Robert Price

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Reviews (16)
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“It is unfortunate that this production is so underwhelming...One gets the sense that this cast...may be drawn partly from Pendleton’s students...A lack of physical life plagues the production, leaving little reason for characters to stand and listen to each other. Scenes that would be absurdist are uncomfortably absurd. A dismal absence of any sound design leaves no respite for the captive audience...The play’s relevance is thoroughly obvious, but it feels totally obsolete." Full Review

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“A timely piece...Dameron’s direction allows for a goofy rhythm that serves the humor and honors the camp urgency called for by the narrative...Supertitles expertly guide the hearing audience through a play performed entirely in American Sign Language...Seeing, or rather, hearing this play, one is surprised by how they see themselves in its text. The specificity is effectively universal, in the age-old paradox, and the ritual is only more powerful enacted through ASL.” Full Review

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"The play explores morality among unapologetic men. Their downfall is precipitated by what they perceive as weakness and how they attempt to protect themselves. Zayas paints his strength with vulnerability...Deblinger’s Raffi has the exuberance of a proper show-stopper, but captures the poetry of the piece with a striking immediacy. Calderón has realized an authentic and complex piece in a limited setting." Full Review

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"Alison Fraser interprets with vocal acrobatics. Fraser’s posture is active and forceful in its sudden shifts. She inhabits several characters to interact with in her storytelling. The frenzied jumps from one idea to the next make the first half of Aaron Mark’s full-length monologue crackle with character development, giving us new information from every angle, feeding us breadcrumbs...It’s a haunting journey of one’s own imaginings in the semidarkness. Vivid dreamers beware." Full Review

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“'Loveless, Texas' is an evening of country-western and traditional singing loosely strung together with a story…A melodrama about characters that don’t have clear motivations past money and marriage. The women are weakened from Shakespeare’s version…Aronson’s songs are written in a variety of styles, often with clever lyrical turns. Unfortunately, in most cases, the music is not served by the script and the script is not served by the music…All of the singing is superb.” Full Review

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"Three of the cast are veterans and many more service members were interviewed in the devising process. The result is stunning. It’s a story told in dialogue, in sound and movement, in dance and in silence...With no set, the actors give athletic performances to fill the space with physicality. Nothing looks accidental in a show this meticulous. Julia Sears has demanded discipline from her troops and every one of them carries their rifle with expert precision." Full Review

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"Howard Barker’s 1985 teleplay is a striking revelation, on stage for the first time thanks to Potomac Theatre Project. Rife with contradictions and thick with symbolic power, the 65-minute piece is an electric exchange of ideas...The use of the soldiers as a chorus is astonishing and effective. It is rare to see space and light sculpted so boldy with human bodies...We are witnessing a practiced hand executing the vision of one of the company’s signature playwrights...It’s a shot of adrenaline." Full Review

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“Acito does a great job of bringing every cast member’s uniqueness forward. Wang delivers a flawless vocal performance as the childhood friend that has captured Tom’s heart…Engelhardt’s music is tastefully varied, making bold choices even in comedic numbers. The lyrics seem to inject adrenaline into the satire of yesteryear, adding a little modern obscenity to keep things fresh...This adaptation highlights the joy of sexuality, and leads by example with a talented, diverse cast." Full Review

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“Upon entering the theatre...a ‘cowboy cookie’ is offered...The treat feels hefty enough to satisfy. The script is less substantial...Hodsoll keeps a mannerly composure...She is able to work the text despite a confused audience...The evening reads like a casual, long-form magazine piece to help sell her book...Light racism speckles the script, passing for humor...However you feel about Laura Bush, your views will not be challenged.” Full Review

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"Production value is initially astounding...It is worth noting that this show originated as a serial of ten-minute plays written for a weekly competition show...Without this knowledge, fans of Klopfenstein’s work might be underwhelmed by his musical contribution. The script is more like binge watching a recurring MADtv sketch than a musical. The commitment to character from the performers is intoxicating...About half of the rapping works...This show is goofy stupid fun." Full Review

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“Fans of Fornés will recognize how the sparse language serves an immersive spatial experiment...Nicole Villamil as Mae takes on hope against a suffocating despair...Julian Elijah Martinez has impressive stamina and a charisma that buoys a dirge with energetic humor...Araoz has put together a fully realized production that makes every moment a story told in gesture. It is at times horrifying, but honest in its brutality and severe in its simplicity.” Full Review

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"Several scenes in the play drag with a maudlin safety...The conversation is idyllic and natural but lacks significance...When the drama heats up it is a joy to watch the patience pay off with strong choices from actors and characters alike... Johnson’s directing puts Jones front and center for naturalistic transitions, and the pair works beautifully...There is a real satisfaction in the structure of the final scene that inspires tangible gratitude." Full Review

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“The production telegraphs the sinister nature of this relationship, and spells out the Greek inevitability of the poet’s fall...Ardelius plays a mannerly, almost wooden Adonis, hoping to get his groove back. Pelletier is a smokey-eyed necromancer, gliding through a script that wanders while trying to connect the historical dots...The play is a series of conversations that explore what it takes to be an artist, and what a lifetime of creativity yields." Full Review

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"You must see this show...It is an intellectual thrill ride with humor and grace...Few plays are held in as high esteem as 'Arcadia,' and few companies have the talent and experience to do it justice...Potomac Theatre Project provides an evening of theatre that transports us and captures our imagination. The acting and directing are superb, and the play ain’t bad either." Full Review

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"Stewart captures the look and charm of Errol, but the maudlin reminiscing in the script might work better played for laughs...The music is great, and the choreography is breathtaking in both style and restraint thanks to Justin Boccitto. The lyrics take risks and serve up some excellent punch lines. The show is a B-movie starring Errol Flynn with song and dance." Full Review

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"The script takes off at breakneck speed in Lauren Yee’s new play, and Tyne Rafaeli’s direction keeps the dialogue flowing with technical precision...Lesser America has produced a show that evolves with every moment, and moves like music. Perez and Ramadei keep us guessing at their true intentions, living distracted lives searching for each other. Rafaeli leaves us with a final image that we won’t soon forget." Full Review