Chloe Edmonson

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Reviews (24)
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“While some vignettes are stronger than others, the ensemble’s collaborative relationship helps each scene flows seamlessly into the next...Overall, ‘Unmaking Toulouse-Lautrec’ represents both excellence in devised theater-making as well as some good escapist entertainment...May not enlighten audiences, but it does provide enough meaningful moments and quality content to delight both interactive theatergoers and bar-hoppers alike.” Full Review

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“’Cleopatra’ is equal parts drag show, pop concert, and Broadway musical, and, though it has some rough edges, it is surely a good time...Overall, Horenstein nails the punchy format of a pop concert but neglects to create more intimate theatrical moments of tension and passion between the play’s lead roles...’Cleopatra’ is a good time that should get even better as logistical kinks are ironed out, and perhaps some dramatic scenes are more fully realized.” Full Review

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“von Buhler’s ‘The Girl Who Handcuffed Houdini’ combines murder mystery, film noir, and comic book genres to create a genuinely fun immersive theater experience...Many of the performances in the production resemble comic book characters come to life...’The Girl Who Handcuffed Houdini’ incorporates a remarkable amount of nudity...A sexy night of magic and mystery with a supremely talented cast of performers.” Full Review

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“The likable ensemble embraces the interactive format of the show, with each character improvising a good deal of their own dialogue...One strange and somewhat distracting choice, however, is the incorporation of audience cue cards...If there is more complexity behind Mallon’s choices or her unfair treatment by authorities, the production should frame that conflict more clearly...All in all, however, an enjoyable and unique way to spend a Saturday afternoon in NYC.” Full Review

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“‘3/Fifths,’ while perhaps suffering from a lack of streamlining, is a rare theatrical contribution to the ranks of contemporary artworks probing the seedy underbelly of our flagging nation…‘3/Fifths’ makes critical and compelling art from American racial injustice…‘3/Fifths’ is a gigantic undertaking...Currently, some performance elements are messy…However, one can imagine future iterations of the show that are more elegantly executed.” Full Review

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"Offers a mêlée of perspectives on the visual art world...While each one of these approaches would make for an interesting and meaty show, 'Beneath the Gavel' tries to treat them all, and suffers because of it...Unfortunately, many moments of humor rely on gimmicks...'Beneath the Gavel’s' other flaw is that it tries to do too much...'Beneath the Gavel’s' saving grace is that it does offer documentary-like moments of exposing the fast-paced world of the billion-dollar art industry." Full Review

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"A dynamic and thorough piece of devised theater...For the most part, everyone in the ensemble manages to stay grounded, despite the heady content of their heedless ideologies...'Home/Sick’s' only shortcoming mirrors the very flaws of the Weather Underground: its ideology became too big, too idealistic, and too unwieldy...Overall, 'Home/Sick' is a thought-provoking and timely look back at a moment of controversial revolution." Full Review

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"While there are a few questionable production choices, the massive amount of creative energy and impressive talent on display in 'Othello: The Remix' make it hard to resist...While 'The Remix’s' moments of lowbrow humor obscure some of the textual beauty of the original, it is a worthy trade-off in the end…Overall 'Othello: The Remix' is worth seeing for its cast’s verbal and physical dexterity and its smattering of guilty pleasure gags." Full Review

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"Goldsmith’s characters are imperfect, and therein likable. The Actors Company Theatre is staging a slightly imperfect (and therein quite likable) production...The moments when this production shines most are when it is faithful to Goldsmith’s unique genre of 'laughing comedy,' aimed to elicit belly laughs with physical ridiculousness and silly twists of plot...A fun night at the theater as well as an opportunity to experience one of England’s most important and beloved plays." Full Review

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"With such a talented cast at hand, 'Paradiso' might consider developing a clearer story line and incorporating each actor further into the fabric of the experience...'Paradiso' claims to incorporate immersive theater techniques, but do not expect the same level of detail as the exquisitely designed sets of companies like Punchdrunk...If you enjoy high-pressure gaming environments, definitely attend...If immersive theater is more your thing, consider skipping this one." Full Review

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"The production delightfully balances this classic play’s sweet, charming love story and its bawdy, boisterous comic gags…Overall, Vietor’s direction emphasizes the skills of these well-trained actors, as well as the polished design elements…The well-made plot may feel too much like a fairy tale for a viewer to relate to it on a more personal level. Nonetheless, the production elicits laughs both light and hearty and is an excellent example of the genre." Full Review

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"'The Grand Paradise' keeps audiences entertained during their entire two-hour stay and the ensemble cast is a veritable treasure trove of diverse talent…Within the marvelous bigger picture of 'The Grand Paradise,' the slightly lengthy improvisational dance scenes are a forgettable flaw...The cohesive theme, remarkable talent and complex-yet-invisible immersive design make for a fun and refreshingly unique experience." Full Review

