lightning rod theater · Ages 18+ · United States of America

world premiere
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Review by anonymous

June 12, 2016 certified reviewer

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Craftsman takes two concurrent time lines and presents them on stage in a fresh and creative way. Although the characters learn their lessons in too short of a time to really demonstrate any believable character growth, the performances kept me engaged from start to finish. The staging and direction of the show were key in helping to clarify certain moments in the writing that didn’t necessarily make logical sense to me. However, the playwright does a great job of weaving commentary on certain subject matters, such as gay marriage, into the play in a subtle way that less skilled writers would hit you over the head with. There are also several great moments of comedy that break up the intensity surrounding the main conflict of the play.

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