to me
-train sequence
-names on the wall
-Massacre
-Star of David/Synagogue


 Cyla's Gift  - Taproot Theatre Company
Comments (Lighting)

Great lighting design that managed to be evocative while also sparely used. Loved the projections on the trees.


 Cyla's Gift  - Taproot Theatre Company
Comments (Lighting)

the lighting was phenomenal, especially the way it meshed with the set design, showing on the flags.


 Cyla's Gift  - Taproot Theatre Company
Comments (Scenic)

I really enjoyed the spare set and how it worked with the lighting and projections.


 Cyla's Gift  - Taproot Theatre Company
Comments (Scenic)

I really liked the ribbons that ended up having the projections on them


 Cyla's Gift  - Taproot Theatre Company
Comments (Scenic)

In particular, the projection work was dynamic and essential in the elevation of the piece.


 Cyla's Gift  - Taproot Theatre Company
Comments (Scenic)

Simple but highly effective use of open space, video projection.


 Cyla's Gift  - Taproot Theatre Company
Comments (Scenic)

Spectacular set design for a small space, very versatile, and the use of images was amazing


 Cyla's Gift  - Taproot Theatre Company
Comments (Sound/Music)

The Alzheimer SQ and SQs paired with LQs were very effective


 Cyla's Gift  - Taproot Theatre Company
Defining Moment

"I can't give you my ghosts, but for one night, i can tell you their stories"


 Cyla's Gift  - Taproot Theatre Company
Defining Moment

Cyla finishes telling "Bearila, Bearila"


 Cyla's Gift  - Taproot Theatre Company
Defining Moment

Early on, the discussion of the weight of her family's ghosts, I found that particularly powerful, that and the moment where she discusses the idea that she would not have been born if the War and the Holocaust had never happened.


 Cyla's Gift  - Taproot Theatre Company
Defining Moment

Loved the spooky projections of the ghosts on the trees. Really clever moment that was well done.


 Cyla's Gift  - Taproot Theatre Company
Defining Moment

The gunshots and moment of silence after while the character waited for the Nazis to pass.


 Cyla's Gift  - Taproot Theatre Company
Defining Moment

The moment Cyla raises the ax to protect her son.


 Cyla's Gift  - Taproot Theatre Company
Defining Moment

The moment when she said that all of the people in the boxcar were shot by Polish soldiers. I don't know why, but something about that made me just begin to silently weep. To realize that all of those refugees had made it so far, and then to have their lives cut short just like that was tragic in such a quiet way. It just broke my heart for humanity and how we're still doing thing like that to each other today. It made me so angry at their lack of compassion & humanity but also caused me to look into myself and my own life and choices and how I can be heartless at times.


 Cyla's Gift  - Taproot Theatre Company
Defining Moment

The shifts between characters, time period, and use of projections and lighting on scrims.


 Cyla's Gift  - Taproot Theatre Company
Defining Moment

Three rounds of Cyla questioning Samara about the jewish-ness of her boyfriend.


 Cyla's Gift  - Taproot Theatre Company
Defining Moment

When Samara tells us at the outset that she is the very last in her line, I was immediately drawn into her performance.


 Cyla's Gift  - Taproot Theatre Company
Defining Moment

When the backdrop/projection went to white text (names of survivors on a wall right after WWII) on a black backdrop.


 Cyla's Gift  - Taproot Theatre Company
Other/Final Comments

A lovely and compelling story which only left me curious and hungry for more. This piece has a strong bone structure, next step can only be to flesh it out with more players onstage. It seems as though the story itself is too epic to be confided to 60 minutes. I will be tracking the trajectory of this one, hoping to see it in larger scale some day soon. Bravo and thank you for gifting us this story.


 Cyla's Gift  - Taproot Theatre Company
Other/Final Comments

Cyla's story is an amazing one, she was a fantastic, amazing, brilliant person, and Samara does wonderful justice to her grandmother's memory.


