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Monday, January 22, 2024

Crime and Punishment by Scotty Bennett

Tyson’s portrayal of Raskolnikov is riveting as he moves through the elements leading inexorably to his mental collapse. The exchanges with Porfiry are woven together with encounters with …

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Friday, January 19, 2024

Brighter than the Sun by Scotty Bennett

Hendley is solid in his performance as the narrator of his and his grandmother’s story. His presentation commands attention without demand, smoothly and effortlessly focusing on the words …

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Thursday, January 11, 2024

Ernie’s Secret Life by Scotty Bennett

The show is well presented but lacks a clear narrative, leaving viewers with more questions than answers. Is it about a man's journey to self-discovery or an exploration into a confusing haz…

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Monday, December 25, 2023

Becoming Chavela by Scotty Bennett

Ranchera is a style of traditional Mexican folk music with origins in the ranchos of rural Mexico. The songs are about love, patriotism, or nature and are usually sung by men. The vocals hav…

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Saturday, December 9, 2023

The Inheritance of a Long-Term Fault by Scotty Bennett

"The Inheritance of a Long-Term Fault," written by Mêlisa Annis and directed by Vanessa Morosco, is an extraordinary play that explores how the societal structures across many cultures have…

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Wednesday, December 6, 2023

Killin’ Republicans by Scotty Bennett

"Killin’ Republicans," concept and libretto by Dick D. Zigun and music by Arturo Rodriquez, directed by vagabond, is billed as a rock opera about violence towards certain Republican Party …

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Tuesday, November 28, 2023

United Nations: The Other West by Scotty Bennett

"United Nations: The Other West," written and directed by Bossert, is an outstanding example of the hybrid theatrical system he has created. This production is an extension of his 2022 "Unit…

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Thursday, November 16, 2023

Ode to the Wasp Woman by Scotty Bennett

"Ode to the Wasp Woman," written and directed by Rider McDowell, is a play done in the style of film noir and true crime films of the 1950’s. The show focuses on the events leading up to t…

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Monday, November 6, 2023

Hell Dialogues by Scotty Bennett

The production was conceived in the wake of the Russian invasion of Ukraine as a group of actors was performing "No Exit (Huis clos)." They decided to adapt the ideas of Sartre’s work into…

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Thursday, November 2, 2023

#UglyCry by Scotty Bennett

What is remarkable about Mack's performance is that she is reliving the grieving process with every performance. It is not a fictional story with an actor taking on a role; this is a powerfu…

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Wednesday, November 1, 2023

The Mysterious Case of Kitsy Rainey by Scotty Bennett

Mikel Murfi skillfully brings to life a handful of colorful characters in a rural town where Farnon is the cobbler. The transitions from one character to the next are done with shifts in pos…

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Thursday, October 26, 2023

David Dean Bottrell: The Death of Me Yet by Scotty Bennett

All eight stories are engagingly woven into a pattern that illustrates the things that help us understand what it is to encounter a fear of death or even a fear of living. David Dean Bottrel…

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Tuesday, October 24, 2023

Chasing Happy by Scotty Bennett

"Chasing Happy," written by Michel Wallerstein and directed by Alexa Kelly, is a five-character comedy about a gay love triangle. It unravels like a pilot for a television sitcom that borrow…

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Friday, October 20, 2023

Down the Road by Scotty Bennett

Lee Blessing's "Down The Road" is a tale that explores what can happen when "normal" people are confronted with the psychopathy of evil in the form of a charming, ego-centric serial killer. …

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Sunday, October 15, 2023

The Lights Are On by Scotty Bennett

"The Lights Are On," written by Owen Panettieri and directed by Sarah Norris, is a psychodrama that plays with two ideas: are we really who we think we are, and what are the reasons we do wh…

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Friday, October 13, 2023

The Picher Project by Scotty Bennett

"The Picher Project" is a bluegrass and folk-infused musical conceived and directed by Quentin Madia, with music, book, and lyrics by Madia and Lauren Pelaia. This show is based on real-life…

