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"Sometimes you don't need a long, complex story - or even an engaging one - to hook an audience. At the showing of 'Dragon Spring Phoenix Rise' at The Shed that I attended, audiences clapped and hooted for heroes and villains alike, despite being given no logical reason to do so. The heroes and villains possessed no distinguishing character traits, other than differing accents, and they voiced no discernible reasons to be fighting. The fighting was just that awesome." Full Review
"With 'Bodies,' playwright Sam Chanse attempts to explore the realities of Japanese-American culture in the 21st century, but gets lost in the process. 'Bodies' is at its core an exploration of familial ties and meaningful human connections, as is made clear by the time it reaches its multiple emotional climaxes. Its monologues about mushrooms and self-worth suggest a more ambitious artistic treatise, but ultimately weaken those other core themes." Full Review
"As for the show's humor, there were moments when Sheen should have played her emotions straight instead of going for laughs (a.k.a. the #1 rule of comedy acting) -- but there's time for her to grow into that. Additionally, the comedic concepts in 'God of Marz' could use more development. The show is on the cusp of being a funny, zany absurdist romp, but it doesn't have enough internal logic in its script to justify its more inventive flourishes. With tweaks, that could definitely happen." Full Review
"Incidentally, as the dialogue of 'Actually, We're F**ked' moves snappily by, there are a few other opportunities for humor within the script that fly right on by. That's less of a knock against director John Pasquin than a testament to playwright Matt Williams, who peppers his meditations on the world's problems with idiosyncratic fluff, cutting rhetoric, and some genuinely hilarious one-liners." Full Review