Don't Talk About It, SPIT About It

ensemble theatre · loks angeles productions · Ages 16+ · world premiere · United States of America

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JULIA FINCH · June 08, 2015
A very powerful show with stunning directorial choices by Elisa Noemí and breathtaking choreography by Alana Duvernay. Focusing on contemporary issues through the media of spoken word and dance, this play features a cast of talented performers who give what are sure to be some of the best performances in the Fringe. Do not miss this socially relevant, compelling piece of theater! ... full review

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ROSIE GLEN-LAMBERT certified reviewer · June 08, 2015
tagged as: inspiring · witty · clever
Ok if "Don't Talk About It, Sp!t About It" isn't on your must-see list, that needs to be corrected immediately. While the show ambitiously weaves together a plethora of different themes, storylines, and messages, clever and powerful writing by Alex Alpharoah coupled with creative and stunningly beautiful directorial choices by Elisa Noemí kept the audience engaged and enthralled. Each individual storyline weaves beautifully into the next, taking the audience on a journey that ultimately leads to a reflection of the human condition as a whole. The ensemble worked together beautifully, each embodying a number of different characters, each performing with an impressive amount of passion. Standout performances by Alana Duvernay, Omete "M.C." Ana... full review

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DEVEREAU CHUMRAU · June 16, 2015
tagged as: spoken word · theater · hff15
A collection of verses from different voices, Sp¡t speaks confidently to each person in the audience about those experiences we all know but rarely hear about. There are these moments when the entire cast comes together to give a greater depth and resonance to familiar scenes. With deft writing, from Alex Alpharaoh, and attentive direction, from Elisa Noemí, the production honors its subject matter and the audience. Gabriela Ortega and Omete Anassi bring their fresh talent to a fraught and difficult relationship dilemma, while Alana Duvernay and Antonio Glass deal with the human complexity of reaching through struggle to find intimacy when surrounded by dangerous external forces. In the hands of Joshua Duron, Luis Kelly-Duarte, Glenn ... full review

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CAROL EASTON certified reviewer · June 15, 2015
As the lights dim, the audience finds itself thrust into a window seat on a train bound for a journey into some of the darker, more complex, less neat and tidy stations of humanity. Through exceptional poetry by Alex Alpharoah, the capable directing of Elisa Noemi, spot-on acting by the Hollywood Fringe cast and outstanding choreography by Alana Duvernay, we are allowed glimpses into the lives of those caught in the fray, or perhaps cast out altogether. Don't Talk About It, Sp!t About It, beckons you to 'come aboard' and look a little deeper into the essence of everyday life. It draws us in -- urges us to scratch below the surface -- and takes us on an up and confrontingly close and personal journey into those stations in life we might no... full review

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STEPHANIE STEVENS certified reviewer · June 12, 2015
tagged as: exciting · relevant · amazing
“Don’t Talk About It, Sp!t About it,” is an exciting piece of original theater that uses the beauty of spoken word poetry to create a narrative about what it means to live in today’s world. More than just theater, it’s a statement about our American culture and the problems we face as humans; spanning poverty, race, sexual orientation, gender and incarceration. This is not entertainment of escape, but quite the opposite. This show hits you with themes that might hit close to home, but also opens your eyes to perspectives you haven’t lived yourself. The direction of Elisa Noemi shows through the heartbeat and rhythm of this play and the players voice their own passions and heartbreak throughout this thoughtful piece. Mixing spoken word, ... full review

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KYLA GARCIA · June 22, 2015
This is my absolute favorite dramatic ensemble piece at Fringe this year. Phenomenal writing by Alex Alpharaoh, superb direction by Elisa Noemi, and a truly STELLAR ensemble cast. The show mixes spoken word, compelling scenes, and extraordinary movement pieces choreographed by Alana Duvernay. The cast played to an entirely sold out house and the energy both onstage and in the seats was electric. The show is interactive and the audience is encouraged to respond vocally to the work. The cast plays effortlessly off the audience and each other and are so very connected to each piece that is impossible to not connect with them. I was moved to tears throughout the entire piece, reminded of the invisible people that we see every day and choos... full review

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CHRISTINA OGUNADE certified reviewer · June 22, 2015
tagged as: timely; relevant · inspiring
Wonderful show! Touched my palette with the element of the spoken word, and movement to convey various themes. What I appreciated most was the statements on the current social atmosphere. Here's to the day in the life, in everyday America, somewhere.... full review

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TRISTA NICKELSEN certified reviewer · June 19, 2015
Loved it! So powerful, so much talent! ... full review

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ERICK JAUREZ certified reviewer · June 26, 2015
tagged as: powerful · Must See · Talent
Powerful performances by all the actors! There is nothing like this out on the HFF15 stages. Alex is one super talent writer, I will be keeping an eye on all his future work. This show is inspiring and this is a must see fringe show 2015. I left inspired and kept talking about this show after it was over. I am so glad I saw this. You will be to, Stop reading this and GO SEE IT!... full review

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