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The Interview

ensemble theatre · the open fist · Ages 13+ · world premiere · United States

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AARON FRANCIS June 21, 2013
Compelling, well acted, well designed, well thought out piece of theater. It gets better the longer it goes on. There is a moment where three things are going on at once, and each is terribly interesting and you have to divide your attention, and it's amazing. I have a few complaints, but it's mostly just my tastes, I wish the play had gone further. The play went pretty far out into surrealism, but once you've gotten on that train, I want to go to the last stop. It has a clear consistent message which is brilliant and brought home by the cool surprise ending. Over all a wonderful production with exceptional production value, and for a Fringe show that is saying a lot.... full review
I really enjoyed The Interview. The story, the direction, and the acting were top notch. I LOVED the music. The play really takes the audience on a journey that is both frightening and fun. I never thought I would laugh so much at a story about torture..... Go see it. ... full review
INA SHUMAKER June 20, 2013
The Interview is quite the ride. Unpredictable, dark and funny. If you love theater that challenges you -- check out the Interview.... full review
ANONYMOUS certified reviewer June 24, 2013
Great show. Thought-provoking while being neither ham-fisted, nor coyly clever. Artists are constantly being told to create something that moves you, that you care intensely about, and that will convey the change you want to bring about, and that's what Franco does with this piece. ... full review
[email protected] WEIER certified reviewer June 17, 2013
In the interest of full disclosure, I read some early drafts of this play and I lent a partial hand in terms of casting and preproduction efforts, so Im not entirely unbiased, but I wholeheartedly recommend this play. The performances are great and the themes are compelling and timely. Great direction and great production value (sound, lighting and projection design is top notch.) It's smart theatre and perfect fringe fare. Go if ya can! ... full review
Michael Franco's piece is not for the shallow seeking Fringers. Combining technical and literary magic with spot on directing and stunning acting, Franco produces a show that captures you from the moment the first phone book is dropped. Dylan Maddalena as Man 2 keeps the pace moving and Joe Hulser moves me with a heart breaking monologue. It's refreshing to see a Fringe show ask the important questions, but I was equally entertained by the spectacle that releases you from the depths just enough to grasp a breath of air. ... full review
MATT WILSON certified reviewer June 22, 2013
Fantastic rocker that starts as like one of Pinter's political plays and goes wildly in its own direction. Not just a topical tale but something that truly explores the shifting nature of responsibility. Don't miss it. ... full review
BOB LEGGETT certified reviewer June 23, 2013
This show is billed as a dark comedy but I found nothing funny about it, unless you think it's funny to take another human being, strip him of all his dignity, refuse him even an ounce of human kindness, and then beat him to death. On the other hand, this is a taunt story, full of passion and some interesting staging and effects. The acting is hit or miss, and the play leaves you with more questions than it answers. I was doing pretty good with the story until they totally lost me in the final two scenes, leaving me to wonder what the overall message of the play was. This play is not for the faint of heart.... full review
Very in-you-face and thought provoking. Very topical, and quite effective in skewering "accepted" behavior by "people in power" - Mr. Franco challenges all of us : if we aren't part of the solution, we're part of the problem ...... full review

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