Part of FringeNYC: Actors from Elizabethan England emerge on Cape Cod in 1619 to start the first indie theatre. With a copy of The Tempest, gold, their talent and dreams, - and aid from the Wampanoag,- they overcome Puritans, who believe they're witches. More…
Categories: Drama, FringeHIGH, Comedy, Local. Written by Jonathon Ward. Directed by Danielle Skraastad.
"Skraastad directs a consistently fine young cast of emerging talents, maintaining a balance of humor with a serious message about people from different worlds coming together in friendship and understanding to create rather than to destroy...While there is a lot going on in 'The Theatre Made in Paradise,' it all remains clear in its meaning, appropriate in its context, and effective in its delivery, and it’s all a lot of fun to watch!" Full Review
“Director Danielle Skraastad moves the play swiftly and organically. She also doesn’t allow any of the natives, Puritans, or slaves to become racist stereotypes, playing everyone with fairness and a standard American dialect...The actors can be hard to hear over the hum of some struggling, inferior air conditioner units...There is some good work happening here, and ‘Paradise’ is an exciting, new script that I hope has a long life ahead.” Full Review
“The problem is that you can't just throw together characters without believable motivations on stage and hope it all works out... Too often during the play the characters act bizarrely...It's as if there are gaps in the script which never got filled, and the result is a strange, oddly paced, and tonally uneven production (made worse by the inability of some of the actors to project). ‘Paradise’ isn't awful, but it's a shame to see something with potential end up as eminently forgettable.” Full Review
See it if You: like political statements; enjoy tone going from wacky to earnest and back in 60 seconds; want to see creative direction.
Don't see it if You: value coherent plot & tone; agree it's unethical to rate your own play to drive up show-score. Plus everything CurtainUp review said.
See it if Filled with cultural confrontations. From Indian chants to Shakesperian Iambic pentameter. Hear the views of nature's spirits and the souls.
Don't see it if You support Donald Trump for President.
See it if Your interested in watching something a little different, intelligent and humorous
Don't see it if You don't like to support young actors being brave and doing something a little different.
See it if The Play is wonderful. The actors are young & highly skilled. Very professional. They delivered the script with great comic skill!
Don't see it if Damn if I know.. It's great!
See it if I am the director! Hahaha! I love this play! It is a sweet homage to theatre with great actors. Come and have fun!
Don't see it if You hate comedies and authors who have playful plot twists.
See it if Disclosure: I am the playwright. I think you will like it if you like ideas theatricalized so you can envision the world in different way.
Don't see it if You don't like theatre that is trying to explore new ideas in a witty, romantic way, which asks you to think outside the box of ordinary.