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Catalyst

ensemble theatre · the loft ensemble · Ages 15+ · family friendly · United States of America

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Review by ALEXIS BORDEN

June 08, 2015
IMPORTANT NOTE: We cannot certify this reviewer attended a performances of this show because no ticket was purchased through this website or the producer has not verified they attended.

My overall impression

I had the privilege of seeing Catalyst on their preview night by happenstance. I was initially hesitant as the subject matter of the play could lend itself to an hour and a half of girls whinning about their weight…it was anything but that. The writer physicalized addiction on stage with a character by the name of ED (short for eating disorder) who slithered in and out of scenes attached to the lead character. He had no lines and yet he was one of the loudest characters. Sam, the lead, spends the majority of the show oblivious to him despite the people around her being able to see it. I found myself cover in goose bumps the entire play. Not only due to the performances but due to the fact that I found a lot of myself in this play. I have never dealt with an eating disorder, but that didn’t matter. Watching these characters face down their demons reminded me that life is always worth fighting for and you really csn overcome anything that haunts you.

It’s a straight play but the A Capella singing, and the dancing made it so much more than that. I was moved to tears.

GO SEE THIS PLAY!!!! April Morrow is using her art to touch upon a subject matter that many are too fearful to talk about, and she’s did a flawless job.

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