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musicals and operas · the diviners · Ages 13+ · world premiere · United States

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June 24, 2014 certified reviewer

My overall impression

This show was so much fun! An amazing performance from lead Al Rahn who carries the entire thing with a sustained energy that is really remarkable. The music was incredibly well produced if potentially overpowering for a one act show and just proves this baby could easily grow into a full-fledged musical. Ben Stanton and Dan Frey have serious talent, like seriously.

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