Night Witches

ensemble theatre · the thrillpeddlers · Ages 16+ · flashing lights · world premiere · United States of America

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LYNETTE SCHARLACH · June 15, 2016
Loved it. I do want to learn more about these heroic women.... full review

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SCOTT GOLDEN · June 06, 2016
One of better shows at the fringe so far! Some terrific performances by some really fierce ladies!... full review

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STEPHEN ELLIOTT certified reviewer · June 07, 2016
Just great ... full review

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CRYSTAL DIAZ certified reviewer · June 18, 2016
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ANONYMOUS · June 24, 2016
Wow- just wow. Incredible script. Great cast. Creative directing and design. Transitions flowed seamlessly from scene to scene and kept the story moving. If this gets extended-- GO SEE IT!! A truly fantastic piece of theatre. I appreciate that it was written for the stage and the scenes came to life with very little set elements and few props. ... full review

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AARON MENDELSON certified reviewer · June 19, 2016
Entertaining and delightful history lesson. Everyone shines. Thank you, Team Night Witches, for bringing this incredible story to life.... full review

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ANONYMOUS certified reviewer · June 20, 2016
fringereview.com In World War two, Russia had a secret weapon helping to stop the Nazi advance on the Eastern Front, an elite regiment of female pilots, Night Bomber Regiment 588. If the Cold War hadn’t happened, this story would surely have been a Hollywood movie. Will McMichael’s play has a cinematic feel, the scenes are all pretty short, some without any dialogue, and there are action sequences with planes, underscored with rock music. Devin Sidell plays the charismatic Marina, a decorated pilot tasked by Stalin to command a new all-female regiment. The girls under her command are young and rural, and unprepared for the realities of war. Heather Schmidt is Nina, a farm girl and amateur pilot who is the innocent through whom we meet the... full review

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SEAN SWEENEY · June 19, 2016
Super cool!... full review

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KAT MICHELS · June 21, 2016
tagged as: #SeeItLa · historical · inspirational
This play provides an excellent example of using comedy to make a dire and very easily depressing story, fully accessible. Based on actual events, the Night Witches were a unit of female Russian bombers who terrorized the Germans. These women were often ridiculed by their male counterparts, and they were given barely adequate gear and machinery. Despite this, they courageously returned to the air again and again even as they watched their sister’s fall from the skies as the German’s unleashed everything they had in order to stop them. The production pays appropriate homage to these women. They set the mood with punk/metal music (I think that’s what it would be called?) and their staging of the witches’ flights is highly creative and effec... full review

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LISA DARTER certified reviewer · June 22, 2016
Fantastic show! The story is beautiful, the script is smart and funny, compelling performances by the whole cast, with some sexy tech and sound design. Go see this show! You will thank yourself :)... full review

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