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Emergency Operation

ensemble theatre · cockeyed optimist productions · Ages 13+ · world premiere · United States of America

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BONNIE SLUDIKOFF June 05, 2017
tagged as: funny · clever
Fun little slice of semi-fictional life. Great performances by the cast and several big laughs. ... full review
JAMES FERRERO certified reviewer June 19, 2017
It's not everyday you see a romantic comedy done onstage. Emergency Operation is a loving nod to those classic rom coms you know, but with an added theatrical suspension of disbelief. Utilizing magical realism ala John Cariani's Almost Maine, we see a man undergo a heart procedure following a breakup with his girlfriend. But much like the heart, this is far more complex than it first appears. You can take away the memories and the pain, but the risk of remembering never goes away. Jess Moore and Ben Bergstrom play these two conflicted lovers with conviction and humor. Both characters have their faults, but we can't help but pull for them throughout. They are supported by an outstanding ensemble filled with overbearing parents (Sigute Miller ... full review
TIFFANY CASCIO certified reviewer June 16, 2017
I saw, and loved, the original 10 minute version of this play at PlayGround LA and I have to give Lauren major props for this expansion. I'm a writer so I know that turning a 10 minute piece (that works!) into a 65 minute piece (that still works!) is HARD. This was also a technically challenging piece with set changes throughout but the transitions were smooth and you stay engaged and laughing the whole time. Very fun show! ... full review
MICHAEL FONTAINE my haunt life certified reviewer June 20, 2017
We’ve all been at this point in our lives. We’ve all had our hearts broken by someone. What if there was an operation you could have where all of that pain, anger, hatred, and betrayal could be removed? If only it were that easy. This is the premise of “Emergency Operation”. We meet Adam (played by Ben Bergstrom), whose girlfriend Kelsey (played by Jess Moore), just cheated on him. Adam is so hurt from his heart being broken that he has an emergency operation to fix his heart. After his operation, the memories of what happened are gone and he can start fresh, but can everyone around him do the same? This show takes delicate subject matter and twists it around to make it funny for the most part. Don’t get me wrong, there are definite tr... full review
MAUREEN GORSKI certified reviewer June 08, 2017
tagged as: funny · Enthralling · AMUSING
So entertaining! Loved the humor!... full review
LUCI URSICH certified reviewer June 12, 2017
Well worth the time to come out. You won't be disappointed.... full review
ANONYMOUS certified reviewer June 12, 2017
tagged as: AMUSING · dramady · quirky · brilliant · Must See
I loved it from start to finish. Great way to spin a broken heart story into something that we can smile about. Bravo!... full review
ANONYMOUS certified reviewer June 12, 2017
I loved the show!... full review
LAURA RENSING June 12, 2017
This show was such a blast! This is such a well-crafted production. The story is great, and balances humor with the bittersweet confusion of unrequited love. Every single actor pulls out all the stops, whether they're making you laugh until you cry or tearfully working through the darker parts of the show. Every role and every moment is filled with purpose. I think what really stands out about this piece is the honesty; the story and the acting are both so sincere and based in reality that you can't help but feel a connection to these characters and their surreal little world. Also, I hope they put the show playlist on Spotify, I've never actually been excited about scene transitions before. :D... full review
ANONYMOUS certified reviewer June 14, 2017
Well done. ... full review

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