 Cyla's Gift  - Taproot Theatre Company
Other/Final Comments

Just a beautiful, heartbreaking story. Equal parts inspiring to me both as a human and a performer.


 Cyla's Gift  - Taproot Theatre Company
Samara Lerman

It was always clear who she was playing and what age/time they were in


 Cyla's Gift  - Taproot Theatre Company
Samara Lerman

Ms. Lerman brought a nice level of depth to all the characters she was portraying at different times in their lives. The transitions were fluid and always believable. Wonderful accent work as well.


 Cyla's Gift  - Taproot Theatre Company
Samara Lerman

Strong and engaging; Samara expertly told this story with care and love, transitioning seamlessly between the people in this very personal tale.


 Cyla's Gift  - Taproot Theatre Company
Samara Lerman

This was one of the most amazing pieces I have seen in a long time. Samara was breathtaking and spellbinding to watch. I completely forgot I was watching a one-woman show, until the talk-back afterwards when she came back onstage. I loved watching her create every single nuanced character, and the care and love with which she communicated this incredible, amazing story was so apparent. I wish that I could've come back to see it a second time!


 Death and the Maiden  - Theatre 9/12
Chip Wood (Gerard Scobar)

Chip Wood can make the audience tear up with his grief and then feel his fury!


 Death and the Maiden  - Theatre 9/12
Comments (Direction)

Director Paul O'Connell has done an exceptional job.


 Death and the Maiden  - Theatre 9/12
Comments (Lighting)

The lights were very well done, I especially appreciated the lighting for cars driving up, it was very realistic and added to the immersion of the play


 Death and the Maiden  - Theatre 9/12
Comments (Sound/Music)

I enjoyed the preshow music and the gunshots were handled well.


 Death and the Maiden  - Theatre 9/12
Comments (Sound/Music)

Working the recorded pieces of dialogue in was very interesting


 Death and the Maiden  - Theatre 9/12
Cynthia Geary (Paula Scobar)

Simply stellar! Cynthia Geary does a wonderful job of portraying the nuances of someone who has experienced severe trauma to the point where it may have sent her off the deep end into mental illness but maybe not. She is fantastic at showing emotions that cross back and forth across the fine line between possible insanity or extreme conviction in what she knows to be true and the desperate need to prove the guilt of her assailant. Outstanding!


 Death and the Maiden  - Theatre 9/12
Defining Moment

Cynthia Geary's chilling shift of emotions at the end, when the characters are all attending a performance of Death and the Maiden.


 Death and the Maiden  - Theatre 9/12
Defining Moment

Paula taking control


 Death and the Maiden  - Theatre 9/12
Defining Moment

The confession


 Death and the Maiden  - Theatre 9/12
Defining Moment

The final scene of Death and the Maiden depicting the three characters still in holding the same titles enjoying the same luxuries and still in utter hate, fear and suspicion of one another. Showing the audience how the regime never changes no matter who is in charge.


 Death and the Maiden  - Theatre 9/12
Defining Moment

The final scene of this play was crafted so that the audience would never really be sure of how it ended. Quite the thriller!


 Death and the Maiden  - Theatre 9/12
Defining Moment

The last moment in the play, when Paula glances back at the doctor at the symphony.


 Death and the Maiden  - Theatre 9/12
Defining Moment

The lighting was particularly good


 Death and the Maiden  - Theatre 9/12
Defining Moment

the opening, when Paula hears a car and goes for the gun, set the atmosphere immediately.


 Death and the Maiden  - Theatre 9/12
Defining Moment

When Paula shoots , binds and holds Robert captive in the Beach House.


 Death and the Maiden  - Theatre 9/12
Other/Final Comments

I love this theater; the accessibility, the space, the staff AND the cookies!!!!


 Death and the Maiden  - Theatre 9/12
Other/Final Comments

This production is of the highest caliber!


 Death and the Maiden  - Theatre 9/12
Robert A. Barnett (Robert Maranda)

I don't know how he could have been creepier. A resounding performance.


