INTERNment

theatre · 2-11-90 · Ages 18+ · world premiere · one person show · United States

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ANONYMOUS · June 19, 2012
An entertaining, well thought out one man show. Three different, properly developed characters, with their own viewpoints and physicalities, presented an entertaining and all too believable insight into the world of a driven Casting Director's office. Very funny; it was slightly let down by the lack of an interesting story line and a not very convincing Brit accent for one of the characters.... full review

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MICHAEL HANSON · June 23, 2012
This is a comedy that can be appreciated from whatever point of view you bring with you into this intimate little space at the Elephant. If you're an actor who has had their heart broken by the seemingly endless uphill battle of getting started in this industry- you'll find yourself laughing at the sharp insights in what will feel like a very dark comedy. If you're an industry bigshot, you'll appreciate the biting satirical counterattack on the lazy, entitled, long-suffering, self-pitty-ing actors that plague your days. And if you're completely uninitiated to the world where art, business, and fame-seeking all meet... you'll still laugh at these 3 ridiculous, richly-drawn characters played by the same insanely talented actor. Highly reco... full review

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ANONYMOUS · June 25, 2012
This was one of the best things I saw at Fringe this year. Joe Mahon weaves together three distinctly different characters that each give a satirical slap to the casting process of the entertainment industry's face. He pulls all the right punches showing both the positive and negative attributes of (certain) casting directors and also showing the lengths an actor is willing or unwilling to go in the pursuit of their "dream". Each character is a brilliant exaggeration, exploiting the varying personalities so many actors and/or casting directors have, in a hilariously cartoonish way. He hits the stage with a vengeance from the first moment and does not let up until his bow at the end. This is a must-see! ... full review

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ANONYMOUS · June 24, 2012
superbly written and acted fearlessly! loved this show..... full review

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ANONYMOUS certified reviewer · June 15, 2012
SEE THIS PLAY! Joe Mahon is an incredible talent! This hysterically funny send-up of the seedy backroom drama of the casting industry is well-worth the price of admission. Why, you ask? There is more to these characters than meets the eye. As each character spoke about the others (who we would inevitably meet later on in the show), I began to roll my eyes at how cliche they each began to sound. "Oh boy, so we're going to meet a knuckle-head from Brooklyn. Oh boy, we're going to meet a spineless Brit." I COULDN'T HAVE BEEN MORE WRONG. Mahon does not sacrifice the integrity of these human beings (I say human beings and not characters for a reason) for the sake of a few cheap laughs. Instead, he upends our preconceived exp... full review

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GREGORY CRAFTS certified reviewer · June 12, 2012
Joe Mahon is a chameleon. An actor in the vein of Meryl Streep or Gary Oldman, Mahon nimbly switches between three characters - the bombastic Jack, thuggish Riddick and spineless Charles - as he presents to us, his audience of "interns," a typical day in a casting office. You will laugh, and actors in the audience may just cringe a little bit as all of his characters peel back the curtain on "The Industry," revealing its dirty secrets and seedy underside. Mahon's performance is nuanced, calculated and precise, and grounded in reality. This show is an absolute can't miss. Definitely worth seeing. ... full review

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LEE POLLERO certified reviewer · June 20, 2012
Mr. Mahon has crafted a very well thought out, and I'm sure accurate (myself having never worked in a mailroom), performance of the behind the scenes nightmare that all actors worry about. Each of the three characters differ from one another enough to really get a sense of who they are, and what roles they play within the confines of the play. Trust me when I say that you will thoroughly enjoy this show. However, if you're in the business, you will feel awful about how little work you have put in toward it.... full review

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CHASE MCKENNA certified reviewer · June 24, 2012
I absolutely loved it! I'm so thrilled I caught Joe Mahon doing his thing and then some. I was beyond impressed with the writing and the acting. Joe is an incredibly talented actor and even more so as a writer. The beats and moments were hilarious as well as a bit painful at times (being an actor in this city). He cut to the core of the business and showed it for the ugly, ruthless, and down right absurd beast it is. A must see! ... full review

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ISAAC WADE certified reviewer · June 24, 2012
So cleverly written and containing three very compelling and entertaining characters performed very deftly by Mahon. It is no easy feat creating a story that arcs so well over the lives of three very distinct characters brought to life with specificity and charm and wit by the creator. The show moves very quickly and hits many different notes without ever veering into cliched territory. All three men represented are never one-dimensional but fully realized characters drawn in the world that Mahon has created with impeccable timing and brevity. The mail-room world created and inhabited in the show feels as real as the men Mahon portrays. I totally recommend seeing this show by whatever means necessary!!!... full review

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DARRIN DORTCH certified reviewer · June 25, 2012
I've seen three plays this month that were part of the Fringe Festival. "Internment" was my favorite play by far. The writing is witty and razor sharp and Joe Mahon's performance is enthralling. Mahon plays three very different characters with relative ease. The range and versatility Mahon displays in this 60 minute show is such a pleasure to watch. His accents and mannerisms of a shrewd Hollywood agent, touch talking Brooklyn mail room intern and British intern are spot on. You absolutely don't need to be schooled in television production to enjoy this very entertaining one man show. I give "Internment" my highest recommendation. ... full review

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