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Down In Front

comedy · independent · Ages 12+ · world premiere · United States

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DAVID RICHARD THOMPSON certified reviewer June 13, 2013
Bravo and lots of thumbs up! I have to admit, I squirmed a bit at first when I walked into the theatre and saw an entire five rows of theatre seats on the stage and they were all facing us in the audience. For a minute I wondered who was really on stage! And then I saw myself in almost each and every one of those characters on the stage. I don't want to give too much away about the story, so I will just say that I personally laughed ALOT and OFTEN! It was the kind of laugh where you can totally relate to the characters and what they are going through, because we have probably all been in each character's position before in real life. If not us, then we all know characters just like this. Great, funny and well crafted script by ... full review
LAUREN SABULSKY certified reviewer June 13, 2013
It was a fantastic comedy. I laughed and I cried. The fast paced script, intriguing characters, and the use of extras kept this play moving. The script was memorable, my boyfriend and I have been quoting phrases ever since. The main character, Paul, is neurotic and I felt an immediate connection to his character from the beginning. Antonio's personality and looks were a perfect balance Paul's neurotic nerdy behavior. All in all, I highly recommend this play. It will be an excellent way to spend a night out.... full review
JONNY MARLOW certified reviewer June 23, 2013
What a refreshing breeze this play is in the otherwise pungent wake of hollywood blackbox theatre. The writers voice is surprisingly clear in an almost Neil Simon-esque comedy about the overbearingly nervous and neurotic protagonist Paul and hes desperate attempts to deal with what the rest of us let roll off our backs every day. Actor Daniel Dorr's portrayal of the mile a minute Paul has all the idiosyncrasies and charm of a fully formed basket case. Very well done! This play is a wonderful night out and an exceptional execution on all levels. Highly recommended.... full review
ANONYMOUS June 23, 2013
I LOVED Down In Front! Hilarious and so real! I highly recommend it to anyone looking for a great date night! The performances are fantastic and the writing is superb... just sharp and nails it!... full review
BOB LEGGETT certified reviewer June 17, 2013
The best part about this show was the performance of the two lead actors, especially their ability to make neurosis look like an Olympic sport and to convey just the right amount of angst and self-loathing that was appropriate at the time. It is a unique combination that worked. On the technical side, it was a little ridiculous starting almost 20 mins late and then having the show run over. I know this is the Fringe and stuff happens, but that's the exact reason why you have to strive so hard to be on time. I"m just glad this show was worth the wait.... full review
ANONYMOUS June 23, 2013
Down In Front far exceeded my expectations. We saw it performed to a packed house and judging by the non-stop laughter throughout I'd say that the audience was more than satisfied. The acting was superb and brought an extra dimension to the brilliantly written piece. Looking forward to seeing an extended run of this play so that a wider audience can also experience this great work!... full review
DEBBIE WELLS certified reviewer June 17, 2013
A really well written and astute observation of extreme neurosis, which I suspect everyone can relate to on some level. The two leads were very strong as was the supporting cast, particularly Michael Harrison in the role of the Commissaire - a very talented young actor - and I was particularly impressed with the strength and quality of performance dynamics between Michael and the lead Daniel. Would love to see more of them both in scenes together. Well done to everyone involved in this clever and absorbing piece.... full review
TRINA WYATT June 24, 2013
Brilliantly written and performed. Great characters. I especially loved Antonio and the "concession seller". Daniel Dorr is a stand-out. I look forward to his next act. Lastly, it's so rare that I get both a belly ache from laughing and teary-eyed in one sitting. Thank you, Steve, for delivering both!... full review
ANONYMOUS June 27, 2013
Congratulations to the actors, Director, and most of all, the Writer. It is always magical to go to a small theater - where you get to be so intimate with actors and fellow audience members - and find yourself experiencing the same feelings that Paul and Sandy were feeling. The world the characters created for us was so involving that I found myself laughing non-stop, reminiscing about my own life, and surprising myself by how emotional I became. Down In Front is a wonderful play, and a great example of why the Fringe Festival is such a special event to look forward to. ... full review

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