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Titus Andronicus Jr.

comedy · table 8 productions · Ages 16+ · world premiere · United States of America

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LUCIAN MILLAR certified reviewer June 17, 2016
This is the best theater I've seen in years. Props to Dawson Middle School for such a distinctive approach to Shakespeare's work.... full review
TREY PERKINS certified reviewer June 13, 2016
Under the careful direction of Troy Heard, the young cast shines and the one older gentleman of the group commands attention and prowls the stage as a hapless and heartbroken teacher with nothing to lose. Fearless in its portrayal, the show ventures to places where many other stage plays would stumble and falter. Shows helmed by Troy Heard are never predictable, sometimes visceral, but always enjoyable. The audible gasps around me elicited from the happenings onstage were a testament to the rapt attention and personal investment maintained from the audience. It's not a show that you'll snooze through. ... full review
ESTHER MIRA certified reviewer June 16, 2016
tagged as: comedy · dark · children · funny · shakespeare · bloody
Titus Jr. is bloody brilliant! I was so impressed with the level of understanding the young actors had with the text of Titus Andronicus as it is (in my opinion) one of Shakespeare's more difficult plays. I had no idea what to expect when I sat down to watch Titus Jr. and I am happy to say that I thoroughly enjoyed the whole show. I especially loved the twist ending (which I won't give away). Kudos to Mr. Benjamin and his drama class at Dawson Middle School! This is a must-see show at Fringe, don't miss it!... full review
SCOTT HALLER certified reviewer June 14, 2016
tagged as: dark · absurd · funny
I loved this show! Just the right amount of wrong... The setup drew me in right from the start. The kids were actually quite believable in the absurd situation and did a wonderful job! As things went from bad to worse, the escalation felt believable as well as darkly entertaining.... full review
CURT BONNEM certified reviewer June 17, 2016
Not much more to say that hasn't been said here already. My favorite of the fringe so far. Absolutely hilarious and the kids are ridiculously good, playing both the truth of their 'actor' characters, handling the Shakespeare with flair and showing everyone whst great timing is. Your jaw will be on the floor with how wonderfully wrong this is, while crying with laughter. Must see. ... full review
JONATHAN TIPTON MEYERS certified reviewer June 19, 2016
A completely crazy, bloody, inappropriate, shocking, hilarious, thoughtful and inspired producion...with children! From the beautiful mind of a genius! I loved this show. ... full review
ANONYMOUS certified reviewer June 20, 2016
Good, dirty fun. The concept might be higher than the execution. ... full review
ANGELA SAUER certified reviewer June 22, 2016
Man, this is dark. And the darkness has very little to do with the already horrific content of the source material. The frame tale is brilliant and highly disturbing. ENJOY!... full review
ERIK BLAIR certified reviewer June 24, 2016
All I knew about this show before I went to see it was that it was "kids doing Titus Andronicus" and they'd been banned from going into Fringe Central. So when I walked into the theater and my program was entirely in-character and then the teacher walked onto the stage, already having a meltdown over his cheating wife...I knew I was in for a great time. I was absolutely right. From its opening moments to its terrifying, dark and shocking ending, this play is a joy to watch. It's like Shakespeare and Scream melded together through the lens of South Park and I simply could not look away for one moment. I had no idea what was going to happen from one moment to another as the play and the real life of the children (and one adult) on the stage... full review
KAT MICHELS certified reviewer June 14, 2016
tagged as: #SkipItLA
I was excited to see this show, to see how they had made this particular Shakespearean play appropriate for a Middle School audience. To start with, I want to say that all of the actors did a commendable job, and there were several clever bits of business. I want to say that because nothing else I have to say is positive, and it should be known that that has nothing to do with their performances. Had I been paying closer attention before I decided to see this show, I would have noticed that the play is recommended for ages 16+. Last I checked, the only way a middle school student would be 16+ is if they were held back several years. By the very young countenances of the entirety of the cast, except one, I’m going to wager that they were all ... full review

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