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Thirteen's Spring

the moving art collective · Ages 10+ · family friendly · world premiere · United States of America

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Review by KAT MICHELS

June 10, 2016 · original article

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This play captures the last innocent days of Anne Frank before she and her family go into hiding. These days encompass her 13th birthday, including a birthday present of her iconic diary, and a young love. The production opens with an intriguing movement piece. Anne is playing ping-pong by herself, but there is no ball, she pantomimes the whole thing. Actress Nora King, executes this with such intensity of focus, on an almost completely dark stage, that I at first thought she was already in hiding trying to entertain herself. However, when her friend Hello (pronounced Hay-low), played by Joseph Tanner Paul, interrupts her it becomes clear that she is still a carefree young girl. Yet the eerie foreshadowing of what will inevitably come lingers. Thirteen’s Spring is bittersweet and excellently performed by a solid cast. My only complaint is that I wanted a second act to see the Frank’s in hiding. I guess I’ll just have to read the diary. Tune into the third episode of the See It or Skip It podcast to hear Kat talk more about this play. #SeeItLA

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