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Tuesday, October 10, 2023

The Making of a Great Moment by Scotty Bennett

"The Making of a Great Moment" by Peter Sinn Nachtrieb and directed by James Barry is a play about a pair of actors who are the principal players and only members of a bicycle theatrical tou…

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Thursday, October 5, 2023

Twisted by Scotty Bennett

It takes considerable skill for competent actors to play at being bad actors, and many of the cast members succeed. It is not a bad play, but the overarching problem with the show is that it…

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Friday, September 29, 2023

Mr. Bottrell, I Cannot Possibly Accept This. by Scotty Bennett

David Dean Bottrell is both a craftsman and an artist, as evidenced in his delightful and exquisitely entertaining show "Dear Mr. Bottrell, I Cannot Possibly Accept This." From his Prologue …

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Wednesday, September 27, 2023

The Jester’s Wife by Scotty Bennett

"The Jester’s Wife," written and directed by T.J. Elliott, is a fanciful attempt at reconstructing the source of the myth of Dymphna, a legendary medieval Irish saint who is considered the…

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Monday, September 18, 2023

9 Kinds of Silence by Scotty Bennett

This play demands attention to the smallest details and a thoughtful encounter with what truth is being hidden and revealed in both the spoken text and the silent actions. It leaves one with…

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Friday, September 15, 2023

alt-Hamlet by Scotty Bennett

"alt-Hamlet," written and directed by Suzanne Willett, loosely uses "Hamlet' 's plotting and character types in a carnivalesque/grotesque black comedy. Inspired by the US Supreme Court's 202…

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Sunday, September 3, 2023

Click by Scotty Bennett

"Click" by Drew Pisarra and directed by James Dean Palmer is a play inspired by the film "Breathless," written and directed by Jean Luc Godard and considered a seminal work in establishing F…

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Sunday, August 20, 2023

Baby Foot by Scotty Bennett

"Baby Foot," written and directed by Tim Venable, follows the interactions between three addicts in the very early morning in the lounge room of a rehab facility. The two central characters …

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Wednesday, August 9, 2023

As You Will, An Unscripted Original Shakespeare Performance by Scotty Bennett

It takes great skill and imagination to make an impromptu idea flow with conviction and commitment. And, so it is with the wonders of As You Will, a company of engaging, talented actors who…

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Monday, July 17, 2023

A Girl Far From Normal by Scotty Bennett

"A Girl Far From Normal" by Robyn Bishop-Marin takes us on that stroll down the lanes of her memory, and it is fearsome, delightful, heartfelt, wrenching, and funny. Matthew Harrison's direc…

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Saturday, June 24, 2023

The Gospel According to Heather by Scotty Bennett

"The Gospel According to Heather," with book, music, and lyrics by Paul Gordon, is a story about a teenager's struggles with fitting in with her contemporaries, finding a boyfriend, and deal…

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Wednesday, June 21, 2023

The Trouble with Dead Boyfriends by Scotty Bennett

The show is a deft combination of action and humor with elements of horror. One of the production numbers, "Dissection Dance," is an homage to the "Time Warp" choreography of "The Rocky Horr…

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Thursday, June 15, 2023

Freedom Summer by Scotty Bennett

"Freedom Summer," written by Toby Armour and directed by Joan Kane, is a semi-autobiographical story of the playwright's experiences that summer as one of those students risking their lives …

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Thursday, June 8, 2023

The Shylock and the Shakespeareans by Scotty Bennett

Einhorn has reshaped the dramatic elements of the original play to focus primarily on antisemitism. What he achieves is a show that highlights how the antisemitism of the 16th century is con…

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Sunday, May 28, 2023

GAS by Scotty Bennett

"GAS" by Charles Cissel explores the “never-never land” of a war without end. It is a time when the characters examine the unreality of the experience. It occurs within an ill-defined di…

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