Snap Honey

immersive theatre · maatology productions · Ages 18+ · includes nudity · 90 mins · United States of America

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Review by DAVID MACDOWELL BLUE
June 13, 2018 certified reviewer

What I liked

The central character and her story.

What I didn't like

Pretty much everything technical—the set, the blocking, etc.

My overall impression

I loved the heart of this show. I loved the redemptive, healing and personal courage tale of personal acceptance through trials and tribulations. More than once I felt strongly during the show. But Snap, Honey! despite all its heart remains something of a technical mess. The blocking was terrible, the lights erratic, the set looked amateurish and honestly the script needed some major work. This even extended to the lead actor, who kept gesturing by putting her hands in front of her face (!) and reusing the same two catch phrases constantly without altering the reading once. They ceased to be catch phrases at that point and became a tic. But I really want to emphasize the HEART of this play could hardly be better. The TALENT of those involved (at least on stage) seemed very good indeed. But here is a show that needs a firm hand to shape the often-edgy, frequently fascinating and generally excellent material into a more cohesive whole. This feels like a rough first draft. I really would love to see a final draft of this idea, evolved into a well-crafted, professional production. This extremely rough version moved me. Imagine what a well-crafted version would feel like!

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