Maizy: A Fable

theatre · cowboys and indians theatre company · Ages 10+ · United States

family friendly world premiere
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June 22, 2011

My overall impression

Tony Frankel, Theatre Critic for Stage and Cinema here.

Maizy: A Fable is such a misguided effort that it is almost unreviewable. The story of an actress trying to make it in Hollywood is trite enough, but to have a Fairy try to make it in “Hollywoods” is trite squared. The writing is sophomoric, the acting is awful (with broad characterizations not even worthy of high school) and the attempt at design (such as video projections) only served to reinforce the sloppiness of the production. I wasn’t even sure what the company was going for here: if it was to be cute, even that was not realized. This production smacks of those who have been realistically overpraised by family and friends and therefore never stop to think that they are crafting what is essentially an elementary school play. I know this is a harsh review, but I found nothing redeeming in this production.

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