 Death and the Maiden  - Theatre 9/12
Robert A. Barnett (Robert Maranda)

Robert A. Barnett is perfect in this role. He portrays all the qualities one would expect of a potential sadistic torturer, but also leaves the audience with a touch of doubt, at least a first, so that they can question whether he is really guilty or not until things play out.


 Death of a Salesman  - Short Order Theatre Company
Comments (Actors)

The ensemble worked excellently well.


 Death of a Salesman  - Short Order Theatre Company
Comments (Choreography)

Believable, mostly, from my angle and some good action in a tight space. One of the stronger elements of the show.


 Death of a Salesman  - Short Order Theatre Company
Comments (Costume)

Lovely design that perfectly fit the time period and mood of the piece.


 Death of a Salesman  - Short Order Theatre Company
Comments (Direction)

The play focuses on the family unrelentingly from start to end as it should.


 Death of a Salesman  - Short Order Theatre Company
Comments (Lighting)

A difficult challenge to light this space and set, yet I never thought scenes were too bright or too dark. It was easy to focus on the action and areas were evenly lit, despite the small number of instruments and awkward layout of the room. Cudos~


 Death of a Salesman  - Short Order Theatre Company
Comments (Overall Production)

Tremendous impact, emotional and intellectual about the human experience. The play has it and the company delivered it.


 Death of a Salesman  - Short Order Theatre Company
Comments (Scenic)

I thought the recording device was a nice piece. I was intrigued with how it would work in real life, thus I could share in the wonderment of this "new" technology with the characters.


 Death of a Salesman  - Short Order Theatre Company
Comments (Sound/Music)

I could hear the actors clearly. The sound recording was timed perfectly with the actions of the actors.


 Death of a Salesman  - Short Order Theatre Company
Comments (Sound/Music)

Nice choice of music to set scenes and several good sound effects, like the recording machine and telephone sound.


 Death of a Salesman  - Short Order Theatre Company
Defining Moment

The birth of a new theatre company and a good way to reactivate a space that has seen so much transition.


 Death of a Salesman  - Short Order Theatre Company
Defining Moment

At the beginning of the play when Willy entered, bags in hand with his head bowed. A lost, beaten man.


 Death of a Salesman  - Short Order Theatre Company
Defining Moment

Father and son, in the middle of emotional collapse, crying in each other's arms. Touching.


 Death of a Salesman  - Short Order Theatre Company
Defining Moment

I really enjoyed the scenes between Biff and Happy in the bedroom with the bunk beds. The actors used the different levels in interesting ways to create tension in a small theatre.


 Death of a Salesman  - Short Order Theatre Company
Defining Moment

I think one of the defining moments was when Biff lost his respect for his father after realizing Willy was having an afair. The dynamic between the characters changed and the actors protrayed that dramatic moment splendidly.

Another moment was when Willy finally stood up to his boss and was then abruptly fired. It really felt timeless. This is happening present day.


 Death of a Salesman  - Short Order Theatre Company
Defining Moment

The conversation between Billy and Biff at the restaurant.


 Death of a Salesman  - Short Order Theatre Company
Defining Moment

The ongoing conversation between Willy and his neighbor brought out a lot of the underlying theme of competition and Willy's mental model of success


 Death of a Salesman  - Short Order Theatre Company
Defining Moment

When Biff grabbed his dad in the restaurant.


 Death of a Salesman  - Short Order Theatre Company
Defining Moment

When Linda is standing at the Willy's graveside. Someone remarks on the concrete work Willy and the boys had done on the porch and Linda recalls, "he was always good with his hands". So much of the connection he and Biff shared comes through in that moment. Biff needing to be out of doors, working physically, Willy's desire to plant something, even in the wasteland he finds himself in. The pathos in that moment is heartbreaking - the inauthenticity of Willy Loman's life and the very slight glimmer that Biff might just break the tragic pattern of his father, that he, Biff might be free and clear with Willy's death, even more so than with the insurance money.


