... Awkward Pauses

ensemble theatre · 3ofakind theatre company · Ages 13+ · United States

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Review by anonymous

June 19, 2013 certified reviewer

My overall impression

The first two scenes were decent and entertaining. But, holy crap the third one was awful!

The whole show started off with wonderful acting and a very interesting premise. There was no way you could have expected the first scene to go where it went.

The second is a pretty standard on-the-brink relationship scene, but the dead-pan of the female in a very awkward situation definitely sold it.

Then came the last scene. There’s satire, and then there’s beating you over the head. When the joke is delivered within the first 20 seconds of a scene, why make it again, and again, and again, and again, and again….so on and so forth. There was literally nothing clever about this last scene. It ruined the entire show. The sum of it is, “Guess what, Republicans suck! Politics is stupid!” Now, I’m not a Republican. I’m not butt-hurt that it attacked Republicans, or religion, or cheeseburgers. It was just waaaaaaay too on the nose. There’s nothing subtle about it. Literally the whole thing could have been the three actors onstage, talking directly to the audience, saying how awful the red party is.

I would have put “Not My Thing”, but I enjoyed the first two scenes. But, again, the last one should be thrown out.

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