In the Valley of the Shadow

rogue machine theatre · Ages 12+ · United States of America

world premiere
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JAIMYON PARKER certified reviewer June 04, 2017
A terrific show that brings up a myriad of conversations and emotions. A very thought provoking piece that challenges anyone and everyone who sees it.... full review
MARLOW WYATT certified reviewer June 04, 2017
The intimate space was perfect for this drama. I honestly cannot say enough. This work is great for teens to senior citizens. Only 1 hour so it holds your attention. We need artists telling stories in this way with our current climate of intolerance right now. I did not know what to expect and left pleasantly surprised by the talent overall and the story itself. I called friends right after the performance and will be encouraging others on FB and twitter to attend. It's a beautifully told work and I think everyone should see it.... full review
GARY BOOHER certified reviewer June 04, 2017
Rogue Machine again hits the high mark! This play is serious stuff and yet it humanizes and personalizes a very difficult subject and a traumatic tragedy. The script is articulate and eloquent, the direction is spot-on, and acting has both range and depth. Most actors play two roles and the contrast between characters is so phenomenal that you think you are seeing two different actors. This play is story-telling at its best that is poignant and heart-wrenching. Bring a tissue box as it is all-consuming as a five-hanky experience. And it is well worth the experience for everyone to see.... full review
FRANK BADAMI certified reviewer June 04, 2017
tagged as: good entertainment
Good play -- lots of potential... full review
ANONYMOUS certified reviewer June 09, 2017
Wonderful. Great story!... full review
TERRY ANNE HOLZMAN certified reviewer June 09, 2017
Not all of Fringe can be fun-and-games. Audiences (like me!) adore fun but we also want theater that helps us to understand what’s going on IRL (in real life). This excellent, thought-provoking world premier ensemble drama was inspired by the 2016 shootings at the LGBT Pulse nightclub in Orlando on “Latin Night” in which 49 (mostly Latino) people were murdered by a single gunman. The play explores how “fundamental belief systems can give a perverse inspiration to the execution of hate in the name of ‘love’.” Great acting and writing. ... full review
DAVID TRICE certified reviewer June 14, 2017
Awesome!... full review
LAURIE ARNOLD certified reviewer June 19, 2017
What a powerful piece of theater. For 75 minutes I sat riveted by an impressive production. Fantastic ensemble acting. The playwright has done a masterful job taking a difficult and heartbreaking topic and treating it with intellect, humanity, and depth. And the direction was spot-on. ... full review
ASHLEY STEED stage raw and la bitter lemons certified reviewer June 19, 2017
Inspired by the tragic shooting at the Pulse night club in Orlando, Katherine Cortez crafts a delicate and heart-wrenching story about identity, love and, yes, hate. The characters move seamlessly between flashbacks and the present under Elina de Santos’s sharp and fluid direction. We follow Rafi (Dylan Arnold), a young man coming to terms with his sexuality. Having been raised by ultra-conservative Christian parents, he was taught to believe homosexuality is a sin. Now, he’s fallen in love with Enrique (Ethan Rains) who has brought him to the nightclub he works at to meet his “family”. As the horrifying shooting took place, Rafi and Enrique are in opposite parts of the club. We sit with Rafi at the police station as he nervously checks h... full review
ANONYMOUS certified reviewer June 24, 2017
tagged as: emotional · Truthful · Raw
Terrific play. Incredible performances by the actors. Such a hard subject and they portrayed it with such truthfulness. ... full review