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musicals and operas · robot teammate & the accidental party · Ages 13+ · family friendly · world premiere · United States of America

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MICHAEL HOLMES certified reviewer June 12, 2016
GO. SEE. THUG TUNNEL!... full review
CARRIE KERANEN June 12, 2016
Super fun! Catchy tunes. Great cast. It has love, adventure, power, hope. All the mixings for a great night of musical theater. It was an absolute delight. ... full review
RYAN LUEVANO June 12, 2016
Original musicals are one of the most difficult things to write and in the case of Hollywood Fringe, sometimes just as difficult to sit through. This is because often writers simply are not aware of the intricacies involved in writing a good musical—this is a especially a challenge in L.A. What you often get here are half-baked stories and clichéd music, however, this is not the case for Robot Teammate & The Accidental Party’s collaborative musical Thug Tunnel. With this show only one word comes to mind: “FRESH”. CLICK 'Original Article' FOR FULL REVIEW ON TIN PAN L.A.... full review
KURT GARDNER blogcritics, artsbeatla certified reviewer June 14, 2016
Under the musical direction of composer Sam Johnides, the band sounds great, and Kat Primeau’s lively choreography helps to put the songs across. The book and lyrics were developed collaboratively by the entire ensemble, but it all fits neatly together as a unified piece.... full review
BENJAMIN SCHWARTZ certified reviewer June 14, 2016
Somewhere in a dystopian, post-apocalyptic unspecified location, a tunnel deep inside the earth is home to a small community of scavengers. Also as a guy who talks to a rat. This is the world that Thug Tunnel, Robot Teammate And The Accidental Party’s newest musical, takes place. Oh yes, it’s a musical. And a very good one. The score, by Sam Johnides, borrows from a multitude of genres including new wave, indie and operatic rock. Johnides likes to fall back on his deep, haunting minor chord progressions that we heard in Timeheart and Annabella, but no one’s complaining. A live band (which includes a keytar!) on stage performs with flawless passion. Using electronic instruments and a drum pad instead of a drum kit was a wise decision, as i... full review
ESTHER MIRA certified reviewer June 16, 2016
tagged as: musical · 80s · Dystopian · funny · fun · awesome · creative
Thug Tunnel is such a fun and creative show! I loved the 80s vibe and everyone was having such a blast on stage. Major props must be given to the staging, choreography and music. I could tell this was a very complex show and a ton of work went into creating it. I had a blast watching it and found myself humming some of the songs well after I had left the theatre (which is a good thing in my book!). ... full review
ELLEN DOSTAL certified reviewer June 19, 2016
Thug Tunnel’s improv roots serve it exceedingly well. Comedians – especially those skilled in improvisation – approach comedy and comic timing differently than other actors do. Here the technique results not only in a show that is smart but exceptionally appealing as well. It’s a great example of what wild imagination, a commitment to getting a little down and dirty, and reveling in the joy of the art itself, can do. If you want to understand the kind of funny becoming more and more in demand today or to attract a younger audience, this show is a great example of what works. Directors Molly Dworsky and Dave Reynolds set the tone in the very first comic ensemble number and then follow through over and over again. Kat Primeau’s choreography... full review
ELIOT OXANDER June 20, 2016
A hundred years ago, the world's companies of actors functioned much more like families than one usually sees today; new plays were rehearsed for months and months and each performer gained an intimate understanding of her peers' performance styles as well as their characters, such that once the show was up and running, the audience witnessed less the unavoidable turbulence of new stage dynamics and more the smooth workings of a fluid theatrical engine. I have seen this group perform together for years, and it astonishes me to see how far they've come as a creative unit. It's lovely to be reminded that whereas theater is most certainly a lot of work, there's also certainly a good reason why still, to this day, across many cultures, we all ... full review
BRENDAN WEINHOLD certified reviewer June 23, 2016
tagged as: funny · apocalypse
Great musical! Very funny book, from premise to execution, with lots of catchy songs and delightful choreography.... full review
PETER FLUET July 11, 2016
LOVED THIS SHOW!... full review

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