 Death of a Salesman  - Short Order Theatre Company
Defining Moment

When Willy Loman comes in with his suitcases and we know this is who he was and who he is and the lead communicates that without words at first.


 Death of a Salesman  - Short Order Theatre Company
Jane Martin Lynch (The Woman/Miss Francis)

Good with the language and style of the period. Right for the part, lovely on stage, good presence.


 Death of a Salesman  - Short Order Theatre Company
Jane Martin Lynch (The Woman/Miss Francis)

The play provides very little for this supporting actors to do or act but it was done well.


 Death of a Salesman  - Short Order Theatre Company
Jeremy Moller (Howard Wagner/Stanley)

The play provides very little for this supporting actors to do or act but it was done well.


 Death of a Salesman  - Short Order Theatre Company
John Ruoff (Charley)

A seamless performance by a veteran actor, felt absolutely real and honest. I couldn't take my eyes off him.


 Death of a Salesman  - Short Order Theatre Company
John Ruoff (Charley)

Confident in the language and the style of the play. Strong grounding presence in the cast.


 Death of a Salesman  - Short Order Theatre Company
John Ruoff (Charley)

John Ruoff packs a lot of charisma into this supporting character.


 Death of a Salesman  - Short Order Theatre Company
John Ruoff (Charley)

Though Charley's time on stage was short, his strong personality came through in those short moments.


 Death of a Salesman  - Short Order Theatre Company
Lee Yang (Biff Loman)

Lee did a great job of inhabiting Biff's angry character and active physicality. His performance was very natural and his choices were motivated.


 Death of a Salesman  - Short Order Theatre Company
Lee Yang (Biff Loman)

Lee Yang was very strong in the second half of the play. Biff has the biggest character arc in the piece in many ways, from his adoration of his father to his heartbreak, his rage and disgust and then his maturing into compassion. Very touching.


 Death of a Salesman  - Short Order Theatre Company
Maren Patrick (Miss Forsythe)

The play provides very little for this supporting actors to do or act but it was done well.


 Death of a Salesman  - Short Order Theatre Company
Melissa Henderson (Linda Loman)

Melissa Henderson brings real complexity to Linda who could be seen as a bit of a simpleton or a doormat at the very least. She makes us believe that there is something to love in Willy because she does. Just when she seems like a pushover a mettle shines through fiercely and we know where her heart lies - through thick and thin.


 Death of a Salesman  - Short Order Theatre Company
Melissa Henderson (Linda Loman)

She got it and gave it to the audience. Very fine.


 Death of a Salesman  - Short Order Theatre Company
Nishant Ghan (Bernard)

Good, a nice contrast between the timidity as a boy and the pride as a man.


 Death of a Salesman  - Short Order Theatre Company
Nishant Ghan (Bernard)

Nishant Ghan makes Bernard's character substantial as an adult and he could so easily be a little shit.


 Death of a Salesman  - Short Order Theatre Company
Other/Final Comments

The direction was excellent.


 Death of a Salesman  - Short Order Theatre Company
Other/Final Comments

I'd love to see more work from this company! A solid start.


 Death of a Salesman  - Short Order Theatre Company
Tim Platt (Willy Loman)

He got it and he gave it to the audience. Exceptional


 Death of a Salesman  - Short Order Theatre Company
Tim Platt (Willy Loman)

Nice, consistent work in a monster of a role. Tim maintained a level of desperation throughout.


 Death of a Salesman  - Short Order Theatre Company
Tim Platt (Willy Loman)

Was able to embody the character and move the play forward


 Death of a Salesman  - Short Order Theatre Company
Tom Stewart (Ben Loman)

A great portrayal of the all-knowing brother. Tom brought humor and humanity to the role.


 Death of a Salesman  - Short Order Theatre Company
Tom Stewart (Ben Loman)

I couldn't take my eyes off of him, Tom was mesmerizing!


