Emily Cordes

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Reviews (25)
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85
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"Profound yet understated, 'Empath' highlights human emotion through personal experience...Sauvage’s unvarnished storytelling and droll, self-effacing tone help free 'Empath' from artifice and cliché...Sauvage acknowledges the story’s outlandishness and his own still-limited experience as a performer and energy reader...'Empath’s' final segment, in which Sauvage conducts live readings for audience volunteers, further quells disbelief through the bare display of his abilities." Full Review

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85
Theatre is Easy

“Lucas voices his source material’s universality through an array of social, cultural, and linguistic perspectives, and the show’s powerful cast strengthens this effect...The play’s focus on the Deaf community highlights its issues of exclusion, communication, and personal choice...It is the capacity for storytelling that separates us from other creatures, and ‘I Was Most Alive With You’ reveals the inherent strength and folly in this ability.” Full Review

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80
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"An intense, topical adaptation of Chekhov's first play...In Laura Wickens' fierce ninety-minute adaptation, physical theatre company Blessed Unrest pulls 'Platonov' from obscurity, breathing new life and topicality into this overlooked play...Blessed Unrest's charged adaptation transforms 'Platonov' from theatrical relic to cautionary tale, revealing the dangers of unmitigated corruption and unchecked human folly." Full Review

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AMP
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"‘AMP’ is a fierce burst of inspiration and madness...Inspired by early electro-medical research, the accounts of mental patients, and the writings of Mary Shelley, Christopherson’s solo show treads this continuum, using electricity as a metaphor for mankind’s genius and monstrosity...The words 'monster' and 'demonstrate' share the same roots, and it is in this paradox that AMP lives, hovering between shock and elucidation, terror and wonder, and life and death." Full Review

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for a previous production "Intriguing in concept, 'The Cooping Theory' fumbles in its execution. Its pre-show supper club steeps us in the evening’s boozy mystery, but runs a little too long to serve the plot...The lengthy, quote-heavy possession sequences set the piece’s atmosphere more than they forward its narrative...Writers Suggs and Johnson offer several story lines, but never really flesh any of them out. Given the piece’s focus on theory, this may well be the point, but it reads as unfocused." Full Review

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85
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"A shared tale of love, agency, and devotion...Humorous, heartfelt, and philosophical of its own accord, Johnna Adams’ script shines under the actors’ chemistry and realism...By inviting the audience into its characters’ worlds, and similarly tasking us to hold them, 'World Builders' challenges us to dissect our own...'World Builders' reaches no neat conclusions, but offers in Max and Whitney the possibility that love and empathy may well be worth the risks they entail. " Full Review

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85
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"Christopherson is by turns commanding, charming, and childlike in the role...Milo’s thoughtful script empathizes as much with the Mozart family as with Nannerl herself...Powerful and evocative in any context, this revival could not come at a more fitting time. As women’s voices simultaneously gain prominence and face threat in our society, it becomes all the more crucial to consider which version of history we receive, and pay attention to perspectives once diminished or marginalized." Full Review

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"We wonder why Eve didn’t depart sooner, and a little more effort to show Paradise’s appeal might have created some interesting dramatic tension…'Eve' sets up a plot rife with issues of gender parity, free will, and self-definition, but never quite gives these themes their full due. However, by highlighting this well-known tale's all-too-familiar flavors of sexism and power dynamics, Hutson-Ellenberg invites us to consider Eve’s side of the story." Full Review

Preview i ll say she is white
80
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"A plot-light but hilarious revue, equally true to its source material and engaging to contemporary audiences...The cast and production team have clearly done their research, painstakingly capturing the Brothers’ iconic personalities and distinctive comedic rhythms. Marx Brothers aficionados will appreciate the leads’ spot-on impressions...Yet, even those with little to no familiarity with the Marxes can enjoy the show’s daffy entertainment…A solidly entertaining gem." Full Review

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80
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"Incorporating family drama, Kabuki theatre, and real-life interviews with aging artists, The Assembly’s 'I Will Look Forward To This Later' investigates the ways in which our pasts actively shape our current existence, and asks whether we can evolve in spite (or because) of them...As The Assembly makes clear, we cannot sever ties with our past, but we can, with awareness and honesty, use it to build a better future." Full Review

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80
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"'Rhinbecca, NY' blends its sources’ distinctive styles to craft a bizarre, atmospheric tale of an outsider’s role in a twisted environment...The show takes more structure from its stylistic unity and strong ensemble than from concrete narrative; fans of a more linear storyline may be put off. Nonetheless, Theatre Reconstruction Ensemble gamely navigates the bumpy 'Oldsmuh' ride through Rhinbecca, generously including us and ensuring we don’t get too carsick." Full Review

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80
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"Writer-director Chris Henry takes us through Goldie’s quest for autonomy…Music functions as thematic link and saving grace, with autobiographical songs and a spirited ensemble carrying us through the story’s progression…Simultaneously a classic underdog story and a strikingly specific tale of one woman’s rise to fame, 'Rock and Roll Refugee' traverses the liminal spaces of memory and identity, epitomizing art’s potential to bridge this gap and lead us to a brighter future." Full Review

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"Chang(e) continually walks the line between fantasy and reality, depicting a woman so internally ablaze that her incendiary death seems almost fated...The agile and versatile ensemble cast alternately becomes specters from Change’s past...This depiction would have been better served by giving equal weight to conveying Change’s political message as to representing her disturbed mind and oppressive environment." Full Review

