Brilliant Traces

ensemble theatre · theatre before saddle · Ages 6+ · United States

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ANONYMOUS uncertified reviewer June 12, 2013
This was a wonderful show. I laughed hard, and cried hard. The actors were exceptional. They really listened to each other and were so in the moment that I was swept away. The stage design was minimalistic, but hey, it's Fringe, right? Loved, loved, loved it!... full review
ANONYMOUS uncertified reviewer June 13, 2013
The performances were moving and believable. Among the best shows I've seen at HFF. Really well done. ... full review
ANONYMOUS uncertified reviewer June 16, 2013
Brilliant Traces is unequivocally the best production I have seen so far this Fringe. The direction was pitch perfect, and I particularly appreciated how the cast deftly navigated the pathos and comedy of the play with equal measure. (Kudos to both actors for their nuanced approach to a challenging script.) I was very moved by this production, and I hope it reaches a larger audience before the festival closes.... full review
REBECCA LYNN MORALES uncertified reviewer June 13, 2013
"Brilliant Traces" is an excellent show. There are big laughs and beautiful, touching moments. The cast brought me to tears and touched my heart with wonderful acting.... full review
WINNIE FRINGIE uncertified reviewer June 13, 2013
Terrific acting in a powerful story of fear and familial relationships. The directing and acting are truly top-notch. ... full review
KATHRYN COSTELLO uncertified reviewer June 17, 2013
It was a poignant and powerful drama. Clay Elliott was spectacular. His nuanced performance brought me to tears. The story unfolds in subtle layers and Elliott was superb.... full review
LA THEATER CRITIC (.COM) certified reviewer June 09, 2013
A true Grotowskian delight. Edgy, hilarious, visceral, cathartic, this 70-minute take on Cindy Lou Johnson's full-length play will bust you up the way only great theatre can. Masterfully directed by Nick Zayas, the matchless duo of Riley Rose Critchlow and Clay Elliot will reinvigorate your love of live (straight) theatre... Read more at full review
BILL RATNER certified reviewer June 16, 2013
I had a hunch halfway through this terrific evening of postmodern absurdist theater that other than the crowd I saw it with, there must be nights where the audience is cracking up and guffawing at Brilliant Traces, like some do at a Beckett play. Cindy Lou Johnson's cracked, poetic, darkly funny, and at turns deeply emotional play forced me to my desktop to google the night away trying to find out more about this playwright. I loved this play, but if the acting hadn't been as good as it was from Riley Rose Critchlow and Clay Elliott, I might have been lost. It's an hour and twenty minutes that ranges from brilliant storytelling, to dark absurdism, to an evocation of what the hell is wrong with men and women--together and alone--in love and y... full review
ANONYMOUS uncertified reviewer June 23, 2013
Riveting performances by two exceptional actors. What a great hour of theater. I feel lucky to have seen it.... full review
JARED PIXLER uncertified reviewer June 24, 2013
Great hour of theater. Very well done from start to finish everything fit together nearly perfectly. I usually have more to say but I throughly enjoyed both actors performances. There were perhaps a few things I would have done differently but who doesn't have their own spin to put on things. ... full review