ensemble theatre · fierce backbone · Ages 16+ · world premiere · United States

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Fierce Backbone wasn’t shy last year at another Fringe debut: seven (eight?) shows in multiple different venues. For a producing company created “to support the work our membership is inspired to create,” that first leap showed its audiences a wide range of new plays. It was a bold move that paid off from this audience member’s point-of-view: I’m game to try most anything they produce. Their latest offering is The Beating by Mona Deutsch Miller. It’s a bit flamenco, a bit spoken word plus outtakes from “Law & Order.” For good or bad, it’s about the tediously long process of being chosen for and subsequently serving on a jury, and Deutsch Miller captures the process perfectly. The piece does not offer much beyond our first glances int... full review

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ANONYMOUS certified reviewer · June 17, 2013
This was a brilliant interpretation of the criminal trial process. As a lawyer, it was exceptionally enlightening to see the adversarial tone between prosecution and defense depicted as a flamenco dance. I've never thought of the interplay like that, but it is so spot on!! Also the "jury instructions" were a hoot, no wonder why real jurors get so flustered. I loved every second in this artfully carved piece. Thank you very much! ... full review

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MARA FEIN certified reviewer · June 23, 2013
The Beating is great theater. Certain experiences are unique to the theater and cannot be replicated on film. The Beating is one of those: theater of the absurd at its best. If you've ever served on a jury or questioned the efficiency and effectiveness of our justice system, The Beating is a must see.... full review

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EILEEN ERICKSON certified reviewer · June 28, 2013
This was such a different play than anything I've seen before. It was darkly funny, as promised, but also beautifully choreographed. The playwright, actors and director managed to make you feel as if the witness and all of the defendants were there, and the jurors really captured the feelings one has sitting on jury duty. Congratulations!... full review

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