Dramatis Personae

solo performance · vespertine productions · Ages 14+ · United States

one person show
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RICHARD TANNER uncertified reviewer June 23, 2014
Dazzling inventive, stunningly unique, and brilliantly performed by Kris Bicknell, this is one of those rare shows which offers more than first meets the eye. Far more. Kudos to ALL involved in this absolute gem. In fact, if you can see only ONE show at this year's Fringe Festival... well, see MINE. (lol) But if you can see TWO, you'd be hard-pressed to find a better one than this. Truly not-to-be-missed! ... full review
WHIT SPURGEON certified reviewer June 24, 2014
A terrific performance of material both challenging and rewarding. General audiences will dig the wonderful acting and broad comedy -- those in the business will get it on about 10 extra levels, depending on the level of their education and the number of years they've spent on the stage. A great deconstruction of 2000 years of theatre, and how we perceive it!... full review
DAWN ALDEN uncertified reviewer June 24, 2014
A terrific romp. Kristopher Bicknell gives us his all in a deftly written, expertly directed show. It starts out like a "showcase" style show, but there is a twist that I found very enjoyable. Highly recommended!... full review
CESAR R. certified reviewer June 24, 2014
Dramatis Personae is an inventive and brilliant emotional rollercoaster. The show mixes classical and modern elements of theatre, in all its grandeur and folly, to create an enthralling experience. Though only Mr. Bicknell is on stage, he masterfully includes his audience on this historical journey. I loved it. Go!... full review
STEPHANIE AGUILAR certified reviewer June 24, 2014
The theatre history lesson we all need to receive. Forgotten playwrights are brought into light with a captivating, focused performance by Bicknell. His solid, active, hard work brought a full house to their feet, and left us invigorated by the honesty of it all. ... full review
ANNE EDKINS certified reviewer June 09, 2014
A very smart, very funny "tour" through little-known theatre history. To say too much about this show will diminish the fun of figuring out what's going on! I *will* say that actor/producer/writer/stage manager/lighting & sound operator/etc. Kristopher Lee Bicknell performs brilliantly in a variety of roles. I had a really good time.... full review
NICOLE JOHNSON uncertified reviewer June 12, 2014
It takes a talented actor to pull off a scene with no lines, yet still have the audience in an uproar. It takes a talented actor to switch suddenly from a dramatic to a comedic role, and to be able to take the audience with him. It takes a talented actor to portray exceedingly diverse characters, one after the other, with each piece being more convincing than the last. Kris Bicknell is that talented actor. This original idea was brilliantly written and directed. From the hysterical awkwardness all the way to the tender vulnerability, you will not be disappointed! ... full review
HEIDI HILLIKER certified reviewer June 12, 2014
tagged as: surprising · funny · sad · awkward · historical
I saw the show opening night and have been thinking about it ever since. There are so many standout moments. Dramatis Personae is a unique and engaging theatrical experience. Without giving too much away, I can easily say that this is unlike any other one man show that I have seen. The performance spans the spectrum of emotions. In it you will find a little bit of everything. The acting talent of Kristopher Bicknell is matched well with the inventive and well written play. I highly recommend the show. You are guaranteed to have a good time!... full review
JOSEPH BELL certified reviewer June 12, 2014
tagged as: funny · clever · thought-provoking
Dramatis Personae is a gleefully clever tour-de-force by actor Kristopher Lee Bicknell and the show's writers. It's perfectly paced, and defied my expectations of what a one man show could deliver. Bicknell transitions effortlessly from one segment to the next, giving a brave and vulnerable performance. I would say more, but I don't want to spoil the show's surprises for you. Enjoy! ... full review
JON DUDKOWSKI certified reviewer June 13, 2014
Loved it. It took a little while to heat up, but once it was rolling this show got smarter and smarter. ... full review