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WaitLess

comedy · fierce backbone · Ages 15+ · world premiere · United States

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MARIE DE VARENNES certified reviewer June 23, 2014
Internal dramas are notoriously difficult to stage -- especially the ones that focus on a gradual evolution of intent rather than a series of noisy confrontations between characters. Cailin Harrison traces her main character's journey with imagination and subtlety, and both Andrew Boyle and Laura Emanuel are excellent. Creative staging, too!... full review
BRENT CURTIS certified reviewer June 23, 2014
tagged as: funny · emotional · romantic comedy
Clearly deeply personal, the writing swept me away as I tried to think about what it would be like to be in the actress' place. It was very easy to empathize with the two characters. You could feel the despair, loneliness and the futility of the struggle. Not for one moment did I look at my watch- it seemed like time flew by. And it was acted superbly. The flow of the dialogue was natural and snappy. It left me wanting for more. Go see it!... full review
DARROW CARSON certified reviewer June 13, 2014
This is a difficult review to write because I felt that one of the actors was good but the script was not. I gave it a Pretty Good because of the actor. Otherwise, I'd say it's Not My Thing. Andrew Boyle became each of his multitude of characters smoothly and with strong definition. Each character was recognizable and interesting, skirting stereotypes without becoming them. A truly strong, engaging and reliable acting job. Whereas his partner, Laura Emanuel needs work on her delivery. Many of her choices were general and not specific. Lines were delivered quickly at times without making strong choices. Unfortunately, her speech and diction need work making her difficult to listen to. Imagine Sarah Paulson without the finesse ... full review
JEFFREY OSAKA certified reviewer June 15, 2014
Laura Emanuel and Andrew Boyle struggle with career conflicts similar to what many couples face today. The story unfolds in what feels much shorter than it's already abbreviated 1 hour run time. Mr. Boyle's multiple characterizations are nothing short of amazing!... full review
DI KOOB certified reviewer June 16, 2014
How does a relationship survive & how do you remain authentically yourself within that relationship when one partner's needs & terms dominate? This is a tough subject to take on, and the play doesn't offer any answers. It does explore one woman's attempt to find her answer. The play does a good job of highlighting the more traditional, male-privileged relationship without preaching, and the actors hit the high & low notes without sentimentality. The directing is top notch - excellent visual storytelling that captures the claustrophobia, the desperation, & the love under it all.... full review
FLEUR MITCHELL certified reviewer June 29, 2014
Impressive staging! So much was done with so little! There was never a question about what was happening. Superb acting, the true character became very real. The story represents so many young couples trying desperately to meet their commitments to themselves, their mates, and their careers. Something must always be put on hold in loves desperate effort to survive.... full review
CHRISTINE ASHWORTH certified reviewer June 20, 2014
Waitless is a wonderful piece about a marriage, a race for something better on a different continent, and how the one who ends up waiting for their new life to begin handles spending so much time alone. Funny, wry, heartfelt, with spot-on props, sound, lighting, and acting all fully realizing Cailin Harrison's pitch perfect words, this is a Fringe show you DON'T want to miss. ... full review
JEREMY KEHOE certified reviewer June 21, 2014
Well directed, well written, well acted. Well done.... full review
NANCY BEVERLY certified reviewer June 21, 2014
LOVED IT. One of my favorite Fringe plays this year. Playwright Cailin Harrison takes us on a voyage of a modern, hectic marriage that's fraying and does it in such a specific and clever way, I never stopped listening and caring. Kudos to Reema Dutt for the imaginative staging and actors Andrew Boyle (who plays not just the husband but a slew of other roles) and Laura Emanuel for their spot on performances.... full review
CHANTEL HUNTER MAH certified reviewer June 22, 2014
tagged as: comedic · poignant · sad
I didn't know what to expect and I received the unexpected. The bare bones honesty of the complicated relationship that makes up a marriage is laid bare. Waitless manages to be comedic, poignant and sad, while giving those who happen to be half of a marriage a rare introspective look into the naivety we have at the the moment we say I Do and the many compromises we make afterward to not say I Don't. It even manages to make the English funny.:) (Andrew) Job Well Done!... full review

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