Piper Rasmussen

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Reviews (26)
85
Theatre is Easy

McCarrick's world premiere play is bursting with love and light...and hilarious dark comedy...‘The Naturalists’ is about being open-minded and diligent in pursuit of love and redemption...It's also very funny...Rarely is nature's power to heal and draw people together so well-represented onstage, and with such humor—a real triumph for the cast, writer, and director. ‘The Naturalists’ is sure to remind you of something you'd forgotten about selfless love for folks around you, and the planet.” Full Review

80
Theatre is Easy

"Maria Aitken and the Acting Company have pulled something delightfully awkward and unpleasant to the surface in their production, diving into darker themes usually glossed over by wilder, more charismatic takes on the story...Such a nuanced message is only possible because the cast delivers on the Acting Company's promise of excellent text work, playing their parts with subtlety, clarity and smoothness." Full Review

65
Theatre is Easy

"This staging of Stanescu's play is less about the story than about recreating a feeling of loneliness and disembodiment...I would be interested to see a production of 'Toys' that combines Stanescu's poetry and humor with less frenetic movement...It seems indulgent to direct a single actor to place, say, fifty plastic baby dolls in a checkerboard pattern while the audience watches. However, our patience is rewarded with powerful images that stick with you afterward." Full Review

55
Theatre is Easy

"The play's most compelling aspect is watching innocent Jerrie first dream of the moon, then grow to understand the world...The mad joy that self-made pilots feel...isn't as fully expressed in this production as I might have hoped...This is a timely and well-designed production. Still, I wanted to see more nuance in what motivated the central characters to risk everything for flight, and in Jackie and Jerrie's relationship, so central and yet so disappointingly fleshed out in this piece." Full Review

65
Theatre is Easy

"A theatre scholar's rare treat; while well-executed, it's a marathon nonetheless...Perhaps there's a good reason why we don't see these plays programmed very often, considering the challenge they present to American theatre producers...The Magis company achieved fun, bouncy translations of the works which all the actors performed very well...After three hours of such difficult material, it felt like it was time to grab a towel and hit the showers." Full Review

55
Theatre is Easy

"Some elements of the performance still shine—Becca Schneider and Nathan Richard Wagner are particularly charming in all their roles...Yet the careful choreographed flow of the piece itself is somewhat muddy after three years on the shelf...Sluggishness means slow scene transitions...The result is a piece that seems to lag...Other sections explaining the social conditions in Scrooge's world...lean toward the melodramatic-Shavian." Full Review

80
Theatre is Easy

"By avoiding strident satire, this year's 'Pumpkin Pie Show' actually offers a bit of comfort for those who appreciate the status quo of a civilized election process...The stories that occur off the debate stage are the highlights of the evening. Lovecraftian-style horror fits best in the monologue form...Overall, it's a very fun night of storytelling, in a comedy-sketch style, as long as you aren't expecting a response to the fear conjured in real life by the 2016 election." Full Review

85
Theatre is Easy

"If the audience is confused, and is unable to keep track of who exactly is playing who at a given moment, and why, it hardly matters. It's not as though the play loses any clarity. Perhaps it even gains it, for despite the role switching, Rivera's command of compelling modern dialogue grounds this adaptation more thoroughly in reality than the original...One-Eighth's suitably youthful, vital production of this new work is mature in its emotional depth, but explosive in its physicality." Full Review

85
Theatre is Easy

"A 100%-committed cast of physical performers stud the stage in this thoughtful reflection on the American musical...Gelb’s excellent modern production celebrating the show's sesquicentennial anniversary acknowledges and addresses the weaknesses of the original piece; it exists as half 'story of' and half modern interpretation...This 'Black Crook’s' clever combination of smarts and escapism treads these murky blame-filled waters just fine as a fun night out for theatre fans of all stripes." Full Review

55
Theatre is Easy

"One feels that they’re intended to abandon the words and simply absorb everything that comes. Charlotte Colmant’s dance is always energetically full and beautiful...All individual design elements sink pleasantly into the inexorable, meditative flow of the piece. Yet the authority of this flow is questioned…Perhaps this gentleness is where the production falls short…It's a peaceful experience, certainly, but perhaps not an enlightening or personal one for the viewer." Full Review

90
Theatre is Easy

for a previous production "Half the fun is seeing Salerno twist and wiggle through her tiny performance space; the other half is, of course, the delightful scenarios she and her team have devised. The show runs like a great night of improv: some scenarios will undoubtedly appeal more than others to different folks, but everyone is almost guaranteed to get a good laugh at some point...'The Box Show’s' flow of self-reference adds a satisfying unity to Salerno’s versatile character-switching...A well-polished little gem." Full Review

70
Theatre is Easy

"'Movin’ On Up' spends a great deal of time questioning why characters are in the graveyard limbo space that they're in...The simple fact that there is meaning makes this a more optimistic worldview than true Absurdism, and the end of the show leaves a more hopeful taste in your mouth than it might otherwise. It’s certainly not the dark, trivial romp that one might expect from a show that self-identifies with that old nihilistic performance tradition." Full Review

80
Theatre is Easy

"'The Vampire’s Last Bite' is a cheerful and skilled rendition of a young boy’s coming of age...Martin J. Flowers’ engaging performance of his own work shows why the old stories and songs must have been a treat around the fireside. His original script is playful and dramaturgically grounded...The pleasure of this well-spun yarn presents a very satisfying theatre experience for audiences of all ages." Full Review

