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Members say: Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Original, Great acting, Clever
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Flux Theatre Ensemble presents the world premiere of Jason Tseng's sci-fi drama about the challenges of maintaining civilization in a post-zombie-plague world,

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'Rizing' is set many years after the zombie apocalypse in Shelter, the last city on Earth. Infected family members, friends, and lovers have been rehabilitated thanks to a daily regimen of medication and therapy, but the uninfected that brought them back do not fully trust them. Now that the drugs are starting to wear off, Shelter’s two-tiered society is on the brink of all-out war. Characters on both sides must choose between rebuilding the world as it was or creating a new one by force.


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Theater In The Now

"Tseng's idea is clever. Using zombies as a metaphor for the AIDS crisis is fascinating. But it would have been more fun to discover the parallels on our own...Director Emily Hartford had her work cut out for her…When she found the realistic components of the story, she was in her prime. But when it came to the sci-fi, she seemed to falter…Flux Theatre Ensemble has a piece that has great potential, it just needed a little more guidance and reworking...A step away from greatness." Full Review


"The too-complicated plot confuses at times, though its twisting recesses also create interesting dramatic sequences creatively finessed by director Hartford with the help of evocative sound, lighting, scenic design, and costuming...Though in some respects there’s just too much here, leading to tangles and slowdowns, there’s a lot to admire as well." Full Review

Show Showdown

"As a zombie drama, 'Rizing' has much going for it...While 'Rizing' is entertaining to watch (albeit at least 20 minutes too long), its lack of focus distances it from the audience. There are too many story lines, and they add up to less than the sum of their parts...'Rizing' is largely well-acted and well-directed, although I found myself occasionally laughing at, rather than with, some of the directorial devices...While I had reservations about 'Rizing', it was still well worth seeing." Full Review

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Excruciating, Cliched, Slow, Long, Repetitive

See it if you want to support the company, you're interested in the concept and don't mind if it's executed poorly.

Don't see it if you aren't willing to give up 3 hours (it's 3, not 2.5) to a failed experiment, you aren't interested in seeing a zombie soap opera.

Original, Absorbing, Edgy, Intense, Thought-provoking

See it if You want to immerse yourself in a sci-fi world with deep characters and themes.

Don't see it if You aren't prepared for openly gay relationships and a harsh look at our attitudes about disease.

Original, Ambitious, Clever, Epic, Thought-provoking

See it if You want to be updated on zombies and prefer theatre to television.

Don't see it if You don't like zombies or you're looking for light comedy. It's also 2 1/2 hours.

Original, Ambitious, Great acting, Intense, Relevant

See it if You enjoy interesting takes on familiar topics and if you like sci-fi stories, especially with zombies. Great, passionate cast.

Don't see it if You're closed minded or if you dislike sci-fi, zombie, or disease related stories.

Original, Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Fluffy

See it if You enjoy Zombie Apcalypse TV shows/movies. This piece follows a group during the aftermath of an outbreak of "Z" & war, which devistated.

Don't see it if U find it hard to sit thru 2 1/2 hours of a Zombie/World-after war piece which reads as a movie on stage-or are uncomfortable w/ LGBT issues

Ambitious, Relevant, Slow

See it if You like the type of quirky over the top shows usually shown at the flea. You like new takes on relevant themes.

Don't see it if You have no patience for shows that are too long and pack in too many ideas.

Clever, Great acting, Intense, Resonant, Great writing

See it if you want to support amazing and new talents, you enjoy an apocalyptic story with engaging writing that deftly touches on universal issues

Don't see it if you hate slow expositions (the starting scenes were a tad slow but necessary), you enjoy more mainstream theatre

Ambitious, Clever, Great acting, Quirky, Confusing

See it if You like Sci-fi based stories with good acting and LGBT themes

Don't see it if Don't like a too long night of theater and zombie style stories.

Clever, Epic, Great acting, Romantic, Slow

See it if You're tired of regular theater, you want something new, young, fresh

Don't see it if You don't want to be asked for good show-score before the show

Original, Ambitious, Disappointing, Cliched, Slow

See it if You're an uber gay geek that can look past cliches and overzealous plot twists in order to see a new zombie Mythos twist.

Don't see it if You'd like to see 'gay plays' be a little less heterophobic.

Original, Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Slow, Great staging

See it if You like cutting-edge theater topics and like your theater a little bloody and dirty

Don't see it if You need every scene to make sense or need your set and effects to be very literal.

Ambitious, Epic, Great acting, Slow

See it if you enjoy science fiction or want to see a cast full of badass actors of color.

Don't see it if the nearly three-hour running time will be a deterrent for you. The show doesn't always feel like it justifies its length.

Ambitious, Clever, Confusing, Slow, Long

See it if You are looking for a different kind of play with gay themes or if you like zombie stories. Or if you like science fiction stories.

Don't see it if You don't like long and slow plays where the plot meanders for a while. Or if you can't deal with heat (though they gave popsicles, yum!)

Absorbing, Intense, Thought-provoking, Great writing, Surprising

See it if You enjoy pieces with queer characters without themes of homophobia, gay panic, etc. The writing was ambitious and the premise intriguing.

Don't see it if The twisting of religious themes makes you uncomfortable. The acting was questionable for some of the actors.

Original, Thought-provoking, Slow

See it if You like intricate storylines.

Don't see it if You don't like simple theater.

Exquisite, Great acting, Masterful, Must see, Great writing

See it if You're tired of seeing stereotypes played on stage and screen and you want to see masterful writing and acting in a beautiful piece.

Don't see it if You are an idiot. Everyone should see this show (unless you're squeamish at a little bit of blood).

Original, Clever, Intense, Riveting, Entertaining

See it if You like to think and be stimulated

Don't see it if Like more direct entertainment

Funny, Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Quirky, Relevant

See it if You like SciFi and LGBT themes. The SciFi explanations go a bit too far. The play raises questions about discrimination and equality.

Don't see it if You dislike SciFi or you're a Republican. The show can only be understood if you're familiar with LGBT issues. The play has violence.


See it if you want to support the Flux theatre company, in fact, they are producing pretty good stuff, but sorry, not this one!

Don't see it if you like good theatre and acting too much.

Original, Ambitious, Epic, Thought-provoking, Great writing

See it if a diverse and stellar cast, ambitious directing, and a totally original story.

Don't see it if prefer straightforward, conventional storytelling

Absorbing, Ambitious, Intense, Refreshing, Entertaining

See it if You like theatre that takes risks, relishes in sci-fi and has superb acting! What fun!

Don't see it if You can't sit through 2.5 hours of show. You don't like thinking too hard

Absorbing, Clever, Thought-provoking, Quirky, Entertaining

See it if You can weather a somewhat obtuse opening and bring your own snacks for the 2.5 hour marathon (peanuts and Nilla wafers only for sale)

Don't see it if You're a homo/scifi/zombie/manga/comicbook -phobe. Otherwise, it gets really quite riveting after the infected start "regressing!"

Ambitious, Clever, Epic, Quirky, Entertaining

See it if You love sci fi and diverse casts.

Don't see it if You don't like blood.

Funny, Original, Great acting, Intelligent, Relevant

See it if you like zombies, but like new spins on classic ideas. Like social commentary, have progressive politics.

Don't see it if you don't like sci-fi or are very squeemish. there's a short gorey scene.

Absorbing, Ambitious, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if you want intelligent thought provoking theatre

Don't see it if you like razzmatazz