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ensemble theatre · wishbone theatre collective · Ages 13+ · United States of America

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Review by anonymous

June 09, 2017 certified reviewer

What I liked

The ensemble acts as one working unit. With the continuous switching of characters in and out, the cast stays grounded in this carnival like ride. The humor comes from truth, as actual testimony is recounted, and Jessica Lynn Verdi (Laura D. Fair) does a great job harnessing her intensity to help the deeper emotional moments stand out. Laurie Jones creates a wonderful world with distinct fully fleshed out characters. Paul Vonasek brings a soft nuance to his role as Laura D. Fair’s prosecutor and a warmth to the stage. The technical side, handled by Emily Jacobson is synced so well to the show and it brings life to the scenes as it helps its actors tell the story of Laura D. Fair.

What I didn't like

The pacing is fast, which can at times feel rushed. There are a lot of moving parts, but for some of the scenes, the transition is muddled and the feeling is disjointed.

My overall impression

This is a standout show and one very unique with its use of object work, sfx, and strategic costume pieces to help differentiate the many characters occupying the world. The fast pace keeps well to the overall vibe of the tumultuous court room, though in some instances feels off kilter. The cast makes up for it, focused and well tuned, allowing characters to have their moments to shine. Jessica Verdi does an outstanding job as the title role with emotional fluidity. With a top notch ensemble cast, and tech being an integral member to the bill, this is a high energy show with quirky characters surrounded by a heartbreaking story.

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