See it if You like plays about relationships between intelligent middle aged people
Don't see it if You do not like plays about gay relationships Read more
See it if It's a very ambitious dramatic evening dealing with many engaging themes. Very complex.
Don't see it if You're looking for a simple drama or musical.
See it if you seek an intense 2-act drama. Excellent script; act 1 is 15-20min too long. NOTHING needs to be cut OUT, just cut to intermission sooner.
Don't see it if you're uncomfortable seeing 2 guys making out. A lot. THERE ARE NO SEX SCENES. Great acting, SUPER set, enjoyed the R & J juxtapositions.
See it if You want to see a show that makes you think.
Don't see it if You don't like small non traditional shows.
See it if Straight and gay couples grappling with a world full of uncertainty and senseless violence makes you curious.
Don't see it if You want a fully realized piece of theatre: this needs pruning and shaping, but there is enough here to hold your interest. Read more
See it if you like gay themed plays that show the effects of boyhood flings & how they can mold and affect you life.through adulthood.
Don't see it if you don't like plays about the effects on humans of unrequited love and how it controls your life and relationships.
See it if You enjoy watching multiple gay sex scenes. You love anything that includes Shakesperian quotes. Theatrical mediocrity doesn't annoy you.
Don't see it if You are looking for a finished piece. This felt like a work in progress to me. You can overlook pretentious writing and and over acting.
See it if No real reason.
Don't see it if Want something that sticks with you as this does not.
“‘Composure’ covers a vast array of subjects…Though I enjoyed myself...'Composure' feels a bit too convoluted and disjointed…With wonderful connections and intriguing subplots, ‘Composure’ could still benefit from another edit so we can better explore some of the relationships. There is lots of good material here, but I just don't feel like we are given a chance to fully explore the interesting connective tissue tying each of the characters together."
"'Composure' adeptly covers a great deal of territory, expertly focusing on the enduring themes of loss, love, relationships, and friendship...Sickles does a wonderful job of telling and interweaving these stories, providing the audience with some surprising and mostly satisfying twists...The production is well cast, with all five principal actors delivering believable and natural performances...Rob Ventre excels as the good-looking and not totally likable Tommy."
“Unfortunately, the overlaying connections made to ‘Romeo and Juliet’ often feel forced…Sickles' writing is insightful enough without having to resort to the constant references to Shakespeare’s play…The mercurial Robert Bruce McIntosh (Fletcher) and the charismatic C.K. Allen (Jeff) are cast standouts…Director Fritz Brekeller moves this multi-layered, multi-themed play along smoothly and at a lively pace despite the fact that many of the scenes are short and end abruptly.”