 Death of a Salesman  - Short Order Theatre Company
Tom Stewart (Ben Loman)

Strong sense of character and right for the part.


 Death of a Salesman  - Short Order Theatre Company
Tom Stewart (Ben Loman)

Tis actor can play the devil.


 Devi  - Pratidhwani
Comments (Choreography)

I think the dances were traditional Indian dances, but still they were really well done


 Devi  - Pratidhwani
Comments (Choreography)

The choreography was truly outstanding. It did a great job of conveying the emotions of the characters and was always dynamic and exciting.


 Devi  - Pratidhwani
Comments (Costume)

Gorgeous and huge scale. Very accurate and realistic to the culture. I really liked the onstage costume change into the wedding outfit.


 Devi  - Pratidhwani
Comments (Costume)

The costumes left me speechless. They were absolutely gorgeous.


 Devi  - Pratidhwani
Comments (Costume)

There were maybe 10 different dances each with different, and beutiful, costumes
The actors had nice costumes too but it was the dancers that were really brightly and beautifully costumed


 Devi  - Pratidhwani
Comments (Costume)

Unbelievably beautiful


 Devi  - Pratidhwani
Comments (Ensemble)

With a cast and crew of close to 100, the choreography and interaction, enters and exits, movement and interrelationships were almost flawless, wonderful, great.


 Devi  - Pratidhwani
Comments (Lighting)

One of the strongest elements. I really liked that the whole space was lit (including the trees in the upper audience area). The preshow look with shadows was really cool and really set the location (forest). The chandelier movement was awesome.


 Devi  - Pratidhwani
Comments (Playwright)

Good adaptation of the book


 Devi  - Pratidhwani
Comments (Scenic)

Mostly bare stage but excellent use of props neatly brought on and taken off stage


 Devi  - Pratidhwani
Comments (Scenic)

One of the strongest elements. I really liked that the whole space was designed (ie the trees in the upper audience area). The chandelier movement was awesome and helped set different locations. The digging and trap door movement down was really cool.


 Devi  - Pratidhwani
Comments (Scenic)

The chandelier was such a cool set piece!


 Devi  - Pratidhwani
Comments (Scenic)

The chandelier/pavilion was ingenious.


 Devi  - Pratidhwani
Comments (Scenic)

The scene design was minimal. There was a single bed, and some mats and a couple of chairs, benches, etc which could be brought on stage and removed. there was a lovely chandelier in the center with wings that could be raised and lowered, which was used to great effect


 Devi  - Pratidhwani
Defining Moment

Devi's father-in-law sends her off without acknowledging her as a family member: the acerbity and self-importance with which he treats her stays with the viewer.


 Devi  - Pratidhwani
Defining Moment

Digging for buried treasure.


 Devi  - Pratidhwani
Defining Moment

Prafulya's night with Braj in his room, as the set and lighting changed, and dancers appeared around them.


 Devi  - Pratidhwani
Defining Moment

Sword fighting.


 Devi  - Pratidhwani
Defining Moment

The battle between the British soldiers and the outlaws.


 Devi  - Pratidhwani
Defining Moment

The defining moment for me was the kindness that the second wife showed to Devi because she was the key to Devi's connection to her husband.


 Devi  - Pratidhwani
Defining Moment

The first dance, when it was clear this was more a ballet as a typical drama.


 Devi  - Pratidhwani
Defining Moment

The large dance numbers, particularly the three dances that featured staff or swordplay were transfixing.


 Devi  - Pratidhwani
Defining Moment

The training montage dance at the beginning of Act 2, beginning with Prafulya as a puppet and going through all of her studies. It was beautifully realized and thrilling to watch.


 Devi  - Pratidhwani
Defining Moment

When Prrafulya transformed into Devi and she had the sword and posed


 Devi  - Pratidhwani
Defining Moment

When the official wants to know who Devi is and her two companions both assert they are Devi (she is not on stage at that point)


 Devi  - Pratidhwani
Other/Final Comments

This was a really refreshing and colorful show.


