Vivaldi's Winter

ensemble theatre · the smiley face and the frown entertainment group · Ages 14+ · world premiere · United States

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ELYSE COOK certified reviewer June 10, 2013
Vivaldi's Winter is booked as a "pay what you can" production, so I was not sure what to expect. What you get are three very interesting, but unrelated scenes. Both Ashley Victoria Robinson and JP Rapozo were very good in their individual monologues. ... full review
JARED PIXLER certified reviewer June 10, 2013
Wasn't too sure what I was going to see, but you should take some time to see this show. It's basically 3 different scenes from 3 different works that are all tied together by issues of love, gender, gender roles and being true to yourself. Both the actors deliver great performances and the use of props is a perfect fit for the show adding just enough realism. It's funny and thought provoking. Bottom Line: Its barely an hour, it's put together well, there is NEW material in it never before performed and it might make you think. You can put it on your fringe calendar. ... full review
DAN JOHNSON certified reviewer June 27, 2013
The show is an interesting collection of three pieces. 1 monologue, an unrelated scene, and then another monologue that is connected to the first. The show is doublecast so that two actors are playing four characters, however, I think the show would have benefited from having a cast of four. There was a bit of sameness from having two actors play parts that also were connected thematically. Each actor, as well, seemed more strongly suited for one of their roles, but not both. The last monologue, performed by JP Rapozo was an absolute stunner. The text and the performance were perfectly entwined. The struggle and denial in the piece was heartbreaking. I am eager to see more of that story, as there is so much to explore. ... full review
ALEX SCOTT certified reviewer July 02, 2013
I went into Vivaldi's Winter admittedly pretty blind, unsure of what I was about to see, and while what I saw didn't "wow" me, I appreciate that this particular production had heart - something that's hard to find in a fringe show. The two person cast works well together and both monologues offer some complex character work. While I think Ashley Victoria Robinson could have come into her scene a bit more connected, she eventually gets there, and JP Rapozo blows his comically touching monologue out of the water. I wasn't crazy about the scene the two actors shared together, because it was jarringly different from the rest of the play - and we could have done without it. There also seemed to be a few technical issues - but hey, that ha... full review