Sweet Dreams: The Prologue

immersive theatre · shine on collective · Ages 18+ · United States of America

world premiere
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ERIK BLAIR certified reviewer June 18, 2017
I grabbed a ticket for this as fast as I possibly could--and I'm glad I did. Immersive theater grows rapidly in Los Angeles, and while this is just a taste of a larger experience to come in October, that taste is both creepy, compelling and VERY interactive indeed.... full review
MICAH COVER certified reviewer June 21, 2017
Anna Mavromati and Shine On Collective have done it AGAIN. A truly terrifying and twisted inversion of the Damsel in Distress fairy tale. Arguably the best show at Fringe this year. ... full review
TAYLOR WINTERS haunting.net certified reviewer June 26, 2017
With this show, Shine On Collective offers a tantalizing glimpse into their new fairy tale world. The Prologue tackles some heavy material but by filtering it through the lens of a modern fairy tale, it generates an intelligent social commentary on what those ideas would mean today. It also provides just enough of an introduction to Rose, Philip, and their world to grab the attention of their audience and entice them to come back to learn more as they slip deeper into Sweet Dreams. Sweet Dreams: The Prologue will be remounted periodically during the San Diego Fringe Festival between June 30 – July 31. Part Two, another, different preview show will run during Midsummer Scream in Long Beach on July 29-30. Part 3, the main show, will ru... full review
ASHLEY STEED stage raw and la bitter lemons certified reviewer June 26, 2017
Shine On Collective debuted at Fringe last year with their immersive piece The Truth. This year they’ve created a stand alone “Prologue” to what will be a larger piece later this year. The premise of this piece pulls from fairy tales (á la damsels in distress) and twists them into a dark, enigmatic world for adults. The piece begins in the cab of a U-haul van where you meet Phillip (Alexander Echols) who's desperately staring at a well-worn map. He’s searching for the girl of his dreams, Rose, and thinks I’m there to help. “You know the story,” he tells me. I don’t but, but shrug “sure.” This introduction doesn’t set up much and needs more work. If writer Anna Mavromati and director Marlee Delia want the participant to be more active, ... full review