Daddy Didn't Die, Did He?

comedy · will matthews & casey christensen · Ages 16+ · world premiere · United States

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MARK YOUNG · July 08, 2013
An absolutely boffo-socko event for a H’w’d bill with justified heavy mitting and standing O’s from the audience. So funny and well acted, topliners Casey and Will were understandably lauded for their combined perf as multi-tiered characters and writers. Bill should have run longer since it clearly had the legs and, if performed again in the future, will certainly be everyone’s fave.... full review

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J R · June 09, 2013
The best show I've seen at Fringe so far this year. This is a 2-person sketch show centered around the funeral of one man, with the leads playing all the parts - from multiple children to wives to mistresses and beyond. There's so much great character work by the actors, and the script really zips along. The direction is also really good - I'd have never thought it would be possible for two people to play a farce, but somehow they really pull it off. Definitely worth the trip - and Three of Clubs is just around the corner! They have Fringe Festival specials if you want to get warmed up before the show!! ... full review

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ANONYMOUS · June 07, 2013
Hilarious show that clips along at a great pace! The actors were AMAZING, switching between character after character. I definitely recommend this show to anyone looking for actual laughs and great acting! A+!... full review

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ANONYMOUS · June 10, 2013
THEIR BEST SHOW YET! Will Matthews & Casey Christensen have been putting on great shows for years, and this is the culmination of all of that work together. DDDDH is hilarious. The two actors play a slew of characters, each very vivid and distinct, and the writing is amazingly tight! And the crowd responded, laughing the entire time (except for that one moment where we cried...you know, the old people?) This is the spirit of HFF...a high concept, low-budget theater piece that hits all the emotional buttons. Loved it, going again.... full review

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I. TURNER certified reviewer · June 08, 2013
Wow. I just saw the most fabulous play. Daddy Didn't Die, Did He? is presented as part of the Hollywood Fringe Festival. It was written by and performed by Will Matthews and Casey Christensen, with direction by Jeffrey Addiss. YOU'VE GOT TO SEE THIS PLAY. It is so funny, smart and full of unexpected moments, both in terms of the twists of the play and the uniqueness of the characters. Will and Casey are fantastic. It zooms along, and yet you feel like you know each of the characters very well. When it ends, you wish it would keep going. Most of the time, when I see a play, I'd like to take a red pencil to it. But I wouldn't change a thing about this one. I'm hoping to see it again. And I'm hoping to see you there!... full review

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ANONYMOUS certified reviewer · June 07, 2013
Great show! Alternating between outrageously funny and sweetly tender, it moves at a great pace and rotates through a cast of delightfully divergent characters. Tightly written, with jokes that come fast and frequent. The time flies by and leaves you wanting more. Definitely worth it! ... full review

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ANNE BRASHIER · June 23, 2013
This was an amazing show!! Hilarious, Inventive, and touching. One of the most surprising, funny, smart, and darkly heartwarming shows I have seen in a long time. ... full review

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NIGEL CAMPBELL certified reviewer · June 18, 2013
To be fair, I've seen Casey and Will perform together before and they were ridiculous (in that awesome way), so I came into this show with high expectations. They exceeded them by far. This show is such a tight 45 minutes of farcical genius and these two are so stupidly talented (again--in that awesome way) and on point that it just makes me upset that I can't get more. They both have a wonderful versatility and a grasp of character--and it's readily displayed in the various characters that they play. Also, they make it look so easy. It's not easy. They're working like a well-oiled, highly functioning machine--but you're seeing life in every moment because they're so present and connected and HILARIOUS. Casey and Will, stop being... full review

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LIS ROCHE certified reviewer · June 22, 2013
This show was hilarious! It was witty and engaging, I loved the staging and versatility of the two performers. They seamlessly and effortlessly transformed into numerous characters throughout. It was very well written, directed, and performed. Can't wait to see more from these guys! GO!... full review

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BRIAN PRISCO certified reviewer · June 21, 2013
What a delightfully fun piece. This is Will and Casey's seventh performance together and it shows. It shows in their effortless comfort with one another. Their crazy cavalcade of characters jousting with one another is terrific. It takes a moment to adjust to the non-costume change character swaps, but they embody the latest character in gesture, and it helps. It's like a professional grade improv exercise taken to the next level, and blown out to wonderful extremes. And it's a brisk show which doesn't overstay its welcome and manages to be hilarious, fluid, and heartwarming. Anyone can do funny voices. Will and Casey make you actually give a damn about the people behind them. ... full review

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