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“Heart-wrenching and important...I cannot begin to say how thoroughly good the ensemble is...They are what makes this show so powerful and enjoyable...If there is any critique to level at ‘De Novo,’ it is that this is not a story that is particularly unpredictable...That takes away from the ability to feel true shock. But this predictability only adds to the beautiful difficulty of watching this true story unfold...It successfully humanizes a very big problem...It inspires.” Full Review
"Pacing wise, the production is a bit slow. It takes a decent amount of time for the plot to truly kick off and the action to ramp up, although the exposition itself is enjoyable...This ending doesn't show a rather crucial scene and feels somewhat unsatisfying after becoming so deeply engaged in the story...Overall, while the play’s structure itself is somewhat flawed, the great performance work and sultry-scary mood make this piece a good Halloween season date night thrill." Full Review
"The show accurately captures both the humor and anguish of growing old. The script is clearly new, with a few pacing problems in the middle and an ending that seems to hit very suddenly, but Raio’s vision is clear and manages to reach even the hearts of those too young to fully empathize with what’s at stake. The performances are hilarious and touching, with special mention to Grimaldi and Rodolitz...This new play shows great promise." Full Review
"This show is aesthetically stunning…The story of ‘Whales & Souls’ is undeniably complex, and the detailed writing which lends the play its fairy tale feeling often leads to some confusion...Roe manages to keep the audience with him throughout the entire piece…His performance is energetic and enchanting…In the end, 'Whales & Souls' might be stretching itself a bit thin for the format of a Fringe show, but it is still a beautiful and entertaining production with a fantastic actor at its helm." Full Review
"The most stellar aspect of 'Wake Up Call' is undoubtedly how well the writing meshes with the chemistry of the actors...Combine that with the truly wonderful performances by the cast and you end up with some of the most natural friendships and relationships I have seen on stage...These are some genuinely funny actors here, who help elevate an already good script. This strong backbone in character, relationship, and actor helps lift the play through some of its weaker bits." Full Review
for a previous production “At first seems like a well-rehearsed monologue rather than a full show. This stiffness quickly melts away, however, to reveal a dangerously hilarious actor/writer with a clear ability to capture an audience...It is his performance that makes the piece, in more ways than one. With such a simple set-up, Zes needs to be near perfect in order to maintain interest, a task he easily accomplishes...A highly enjoyable piece with a wonderful performer at the helm.” Full Review
"The slapstick physical humor of this show, which could easily risk being gimmicky and sometimes feels repetitive, is balanced by the provocative writing and the incredible talent of the actors…It's these performances coupled with the near constant barrage of quick-witted dialogue that really keep you on your toes...The very final moments are predictable, but the journey there is an enjoyable one…Overall, the problems of 'Thud!' are easily overlooked in light of the enjoyment it provides." Full Review
"For such a relatively short show, 'New Canula' provides a lot of laughs. Dark comedy is the name of the game, and both Simpson and actor/writer Cremeans undoubtedly have a strong talent for it...Tension quickly fizzles out in the middle portion...With exposition and character development often done through telling rather than showing. Still, the actors are both funny enough to maintain the audience’s attention until the show reaches its hilarious, yet nail-biting, climax." Full Review