Talking Blues: Two One-Acts by Cecilia Fairchild

ensemble theatre · low road · Ages 16+ · world premiere · United States of America

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CHARLOTTE GULEZIAN · June 16, 2017
A Shepardesque California Cowgirl story that will make you ache for what the past wasn't quite and revel and rejoice in your own disillusionment ... full review

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ZACH BROWN · June 21, 2017
Really beautiful writing. If sam shepard were a woman. Great actors. The first scene was more powerful than the 2nd. Actors really handling the language with grace and strength and beauty. Loved the simple and transformative set and lights. I felt transported. Looking forward to more work from this writer. ... full review

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MARGUERITE FRENCH certified reviewer · June 05, 2017
Fairchild handles hefty themes deftly and with magic, making a substantive play feel enlivening instead of draining. ... full review

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ARTHUR KENG certified reviewer · June 13, 2017
A singularly beautiful piece of work. Fairchild's writing evokes a deeply lived life of heartbreak, humor, and resolve. Brilliantly realized performances all around. Would call out Darrett Sanders, in particular, whose portrayal of a deeply troubled yet unforgivable father is absolutely enthralling to watch.... full review

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ANONYMOUS certified reviewer · June 12, 2017
A roller coaster ride through human relationships. Loved it!... full review

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LAUREN VAN KURIN certified reviewer · June 07, 2017
Give them all the awards!... full review

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ANONYMOUS certified reviewer · June 06, 2017
tagged as: edgy · gentle · tender
I loved this show!... full review

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ANONYMOUS certified reviewer · June 06, 2017
Really solid and interesting work!... full review

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AIMEE LEVEY certified reviewer · June 22, 2017
tagged as: very moving
Such beautiful writing from a first time writer. Great actors. I was pulled in from the beginning. ... full review

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ASHLEY STEED stage raw and la bitter lemons · June 22, 2017
The first of playwright and actor Cecilia Fairchild’s two one-act plays is Family Tradition. The piece centers on Joan (Claudia Elmore) – an Oklahoma native living in LA – and her relationship with her dead father whose spirit keeps haunting her. It’s a darkly poetic tale of alcohol and abuse, and how blood binds us – sometimes against our will. Darrett Sanders deftly portrays the alcoholic father Leon with such pain and anguish that it’s difficult not to sympathize with this irredeemable man. Likewise, Elmore gives a nuanced performance as Joan, the daughter who hates her father for what he’s done to her, and yet cannot cast out his spirit. Overall the piece could be tightened, and could use to incorporate comic relief as it’s a bit too ... full review

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