Review by DANIEL ROSSJune 21, 2014 certified reviewer
My overall impression
I’m an avid movie-goer. I enjoy big budget stage and musical productions, and generally approach my entertainment with the expectation that I’m going to be getting the most BANG for my buck at all times. I typically don’t seek out one act plays, but word on the street was buzzing about this one particular show at the Asylum Lab Theater, so I was compelled to give it a try- and I’m very glad I did.
The material in this lively, yet dark story written by Edward Allan Baker was elevated by the performances and interpretation of the script which had me intrigued and invested from beginning to end. Director Jeneffa Soldatic coaxed such nuanced performances out of her actors, which gave my mind no time to wander away from the situation at hand. Two sisters, struggling with their own domestic issues, clash and bend as Dolores brings to light many dark aspects of relationships and society as it was a few decades ago. Michelle Campbell, playing the title role of Dolores was as natural on stage as any film actress, yet twice as good, and able to convey all of her character’s quirks with as much gusto as I would expect during a live show. I simply haven’t been as captivated or moved by a live performance such as hers in a long time. Leah Patterson, playing the more mature sister contrasts and compliments Michelle’s character perfectly. Her hard exterior gives way towards the underlying love these sisters have for each other while maintaining credibility under mired circumstances and history.
I truly felt like a fly on the wall during the show, never once feeling like I was being “talked to” or “performed at” by actors. Much like getting lost in a good book or movie, I was delighted to find a gem at the Hollywood Fringe Festival like Dolores. For those that enjoy true escapism crafted with smart and vivid performances, it’s a must watch!