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ensemble theatre · dharma bum productions · Ages 18+ · world premiere · United States of America

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Review by anonymous

June 04, 2017 certified reviewer

What I liked

Great venue very intimate between audience and stage. Greeted at the entrance and felt like a VIP sitting so close. The performers did a great job staying in character, so many great things to say about Lauren and Thomas. From the beginning to the end I felt the struggles between the relationship of the two in character. Lauren’s performance was top notch, I felt a personal connection to her struggle with dependency and she made it real. Thomas, a strong brother who only wanted the best for Lauren, was tireless in keeping a protective stance with her. The intertwining of his own issues became visible throughout the performance.
I have to talk about Nick, a key role in the performance and entanglement with Lauren and Thomas. I felt he was a real person at first who was present during Lauren and Thomas’ struggle until a few key phrases when I felt he was the addiction they both shared. Wow!
Costumes were great, the officers looked legit, stayed in character and made me think we were getting a pat down before entering the venue.
The manager was great too, great choice, ethnicity in theater is key to making your cast work together. Not to sound stereotypical but he played the part very well.

What I didn't like

I was surprised with the venue size, nothing is wrong with the venue, I just never been to such an intimate setting. Now I don’t know if I disliked it or liked it. Anyway, great job.

My overall impression

WOW! The struggle is real, the talent is perfect, this is a must see if you have a family member in pain or need a reminder from you own past. Keep coming back!

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