Let me Out

ensemble theatre · mb stage productions · Ages 16+ · world premiere · United States

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ANONYMOUS · June 11, 2013
The following are direct quotes/comments made by Patricia Bellgardt, Kenneth Ellsworth, Ashley Apelzin, Diane Slobodnik, Laura Joseph and Jesus Boelk all of whom previewed LET ME OUT on June 7. Patricia Bellgardt I was very impressed with the play and I thought it is sad how some people have to go through difficulties in their lives to be truly themselves and I thought it was a beautiful ending how they all bonded as true friends and started to begin to understand each other more. I thought, it was truly beautiful. Interviewer: Any comments/critiques regarding the story and cast? Mrs Bellgardt: They were very good! Interviewer:: Any particular moments that stand out:? Mrs Bellgardt: Well, I guess it was more the bl... full review

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ORLY TURINGAN · June 11, 2013
What a beautifully irreverent piece! There's a shade of Let Me Out in everyone. In my mid 40's now and it reminds me a wonderful time in my life. Forging, breaking and mending friendships. It's a story on redeeming relationship with all its drama and comedy, packed with wit and humor, woven together.... full review

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AMANDA DOWNING · June 16, 2013
The time in your life between high school and college has to be one of the most difficult points in a human life. In the mental health field, we refer to as the transition age with good reason. During this time young people find themselves transitioning or changing- emotionally, mentally, and even physically. There's an expectation at this point in your life to identify yourself, choose a path, make definitive choices that will (ultimately or hopefully, take your pick) define the rest of your life. Let Me Out takes on the tumultuousness of this time period in a group of young people trying to figure it all out. Relationships, friendships, habits, and reactions are all under a lens in this show. It takes a hard look at how young people change... full review

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AMANDA DOWNING · June 16, 2013
The time in your life between high school and college has to be one of the most difficult points in a human life. In the mental health field, we refer to as the transition age with good reason. During this time young people find themselves transitioning or changing- emotionally, mentally, and even physically. There's an expectation at this point in your life to identify yourself, choose a path, make definitive choices that will (ultimately or hopefully, take your pick) define the rest of your life. Let Me Out takes on the tumultuousness of this time period in a group of young people trying to figure it all out. Relationships, friendships, habits, and reactions are all under a lens in this show. It takes a hard look at how young people change... full review

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ANONYMOUS · June 15, 2013
It was in both writing and scenario, something a first year high school student might produce on a very tight deadline. The writing very much hindered the acting and the play consisted of too many unnecessary lines and speeches which caused it to drag in its entirety. I might add it was very distasteful that the cast were being called out on their mistakes afterward in front of the exiting audience. I would not recommend "Let Me Out" to my family or friends.... full review

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DANIELLE OZYMANDIAS · June 17, 2013
Let Me Out is wonderful. The characters are well developed, finding out little bits and pieces of their secrets over the course of the evening… was a nicely subtle way to carry the story forward. I want to know these characters- I want to be friends with them. I enjoyed the playfulness and the joy the characters had with each other. It was a lot of drinking and drugs but, I was a college kid once, it was a lot of drinking and drugs! I wouldn’t want to bring my teenage nephews to this play but it felt very true and honest to the time and place in these characters lives. I walked in a little worried about a 2 hour run time at the Fringe and ya know what? I never once felt like it lagged- it clipped along with beautiful emotional slow do... full review

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JP RAPOZO · June 17, 2013
I am a strong believer that art should comment on the society within which it was created. This show does exactly that and there are some very enjoyable moments especially given by Arlene Mitchell, whom I loved. There were some awkward moments/pauses and the pacing could have been quicker. With that said, it is a beautiful thing when a group of young performers band together to create. All artists have to start somewhere and this production has some great momentum. The show is definitely thought provoking and the writer did a great job at capturing what many young adults are struggling with in today's culture. While reading the program it was very obvious that most of the team members have recently graduated and/or are still studying differ... full review

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LACEY PHELPS · June 19, 2013
Let Me Out is one of those rare shows that has you comparing everything that's happening on stage to your own life. The show is being marketed as a coming out story, but I saw it more of a coming of age story. I enjoyed most of the actors. For me the strongest actors were John, Mona, Jessie and Courtney. I especially enjoyed the interaction between moan and Jessie. I wanted to see more of Mona. Know more of her back story. Courtney was great for comic relief, but was still believable as a character. John was the dart of this play, just like he was the heart of the group. I never felt like the actor was acting. Every time the character of Jessica was on stage, I immediately remembered that I was watching a show. I felt that she had absol... full review

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TODD JAMES · June 23, 2013
A topic that many young adults go through in their life, "Let Me Out, was not only relatable, but very enjoyable. Though simple in sets, props and lighting, the words stood strong, bringing on the emotions of joy and anger. Laughs and tears. Arlene Tanner is a gem of an actress who brings comic relief, just when necessary to a subject matter that many find uncomfortable. If i had a criticism it would be to cut down the make-out scenes, which distract from other actions on stage and give off a very cheap feel. And one other thing...why not red solo cups? Orange and pink? I'll be honest, a stage play would not be my first choice over a Broadway musical, but that has changed. The cast made me feel like the story was one of my own, and I left ... full review

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ANONYMOUS certified reviewer · June 15, 2013
I'm not the person who walks out of shows, but I had to. "Let Me Out" is plodding, only vaguely interesting, and very poorly written. The actors did what they could with what they were given, but between awkward staging and winding, long-winded writing they never had a chance. It's a shame because this show is clearly written with heart and personal truth, it's just very badly done. Arlene Tanner provides the much needed comic relief and makes certain moments work in a show full of "stage awkward" moments that are handled like a brick to your sensibilities. I feel bad for saying it but I can't recommend any part of this show. Certainly not for the price of admission.... full review

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