The [ ] Box

ensemble theatre · the alliance of los angeles playwrights (alap) · Ages 16+ · United States of America

world premiere
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June 18, 2017 certified reviewer
tagged as: Six Plays · fun · inventive · Good collection

What I liked

Tough to call which one I liked better because they each hit you in a different way. Funniest is the last one “Who’s Afraid of ?”.“The Memory Box” touches your heart. “Celebrity Death Match” really makes you think and “Cohn Crosses Over” has some fun twists to it.
The cast is great. Only 4 people do all the roles for the six shows. They really help carry off the concepts. And Brian Katz performs live acoustic guitar between plays to keep the audience engaged. Nice touch.

What I didn't like

The Shaggy Dog was a little weird to follow. The two characters kept jumping back and fourth between the fourth wall and sometimes I just kept think “Why?”

My overall impression

A really good collection of short plays:
A Shaggy Dog Story by Leigh Kennicott
Celebrity Death Match by Rom Watson
The Box in the Park by Mona Deutsch Miller
Cohn Crosses Over by Joe Godfrey
The Memory Box by Dan Berkowitz
Who’s Afraid Of …? by Brian Raine
All shows involve a box in some fashion. Parts will make you laugh, parts will make you cry, parts will make you think of your own life and parts will make you forget about it. Six small plays that go together well because of the themes. Definitely worth seeing.

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