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False Stars

Members say: Great acting, Clever, Funny, Absorbing, Great writing
84
Critics
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3 reviews
Members
84
23 reviews
 

Corkscrew Theater Festival presents a darkly humorous modern take on the Southern Gothic drama, in which strained relationships, covert queer love triangles, and notebooks of mysterious origin lurk around every corner.

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Following news of their brilliant but estranged father's stroke, Mychal reluctantly returns to their childhood home in Oxford, Mississippi. Upon arrival, they are confronted by a community grappling with death, love, scientific legacy, identity, and a few old ghosts. Part of the inaugural Corkscrew Theater Festival, which aims to increase access to production opportunities for a varied set of early career artists.

 

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Reviews (26)

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76
Avg Score

60
The New York Times

“Ambitious yet overstuffed to the point of unwieldiness. Still, the production was packed with young talent, most notably Jules Forsberg-Lary as Peg…and the charismatic Jonathan Iglesias as Victor…In the risk-taking venture that is summer festival-going, encountering talent you want to see more of is a worthy payoff.” Full Review

85
TheaterScene.net

“Although ‘False Stars’ does try for some noir effects, including the sounds of weather and a 1960's Bette Davis film running on the tiny portable TV set in the corner of the set, this was more of a distraction and misdirection. The play's strengths are in the revealing lines given life by a fine cast of young actors.” Full Review

95
Stage Buddy

"Fast-paced, heartfelt and precise, the writing, acting and direction of this piece come together to form a riveting production...The high-caliber acting of all the actors made this production superb. There was clear dedication in the development of each of these characters...The direction of Reed, coupled with the work of movement consultant Sheppard, created brilliantly staged blocking, where there could be three story lines playing out on stage at once." Full Review

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84
Avg Score

88
Clever, Great acting, Great writing, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if you like Southern Gothic with a wonderful queer twist.Entertaining characters, involving story, and surprising reveals. Delight-full.

Don't see it if you prefer "straight" Southern Gothic.

72
Ambitious, Clever, Overrated

See it if you want to see something different, well written, thought provoking and interesting. If you have seen everything else, see this but not my

Don't see it if you want great entertainment. It is confusing, complicated and gothic.

86
Funny, Absorbing, Dizzying, Great acting, Great writing

See it if You want to see a play about multiple characters relating their experience (some good , some bad) with the professor that had a stroke.

Don't see it if You don't want to follow the story line. You can't imagine the performers having a conversation with the non existing professor.

Also A great job was done by all. I enjoyed everyone's performance. There w... Read more Read less

80
Funny, Clever, Thought-provoking, Quirky, Refreshing

See it if Stroke-ridden professor inspires competition for his affection among family and colleagues. The threads add up effectively.

Don't see it if You don't like dark comedy, openly gay/trans characters, some indulgent over-the-top scenes. Bare bones production in small theater.

79
Clever, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Quirky, Great writing

See it if You are interested in a well-written, well-acted show that deals well with many issues in 90 fast-paced minutes

Don't see it if You are uninterested in difficult topics

85
Ambitious, Clever, Great acting, Great writing, Character driven dramedy in the style of a classical french farce. smart, funny and very entertaining.

See it if You are willing to pay close attention as each highly individual character and what they're up to is cleverly revealed thru witty dialogue.

Don't see it if You are unwilling or unable to follow the twists and turns of a farcically unwinding plot with quirky characters. It was big fun for me.

79
Funny, Absorbing, Clever, Quirky, Resonant

See it if You like "Twas a dark and stormy night" gothic family drama well written, well acted and holds your interest to the end.

Don't see it if Family angst and complicated relationships don't interest you.

84
Funny, Clever, Profound, Relevant, Resonant

See it if You have an open mind towards gay politics.

Don't see it if You are from the Alt right

80
Ambitious, Clever, Relevant, Multi-layered

See it if you like the interaction of characters in power plays, secrets, yearning, each living in their own reality

Don't see it if if uneven acting is a downer,

94
Great acting, Intelligent, Resonant, Great writing, Multi-layered

See it if You want to see a really well written show with a lot of layers to it all play very true and will keep you thinking long past final curtain.

Don't see it if You don't want a show that reflects real life and it's many inconsistencies. This is not a comedy but it is very entertaining. Great show.

87
Absorbing, Great acting, Intense, Thought-provoking, Great staging

See it if you enjoy dark themes and plot twists

Don't see it if you have difficulty with multiple scenes onstage at once.

90
Absorbing, Intelligent, Profound, Relevant, Great writing

See it if You like festival theatre. Small space. Cast of 6. Nice set. Great acting. LGBTQ. Offstage character. PC. Scientific humor. Soap opera-like.

Don't see it if It was a fast paced 90-min. Good premise. Some tweaking and development would make for a great play. Humor! Highly recommend. Go now b4 end!

83
Funny, Absorbing, Great acting, Relevant, Great writing

See it if character dissection of everyone's own reality is different from the one they live in

Don't see it if no reason not to see it; it's a small but strong production

80
Rainbow cast, New twist on southern gothic, Where is lesbian rep?, Atmospheric staging, Earnest/funny/determined performances

See it if new work, competently staged & developed with committed cast & crew, in Festival format to showcase emerging talent is to your liking + A.C.

Don't see it if small, unadorned, new work that takes risks with untested actors & production team is not where you want to invest your entertainment $s

82
Edgy, Great acting, Quirky, Great writing, Great staging

See it if you enjoy a well-written play with constant action by a great cast touching on numerous issues of the day.

Don't see it if you can't let your imagination fill in the missing person and the areas of the home you never see.

90
Funny, Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Relevant

See it if You find the complexity of different relationships interesting.

Don't see it if Are upset by the depiction of differences in gender and sexual identities.

84
Funny, Ambitious, Delightful, Quirky, Refreshing

See it if If you're into the Big Bang theory and wondered what it was like in a gay, lesbian and transgender version.

Don't see it if If you're a bit of a prude

92
Excellent production and acting in exciting play

See it if you like a well-paced play, a great cast and crew, an interesting plot with many real life issues.

Don't see it if you are upset by trans or LBGT plots, if you don't like shows that explore difficult issues of careers, families & relationships.

Also I really liked this show, it is both entertaining and challenging, and... Read more Read less

95
Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Resonant

See it if You want to see a thoughtful, complex, intense play with a diverse cast of vivid characters. You care about genius, secrets, loss, and more

Don't see it if You like plays that tie everything in a neat bow. You want straight-up classic Southern Gothic (this is more an homage.)

80
Funny, Ambitious, Clever, Intelligent, Entertaining

See it if like plays that explore relationships and examine the question of what brings fulfillment to one's life.

Don't see it if you don't like plays that go beyond the straight and narrow.

79
Funny, Absorbing, Clever, Edgy, Entertaining

See it if You like a well-written Southern gothic style mystery. Not a "Who done it?" More a "Who's doing it?". Characters have secrets.

Don't see it if Gay Sexual themes (not explicit) bother or offend you. You don't like completely unresolved plot lines.

Also I really enjoyed this play. Well-respected neuro-surgeon has a stroke.... Read more Read less

80
Funny, Edgy, Great acting, Raunchy, Great staging

See it if You should see this play if you like different scenes and story lines at once it's very funny great acting and very nice props

Don't see it if You shouldn't see this play if you're not opened minded it has different sexual orientations it's not for minors

100
Great acting, Intelligent, Profound, Quirky

See it if you love committed, passionate acting, you're interested in plays w/ an organic development process, you want more diverse stories.

Don't see it if you're looking for something formulaic or just slapstick (although there are a LOT of funny moments in the show).