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The Video Games

mb stage productions · Ages 14+ · family friendly · flashing lights · United States of America

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COURTNEY LUCAS certified reviewer June 06, 2015
The Video Games is absolutely amazing! I enjoyed every bit of it from the fighting, to the improv, and of course the voting! Such innovative ways to engage the audience and keep the show moving. Everyone should see this show, especially since it will be a different show every time! I know I'll be going again because Donkey Kong must win!... full review
BENJAMIN SCHWARTZ certified reviewer June 08, 2015
So I've been playing video games ever since I can remember. I still play them, and quite frequently. That being said, I am the target demographic for this show. The fight choreography in this show is brutal in the best way. It is evident that a great deal of time was spent refining each character's individual style of fighting and they pull it off quite well. Some standout moments is when Donkey Kong pummels the stage like a ground stomp and all the other characters in perfect sequence drop right to the floor. Scorpions chain also comes into "play", which was pretty sweet. There are so many classic moments that are recreated that will titillate your nerdgasm to the extreme. The concept is brilliant, niche and perfect for a fringe show. They ... full review
ETHAN MCDOWELL June 10, 2015
I had the pleasure of catching "The Video Games" on their Preview night and was pleasantly surprised at the full house. In short, the production unfolds into an audience elected "Choose Your Own Adventure" style show with a sweet blend of Video Game Character reminiscence, wall to wall acts of pure violence, and loosely scripted improv... in all the best ways possible. The black box is packed full of actors, each representing characters from numerous video games of multiple genres, all suited in make-shift costumes gathered together in a lampoon of The Hunger Games. After introductions are made, the show unfolds into a fun event of blood, sweat, and tears... and bananas. Each character is teamed together to fight to the death, all o... full review
BRICE WILLIAMS certified reviewer June 13, 2015
I have now seen this show three times and each time has been beyond excellent!! This show is an hour of just pure theatre enjoyment and is the perfect type of show to see during fringe; fast-paced, interactive, abstract, and completely entertaining. I love how different each show has turned out while still maintaining the spirit of my favorite childhood video games. I've said it twice, I'll say it again-go. See. This. Show! I will be, without a doubt!... full review
FRANCISCO MERINO certified reviewer June 14, 2015
As someone who's been playing video games since he was old enough to walk, this show was a dream come true for me. If you're looking for a show that speaks to your inner child, look no further. Gamers, geeks, nerds, improv lovers and stage combat fanatics, unite! This is one show you cannot miss. The Video Games features a wonderfully talented ensemble that really brings all of your favorite video game characters to life. And they know how to get down and dirty! The stage combat is as hilarious and entertaining as the characters themselves. Furthermore, with a show as stage-combat heavy as this, what's really impressive is that with this many characters, there are over 150+ different possible fighting scenarios that have ALL been choreograph... full review
ALYSSA RUPERT certified reviewer June 14, 2015
Came to the matinee show on Sunday, the 14th. Normally, I don't like to come to matinees because of the stigma attached to them (low energy, etc.), but this was the only day I could really come. I was very pleasantly surprised! One of the best matinees I ever came to for any show! The show is very high energy and has many comic moments. The hosts are very engaging, and the "fighters" also caused good cringe-worthy moments in their choreography. I recommend this show to anyone who loved playing video games growing up (and still plays) and anyone who longs for childhood nostalgia. It was awesome to see characters of many different video game universes come together and interact. I came with a friend who already saw it, and because... full review
STEVEN GAMBINO June 24, 2015
I grew up playing Super Smash Brothers with my brothers and sister. This show did not disappoint. I wanted to see it again but they have sold out. I hope they continue on with the show so I can catch another performance. ... full review
LEVANNA ATKINSON-WILLIAMS certified reviewer June 21, 2015
tagged as: Video Games · comedy · parody · Stage Combat
If you're a theatre purist - avoid this show. Also, go soak your head. Theatre at its best mirrors and elevates the world around it. So unless you've been living under a rock with your eyes shut and your fingers in your ears, video games are part of our cultural landscape, and are not going away anytime soon. This show will not hold your hand - if you're not a gamer, there are references that you won't get. If you're not familiar with the Hunger Games (or Battle Royale), you won't understand the stakes. And if you don't have a smartphone, then I guess just pout. The show is interactive, regardless of whether you have a mobile device or not - but having one makes you much more invested, and therefore makes the show more fun. But th... full review
NIKKI MONNEY June 24, 2015
A friend took me to see the show and it rocked. All of the actors were so dedicated and it was everything I imagined it would be. They should add some representatives from Kingdom Hearts. A little Disney Magic never hurt anyone. I really hope they get extended and win a few awards. I fell in love with Mario, Peach, Jigglypuff, and Link. ... full review
MARTINA FRALEY June 24, 2015
I brought my husband to the show knowing that he hates theater. Video game characters onstage battling it out would be right up his alley. We both loved the show. Never a dull moment. This is definitely a show couples would enjoy even if someone does not know video games. I would not recommend bringing children to the show as it is strictly adult fun and humor. ... full review


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