The Lights Are Off

theatre · the working theatre · Ages 14+ · world premiere · United States

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CAL BARNES · June 17, 2012
This play is lucid. It's tough to write a review on a piece that is so intrinsically well done, so I'll take a moment... I feel sometimes as a reviewer, critic, or friend, respectively, it's easy to try and focus on the aspects in which a play can improve, rather then on the work itself. Then, every once in a while, a piece will come along that is so visceral, so true to life, that it will leave us completely breathless, lost in another place, a younger time... this is one of those pieces. Matt Soson's 'The Lights are Off' is one of the most well rounded, engaging, pieces of young theatre I have ever seen. His ability to write and create a story that so expertly weaves the lives of seven incredible characters together into one cohesive... full review

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TONY FRANKEL · June 19, 2012
For review by Sarah Taylor Ellis on www.StageandCinema.com, go to http://www.stageandcinema.com/2012/06/19/the-lights-are-off/... full review

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BOB LEGGETT certified reviewer · July 31, 2012
For the review by Bob Leggett on Examiner.com, head to http://www.examiner.com/article/best-of-hollywood-fringe-12-weekend-four-recap?cid=db_articles. Overall, a worthy effort.... full review

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KAT PRIMEAU certified reviewer · June 11, 2012
Soson's play feels like an updated This Is Our Youth, with more laughs, more heart, and more characters to love to hate. Frighteningly realistic, The Lights Are Off addresses college drug use, relationships, abuse and violence with a refreshing poetry and candor. Bookended by beautiful live music, acted by a promising young ensemble, and co-produced by the ever-effervescent Priscilla Watson, TLAO and The Working Theatre are sure to be one of the stronger ensemble showings at the Fringe.... full review

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CORWIN EVANS certified reviewer · June 20, 2012
I wrote a review for this on my tumblr blog: http://whywouldiseethat.tumblr.com/post/25140160111/thelightsareoff I've been delighted to see these folks at shows or at the Fringe Central Station nearly every night. It was enough to present one of my top five favorite shows (so far!) of this fringe, but I admire their participation and support for the community they've recently joined. Personally, I'm hoping somebody swoops in and arranges a full run.... full review

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ANONYMOUS certified reviewer · June 23, 2012
What a great piece of theatre. Credit to Matt's spot-on writing and sure directing and most especially to his brilliantly talented cast. Do not miss this show! Even if it does go a bit off the rails in the third act (what I found to be a quite unjustified "twist"), the acting is so damn strong and believable that I found myself willing to go along for the ride. If this show doesn't get a Best of Fringe extension, it would be a crime. One of the top two shows I've seen at Fringe! Brilliant stuff. Seeing talented young artists at work is an incredible experience. See this show before the lights go off for good!... full review

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ANNA HODGSON certified reviewer · June 24, 2012
Being in uni right now, this play was very relevant and pretty accurate according the characters that you might find in a college kid's dorm. The intensity and honesty of each actor was spot on. The message of this play was surreal and bold. I really enjoyed how the space was used and the dedication of the designers, directors and actors following through with the playwriting and vision. Read more @ apufringe.wordpress.com... full review

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STEVEN STANLEY certified reviewer · June 16, 2012
A pair of college roommates attempt to navigate their way through the college years in Matt Soson’s The Lights Are Off, a dark, edgy screwball comedy with a starkly dramatic twist. Despite an occasional strain on credibility, Soson’s maiden play never bores. With its cast of talented, good-looking UCLA grads, The Lights Are Off showcases its writer’s gift for penning clever, funny dialog and placing his cast of likable and not quite so likable characters in unexpected, unpredictable situations. Mikey Hawley’s hot-as-blazes Burnt, Elijah Trichon’s quirky Randy, and Rachel Lien’s vivacious Gwen are all terrifically realized performances as are supporting turns by Taylor Solomon as the loopy Riley and Megan Gail, Cord Jackman, and Ian Evarts... full review

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