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Dead Air

immersive theatre · h&h design experience · Ages 16+ · flashing lights · world premiere · United States of America

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Review by G EDWARDS

June 07, 2017
IMPORTANT NOTE: We cannot certify this reviewer attended a performances of this show because no ticket was purchased through this website or the producer has not verified they attended.

What I liked

Lead actor was stellar! Very complex. Was interesting to watch as his layers unfolded. Pleased to see the diversity of the cast. Good illustration that people are not always what they appear and this proved true for a few characters. The executive was a jerk, well done with that role! Excellent story that really made you think about “what if?”

Set was pretty cool. Stark stage, but it works well for what they are trying to do. So many things I want to comment on, but don’t want to spoil for anyone else who doesn’t know the story. :) At certain points, I believed I was standing on the same street corner as the characters and felt a bit of the emotion they were experiencing which for me makes a good show.

After reading the program, I thought it was awesome that they had a cast who were very new to theater mixed with others who were clearly pros. What a great learning experience for all involved!

What I didn't like

Clearly, there were some technical glitches with some of their video/sound effects. I was one of the last ones out of the theater I heard someone from the booth yell down major apologies and cry out “how bad did I screw up your show?” While I’m sure it wasn’t meant for my ears, it told me that it wasn’t their fault. The gal that answered back (I’m guessing someone affiliated with the show) “sweetie it’s fine, these things happen and the preview is the best time to find and deal with those issues. It’s going to be ok, really it is.” I thought that was a kind response and there as no ego at all which is a rare quality in LA theaterland. Would like to see the show again to see it the way it was meant to be in terms of tech because what I saw was in fact cool and effective.

My overall impression

I really liked the story. It’s not the usual Fringe fare for sure which is what made it interesting. I read in the description that the directors are set designers (which explains the cool set and effects) and giving the other side of the curtain a try. I say BRAVO! Well done for a first time out and I can’t wait to see what else you come up with. Going to try and see the show again. Incidentally, I was outside the theater door when the cast came out after the show. They were waiting for the rest of the group to come out. It end up being a guy and gal (I think they were the directors but I’m not sure) and everyone applauded them and then they all hugged and cheered together. It was nice to see a cast/crew tight like that and clearly love doing the project together. Thanks for giving us something different and interesting to watch this year.
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