Narcissus & Echo

mount olympus · Ages 13+ · flashing lights · world premiere · 50 mins · United States of America

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NIKKI MULLER certified reviewer · June 11, 2017
Essentially a mythical version of "Hair" that centers on water scarcity, Narcissus and Echo is performed with bold confidence by the entire ensemble-- any moments of story that aren't immediately clear to the audience are entirely made up for by the brisk, decisive performances that pull us along, even if we aren't entirely sure of what direction that might be. I really enjoyed the ride.... full review

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MAUREEN LENKER stage raw · June 18, 2017
This show blew me away. The direction is crisp and has resulted in a throbbing, exhilarating, transcendent ensemble. They dance and move together as if they've been developing this musical for years rather than a few months. It feels much more polished than your average Fringe show. What's really remarkable is that the entire cast works together so well as an ensemble, but when they get their solo moments they also excel -- you end up loving every character because they're so unique and compelling. The music is fantastic as well -- catchy and fun, it does an excellent job of telling the story and the cast all have wonderful voices. I truly can't imagine having a better experience at Fringe than seeing this show.... full review

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HOWARD HO certified reviewer · June 22, 2017
So much fun goodness! A delightful and woke retelling of the Greek myth!... full review

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CLAUDIA KNUDSON · June 11, 2017
As they perform, the energy will allow each performer to get into their rhythm as they begin to experience the synergistic realism of their part. The Director has put together a dynamic production, nurturing each vibrant actor to deliver an explosive nuance to a Greek myth, an important message for contemporary times. Bravo!!!! Brava!!!!... full review

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COLLEEN SCRIVEN certified reviewer · June 12, 2017
Narcissus and Echo is as intellectual as it is playful. It's a smart and timely reimagining of Ovid's myth, expanding on the idea of vanity in the age of selfie-addled activism. The performers are all so funny and engaging, making the moment the play's message snaps into focus all the more harsh and powerful. I love the choice to use bodies and movement in place of props, it makes sure not a drop of this cast's stellar potential is wasted. An added bonus is the music which has been stuck in my head for days- but I've got no complaints. ... full review

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BEKAH WRIGHT certified reviewer · June 14, 2017
Well thought out story, paired with ideal casting and energy that made this audience member feel as though pulled onstage and part of the mix.... full review

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RYAN LISMAN · June 13, 2017
In addition to being an engaging theatrical experience, this play tackles a topic that is really important, we really need to start becoming more conscious of the environment, and particularly water pollution. This play does an excellent job at opening your eyes and giving you the inspiration to care more about the environment. I really recommend this play, the entire cast/crew are all really talented and are also great people off the stage. ... full review

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ISABELLA PETRINI certified reviewer · June 18, 2017
tagged as: Greek Mythology · comedy · musical · ensemble
This show was a riot. An original musical rooted in environmental issues, inspired by an outside the box take on the pressing tale from Greek mythology. Potentially a nod to the music and style of "HAIR," each of the performers channel explosive energy in each of their roles, delivering a powerful message through a very unique approach. This show is the perfect balance of music and comedy that could definitely be developed into a higher production quality show in the near future. But, see it while you can at Fringe, because they really made a lot out of a little. Great use of space and theatre resources. Never a dull moment and you will quickly latch on to a favorite character.... full review

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MARCUS J FREED · June 13, 2017
So damn good. Narcissus & Echo is an Eco-musical that is breathtakingly well-directed/written by Elizabeth Lanier. It's like 'Hair' meets the environmental water crisis, set against the backdrop of post-coital Mount Olympus, replete with Ancient Greek shenanigans & mythological hi-jinks. The exceptionally well-cast actors nail it with 12-part harmonies, excellent timing & spot-on choreography. It left me yearning for more - to see a longer version, in a bigger theatre, with more set, costume & a bigger band. This is all a good thing: Lanier’s production achieves great heights through creativity, tight rehearsal, strong cast and excellent writing. ‘Narcissus’ is socially conscious and unashamedly funny - it has a lightness of touch and de... full review

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KELSEY FARESE certified reviewer · June 13, 2017
You know those shows your friend invites you to and your counting the minutes until it's over?...yeah- thats not this show. The quality of this production from a content, talent and entertainment perspective is a 10 across the board. Not one second of the show is lagging. The quick pace, witty dialogue and seamless transitions make this a show coming out for. I hope to see more work from this director/writer/producer. ... full review

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