 Devi  - Pratidhwani
Tanvee Kale (Prafulya/Devi)

Badass! She had a lot of work and was almost always on stage but her story arc was very believable and I was very invested in it. Also, she was very believable as a warrior, which is not always the case when actors handle weapons.


 Devi  - Pratidhwani
Tanvee Kale (Prafulya/Devi)

Dance and presence wonderful


 Devi  - Pratidhwani
Tanvee Kale (Prafulya/Devi)

I so admired the energy and presence that Tanvee brought to the role. She also was onstage for most of the 3 hour run time, which is in itself incredibly impressive!


 Devi  - Pratidhwani
Tanvee Kale (Prafulya/Devi)

She's a professional actor, with more experience than most of the rest of the cast. She was great as Devi


 Devi  - Pratidhwani
Tanvee Kale (Prafulya/Devi)

Tanvee Kale's dancing was amazing, and her physicality during the dramatic scenes was very expressive.


 Devi  - Pratidhwani
Tanvee Kale (Prafulya/Devi)

Tanvee was amazing. She was engaging, communicated emotional complexity, fragility, and confidence. She is also a talented dancer.


 Devil and Sarah Blackwater, The  - Annex Theatre
Comments (Choreography)

Best moments were the crows.


 Devil and Sarah Blackwater, The  - Annex Theatre
Comments (Choreography)

Loved the Crows' movement. The individual 'crow-ness' of them was really well done.


 Devil and Sarah Blackwater, The  - Annex Theatre
Comments (Costume)

The theme of red and roses for the characters stuck in purgatory was lovely and subtle. I loved the color choices and design for Sarah and the amazing capes for the Devil(s) were so cool!


 Devil and Sarah Blackwater, The  - Annex Theatre
Comments (Lighting)

Loved the placement of lights among the rocks. Through the fabrics and under and over things.


 Devil and Sarah Blackwater, The  - Annex Theatre
Comments (Lighting)

Nice use of flashlights and the effect of candles.


 Devil and Sarah Blackwater, The  - Annex Theatre
Comments (Lighting)

The lighting design effects with the screen door mesh set were wonderous and magical. I loved the light cues that went with sounds the most (The magic thunder, the light in the tour van turning off, etc)


 Devil and Sarah Blackwater, The  - Annex Theatre
Comments (Overall Production)

I think the best thing I can say about this production is that I would really like to see it again. There is so much happening at so many levels that another viewing would definitely be in order.


 Devil and Sarah Blackwater, The  - Annex Theatre
Comments (Scenic)

I love the mesh set! So creative, beautiful, and effective!


 Devil and Sarah Blackwater, The  - Annex Theatre
Comments (Scenic)

Simple but effective.


 Devil and Sarah Blackwater, The  - Annex Theatre
Comments (Scenic)

The scenic design added to the overall quality of the piece.


 Devil and Sarah Blackwater, The  - Annex Theatre
Comments (Scenic)

The way the designer took advantage of the low ceiling in the theatre to create the effect of the Underworld/faerie mound was pretty fabulous. I especially liked the use of the stiffened scrim or net fabric, whatever it was, to create stalactites and the back side of the rolling units.


 Devil and Sarah Blackwater, The  - Annex Theatre
Comments (Scenic)

thought the stage design was beautiful and elegant. Not sure how they did those flowing, mysterious white contours.


 Devil and Sarah Blackwater, The  - Annex Theatre
Comments (Sound/Music)

Lauren Freman's original songs were lovely.


 Devil and Sarah Blackwater, The  - Annex Theatre
Defining Moment

Danny Lacker's lip trumpet.


 Devil and Sarah Blackwater, The  - Annex Theatre
Defining Moment

Emily Pike's felt like a believable three dimensional character.


 Devil and Sarah Blackwater, The  - Annex Theatre
Defining Moment

Sarah and Sam's simultaneous monologues regarding when the met was well executed and provided a new layer of depth to each character.


