5 Sirens: Beware of Rocks

ensemble theatre · 5 sirens · Ages 18+ · United States of America

world premiere
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DEBBIE BOLSKY certified reviewer June 09, 2015
Seeing 5 Sirens: Beware of Rocks was a great way to spend a Saturday afternoon. Be it comedy or drama these five, talented women have each written ten-minute plays about communication (or miscommunication) that offers enough variety for everyone to find something to connect to. Spock at Bat by Kiera Nowacki definitely hit home for me because I’m a baseball freak myself and have watched many a game with people who don’t know it at all. Watching all of these plays either brought a smile to my face and sent me out chuckling, or moved me so much that three days later I’m still thinking about them. All I can do is thank these five playwrights for writing fresh shows and giving me an enjoyable ride. ... full review
ANN STARBUCK certified reviewer June 07, 2015
I loved the fresh voices in these 5 one acts - about how we connect to each other - and the rest of the universe. "Spock At Bat" is a great gender-twist on a budding romance with nice nuanced performances; "Whatever Works" explores power & sex & power; if you've ever been late because you were stuck on the 405, "Don't Panic" is something we all relate to living in LA; "Ten Years Left" beautifully explores a mother's debilitating illness; and "Out of Here" is a heartfelt comedic look about other worldly connections. For me this is what the Fringe is all about - encouraging fresh voices in theater and supporting their visions.... full review
KARINA DAWN LINE uncertified reviewer June 12, 2015
We expect certain things from our storytellers.. primal triggers, emotional impacts, mental stimulation, new ideas, etc.. What we don't often think of is the time frame in which we allow all of these things to take place. One of the aspects of '5 Sirens: Beware of Rocks' that I enjoyed the most was how each piece achieved at least one, if not all of these, in only ten minutes each! That in itself was an impressive and fun ride. The way these 5 playwrights put their pieces together also allowed for a steady movement through the spectrum of feelings and at the end left us laughing. Overarching all of the subtleties, the big theme for me here was the different forms and stages of Love. Yup, the big ol' L word.. Spock at Bat walked us though ... full review
CATHERINE KOOP certified reviewer June 08, 2015
I went to the opening performance on Saturday of "5 Sirens: Beware of Rocks" and was thoroughly impressed with the plays these ladies wrote. I felt a strong connection to some aspects of a couple of the plays, which made them even more enjoyable. Some giggles, a couple bursts of laughter, and quite a few "Yes!" realizations hit me while watching. Especially Sarah Dzida's play entitled "Don't Panic" because I have definitely 'been there, done that' and the emotions expressed by the actors were spot on! ... full review
JAIME LEVY certified reviewer June 12, 2015
What a great set of plays. My favorite was the third one, but I'm not giving away any secrets. Don't miss this opp to see great acting and great writing.... full review
BELLA MERLIN certified reviewer June 15, 2015
tagged as: new writing · female voices
In one hour, 5 SIRENS takes you through a panoply of genres - from realism, to montage, to science fiction, with a tweak of 50 Shades, and some madness on the 405 in between. One of the delights of the Fringe is experiencing the range of stories that performance makers want to tell. And here we have five very distinct female voices share their particular obsessions, preoccupations and imaginations. Some thoughtful performances from a troop of versatile actors. And a real sense of the generosity of spirit surrounding this particular collaborative and the LA FEMALE PLAYWRIGHTS INITIATIVE at large. ... full review
JONATHAN WICKREMASINGHE-KUHN certified reviewer June 19, 2015
Excellent lighting and sound design, some great performances, and of course wonderful writing on display from the five playwrights who work is featured. The pieces are so different that everyone is guaranteed to find something they love. I was pleasantly surprised that my favorite wound up being one I would not have expected based on the description. And I enjoyed that most of them were capable of mixing in some heartfelt, deep emotions along with humor (or vice versa).... full review
ANN ALLEN certified reviewer June 19, 2015
A wonderfully diverse collection of new plays performed beautifully by the ensemble cast. An ideal showcase for many of these actors allowing us to see the breadth of their performing skills. ... full review
BARRINGTON SMITH-SEETACHITT certified reviewer June 21, 2015
Five for the price of one! As someone who has dealt with life-altering illness my favorite was probably Autumn McAlpin's raw portrayal of a woman facing down certain losses. I also loved the others--from aliens to sex therapy to baseball--all packed in an hour. An easy one to recommend!... full review
GARY WILLIAMS certified reviewer June 22, 2015
The plays are five different takes on human relations. Some are funny, one is very sad and meaningful, and one is silly yet enlightening. Definitely worth seeing!... full review