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"The combination of science fiction alongside folk music does not seem immediately complementary. But this is where the brilliance of this piece comes...Not only are the songs well-written and performed, but they are woven so beautifully into the fabric of the play that the piece takes on an elegance not usually associated with Fringe shows...Under Davis’ direction and the fine cast, the tone is consistently hopeful and honest." Full Review
"It’s a novel idea to explore the romantic complications of Rostand’s play through the lens of gay men today, and Drohan and director/choreographer Eamon Foley succeed at times in capturing this confusing and often alienating world...However, Drohan seems more interested in exploring the theme of friendship in this world (as per the play’s subtitle) and this often is at odds with some of the plot elements he creates." Full Review
"It’s a fascinating world that Paper Canoe has put together...Adrienne Kapstein’s direction is tight and precise...The second half of the play lacks the specificity and focus that so grounds the first. Though billed as a play for families, I’m not sure how many were fully following the piece’s complicated and convoluted rules and logic...'Light, A Dark Comedy' provides a great opportunity to get lost in a strange and mysterious land—and isn’t that what all good theatre should allow us to do?" Full Review
"The themes of 'Gigantic' are not revolutionary, and when the show’s book deals with these clichés, its weakest points reveal themselves. It’s a shame because these weaknesses are even more heavily emphasized by their contrast to the show’s moments of complete and utter hilarity...Despite the weak moments in the script and score, there is nothing weak about this cast, and having the privilege to watch their magic on the stage is a gigantic pleasure." Full Review
"Multiple forms result in confusing the audience about the very resonant ideas that Free seems to want to address...At its heart, Night of the Living N-Word!! takes a stab (pun intended) at tackling these ideas but the overall effect gets overwhelmed by the various styles the script and Nicole A. Watson’s direction employs...I do appreciate Free’s endeavor in allowing his audiences an opportunity to continue this vital conversation." Full Review
"F*It Club continues their winning streak of presenting six new thematically linked short plays…As with any evening of short plays, some are more successful than others, but all share strong performances and production values, and each writer approaches the theme with their own unique and often hilarious or heartbreaking perspective." Full Review
"One of the beauties of 'The Grand Paradise' is that it allows for so many of these smaller, intimate moments. The cast, all trained as dancers, effortlessly and elegantly guide the audience through the evening and truly make you feel as if the performance was being done exclusively for you...Audiences escape for two hours that both fly by and yet feel satisfyingly endless." Full Review
"The show is not high art, but of course that's not its aim. The jokes are cheesy and the characters border on the offensively stereotypical—a gay hairdresser? really?—but, amazingly enough, if you know that this is what you’re in for, it works...I couldn’t help but smile and enjoy being part of a show that is simply a really good time, because don’t we need those once in a while?" Full Review