For most shows, if you leave half way through it would be deemed a Skip it. But, if after 5-8 minutes you find yourself pondering a slew of things, not limited to: relationships and what situations can bring a person to do something unmentionable; all while being captivated by a performer - it would be deemed a #SeeItLA. For "A(partment 8)", I am going to go with the latter.
When you walk up there is something Shamanistic about the woman (Annie Lesser, writer and director) who will help you with your transition into someone else’s skin. She vaguely outlines your journey as she hands you a cup of tea. It is your choice to drink it, it is your choice to do another step, and it is your choice to be there - at this point, since you have made ...
One thing I appreciated about (A)partment 8 is that it was indeed the fringiest of the Fringe. Annie Lesser takes the concept of the solo show to a fuller plane by joining a single performer with a single audience member.
Here we have a performance that cannot be judged “good” or “bad”, but only if it worked or didn’t for the individual audience member who experiences (A)partment 8, and within the construct of the piece to have a participant run screaming from the site could be judged as having worked. And I can see the work being disturbing for some and perplexing for others.
This type of radical effort, this pushing of the boundaries, is what the concept of a “Fringe” festival was intended to offer as an outlet, to ...
ASHLEY STEEDstage raw and la bitter lemonscertified reviewerJune 19, 2017
A couple hours before my scheduled one-on-one performance for Annie Lesser’s A(partment 8) I was emailed a waiver. Having spent the evening chatting with friends I didn’t see the email until I was walking over to the check in point, so I signed the waiver without reading it. And I’m glad I didn’t read it (although I don’t condone signing documents without reading them) because it made everything that happened a complete surprise — which is the best way to experience immersive theatre. Not wanting to give away the surprise to those who haven’t experienced it yet, I’m going to be vague.
Performer Keight Leighn is intense, captivating, and haunting in this brief 10-minute experience. The writing is poetic and evocative, and although there ar...