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70
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“’Your Invisible Corset’ gives the famous tale a modern twist, using Stoker’s female characters to explore issues of gender equality, trauma, and resilience...Hunger & Thirst can run overzealous in its quest to drive home the piece’s symbolism...Such over-reliance on exposition prevents the company from delving deeper into the nuances of trauma, survivorship, and the allure of power. Nonetheless, the piece makes some promising steps in this direction.” Full Review

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80
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"The cultural storylines of romantic dramas are as familiar as those of ancient myths or modern reality shows, but Rosebrock upends these narratives to find humor and truth beneath them...Female empathy forms a redemptive balm to the flawed world in which the characters operate, and the play’s women share appealing chemistry...'Dido’s' core message is one of empowerment, pushing us to actively change the internal and socialized damage we lament." Full Review

Preview orcurrentresident1
85
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"Despite its high stakes and fast emotional clip...rarely feels soap operatic: credit lies in the well-rounded script and the cast's subtle chemistry...By presenting characters we can simultaneously laugh at, root for, and relate to, Bigwood drives home the point that these merciless systems can impact any of us...Edging the peripheries of TFTNA's black box...This tight internal frame keeps us invested in the action yet removed enough to observe the broader issues at play." Full Review

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85
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“'Pomegrenade's' thoughtful script gives new life to its ancient source material, its characters equally mythic and relatable. Brimming with idealism but limited in scope, Lincoln’s 'Persephone' embodies our concern and frustration as privileged bystanders, and we share in her journey from passivity to empowerment…Inspired by the accounts of war correspondents, and writer-director Xia’s work with Doctors Without Borders, the play’s journalistic subfocus heightens its impact." Full Review

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75
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"Topical and richly expressive, 'The Woman Who Was Me' explores gender, choice, and identity through one woman’s tale of self-actualization...Poignant in their simplicity, the show’s design elements underscore Lanie’s hazy search for self and highlight the dreamlike mental and physical realms she traverses...By highlighting individual stories, 'The Woman Who Was Me' invites us to explore the nuances of what it means to be a woman—or a human—in the world." Full Review

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"O’Loughlin is a gifted raconteur, her warm, conversational banter as disarming as it is engaging...Her non-confrontational style encourages sharing and makes 'Broken Bone Bathtub' as much our story as it is hers...I cannot think of a single person who could not relate to the piece on some level. More importantly, its challenge to directly interact with this humanity reminds us that we are not alone in our joy or suffering, and more capable of making a difference than we may realize." Full Review

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"As the theater echoes with Giancarlo de Trizio’s plastic-tub percussion, and dancing, chanting performers beckon us onstage, we feel as though we’ve become part of a lively protest...'Zuccotti Park' maintains this inclusive energy throughout...While the musical tries to clarify some of the issues in which Occupy took root, often via satirical song-and-dance numbers, it is through these personal tales that Zuccotti Park truly shines." Full Review

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"Stunning acrobatics carry us seamlessly through the story. Effortlessly transitioning through flips, suspensions, and human towers, the company evokes 'Flight’s' sea, sky, and desert landscapes and the plants, animals, vehicles, and people within them...A little more time spent with particular characters might strengthen its overall effects. Nonetheless, Curbside takes us on a delightful journey, inviting us to briefly abandon preconceptions, see with our hearts, and join them in 'Flight.'" Full Review

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85
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"Literally and metaphorically, there’s a lot to take in here: any of 'Body’s' featured concepts could easily form the basis for a separate show. Nonetheless, Blessed Unrest handles its subject matter with a surgeon’s precision and an artist’s sensitivity, embracing reverence, confusion, and discomfort alike. Effectively, by inviting us to re-envision the bodies we inhabit, 'Body: Anatomies of Being' highlights our essential humanity, inviting us to celebrate ourselves in all our flawed glory." Full Review

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80
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"Holder’s script paints Martin’s and Mary’s stories with a fairly broad stroke; a bit more specificity might allow audiences to connect more deeply with each character. Nonetheless, this impressionistic style fits well with the show’s thematic elements, and Holder’s versatility and showmanship carry us through most of its plot gaps. Ultimately, 'Typhoid Mary' explores the individual’s battle with time and circumstance: how do we, as artists and humans, define ourselves in light of adversity?" Full Review

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"The small cast weaves stirring harmonies with the finesse of a professional a capella group. Yet, this choice occasionally backfires, leaving periods of dead air onstage…Ali-Oshatz’s plot touches on some complex issues which beg for deeper exploration...I’d love to see an extended version of the piece...Nonetheless, 'Four-Legged Woman' offers us a tantalizing peek behind the big-top’s curtains, revealing the darkness underneath each spectacle and the humanity in every 'freak.'" Full Review

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70
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"Together, these markedly different pieces offer a multifaceted exploration of tragedy’s aftereffects...Whether our tragedies rage like 'Reach’s' emotional maelstrom or haunt like 'this is my (trigger warning)’s' specters, 'Aftermath' challenges us to reach into the dark recesses they leave, hold them up to the light, and examine them from all angles. The process may prove confusing, frustrating, or terrifying, but only through this bold approach may we craft our peace." Full Review