 Devil and Sarah Blackwater, The  - Annex Theatre
Defining Moment

So many! mostly the interactions between Sam and Sarah and the love songs they sang to each other - the look in Sam's eyes each time there was contact with Sarah


 Devil and Sarah Blackwater, The  - Annex Theatre
Defining Moment

Split scene in Act 1 between Sarah and Sam, describing the first time they met.


 Devil and Sarah Blackwater, The  - Annex Theatre
Defining Moment

The Carrion Crows


 Devil and Sarah Blackwater, The  - Annex Theatre
Defining Moment

The duet "Hold On" between Sarah and Kelly. Also, Danny Lacker's sound effects.


 Devil and Sarah Blackwater, The  - Annex Theatre
Defining Moment

The toothbrush song! Kelly's song. Pretty much all of Kelly's lines, and the heart-wrenching scene where Sarah lets Kelly go by telling her that she will exist in everything because she exits in the memories of everyone who loved her. Not a dry eye in the house! I'm crying again thinking of it! Absolute magic!


 Devil and Sarah Blackwater, The  - Annex Theatre
Defining Moment

The very end, when Sarah and Sam are singing their song and the entire ensemble comes on as people in the venue. It transforms the space and brings us to a nice close.


 Devil and Sarah Blackwater, The  - Annex Theatre
Defining Moment

There are a number of tender, touching moments between Sarah and Sam. Also, Kelly's time in purgatory and her difficulty in jumping into the unknown.


 Devil and Sarah Blackwater, The  - Annex Theatre
Defining Moment

There was one moment when the Crows all jumped in the air, and defined the utter creepiness of the Underworld for me.


 Devil and Sarah Blackwater, The  - Annex Theatre
Diana Trotter (The River/The Wolf)

Diana was very entertaining as a Crow.


 Devil and Sarah Blackwater, The  - Annex Theatre
Diana Trotter (The River/The Wolf)

Interesting physical work from Diana. A stand out.


 Devil and Sarah Blackwater, The  - Annex Theatre
Emily Pike (Sam Bell)

Sam was my favorite singer - beautiful voice, did the songs so well. Lovely in their androgynous>male spectrum. I very much enjoyed Emily's performance. And I LOVED the toothbrush song between Sam and Sarah.


 Devil and Sarah Blackwater, The  - Annex Theatre
Lauren Freman (Sarah Blackwater)

Lovely voice; realistic acting; great facial expressions.


 Devil and Sarah Blackwater, The  - Annex Theatre
Other/Final Comments

I saw this play 4 times (preview, opening weekend, second weekend, third weekend, and closing) I loved it so much! I appreciate the healthy discussion of trauma, loss, and love in queer relationships. It is so so so important to have stories like this, and characters who are real, honest portrayals of growth, honesty, and happiness. I just, so good, so good. I want the soundtrack!


 Disenchanted!  - MAMCHES
Ann Cornelius (Sleeping Beauty)

excellent timing - super funny and nuanced!


 Disenchanted!  - MAMCHES
Comments (Costume)

inventive, updated "Princess" looks. Great use of color and pattern.


 Disenchanted!  - MAMCHES
Comments (Costume)

Princess "Jasmine"'s costume was a standout in a group of costumes that were well done and helped carry the show.


 Disenchanted!  - MAMCHES
Comments (Direction)

Clear and stupendeous


 Disenchanted!  - MAMCHES
Comments (Lighting)

beautiful


 Disenchanted!  - MAMCHES
Comments (Scenic)

lovely whimsy with bold colors! Shout out to the props and puppet guys, Refugio Martinez and Brad Cerenzia: the Little Mermaid piece with the toilet was inventive and well done.


 Disenchanted!  - MAMCHES
Comments (Scenic)

wow so grand and absolutely breathtaking


 Disenchanted!  - MAMCHES
Defining Moment

Bell in a striaght jacket, Gloria did a great job


 Disenchanted!  - MAMCHES
Defining Moment

Belle’s song killed me


 Disenchanted!  - MAMCHES
Defining Moment

Cinderella killed it the entire show.


