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Love Actually Isn't

ensemble theatre · dan johnson · Ages 16+ · world premiere · United States

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Review by MARCELA HAWK

June 16, 2013 certified reviewer

My overall impression

I loved the writing, the acting, the directing and the sound. I’ll say that right up front. So much so that the night I went I was so enthusiastic to let the writer/producer Dan Johnson know of my joy, I completely interrupted his conversation with a group of his peeps, I yelled out " I LOVED IT!!!!" He probably thought I was nuts.
I thought everyones acting was superb, and I especially enjoyed Craig Taggart, great part and deliciously done. Ed Shaff and Dani Thompson were also pros at building the humor, the dance between them was fun to watch. Not to mention the edginess yet poignant first scene you see Dani Thompson in, Cold Feet. Good ensemble theatre. Only complaint, the transitions between scenes. It distracted and personally, worried me seeing the effort it took to remove the coffin, knock down the bar scene, etc. Then the lights would come up and I’d forget all about it, be completely engrossed then taken back out by a long scene change. Very ambitious set design and some of it seemed unnecessary. The writing and acting is so good, you could do the play with block furniture. Thank you Dan, this was a good show and I highly recommend it.

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