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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
GARY RUBENSTEIN June 24, 2014
A 2 person show about a relationship can go wrong in oh so many ways. Glad to say that this show avoids all the pitfalls with a well written script, clever direction and very strong performances by the 2 actors.... full review
LESLIE HARDY June 25, 2014
I did not want this play to end. I'm still thinking and wondering about these characters. Subtle, sophisticated, funny, complex...Cailin Harrison has written a brilliant script beautifully brought to life by actors, Laura Emanuel and Andrew Boyle, under the fantastic direction of Reena Dutt. Watching Emanuel(Shelly)try to navigate the joys, heartbreak, and intricacies of a marriage (and herself within this marriage), I was reminded that these challenges are universal and endlessly compelling. AN ABSOLUTE MUST SEE!... full review
MARINA PALMIER June 12, 2014
Well directed and says something about the difficulty of having a long distance relationship.... 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
JAMES BABBIN June 28, 2014
A very nice and ultimately poignant piece about the love, confusion and difficulty of being in a relationship. Very well written, acted and directed.... 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
DREW MCAULIFFE June 15, 2014
Waitless is a much more interesting show than some of the reviewers here are giving it credit for. I thought it was a nice investigation of the dynamics of a relationship in which one person's needs are subverted for the others, in the name of long term success for both. That's a tough thing to handle, and worthy of a more deep analysis than simple demonizing, and this script handles it admirably. Both actors turned in strong performances, and for different reasons. Andrew Boyle deftly stepped into and out of character with the precision of a dancer, while Laura Emanuel does a great job shouldering the burden of what amounts to an enormous monologue, while displaying some lovely moments when the reality of trying to support someone at your o... full review
MANDY DUNLAP June 15, 2014
I found Waitless to be a very charming piece of theater. This is a simple story of a woman feeling alienated for a handful of reasons and finds her outlet for self-strength. Is this outlet grandiose? Not particularly but it’s real and relatable. Perhaps the piece resonates for me as a female, but I think other women will respond to the character of Shelley’s, journey of self worth. The piece is smartly directed, cleverly balancing a lengthy monologue of one character and the collection of other characters, all played by the other actor. Both performances were solid and skillfully executed. At first glance this may seem like a simple production but don’t let the sparse stage fool you. Credit needs to be given to the level of p... full review

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