 Disenchanted!  - MAMCHES
Defining Moment

Cinderella undercutting Snow White's domineering presence by "boop"-ing her on the nose.


 Disenchanted!  - MAMCHES
Defining Moment

Cinderella's daft approach to life as a Princess.


 Disenchanted!  - MAMCHES
Defining Moment

I didn't feel this performance had one defining moment - instead, the zingers kept coming with every scene/song/reveal! It was quite delightful and very well played.


 Disenchanted!  - MAMCHES
Defining Moment

Mulan thinking she may be a lesbian.


 Disenchanted!  - MAMCHES
Defining Moment

The ending song “Once Upon a Time”.


 Disenchanted!  - MAMCHES
Defining Moment

Rapunzel's song allowed for great audience participation and showcased Jessie Selleck & Gloria Alcalá's amazing improv skills.


 Disenchanted!  - MAMCHES
Defining Moment

The whole thing, it was hilarious and well written.


 Disenchanted!  - MAMCHES
Gloria Alcalá (The Little Mermaid/Rapunzel/Belle)

Gloria rocked the stage and I can't wait to see what they do after graduation. They are on my "ones to watch" list!


 Disenchanted!  - MAMCHES
Jessie Selleck (Cinderella)

Got the best bits; almost felt she could have been unleashed more, even though I'm not sure I like the role as written.


 Disenchanted!  - MAMCHES
Other/Final Comments

Great concept!!!


 Disenchanted!  - MAMCHES
Other/Final Comments

Superb and professional cast. Powerful voices. Thoroughly enjoyed this show.


 Don't Call It a Riot!  - Ten Auras Productions & Trial & Error Productions
Comments (Costume)

Beautiful, vibrant costumes, all were very period accurate.


 Don't Call It a Riot!  - Ten Auras Productions & Trial & Error Productions
Comments (Costume)

I thought the costumes were gorgeous, especially the looks from the 60's. Even though the women were young--Carolyn Hall did a brilliant job of aging them through their costumes for ACT 2.


 Don't Call It a Riot!  - Ten Auras Productions & Trial & Error Productions
Comments (Costume)

Loved Marti's colorful mini dress and Reed's flowy gown. Most costumes were period-appropriate, but there were some modern lapses like old-navy flip-flops, criss-crossed backs, and current-looking fringed moccasins in 1968. Thought the change from Panther uniform to African-inspired tunic for Sam worked well for his scenes, as well as everyone in the 1999 scene.


 Don't Call It a Riot!  - Ten Auras Productions & Trial & Error Productions
Comments (Lighting)

The lighting was gorgeous.


 Don't Call It a Riot!  - Ten Auras Productions & Trial & Error Productions
Comments (Scenic)

I really liked the two back-drops by the Franklin students - the artistically collaged newspapers on one side of the stage, with the two women looking at each other and the raised fist, and the books embedded in the backdrop with Nina Simone and collaged pages on the other side of the stage. They were striking and sent a message of how history is being made and preserved simultaneously and the past and present share similarities. I would have given a higher score for sets, but there appeared to be an unfinished set piece of two trees in the center that was onstage for the play's duration. At first, I thought it was supposed to represent a window, but then in the 1999 apartment, there was another window to the right that had better trees painted...so I thought it could have been a piece of wall art for that scene, but its aesthetics did not match the household it was placed in, and was distracting. Additionally, the bookshelf in the 1968 house was also in the boyfriend's house (with the same books) in 1999 - again, minor, but a distraction. I appreciated a copy of the period-appropriate The Facts newspaper on the table in the 1968 scene.


 Don't Call It a Riot!  - Ten Auras Productions & Trial & Error Productions
Comments (Scenic)

The set was so beautifully painted - huge props to the Franklin students who painted it and to the designers!