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"Bent deftly dodges some of the common traps white people fall into when discussing race...Bent is funny, charming, and deeply sincere, a persona that carries the complexity of the story with humor and compassion, and her sophisticated writing offers the kind of frank hilarity that makes solo performance shine...Bent asks her audience to consider their own way of taking space, participating in culture...It's a smart, funny, and vital contribution to the ongoing conversation." Full Review
"As an audience member, the ultimate delight of this show is gradually discovering how it’s all connected. The show is richly thought-out and incredibly complex, and following the threads is deeply enjoyable. 'Providence, RI' is extremely smart, funny, sincere, and creepy, with something for everyone...Audience participation can often be gimmicky, but 'Providence, RI' uses it sincerely and in a way that makes it absolutely vital to the show." Full Review
“Hinson’s staging is subtle and seamless, allowing the audience constant opportunities for discovery in small moments...Mixing comedic and dramatic elements, the writing brings heart and sincerity to the characters, and breaks the tension at just the right times. ‘Reconciling’s’ beauty is the kind which can only happen in live theatre, and it is a joy to see a young, ambitious group of theatre practitioners harness their craft so well.” Full Review
"The whole piece doesn't really come together in a cohesive whole, and the overall style gets lost in the endless variety, but perhaps the variety itself is the style. Not every joke lands (or even gets completed), but like the particle collider, the sheer mass of jokes ensures that there is something in it for everyone. Ultimately the show accomplishes its goal, putting the Internet onstage and providing a 'dazzling display of distraction' that still manages to make a viewer think." Full Review
“An enjoyable, funny, sincere, and tightly managed chaos that brings the classic film to life and captures the heart of a cinematic classic...The performers strike a solid balance between the historical and the imaginary…The show is an emotional and thematic roller coaster...A fun and rich experience that packs a tremendous amount of complexity into ninety minutes and pays tribute to the chaos of art making in the best possible way—by living it.” Full Review
"The staging is static, and actors spend most of their time sitting down or facing front...Actors flub lines and visibly skip around the script...Characters often describe their personal changes rather than actually undergoing them onstage. Consequently, there is little emotional arc for any character...There are, however, a few successful moments...While comedic elements are inconsistent and frequently lost behind exposition, the moments that shine through are sharp and witty." Full Review
“Those who remember what New York used to be will delight in following McDonagh’s tales...His natural stage presence and seamless storytelling make McDonagh a delight to watch...In ‘Cabtivist’, John McDonagh is a history of one, a last scion of a bygone age, and he looks back with fondness, frankness, and an infectious charm. ‘Cabtivist’ is a love song to the city that never sleeps, and who better to tell that story than a cab driver?” Full Review
"'The sketch style and quick pacing shows off the team’s Second City writing chops, and the cast demonstrates their performance range…'GIRLish' is short, and because there is so much packed in, it can feel scattered at times...But the jokes are sharp and the energy never drops. Overall, the sincerity of the show and the tight chemistry of Bellisle and Anderson make for a solid, upbeat revue. Feminist-ish, empowering-ish, poignant-ish, 'GIRLish' is quick, clever, and fun." Full Review