Obviously Michael

obviously michael productions · Ages 10+ · family friendly · world premiere · United States

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Review by JOSH HILLINGER

June 22, 2013 certified reviewer

My overall impression

Clever, fun, pure, well put together! I really, really enjoyed watching this production.

I was left hoping it’d last longer. I wanted to know more about these characters and what happened to them growing up. We get hints of Michael’s new job, but don’t move beyond – I believe – the 3rd grade. The show is a great set up for who this boy is, who his friends are, and the world he learns to share with those who finally allow him to open up to them.

It’s a touching story without getting sentimental. I really appreciated the way the story is told through real conventions who become theatrical conventions, and classmates who exist just as really in an imaginary world. It reminded me of the movie “Beautiful Creatures,” but not creepy and murdery. I left the show with hope for the main character, but very curious to know more.

I enjoyed the acting. I enjoyed that this came out of CSLA. It didn’t feel like a college show. It felt like a fringe show. I’m very glad I saw this.

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