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"The ensemble is engaged, lively, and manages to find moments of real truth in the fantastic world. They avoid the over-energized falseness that can so often sink the ship of theatre for young audiences. The show is also enhanced significantly by some beautiful and delicate shadow puppets by Melissa Cherno; particularly nice is a boat with lifted sails that appears early in Sam’s fantasy." Full Review
"The core idea is exciting…Gill writes in a mostly taut style that results in clipped, spare back-and-forth while sometimes launching into more poetic expansiveness…The casually realistic style of performance and direction makes the more florid passages feel discordant and writer-ly…Make no mistake, the stakes are high in the lives of these people, but too often, small events are played with as much significance as enormous ones." Full Review
“The production gives little credit to the people around Jess. They mainly slide into two-dimensionality in service of hurting her and failing her. This undermines the comedy and the heartbreak possible in these relationships. By the time we get a few moments of redemption late in the play it is too late...The way we live on past ourselves digitally is both cruel and a gift. It's a timely idea, worthy of investigation, and one that you can see the playwright understands and grapples with.” Full Review