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"The execution of the production’s numerous projections and sound cues is almost flawless. It is a real wonder to see technology work so seamlessly to enhance a theatrical experience rather than take center stage as a gimmick. Overall, 'Say Something Bunny!' is a wildly engaging experience unlike any other." Full Review

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"'The Hidden Ones' is most brilliant in its simplest moments, and one of its most profound experiential themes is how difficult it is to be quiet, especially under the tremendous pressure of fear and paranoia...Although the production is largely wordless and the characters are entirely nameless, 'The Hidden Ones' manages to communicate a great deal through blocking and dance sequences...Its musical score is less exacting in design." Full Review

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“Though it begins with a nod to Greek plays, ‘Scraps’ soon turns to straight theatrical realism. Trying to mirror reality, the play examines a complex range of burdens borne by many African Americans in the U.S...Bowers and Tanyamaria...give notably complex, thoughtful performances...’Scraps’ transitions sharply into a different second half...An entirely new genre and style...which the ensemble handles with grace and dedication.” Full Review

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"'KPOP' provides a mind-blowing concert experience despite its less-polished participatory moments...The 'KPOP' experience approaches perfection during its moments of 'musical theater,' which open and close this behemoth, nearly three-hour production...'KPOP' is a big, brave undertaking that promises to wow many more audience members with its undeniably charming spectacle. While some of its immersive and interactive wheels need oiling, the general experience is unforgettable." Full Review

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"The uniqueness of 'Pool Play 2.0' does not end with its nontraditional performance space. The play's text, its staging, and the committed actors collaborate to provide a fun yet thought-provoking treatment of something nearly everyone has experienced: a day at the pool...Though Mee and Bear’s text is supremely engaging, 'Pool Play 2.0' also excels in its performance elements...A treasure trove of off-off-Broadway creativity. It is not to be missed." Full Review

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"Does not lack surprises. Adrales’s direction features an assortment of reveals, achieved by curtains on either side of the stage that pull back to show characters in both comedic and dramatic cameos...The ensemble of actors is strong and thoughtful...Where 'The Strangest' needs polish is its veritable hodgepodge of genres...Shamieh gives voice to the quite literally voiceless and nameless character of Camus’ limited world. For this reason, 'The Strangest' is an adaptation worth seeing." Full Review

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"The constrictions of '7x7' beget an array of short plays that are both relevant and ephemeral. The very short time frame ensures that playwrights can draw from the timeliest material...The flip side of '7x7’s' time frame is that some plays and performances will lack the polish of more rehearsed off-Broadway productions...For folks that enjoy improv shows or other experimental theater, '7x7' will be a welcome departure from the finished product of traditionally staged plays." Full Review

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"There are many elements that make this show special, but perhaps its most universal appeal is that 'Paris' shines light on a great many facets of human sexuality. There are moments of tawdry thrusting and heaving piles of quaking bodies; yet there are, too, silhouettes of lovers that steal one’s breath away, and even quieter moments of solitude and fear that expose the vulnerabilities integral to human sexuality. In 'Paris,' sex is funny, scary, beautiful, sad, and, ultimately, a mystery." Full Review

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"Despite the plot’s silliness, Glenn and Parry are charming to watch under Jeffrey Mayhew’s direction as they wholeheartedly commit to the ridiculousness of their show...Mayhew’s direction allows Glenn and Parry to work the room like comics, and, despite the chaos of this makeshift aesthetic, they manage to pull the whole thing off...It is best to attend with the goal of meeting a few new drinking buddies rather than obtaining some deeper understanding of the origins of beer-making." Full Review

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"Expect thrilling tricks, silly laughs, and an ever-shifting performance space that will keep audiences literally on their feet...The cast not only performs awe-inspiring feats but looks like they are having a lot of fun in the process...It is ever-so-slightly less fun to be an audience member...constantly being barked at by ushers to make space, back up, or shuffle around...The whole point is that NoFit Circus seems to embrace a far more do-it-yourself aesthetic than Barnum & Bailey." Full Review

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"The sound, lighting and tech design of 'Youarenowhere' formally performs the ever-present tension between (and fusion of) technology and humanity...The only missing piece is its reluctance to verbally process the very difficult and very daunting possibility that we are becoming machines and that machines are becoming us...In provoking both awe and intense existential questioning, 'Youarenowhere' (somehow) simultaneously satisfies one’s inner child and cynic. It should not be missed." Full Review

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"Though 'The Alving Estate' experience is not without its aesthetic shortcomings, it succeeds in convincing audiences that there are deep secrets hidden within the walls of this eerie mansion...Though 'The Alving Estate' is haunted by an existing aesthetic, it still manages to showcase the raw talent and latent creativity of Journey Lab, an immersive company to look out for in the future." Full Review