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Reclaimed Freedom: Fact or Fiction

ensemble theatre · 321 on fire! performing artist collective · Ages 17+ · includes nudity · world premiere · United States of America

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Review by anonymous

June 24, 2016

What I liked

the cast. Great chemistry. The real-ness of the show. Very polished

What I didn't like

Moved a bit quick after the “big revelation”
The concession pricing at the theatre was a bit absurd. $8 for a bottle of beer.

My overall impression

This was some amazing theatre. I agree with what most of the reviews have said, it is a MUST-SEE. Its kind of sad and alarming that there were only 10 people or so in the performance I saw on a Friday night. Being a director myself, I want to give honest feedback:

First, the elephant in the room. I can see how this show will make some people uncomfortable – addiction, sex, and nudity are very hard topics to approach. But these actors for the most part, where phenomenal, and very comfortable. Only one of the females look uncomfortable everytime the lead went near her or touched her. This story was put together very well, and educational without evening knowing it. I’ve never struggled with addiction – but it taught me a few things – like no matter how much you tell someone they are an addict, nothing will change untill the admit it. The lead even said at one time something like “why couldn’t you be a friend”. That is a very powerful statement.

The guy who played Scott was phenomenal. You could feel his hurt. My only suggestion for him would be to slow down on his intimate scenes, he seemed to rush them. His partner, Jesse, was amazing. He had a great body and perfect to be eye candy. I would love to see more of him. His stage presence made him bigger – you couldn’t tell he was much shorter then the rest of the cast from the way he acted. They were both very strong choices made by the director for their various roles; and where no-brainers the scene-stealers. The guy who played John, one of the villians was very comical and provided the release needed. He committed to everything well; my suggestion there would be to town down the villainous a bit. The two “featured players” – who I think ended up married in the last scene? – were good as well. They had some chemistry that you can’t duplicate.

My only question to the director would be – why was the need to shorten the addiction scenes in favor of improv? The opening scene could of been so much more if he didn’t rush through it due to the imrpov; but overall, phenominal job by the director. I hope he gets this show published to share with the world, which he told me was one of his goals.

Great Job, and I hope to see you guys get picked up at Fringe Encore in July!

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