Kaila M. Stokes

About:  Kaila M. Stokes has been in the theater and dance world since she could walk. Kaila was part of theater programs growing up in Orlando and Jacksonville, and went on to attend the Douglas Anderson School of the Arts High School for theater, where she caught the directing bug. Kaila was a dual major i... Read more Read less
Reviews (21)
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Theater In The Now

"The entire cast was a unit, not one weak link. Their passion was so clear and appreciated by the audience...The story told was very interesting and dynamic, it had many great ideas! But in that, there were at times too many ideas. The play was very focused on the timeline of events, so the development of the characters suffered...The show is very long and there are places that could be buttoned-up a bit...'Home/Sick' is highly recommended even in its flaws, it is too relatable not to see." Full Review

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Theater In The Now

"The actors had nowhere to go because they started at a place of unrealistic tension. The audience had no idea why everyone was so upset off the bat...The story is very interesting and the ending was meaningful, but it was hard to care after the first thirty minutes due to the yelling...Instead of relying on this interesting story, it was directed as though the audience would not understand these 'complex plots' unless they were being yelled to them." Full Review

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Theater In The Now

"'Wild Women of Planet Wongo' lives up to the fun title indeed!...If you’re super sensitive to the whole feminism movement, it might not be the show for you. But the music sure is catchy. All of the actors did a fantastic job with the songs and choreography, especially in such a small space...There is no serious plot or heavy demeanor here. Go, let your hair down, dance with a stranger, drink an unknown concoction, and enjoy the movement that is immersive theater." Full Review

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"Gideon’s performance was inspiring. He is a master of instruments and a passionate singer/songwriter. He really leaves it all on the stage and bares his soul...Audience participation was a huge part of the show, and it was done right...The direction, by Wright, was organic and stayed in line with who Gideon is. He let the performer inspire his direction...A must see...This show is funny. This show is clever. This show is thought-provoking. This show will make your week." Full Review

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Theater In The Now

"'The Loon' is a funky dance-theater piece that makes for an all-around enjoyable evening...Don’t get caught up in following the story so much as just enjoying each flick of the wrist...Robert M. Johanson, the narrator, was a powerful voice that had the audience drooling over his every word. His presence on stage was undeniably captivating and it didn’t really matter if what he said made sense...The dancers were beautiful, each one unique in character and physicality." Full Review

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Theater In The Now

"No matter your beliefs, 'Chokehold' is a remarkable view inside the lives of people readily affected by this painstaking issue who are out to make a difference...The director, Tim Cusack, should be commended for taking such a huge issue in our country and still finding the humor in the text, in the actors and the beauty in each character's story...Overall, 'Chokehold' had everyone on the edge of their seats. This show is funny, provocative, honest and gut-wrenching all in one." Full Review

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Theater In The Now

"'Held' was a mix of 'The Giver' meets 'Game of Thrones' meets 'No Exit'...'Held' was musically beautiful, but left the audience wanting more…more plot development, more character development and more of a punch on those important lines/moments. It should certainly be done again, maybe added to and directed with more importance." Full Review

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Theater In The Now

"'Little Stories' is a breath of fresh air in regards to comedic folklore in NYC…One must commend the director and adapter as well. Their vision was so clear which made it so easy for the audience to enjoy themselves...With so much to keep track of, it all was married together as one moving unit. Heitzler did a fantastic job connecting the audience, the troupe and our narrator clown…Go see 'Little Stories,' an enjoyable evening with a talented group of performers awaits you." Full Review

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Theater In The Now

"The writing was well done, but almost too well-done...The entire point of theater is to stretch the imagination of the audience through thought-proving moments on stage, not tell them why or how they should be thinking…Overall, 'Remember Me,' was a great attempt at capturing two women’s present and subconscious psyche. It was enjoyable to watch this idea appear on stage, but tweaking is still needed in order to engage the audience more and quite frankly, excite the audience." Full Review

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Theater In The Now

"It is always a thrill to see a show that takes history and messes with it...'Harry' did just that…The show is purposely over-the-top and askew...The story and hilarity would have been just as successful with some unnecessary moments cut out and, most of all, utilizing the character of History better...With some edits and better utilization of set and certain characters, 'Harry' has the potential to be a phenomenal drama, comedy, musical, farce, and an avant-garde piece." Full Review

