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Orion

Members say: Funny, Entertaining, Great acting, Great writing, Relevant
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Critics
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4 reviews
Members
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92 reviews
 

Ruddy Productions presents this world premiere drama about Sam and Gwen, a couple that can’t quite make their relationship—or their breakup—work.

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'Orion' examines those romances that end but never really leave us. Some wounds fade with time but others don’t, so how do we move on and live life when we still hurt? Can we still cherish the good times we had without letting them destroy us? While their closest friends seem to have everything figured out, Sam and Gwen struggle to find their respective roles in each other's lives. 

 

Cast & Creatives (10)



Reviews (96)

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Avg Score

80
Theater In The Now

"Matthew McLachlan has a colloquial way about his words. His dialogue is snappy and deliberate. The characters he has crafted are clear...Where the piece did struggle a bit was the structure...The characters are relatable. It’s a testament to his writing. Director Joshua Warr took the baton and brought the best, and worst, out of the characters, guiding the company to find the heart, humor, and anguish within each." Full Review

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Theatre is Easy

"While the scenes of this play can be quite dramatic and sentimental, they are anchored by monologues...The lines delivered in these moments are the most insightful and well-written in the play and add depth and breadth to a play that might feel like a flimsy romantic drama without these looks into the characters’ interiors...Overall, 'Orion' is an entertaining and engaging play that captures the intense emotions and confusion that accompany young love." Full Review

70
The Observer

"The actors have charm. The play, written by Matthew McLachlan and economically directed by Joshua Warr on a stage the size of a Kleenex, bursts with interesting ideas about relationships that are young but insightful. But the ideas in 'Orion' have been around before." Full Review

80
Off Off Online

"The theatrical lovefest dishes out more than sweet nothings. Indeed, this playwright’s first full-length production serves up handfuls of hearty truths. As humorous and poignant in the ensemble scenes as it is painfully honest in its pensive asides by each character in turn, this new work by a young playwright navigates the light and the dark sides of that crazy thing called love with impressive depth...Kudos to the cast for elevating McLachlan's script even further." Full Review

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81
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79
Entertaining, Good acting, Story was nicely told and a cut above a standard rom-com., Efficient staging

See it if Like to explore relationship dynamics & don't care if story is about college age /early 20's folks. Cast is young/able, writing rings true.

Don't see it if You can't sit on really uncomfortable chair for 90 mins, don't like shows in a tiny space, want everything light, don't like profanity.

Also I thought the costumes were surprisingly good. The set was uninspired ... Read more Read less

80
Cliched, Simple, Well-written, Solid performances

See it if Well-structured, solid performances from this young team, covering some well-trodden romantic material w/ a few smart storytelling devices.

Don't see it if Will be interested in seeing more from this playwright as he grows older, wiser, and tackles some more nuanced and complex material.

70
Cliched, Entertaining, Good acting,

See it if You enjoy your typical...boy meets girl, boy loses girl story...with a bit of humor!

Don't see it if Your looking for a fresh take on the relationship game!

90
Funny, Delightful, Great acting, Romantic, Entertaining

See it if You want to see a play about two couples on their romantic journey and where it takes them. The ups, down and ins and outs of romance.

Don't see it if You are not interested in a romantic play. You don't believe in love and heartache and breaking up and finding new love.

Also Everyone did a fantastic job. I love Abby, she was a pip. She is the t... Read more Read less

85
Great acting, Relevant, Great writing, Entertaining, Touching

See it if you want to see great acting with characters developing in a realistic way as they confront life, love, friendships, ambitions, etc.

Don't see it if you can't sit in a metal chair for 90 minutes.

Also I really enjoyed this play and think it deserves a better venue. It wa... Read more Read less

72
Funny, Clever, Thought-provoking, Romantic, Entertaining

See it if You want to see 2 couples in romantic flux. Some ups and downs.

Don't see it if You expect greatness

95
Absorbing, Intelligent, Profound, Relevant, Great writing

See it if small, simple, elegantly delivered productions about love are to your liking

Don't see it if the trials of tumultuous young adult relationships put you to sleep, or you only want jazz hands

78
Funny, Great acting, Intense, Thought-provoking

See it if You like shows about relationships. It definitely made me think about some of my past encounters.

