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Solstice Party!

From 3 critic and 6 member reviews
Members say: Edgy, Confusing, Quirky, Ambitious, Absorbing

About the show

In Live Source Theatre Group's world premiere, a gathering to celebrate the summer solstice in the deep upstate New York woods quickly devolves into something more sinister. More…

What begins as a casual, fun weekend quickly becomes a power-struggle and then a game of survival that is by turns bizarre and shocking. Written as a Jonestown parable for the Trump era, 'Solstice Party' explores themes of “group-think” and betrayal that instigate our deepest primal fears.

Stage Buddy

“Stanton creates a draconian world where words and music conjure unseen forces from which no lover’s heart is immune...A play that I found stuffed with ideas; It’s a thrilling and compelling cauchemar and it left me wanting more...It’s a scary play and folks were jumping in their seats and giggling their fright away. I look forward to more compelling and dynamic work from this company and director with big ideas and even bigger creative energy.’’ Full Review

Theatre is Easy

"Impeccably designed...A methodical production that descends from the ordinary into the bizarre...Poetic moments by Stanton, along with the songs by Bridges make this work most impressive. But ‘Solstice Party!’ also feels too empty...There is something in that empty space, but Mercer offers this to us far too slowly....When the bomb drops, it’s not earned or particularly interesting. All along this has been a kind of hipster 'Get Out,' yet with stakes that don’t feel real.” Full Review

The Reviews Hub

“Though the acting is strong, there’s a lot of awkward exposition that makes the play feel overstuffed. There’s some good original music...but its inclusion isn’t always organic to the narrative...Stanton’s script is rooted in strong ideas—it addresses friendship and exclusion, reality and hallucination, the lure of the cult and the power of self-loathing. Unfortunately, the execution of those ideas doesn’t quite meet their ambition.” Full Review

Riveting, Great writing, Ambitious

See it if you think you've seen theatre done every possible way so far.

Don't see it if you're out of town this week.

Confusing, Ambitious, Disappointing, Quirky, Edgy

See it if Stunning production design w/able direction & edgy acting (PA Jones a standout) can't really mask Stanton's shaky plotting & ambiguous tone

Don't see it if Stanton's talent evident despite campy mash-up of Shakespeare's Midsummer via Bunuel's Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie Ending very muddled

Confusing, Quirky, Edgy

See it if want something original and a bit of a fantasy

Don't see it if you can't tolerate bad music, get restless, want to see something conventional

Confusing, Edgy, Excruciating, Quirky, Slow

See it if Cannot think of a reason unless you’re suicidal

Don't see it if You value your time and sanity

Also Fortunately I was at the last performance and I am certain they won’t ... Read more Read less

Genuinely bad.

See it if you enjoy interesting design elements. This play would receive a grade of F in Playwriting 101.

Don't see it if you value excellent writing and fine performances in plays. You won't find it here.

Also I gave the play a 10 due to the design. Other than that, this producti... Read more Read less

Edgy, Ambitious, Clever, Absorbing, Thought-provoking

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Don't see it if Go see this show, no need to have reservations.

Cast & Creatives (15)