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Theater In The Now

"You should run not walk to see 59E59’s 'Butterfly.' This haunting dance-theater piece hits all of the emotional buttons that you want as an audience member...The direction was very precise yet still felt organic and instinctual...It was physically inspiring and emotionally jarring to watch what Livingstone's character went through...I highly suggest taking an hour out of your evening to see this one-of-a-kind dance-theater piece." Full Review

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Theater In The Now

"A pleasurable evening of wit, storytelling, and truth...It was very well directed and choreographed. The actors seemed extremely comfortable with the movements and each other, therefore they mastered them. There was not a detail overlooked...The entire company works together and does this piece justice. Women definitely led this play down the right path though; from the female writer to the director to the female company members that stole the show...'Saki' is highly recommended." Full Review

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Theater In The Now

"An entertaining musical portrayal of this overdone story...It felt like the audience helped decide what was going to happen next in the plot! For this, the director should truly be commended. This production is not bogged down with set, lights, or props. It is purely about the relationship of the characters to one another and to the audience. It is basic and beautiful...Some actors were more comfortable with the language than others, but with what some lacked others made up for." Full Review

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"Omri Kadim did a nice job adapting this version and it was a smart choice to make the show about the violence. The show doesn’t have a lot of character development or change of tempo...The emphasis was on the physicality in the first act and it felt like the second act was less focused on. With that said, the company of actors did a fabulous job at playing their characters, wrangling the audience, and dealing with the incredible physicality this show demanded of them." Full Review

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Theater In The Now

"'Devdas': The director, Arpita Mukherjee, did a nice job telling the story...The choreographer, Swarali Karulkar, undoubtedly has a vast knowledge of dance, but the dancers were not as skilled in making her movements come to life...'Chokher Bali': There were too many actors with nothing to do on stage...There was not enough weight given to any choice made by the actors, nothing surprised their character." Full Review

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"A salacious, complex satire on women’s rights, desires, and society’s expectations of the female sex...Although a comedy, this play portrays all too real problems with the expectations of woman in society. The company of actors was flawless in their delivery in lines, emotions, and dialects...'Anais Nin Goes to Hell' is enjoyable and a must-see. The company is fantastic in their honest, bold, and emotional roles from women in history." Full Review

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"Never once was the location, time, or reason for these soldiers being in what one can only assume was a bunker in WWI spoken of. Instead they literally went from story to story and it was hard to follow…The ongoing theme with 'Geist' is that the idea was there, but the execution was not. Overall, 'Geist' was not something to see if you like plays that have logical explanations and clear plot points." Full Review

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"Jessica Wanamaker, writer/director/actress of 'Inheritance,' gave a stunning portrayal of this woman...Throughout the piece as she became different people, Jessica stripped a layer of clothing off. This was such a bold and defining choice. There was no set, no visual metaphor, so she used her body as the physical metaphor...'Inheritance' was so simple, so naked and exposed that the audience felt like they knew this actress on stage." Full Review

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Theater In The Now

"'A Brandy Before Dying' was like a bad car crash that you walked away from knowing there were no survivors...One can only assume that they were going for a farcical comedy, but the problem was, they didn’t go for it. It fell short in every category...Overall 'A Brandy Before Dying' was a bit half-assed...The plot sounds interesting, but is really just a clotted mess of ideas. The ideas are there, but organization is needed." Full Review

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Theater In The Now

"Mostah Black definitely put a lot of passion and detail into his work. What the entire show lacked was focus and an overall point. It was confusing from beginning to end...For every thought that was put into this piece, there was another thought that said we should be as crazy as possible, completely throwing out any validity the story ever had...Like a Jackson Pollock painting: complex in its insanity, volatile in personality and unique in its ridiculousness." Full Review

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""The actual plot is a play within a play that should be a fifteen-minute 'SNL' skit and not an hour and a half production...There is no doubt that these two have talent, but the production 'Whether We Like It Or Not' was like watching the same joke over and over again...If there had been a director, a lot of the flaws in the writing could have been brought to light. Blanche might have not been so one-note and Stella might not have been so stale." Full Review