Talking with Angels: Budapest, 1943

solo performance · duse studio productions · Ages 12+ · family friendly · one person show · United States of America

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EILEEN WEINER certified reviewer · June 11, 2017
It is heartening in these unquiet times to be reminded that every one of us can take a stand for good. The main character of this play, Gita Mallasz, was honored in 2011 as one of the Righteous Among the Nations for her Schindler-like rescue of over 100 Jewish women and children. She also participated in a small group who claimed to have received angelic instruction during the war, and this play tells their story. There's a saying that we have an army of angels at our command if we but ask, and the message of this play is that for this group of four, that saying bore fruit. If it happened once, who's to say it can't happen again? Whether or not you believe in angels, this is a compelling insight into Holocaust history not to be missed. ... full review

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COLLEEN PASSARD · June 12, 2017
This is an important play given the backdrop of our own political landscape. The intersection of the divine and human and the profoundness of the messages speak to both the power of the light and the collective darkness and the consequences of what we choose to embody and extend. In a city where every other person claims to have the archangels on speed-dial, this play offers us something genuinely transfiguring -- the opportunity to bear witness to the immense bravery of a group of friends, who in the horrors of the Holocaust chose and embodied the Light in the service of others.... full review

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TREVA ETIENNE · June 13, 2017
Powerful. Inspiring. Educational. Entertaining. Wonderful Performance by Shelley Mitchell.... full review

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BO POWELL certified reviewer · June 14, 2017
I really enjoyed this piece. I am not one for solo performances most of the time but I wanted to give this one a shot. I was pleasantly surprised and the show really did not feel like a solo performances. The actress seamlessly transitions from one character to another aided by some of the most beautiful lighting I have seen in a space so small. This is a great show and I am glad it is happening at the fringe. ... full review

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DOUG JOHNSON certified reviewer · June 15, 2017
Excellent... full review

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ANONYMOUS certified reviewer · June 16, 2017
Exquisite performance of a fascinating play!... full review

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JESSICA LYNN JOHNSON · June 17, 2017
Excellent, polished and precise transformation into distinct characters. Professional level solo theatre technique. Important and complex subject matter. Intentional and powerful set choices, great use of multi-media, and beautiful blocking throughout. This is a solo artist who understands, respects, and exemplifies this theatrical genre.... full review

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ANONYMOUS certified reviewer · June 19, 2017
If you are you are trying to get a handle on spirituality or our shared human history, this is a good show to see. In it, some very good, unlucky people must, for the sake of survival, persevere in their immediate harrowing reality. And yet they remain open to all that is possible in the universe. ... full review

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YOULONDA ROSHAE WILSON · June 19, 2017
A compelling story that the rest of the world needs to hear. Thank you for sharing it.... full review

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HANNA-LEE SAKAKIBARA · June 20, 2017
Shelley Mitchell has done some incredible heavy lifting to bring such a compelling story to life on the stage. She took me back in time and reminded me of the dignity of what it means to be human.... full review

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