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“’Selkie’ is a smart and darkly funny play...Dickson’s direction complements Knight’s excellent writing...Acting is solid throughout...The only weak spot in the evening is Dispatch Combat Collective’s fight choreography toward the end of the play—it wasn’t bad, but felt a bit underwhelming for a high stakes moment in the play...Overall, ‘Selkie’ is a work that manages to be both funny and thought-provoking...Knight’s dialogue and plotting are smart and finely tuned.” Full Review
"Not a show for everyone and certainly not for those with an Aristotelian focus on plot. It’s not a plot-heavy work, being much more about capturing a feeling, which it certainly does...The show is timely in addressing not only the ways that gentrification affects working-class communities, but in considering the lives of the elderly within those communities...Performances are strong and visuals compelling in this work, even if the final product is a little rough around the edges." Full Review
"Glories in its details and takes its time getting to its destination...Nelis and Zimet are each splendid actors, but it's when they engage with one another that the play comes alive. Their energy is infectious...Politically timely, but never feels like it's lecturing the audience or pushing a political agenda...Some audiences may not be easily won over...However, those who are willing to relax and absorb the sights and sounds around them...are in for an evening of joy and insight." Full Review
"'Washed Up On the Potomac' has a lot that will feel familiar to anyone who has ever worked in an office...Crystal Finn’s excellent portrayal of Sherri seems almost like an imagining of what Carrie White would be like had she stayed home from the prom...Though there are a few missteps, this a funny and thoughtful play that contemplates relationships in a close space. It’s an entertaining evening that gives its audience some food for thought." Full Review
"The play’s connection with Yoruban folklore combined with the rhythm of its music and rhymes makes for engaging theater...Although 'Syncing Ink' manages to be powerful and fun at the same time, the last third of the play has fairly predictable beats. Of course, the ending is sweet and touching and the music makes you want to stick around to dance, so there’s really not much to complain about." Full Review
“Robideau’s script admirably balances humor with compassion for his subjects…Under Courtney Ulrich’s direction the skilled cast’s treatment of the material aids in building sympathy for its characters…Performances are thoughtful and actors are fully engaged…‘Inanimate’ is a wildly funny show, but never loses sight of its characters’ humanity...This is an excellent show to open The Flea’s new space; it’s thoughtful, relevant, and utterly enjoyable—well worth the time.” Full Review
“‘The Test’ is a thoughtful and timely work...The performances are exceptional; the four-person cast truly functions as an ensemble. ‘Great Again’ is a mixed bag…Their pairing doesn’t feel organic—they are simply in dissimilar stages of development. While 'In the Line' isn’t quite ready for audiences yet, 'The Test' is a strong and fully realized work. That said, 'In the Line' isn’t egregiously bad, it’s just underdeveloped, while 'The Test' is definitely worth sitting through the first play.” Full Review
"Transitions from storytelling to movement are seamless and Christa’s background as a dancer and choreographer are evident; she captures the vulnerability of a child surrounded by war, the confusion and frustration of a daughter watching her mother’s slide into dementia, and the struggle of an aging woman losing physical and mental capabilities. The film portions of the show are best when Christa interacts with them...Gabri Christa has created a rich and moving tribute to her mother." Full Review
"'Platonov’s' sexual ethics are particularly relevant in light of the #metoo movement...Performances are excellent...All of this should add up to a stellar production, but despite the best efforts of everyone involved, it falls short...Ultimately, there’s a reason that 'Platonov' isn’t as widely produced as later Chekhov...it’s simply not as good...All but the most die-hard Chekhov fans will likely find it exhausting." Full Review
"A high-energy show, taking us through the whirlwind of events following Joni’s breakup at a manic pace. Thanks to an extremely talented cast and snappy dialogue, this is effective in illustrating Joni's post-breakup state of mind, but at times can be a bit much...While 'Fill' approaches its material with humor and intelligence, it doesn't feel complete...Despite these drawbacks, 'Fill' is a show worth seeing. It is smart, funny, and relevant." Full Review
“Though the acting is strong, there’s a lot of awkward exposition that makes the play feel overstuffed. There’s some good original music...but its inclusion isn’t always organic to the narrative...Stanton’s script is rooted in strong ideas—it addresses friendship and exclusion, reality and hallucination, the lure of the cult and the power of self-loathing. Unfortunately, the execution of those ideas doesn’t quite meet their ambition.” Full Review
“The performance itself is intimate and powerful. The actors’ trust in one another is palpable…While the performance is riveting, audiences who’ve had little exposure to ‘Macbeth’ may find the swapping of roles confusing. None of these things should dissuade audiences from seeing ‘Makbet,’ though. Dzieci’s staging of Shakespeare’s play is a truly unique and rewarding venture...Catch it while you can.” Full Review
"This production cuts out several lesser characters. This choice works for the most part, but eliminating the character of Katherine’s father creates some confusion...The acting in the play is solid throughout. Every member of the cast does a fine job of shifting from set piece to character seamlessly as they enter a scene...While the production isn’t perfect, it is relevant and timely without being dictatorial...This production is worth making time to see." Full Review
"A thoughtful, imaginative work of devised theatre...The tight ensemble cast are playful and genuine in their storytelling...The play’s organization sometimes feels haphazard, though. There are many beautiful, moving, and funny scenes, but they don’t always add up to a cohesive whole...Not a show for everyone. It rambles. It’s rough around the edges...That said, there are moments of tremendous beauty and humanity that make this play well worth seeing for fans of devised work." Full Review