Cockroach Dialogues

comedy · second skin theatre · Ages 15+ · world premiere · United States of America

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Review by ANNA MCGRATH
June 20, 2016 certified reviewer

tagged as: Dark Comedy · comedy

What I liked

I thought all the elements of the show came together perfectly. The casting was spot on. It is so enjoyable to see actors who are perfectly cast these days. The actors were comfortable in their roles, they were enjoying themselves on stage and the audience was right there with them. Each of the ‘human’ characters brought a beautiful mix of strength and vulnerability to their performances. The cockroach’s comic timing in particular was perfect. The costumes were really out of this world, I believe this play won the costuming award this year at the Fringe and it was well deserved! The story is compelling, particularly for a Los Angeles audience as the storyline would resonate with a very large number of inhabitants of this city. There is enough darkness balanced with light to please people from all comedy backgrounds. The writing was also fabulous, snappy, believable, to the point.

What I didn't like

I don’t like cockroaches. The first ten minutes of the play I kept imagining cockroaches crawling on me or on the floor beneath me. I’d say this is probably a PLUS for the play though. Suspension of disbelief was REAL.

My overall impression

I loved the play. It has a perfect running time of just under an hour. All the elements of the stage were stitched together perfectly by the director. Well worth going to take a look.

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