Don't see it if You like shows with a lot of movement and action

82
Great acting, Relevant, Resonant, Great writing

See it if you want to see romantic relationships as they go through ending also strengthening.How differently people deal with them.

Don't see it if you do not care for the ups and down of current relationships with 20 somethings.

Also The theater got way too hot for me. I missed the last 20 minutes. :(

73
Earnest, Some good acting, Slightly flimsy, Tiny but effective production

See it if A relationship dramedy with 2 characters who attain insight into themselves and their relationship and 2 who do not. Intimate at times,...

Don't see it if ...banal at others. Sam character is well-acted, Abby character does develop, the others less successful. A bit like a student production.

75
Funny, Great writing, Entertaining

See it if you like relationship discussion regarding people in their early 20's; clever, relatable writing

Don't see it if you don't care about shallow relationship struggles; actors should have been cast as in their early 30s; would have been more resonant

65
Likable, uninspiring rom-com

See it if you love plays about youthful relationships; both couples are right out of college. Should be more: more funny, profound, insightful, moving

Don't see it if you want a polished work. The script needs cutting, altho there are good moments, esp'ly the end when the monologues come together.

Also There's too much swearing (it doesn't make the dialogue more interesti... Read more Read less

50
Fluffy

See it if you want a safe cute play that will may you say "I have felt like that at some point in my life with a boy/girl" they did a nice job in the

Don't see it if end, tying everything up. If you are looking for something different you will be underwhelmed. This was very fluffy and the acting was bad

78
Funny, Cliched, Entertaining, Cute, Unoriginal

See it if You're going through a breakup and want some comfort amidst pain. The Abby and Scott plot line was much stronger than the primary one

Don't see it if You expect something thought provoking or deep. This is a short, relatable take on romantic comedy

84
Clever, Intelligent, Refreshing, Great writing, Entertaining

See it if You want a relationship drama that goes beyond the cliches . You want realistic, complicated feelings about falling in & out of love.

Don't see it if You hate relationship dramas. You want simple romance & a happily ever after.

95
Funny, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Romantic, Entertaining

See it if You like shows that delve into the complexity of human relationships and how choices impact others. Very good acting and a linear story.

Don't see it if If you like elaborate complex plays or ones that have a simple ending. If you like a large cast and set.

64
Relevant, Cliched, Fluffy

See it if You're interested in a simple relationship story and the feeling of small local theatre.

Don't see it if You're looking for a professional production - they did what they could with what they had but it was not the most original work.

80
Great acting, Resonant, Romantic, Great writing, Cliched

See it if you want something that's been done before with sincere writing, you want something light-hearted with a touch of reality

Don't see it if you want something different, you want a spectacle

85
Great acting, Refreshing, Entertaining, Well written

See it if you like well acted, well written theater.

Don't see it if you have trouble sitting in the most uncomfortable seats for 90 minutes.

63
Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Quirky, Entertaining, Fluffy

See it if You want to rehash some thoughts on relationships.

Don't see it if You want to learn something new regarding relationships.

75
Funny, Delightful, Great acting, Entertaining, Fluffy

See it if you like cute couple comedies

Don't see it if expect something heavy or serious

93
Funny, Absorbing, Clever, Delightful, Enchanting

See it if you enjoy witty romance and relationship stories and fun quirky dialogue.

Don't see it if you hate romance stories.

75
Funny, Great acting, Relevant, Cliched, Entertaining

See it if you enjoy black box presentations, up close and personal, about falling in and falling out of young love; the ins and outs of relationships

Don't see it if you've been there before - nothing new here, but well done (omit the last scene please) and talented cast. The chairs were indeed the worst.

Also I am upset to see that Show-Score is still allowing people involved in... Read more Read less

80
Funny, Great acting, Intelligent, Entertaining, Well written

See it if If you enjoy an interesting relationship play that is performed by a very talented ensemble in an intimate setting. Both funny and poignant.

Don't see it if You have seen too many relationship plays.

60
Acting is good, Characters are not that distinctive, I kept waiting for some originality in the writing

See it if You are a college student. It will seem interesting to you.

Don't see it if You like plays that have substance.