Fathers at a Game

ensemble theatre · moving arts · Ages 17+ · United States

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ANONYMOUS certified reviewer June 25, 2013
Three moving and real performances. Watching the dynamics shift and change, you are reminded that this is what the fringe is all about. Go see it!... full review
RANDI VAUGHAN certified reviewer June 25, 2013
As others wrote in their reviews... i thought I was going to see a show about parents getting too worked-up about their kids playing football. When I realized what the real story was, I actually gasped. From that point until the end, my breathing was strained from the tension and suspense the writer created. I want to "feel" emotions of some kind when I see a performance and this show did not disappoint! Also, the actors did a superb job.... full review
KATIE WITKOWSKI certified reviewer June 10, 2013
This being my first viewing of a fringe festival show, I was not sure what I was walking in to. I personally enjoy experimental and fantastical theatre and was very curious to see Trey Nichols' "Fathers At A Game." Now that I've seen it I can honestly say that I was not disappointed. The time, location, and circumstance of the play are initially a mystery as the only set dressing on the stage was a bench and two white canvases for which to put projections. As the play progresses, the audience gradually begins to understand who the characters are and the dire circumstances in which they are in-its a slow burn that I felt completely worked with the tension and uneasy feeling in the play. The performance was directed beautifully and the ... full review
ANONYMOUS certified reviewer June 16, 2013
What a beautiful if intensely painful and sad play! I left the theatre thinking about how imaginative the playwright was to weave together both the facts of life and death and the power of illusion and imagination. I was very moved by all aspects of the play: the script, the set, the audio visuals, and the acting. The script was so artfully acted that I literally rode through multiple layers of time and reality without ever knowing I wasn't "really" there. Many hours later, back in real time, I remembered the end of the play and it hit me.... someone, maybe many someones have actually experienced some version of the tragedy enacted, a new wave of appreciation for life swept over me. This play is more than well worth seeing. ... full review
ANONYMOUS certified reviewer June 19, 2013
A very well-written, expertly acted, and finely directed play! Definitely one of the highlights of the Fringe. Go see it!... full review
ANNA NICHOLAS certified reviewer June 16, 2013
I liked the show... a LOT. But that wasn't one of the choices. I enjoyed it more than a mere "like." Actors, Director Great Job!!! I knew right away that the characters weren't watching a football game and that the talking about the game was a coping mechanism to deal with war. I thought maybe they were in a psyche ward and I was disturbed a little with the arrival of a "real" GI into the space that had been occupied by the two guys--especially since they did nothing to help her. I think the writer has a little more work to do but that it could end up being a very compelling piece. I'd mess with time a little more and decide if it's a 25 min one act or a 90 min full length.... full review
ANONYMOUS certified reviewer June 17, 2013
well written and well acted, it holds your attention for most of the 40 minutes and is an interesting attempt to create its own reality. i'm not sure it totally succeeds, but it is so well done all around that i can forgive any imperfections in the playwright's structure of letting the audience in on some details. a qualified "see it".... full review
ALICIA TYCER certified reviewer June 17, 2013
I was drawn in by "Fathers at a Game." The two main actors played contrasting personalities with conviction. The play was directed boldly and had an impressive visual style. This play succeeded in working on multiply levels. I strongly recommend going! ... full review
GRAHAM BOWLIN certified reviewer June 22, 2013
I didn't know what to expect when I walked into "Fathers". After 10 minutes I still wasn't sure what I had gotten into. But then there came a turn. Something that suddenly and wonderfully turned the table. I don't want to say too much and spoil it, but please go see this show. You won't regret it.... full review
PATRICIA LAMKIN certified reviewer June 30, 2013
Expect the unexpected in this fascinating convergence of fantasy and reality. The fathers will keep you on your toes, as the game they watch morphs into a game we watch, and the layers are peeled away to expose a rawness that leaves the audience squirming. Theatre of Cruelty at it's best. ... full review