Untitled: We're Doing a Play

comedy · equal acts productions · Ages 14+ · world premiere · United States

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DAVID HODGES · June 07, 2013
UNTITLED: WE’RE DOING A PLAY You could easily say that Michael Willer’s “UNTITLED” is beyond the Fringe. On stage, at the intimate Hudson Theater on Santa Monica Blvd, this ensemble collaborates, as the story unfolds, to produce a play whilst struggling with each players own private agendas. Those in “the biz” will “get it” and those who aren’t will simply enjoy scene after scene of hilarious and definitely un PC humor. The physical comedy and antics of LA actor Schoen Hodges, juxtaposed the savvy “I wana be a star” Alli Miller, keeps you in stitches while straight gal Sarah Haworth nails the role as the snide on stage producer. J. Winford Warren rounds out the performance so to speak with Patrick Rutman as the tortured gay guy. I really e... full review

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ESTELLE MATRANGA certified reviewer · June 12, 2013
Freshness, creativity and novelty. What I liked in this play is that it doesn't pretend to be what it is not. It shows real characters and encourage the creation. I liked that through comedy they were able to bring up so many different subjects, on so many levels. The place of women in the show business industry, the sensibility of actors, their metaphysical questioning about themselves and their existence, the extravaganza and their oversized ego, their incapacity to differentiate their personal life and their professional life, etc. The actors are efficient and all have a strong personality. And to add to this, a couple of classical references here and there to remind you that this is new but "We" know what we're talking about! ... full review

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JOSE CASAS · June 15, 2013
UNTITLED: WE'RE DOING A PLAY is a farcical romp into producing theatre. And, from personal experience, I can relate, but I feel so many people in this crazy fringe world can sympathize and emphasize with this humorous story; reminding us that we are all a community of artists just trying to entertain audiences. Definitely check it out.... full review

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KYLE BRUEHL certified reviewer · June 08, 2013
What can be said about Untitled: We're Doing a Play that the title itself doesn't do ample service? Well actually a lot but don't let that keep you from attending this animated and humorous depiction of the errors and egos that are part of the creation, or rather inner destruction, of a play that happens to be the suitable embodiment of most stress filled creative projects. Untitled is reminiscent of Christopher Guest's classic "Waiting for Guffman" as it allows its cast of oddities and straight men (and women) to do what comedy is meant to do, which is taking the familiar and embellishing it for strident effect. There is an appropriate blend of sharp dialogue, pop-culture references, amplified personalities, and well-timed slapstick physica... full review

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AMY FRANCIS SCHOTT · June 18, 2013
A charmingly silly and fun (if uneven) piece of theatre, created and performed by talented young people when they lost the rights to the play they'd intended to produce. Instead of giving up, they said, "Hey kids, let's put on a show!" If some of the humour is sophomoric, you'll still laugh (hey we were all sophomores once... these folks more recently than some of us.) It would be hard not to have a good time. (and they give you candy!)... full review

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BOB LEGGETT examiner.com · June 14, 2013
I went to this show expecting to see a similar story to [title of show], without the musical undertone. Unfortunately, it was a train wreck. And like every good train wreck, you just can't seem to pull yourself away from watching. The show had some good moments and some good physical comedy, but the show looks like it was thrown up at the last minute. It has potential, but I think they need to head back to the drawing board and give it a good rehash. ... full review

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CINDY MARIE JENKINS · June 17, 2013
I knew exactly what to expect going into this play, and the team served it up well. There wasn't much deeper thought or real intrigue; some slapstick went well and some went on too long. It didn't add up to much. Not that everything must. UNTITLED is mostly entertaining, and seems to serve as a useful stress relief for artists who just opened their Fringe show.... full review

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