70
Theatre is Easy

“It doesn't always feel like the characters wholeheartedly believe what they're saying...In the midst of these interesting investigations of emotional overindulgence and generosity, Flores is a graceful, sensitive Amér...Nicolás’s Millie is sensual, even earthy, making her flights of fancy a little jarring. Some blocking choices are difficult to decipher, but if concessions must be made to Abrego's gorgeous lightbox-and-aortic-red-tree set, it is worth it.” Full Review

70
Theatre is Easy

"The story has some plot holes, but doesn't demand more suspension of disbelief than comparable stories...It's an engaging plot, but not groundbreaking...The show earns its place at HERE by using the story as a vehicle for broader philosophical exploration...Idiosyncratic breakout moments of song, dance, and interaction with recorded voices do feel out of place, but the production is strong enough to support the momentum of the story through these philosophical, aria-like pauses." Full Review

85
Theatre is Easy

"'Mary V' is a bloody, complicated struggle for the soul of modern feminism...Director Charlotte Murray uses Theatre for the New City's largest performance space extraordinarily well. The large ensemble fills the whole space, and engages the audience throughout...The talent and total investment of the large cast, the thoughtful concept, and the excellent design all combine to create a piece of theatre that is enjoyable, critical, and essentially feminist." Full Review

85
Theatre is Easy

"Gregory's translation is a gem...Finn, Font, and Stemple are an incredibly talented, balanced, generous cast...They breathe life into this already excellent work...'Villa' glimmers with the wild, unspoken desperation of people healing like their lives depend on it. No one knows at any given moment whether they're getting nowhere or somewhere in that healing process...'Villa' shares that devastating confusion with its audience impeccably. It is greater than the sum of its parts." Full Review

75
Theatre is Easy

for a previous production "Modern neo-liberalism adds some relevance to this work, but otherwise it might have appeared onstage ten, twenty, or thirty years ago. It doesn't attempt to address the particular office behaviors of, for example, a startup workplace...It just highlights the comedic despair and disembodiment caused by 'business as usual'—a sort of short-form, Ionesco-flavored take on 'The Office.' It's a good time and perhaps a reminder of the strangeness of that kind of life for those who live it every day. " Full Review

85
Theatre is Easy

"‘No Man's Land’ carries out a thoughtful and entertaining full-throttle investigation of a single story based on real-life events…The team has done a fine job of showing the deep personal importance of the issues while expanding their thoughts to include a wider range of perspectives. Most importantly, it does this without bring preachy, or dragging the audience to the psychologist's couch…It's uplifting but realistic, courageous but honest." Full Review

55
Theatre is Easy

"It’s clear that Mesri is more interested in using this play as a scaffold for an experiment in performativity than he is in its dramaturgy, or even in getting the audience invested in his characters, no matter how charmingly they are presented...It’s all a bit exhausting, and perhaps a disservice to the play...For maximum enjoyment, 'Storage Locker' should be judged less as a work of storytelling than as an experiment meant to expand one's idea of what it means to perform for an audience." Full Review

85
Theatre is Easy

"Perhaps he could warm up his presentation style. He can come off a little 'Corporate Motivational Speaker' in his delivery of well-practiced anecdotes. When he’s directly interacting with the audience, however, he is generous and friendly...Add Guimarães’s pure technical skill and easy rapport with volunteers to a well-polished, balanced routine of 'mentalist'-type predictions and lie-detector tricks...and 'Verso' is an evening you’ll remember for a very long time." Full Review

80
Theatre is Easy

"The play is quite engaging, and often funny. Marta Mondelli’s dialogue always glimmers, and occasionally explodes, creating the shocked, delighted gasps one associates with Edward Albee’s work...The audience also has the pleasure of seeing some outstanding acting...Mondelli’s portrayal of Emma, however, falls prey to several classic blunders made by playwrights acting in their own work. She mugs slightly when she knows someone is dropping an important hint." Full Review

65
Theatre is Easy

"The last three rows lose a great deal of dialogue between the fans and the loud wave noise blasting from back-of-house speakers…Apart from this unfortunate issue, 'Bodies of Water' is a fresh exploration of what it means to be our best selves...Clearly channeling Lanford Wilson more than Hans Christian Andersen, and that ambition cradles Margot’s compelling story...A tighter hand on the reins, and a different venue, will perhaps help 'Bodies of Water' fulfill its great potential." Full Review

75
Theatre is Easy

“All the design aspects are well done, but the magic of the show is in its cast. Under Jeffrey Whitted's direction, every actor is generous with the rest, and this camaraderie carries the play's bouncy humor...The first two-thirds of the play are strong but there’s a bit of a frenzy as the play struggles to wrap up all its loose ends in a timely manner. The play shines most when its characters have all the time in the world to weave their webs.” Full Review

80
Theatre is Easy

for a previous production “Jack Fry will remind you of your coolest teacher ever as he portrays the emotional life of one of the world’s great minds with humor and sensitivity...Some technical detail is lost in Fry’s breathless dialect as he interprets the German’s more excited descriptions of relativity...Otherwise Fry’s empathetic interpretation of the character shines with, well, gravity...It’s a fun and educational night by a skilled and faithful team." Full Review

75
Theatre is Easy

"A show that’s, by necessity, all about the performer. Luckily, Jenny Macdonald is committed and compelling as she shares her story. The narrative, though occasionally saggy, is etched in enough detail to offer the pleasure of a good yarn—or a relatable fable, complete with 'a queen, a princess, a devil, and the truest love'—but spare enough at the essential places to leave certain questions unanswered, ones that may well settle on you on your journey home." Full Review