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Rapture

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

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ANDREW WAHLQUIST certified reviewer June 23, 2014
Epic! ... full review
STEVE MADAR June 23, 2014
This show works in large part because of the outstanding performance of Al Rahn as Malachi. Through a series of sermons, confessions, and his ultimate redemption the multiple, sometimes bewilderingly disparate, facets of Malachi's character come to light in hilarious and touching songs. Thia Schuessler is perfectly cast as the ever forgiving ex love in this Christian Bible Study come adulthood romance. The music is well put together and Ben Stanton's repartee with Al Rahn is charming and funny. The writing, while entertaining, makes massive leaps in character and genre, and sometimes threatens to unravel the magic. ... full review
CHERYL LOVEJOY certified reviewer June 08, 2014
A great surprise. My expectations were moderate but my experience was outstanding! The music, the writing, the star - Humorous and satirical but ultimately heartwarming and uplifting. I hope this show gets the opportunity to be seen by those who can provide greater opportunities for these talented newcomers. Bravo. ... full review
ANANDA DILLON certified reviewer June 24, 2014
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. The jokes are hilarious and unassuming, with a slight edge. And while shifting moods in one act plays can often seem jolting due to the shortened time, Rapture navigates itself into dark territory with a slowly building tension that gives us a satisfying release in its tender, yet funny ending. This musical pokes fun at its religious setting while never condemning it, showcasi... full review
FRANCISCO BRACHO certified reviewer June 09, 2014
The sermon isa backdrop for a boy lost girl story. While it pokes fun at sin, it leaves religion unscathed. The singing is enchanting in the cozy space. The comedy keeps it light despite the heavy nexus of the play. ... full review
KEVIN OESER certified reviewer June 09, 2014
You should definitely add Rapture to your Fringe calendar. it's at once very Fringe-y and very new and surprising. The less you know going in the better, just know it's anchored by a tremendous lead performance and some genuinely rousing, foot-tapping tunes. The fun of the play is being taken along for a funny and often poignant ride with the aforementioned and not knowing where it will lead. I enjoyed it start to finish. ... full review
EVAN BREELAND certified reviewer June 17, 2014
tagged as: poignant · Sublime
Frey's dialogue and pacing are both captivating and poignant, and Stanton's accompaniment Stanton is sublime. Truly a fantastic production. ... full review
SEAN BORING certified reviewer June 11, 2014
Rapture was a great hour of theatre. The acting performances were great, with the male lead as a standout. His perfoamce was a tour de force; much like the play he was deftly able to strike an organic balance between brevity and light. The music was fun and engaging and the audience participation was a nice touch. Definitely worth seeing!!... full review
CYNTHIA SCHUESSLER June 12, 2014
This show has it all--singing, dancing, comedy, drama, sin and forgiveness. It grabs you from the get go with Al Rahn's beautiful voice and charismatic preaching. The music is delightful, with the talented composer Ben Stanton also playing a very enthusiastic church musician. Rebecca is played beautifully and very thoughtfully by Thia Schuessler. Rapture will take you through a range of emotion, from laughing to shock and even crying. All in all, a great night at the theatre! ... full review
BRIDGETTE CAMPBELL June 12, 2014
What a delightful show! We rode away (on our bikes) smiling and absolutely pleased with Rapture! The lyrics were thoughtful and funny. Al Rhan as the preacher made wonderful connections with the audience. It brought me back to church and then made me remember why I left ;-). Perfect Fringe show. You will be surprised and thoroughly entertained. ... full review

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