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"'Land Of Fire' could be called unapologetic agitprop, but it's the type of politically motivated theater that doesn't dull the mind or break attention spans. It's not politically charged in the way that most Americans are used to...This is a play to make a person think, not a play to leave a person with happy feelings. The self-aware political partisanship of 'Land Of Fire' comes with its own set of problems aside from the inherently polarizing topic." Full Review
"Jumping into this play and buying a ticket for $50.00 admittedly isn't a decision you should take lightly. There are layers to process and lines to read and, spoiler alert, suicides to contemplate. For fans of the classic, however, this adaptation is different enough to be thought-provoking and yet similar enough to hold up to high standards." Full Review
"'Heads' still resonates as a play that appears to be ripped from the headlines...Political and shock value statements of a hostage situation would have been the easy route for playwright E. M. Lewis. Those dramas unfold on the 24–hour news cycle. Instead, Lewis tells a human story of anger, fear, friendship and mental collapse." Full Review
"Potential audience members need to take a step back and ask if the point of a piece like this is to entertain or tell an accurate story of a complex decade. If it’s the former, then 'Trip of Love' is successful, but if it’s the latter, there are some gaping holes that over simplify complex emotions and history. " Full Review
"Contrived is the only word to describe the way the actors methodically repeated each line with stock over-emotion for much of the musical, and a 'cheerleading' break only extended my misery and visceral disappointment at having to experience a play I would not sit through again even if paid to do so...If two-thirds of the book were cut, perhaps a repeat of today's headlines would be bearable, possibly even funny." Full Review