NEGATIVE SPACES

ensemble theatre · cluster b · Ages 18+ · world premiere · United States of America

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ANONYMOUS certified reviewer · June 07, 2018
tagged as: painful · intense
I loved NEGATIVE SPACES. The play was intense, complex and beautifully acted. ... full review

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MJ G · June 04, 2018
Unbelievably powerful!!! A heart-wrenching well-captured portrayal of what is often a very private and lonely event for both desiring moms & dads-to-be. I was literally moved to laughter and tears throughout the play. Just so real and honest about the difficulties some couples face, and how they either let it make/break them. I applaud the writer for writing such realism into this story and for allowing us as the audience to share and understand what others must be going through in regards to the unforeseen events of Loss. And massive standing OVATION to the actors and director who brought such a beautiful sensitivity and rawness to this play. Simply a powerful play to experience. ... full review

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CAROL ALLEN · June 04, 2018
I was blown away by this production - the actors were incredible and the writing was so powerful and (sadly) true to life! The topic is one many of us are all-too-familiar with (infertility and the anguish it can bring on a relationship), and I thought the play deftly handled it in a way that made our hearts break for all of the players involved while demonizing none of them. Negative Spaces is moving, compelling, and thoughtful with a surprise ending that satisfies while packing a punch. If you like being a fly on the wall of real lives at the brink - you'll love this show. ... full review

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RICHARD LUCAS certified reviewer · June 16, 2018
There’s a moment during an argument between Lily and Adam, the couple around which the play is written, when Adam insists on finally using the word “miscarriage.” It’s hurtful because that matter-of-fact term doesn’t suffice for the impact the experience inflicts on expectant mothers and partners dealing with the loss. Our language has failed us here. And it is that negative space that playwright Melanie Holmes wants to fill - if there isn’t a word yet, then maybe there’s a conversation. Bravo to her for creating this piece of vulnerable drama that sheds light on what so many women and couples suffer in silence, and, as in her play, the struggle can stretch to rip at the seams of everything. Great performances keep things moving while hittin... full review

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ANONYMOUS certified reviewer · June 23, 2018
Heartbreaking, honest, close to the chest portrayal of love, modern blended families and persistence of love.... full review

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MATTHEW ROBINSON certified reviewer · June 11, 2018
A well written and acted show that delves into uncomfortable topics with an honesty and genuine attitude that creates a theatre experience worth seeing. ... full review

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ERNEST KEARNEY · June 20, 2018
Holmes touches on fears and insecurities that have not received great attention, to the best of my knowledge, on stage or film. And the sincerity she reveals in the grief of her characters shows an awareness of the suffering they’re undergoing.... full review

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ANONYMOUS · June 24, 2018
tagged as: compelling · acting chops · drama
A really interesting and intense story with a lot of great acting going on.... full review

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KATHERINE CONNOR DUFF · June 24, 2018
What a show. I was moved to tears by the ending, I laughed during the funny moments between the couple, and I was at the edge of my seat during their arguments. The acting was incredibly subtle and powerful, the writing was to the point and brutal, and the space seemed to close in on the actors as the play continued. Congratulations to everyone in the cast and crew, this show was fantastic and needs to be seen!... full review

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ANONYMOUS · June 13, 2018
A story of love and loss and every emotion in between. Very well written and performed! ... full review

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