ensemble theatre · too dark for la · Ages 18+ · United States

world premiere
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ANONYMOUS certified reviewer June 22, 2013
This play handled its very complex and serious subject with great dexterity. It led me to form opinions about how things "should be", and then analyze those opinions, reject them, and, ultimately, doubt my entire process of subjective thinking. When I go to see a play, this is exactly what I want: to feel challenged, to feel doubt, and to think. However, the truly amazing thing about this work is that it did all this while being damn funny, too. I guess that's part of what life is all about: nothing is ever quite as simple as it seems, it can be dead serious and is often very difficult-- but it is punctuated with those moments that just make you laugh out loud at the ridiculousness of it all. An excellent play, a wonderful cast, and a ... full review
GINA YOUNG certified reviewer June 22, 2013
See Daddy tonight!!! The whole cast is brilliant, but Devin Sullivan steals the show as a stoner with a heart of gold. Olivia Peterson is a gifted playwright with a darkly funny bent. Can't get enough of her writing.... full review
ERIN MOORE certified reviewer June 22, 2013
This show does an excellent job of balancing dark issues with a bit of comedy. The cast is spot on in their moments of lightheartedness. Led by powerhouse lead Bethy Poluikis this cast plays their roles as members of an estranged family with such believability that you can see elements of all families in them. The set changes and tech elements still need a bit of work and they could easily shave 5-6 minutes from the show by simplifying set changes. While this is a compelling idea for a play, the script could be tightened in spots and elongated in other places. It has the characters talk around the issue for the majority of the show rather than deal with it. Great performances by the cast do make it something worth seeing!... full review
AARON KOZAK certified reviewer June 20, 2013
"Daddy" is the story of two estranged sisters coming together over the death of their father, each facing up to their family's dark past. The ensemble works well together to deal with this very dark, difficult subject matter in a way that is actually charming at times. The scenes between two sisters, while under the duress of unimaginable circumstances, still felt grounded enough to really see your own sibling issues within the scenes. I thought the character arcs were very interesting. One sister, the sexy redhead, begins the play in a very unlikable state that you warm up to as you see her guard drop. Where as the other "just trying to help" sister transforms from a nurturing, empathetic type into an overbearing, over-imposing person. In a... full review
BOB LEGGETT certified reviewer June 22, 2013
Although my primary reason for seeing this show was that my friend Bethy Poluikis of Theatre Unleashed was in the cast, I left the theatre very thankful that I had come. Written and directed by Olivia Peterson, the show was a powerful masterpiece that explored family secrets, and the disastrous results that develop as a result of them. It pitted two estranged sisters who reluctantly are reunited at the funeral for their Dad. The underlying cause of the estrangement gradually comes out through the show, resulting in changes in the lives of the sisters. Special kudos to Devin, whose Max was the unexpected comic gem in an otherwise dark show. This is a MUST SEE show - don't miss the chance to see a true Fringe gem.... full review
DANNY GROSSMAN certified reviewer June 24, 2013
Bethy Poluikis and Elizabeth Hayhurst give wonderful performances as two estranged sisters brought together by a family tragedy. Written & directed by Olivia Peterson, the script is sharp, comic and insightful - and her direction is strong as she really brings out the humanity in her kooky characters. Fantastic evening of theatre - loved it.... full review
NADIA VAZQUEZ certified reviewer June 22, 2013
I told my friends, "this show will make you feel a lot of feelings." Olivia's writing is spectacular, and the actors made the dialogue fun enough to relieve us from the chilling and intense story. Julian Silver's talent stood out especially, giving the language a deep humanity and a ton of humor. Bethy was radiant and styled to the T, and I only wish there could be more Bethy! More Bethy! Bethy forever!... full review
GREGORY CRAFTS certified reviewer June 30, 2013
I enjoyed this show. I think it has a lot of potential and I'm glad to know it's getting developed further beyond the festival. On the plus side, the show was carried on the backs of strong performances. On the minus side, the transitions hurt the momentum of the show itself. However, I think this was an excellent effort all around, and I'm excited to see what this team brings to the festival next year!... full review
IAN FEDERGREEN certified reviewer June 20, 2013
This is a really interesting show that needs editing. Billed as a dark comedy, it is much more successful when played straight- because the serious scenes are gripping. Bethy Poluikis leads an excellent cast that truly made me believe this family's dark history. ... full review