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My Brother

ensemble theatre · intact productions and five points productions · Ages 13+ · flashing lights · world premiere · United States

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LEILANI ANDERSON certified reviewer June 23, 2014
Amazing show to say the least! A well written historical drama that tells the story often overlooked when discussing John Wilkes Booth that will keep you captivated the whole way through! Dialogue that not only brings another dimension to an often single sided character but plenty of chuckle moments to keep you wanting more. A wonderfully chosen cast includes standout performances by Adam Wylie as the controversial Booth, Vince Major as the older brother he idolized, and Eryn Guyton as the sister who knew him best. Wylie creates a character that the audience wants to sympathize with, from a sweet impressionable young boy to a man who loves his family and only did what he truly thought was best. Major gives a stunning performance as the alcoh... full review
LINDA SLADE certified reviewer June 09, 2014
Excellent new play well worth seeing. Not only was this play informative and dramatically interesting centering around one of the most famous theatrical families in American Theatre it was beautifully staged and there are some excellent performances. This is a play not to be missed as a new American Play that in my opinion will be picked up and could become one of the main plays of todays theatre repertoire. Go and see it!... full review
JOSEPH MCMAHON certified reviewer June 24, 2014
Having read the other reviews I can only assume that I came on an off night. The biggest, deal-breaking issue was that the show ran 30 minutes over its stated run time. That's HUGE, and made even more so considering that it's only supposed to run 90 minutes in the first place. I ended up being 20 minutes late to my next show and I must admit I was pretty pissed off about it, even though I got in to see the show for free. As for the show itself, I really liked the concept and I thought the actors were decent (Adam was great as the lead!) but the script was rough. I think I was expecting it to focus much more on John Wilkes Booth himself, but the majority of the play revolved around his other family members, which weren't nearly as inte... full review
MORGAN ZUPANSKI certified reviewer June 12, 2014
A wonderful new play full of captivating dramatic moments and a perfectly selected cast. This play will keep you interested from beginning to end as you get to know each character and leave you wanting to discuss the play over and over after it's done. The minimal set and selective lighting only help to bring the audience and the characters on stage closer together. I found myself captivated by the performances given by Adam Wylie and Vince Major. I highly recommend this play to anyone and everyone. ... full review
DAVID ROSENBERG certified reviewer June 27, 2014
This was probably in my top five for the entire festival - with a little polish and tweaking, writer/director Brendan Russo's examination of the forces and family life that shaped John Wilkes Booth could stand on its own at the Mark Taper Forum. Kudos to producers Alexa Berry and Javier Sepulveda for a compelling production - with a special shout out to the amazing sound design. Creative use of space and light made this a highlight of the Fringe offerings. The company's acting was deep and revelatory - with a special shout out to players Steve Phelan, Aleksander Ristic, Vince Major and Erin McIntosh for vivid portrayals. ... full review
ALICIA TYCER certified reviewer June 13, 2014
I recommend this new play! It offers a unique view on John Wilkes Booth, from the perspectives of the people who knew him best. It also provides insight into the lives of the Booth family of actors. Standout performances included Adam Wylie, who portrayed John Wilkes Booth at a range of ages, and Vince Major who portrayed Edwin Booth, the alcoholic brother he looks up to. ... full review
ELIAS FEGHALI certified reviewer June 27, 2014
Watching this play was enlightning! I especially enjoyed the strong performances of Radek Antczak(John Wilkes Booth), Vince Major(Edwin Booth). Radek's transformation throughout the play was amazing, not to mention his charismatic presence on stage. Vince's portrait of Edwin was incredible. The moments he appeared on stage were full of passion and he was able to move the plot forward in a beautiful and subtle way. One more performance on June 28 10pm! Catch it if you can. I guarantee you a great theatrical experience.... full review
JILL PAGAN uncertified reviewer June 14, 2014
Great family and historical drama! With a piece like this there’s the danger of the show getting bogged down in its subject matter, but Writer-Director Brendan Russo has wonderfully crafted a well-paced play with a perfect balance of history, heart, and gems of dark humor. The entire ensemble deftly breathes life into their characters, with Adam Wylie and Vince Major in particular giving nuance and depth to two characters who might otherwise have been one dimensional—confederate-sympathizer and presidential assassin John Wilkes Booth, and his alcoholic, pretentious brother, Edwin, respectively. Likewise, Eryn Guyton infuses their sister, Asia Booth, with a quiet strength and Erin McIntosh steals the audience’s heart as the play’s moral comp... full review
JANET MILLER certified reviewer June 15, 2014
I though this piece had an interesting POV on this famous event in history giving us family background on Mr. Booth making his character somewhat more sympathetic. I quite enjoyed the charismatic acting turn by Vince Majors as Edwin, as well as Radek Antczak. ... full review
CHRYSTALL FRIEDEMANN uncertified reviewer June 30, 2014
A MUST extend! WOW! What a play. The writing and direction by Brendan Russo was excellent! I was very captivated by the story. The players were so convincing you were able to follow thru the years with ease. This play changed the way I view John Wilkes Booth by telling a very interesting story of his family life and past. Should be extended so more people can enjoy the talented cast and great story telling! Thank you for the evening of entertainment! "The Spork of Hollywood" ... full review