Occupation

ensemble theatre · the foundry theatre works · Ages 15+ · world premiere · United States of America

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engaging · feminist · great acting · great writing · war · bracing · excellent direction · future · poetic · political · powerful · survival · women
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CLAUDIA SHORR certified reviewer · June 10, 2016
tagged as: bracing · Engaging
As the women of the "Occupation" speak in repetitive layers of language, we are entreated to discover the roles and relationships among them. Their individual stories- youthful hopes and dreams- are movingly pitted against the bleak horrors of the times. Particularly effective are the tattoo scene between Tattoo Mother and Delivery Daughter, the revelatory scene between Patriot Mother and Delivery Daughter, and the smouldering, climactic monologue of Tattoo Mother in which the build up of language, images, and action reaches piercing intensity. All together a bracing work worthy of our engaged viewership. ... full review

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KATE BOWMAN certified reviewer · June 20, 2016
It's great to see strong female actors giving very layered performances and committing to them wholeheartedly. It's a pleasure to watch these women work. Monica Baker was particularly excellent, but all were very strong. Jenny Ashe and Brin Alexander also deliver lovely grounded performances. The play explores some very interesting themes that make you think and challenge you as an audience member. ... full review

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STEPY KAMEI certified reviewer · June 14, 2016
tagged as: Feminist
This was a very unique and interesting production, very appropriate for Fringe. I love the concept and would like to see it fleshed out even more! ... full review

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ANONYMOUS certified reviewer · June 18, 2016
Well worth the trip to the Fringe.... full review

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MARIA REYES certified reviewer · June 20, 2016
Very deep subject matter, great show, great performances! This story will stay with me.... full review

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TERRY ANNE HOLZMAN certified reviewer · June 14, 2016
A tapestry of poetic writing. A powerful ensemble cast. An important, potent, moving play that speaks to the world we live in today.... full review

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DAVID MACDOWELL BLUE certified reviewer · June 22, 2016
My review: http://zahirblue.blogspot.com/2016/06/occupation-review.html QUOTE: " Occupation focuses on a different victory, at least the attempt--holding on to oneself, to nurturing even the mildest of hopes, not unlike Fahrenheit 451. "... full review

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KRISTEN BOULé certified reviewer · June 25, 2016
Beautiful and thought provoking. This is not my favorite style of theatre (it's quite abstract), but that being said, I was thoroughly engaged and captivated the entire time. The cast is so strong (particularly Ashe, Baker and Alexander) and the work they do with the script is stunning. There are some truly incredible scenes, and the whole thing will definitely have you walking away discussing what you just saw. Absolutely worth seeing, this is committed, defined art first and foremost. Beautiful work ladies, you are all amazing. ... full review

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CYANNE MCCLAIRIAN certified reviewer · June 28, 2016
See this show! By the end, I was clutching my seat in tears & wanting more...... full review

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JEANNE HAHN certified reviewer · June 30, 2016
I wonder if producer Jennifer Ashe realized how topical this play actually is? Perhaps not in America but in many places in our "modern world", these kinds of realities exist. The cast brings to life: death, loss of family, and loss of self. The actors' strong personalities are used for and against each other expressing common grief. I enjoyed the play and was grateful to see in the face of tragedy the human spirit has the compassion and desire to willingly give the gift of hope. "Occupation" is well acted and David Robinson effectively directed this space in the very real world of today. -- Jim Hahn... full review

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