Villain - An American Story

ensemble theatre · from the gut creations · Ages 13+ · United States of America

world premiere
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Review by anonymous

June 17, 2018 certified reviewer
tagged as: Highly recommend!!

What I liked

The characters were well fleshed out, and though they could have been stereotypes – marginalized or demonized – neither the writers nor the actors fell prey to that pitfall. Rather, the characters were believable and the writing rang true. All the actors were phenomenal, and Andre’s last monologue (soulfully played by Michael James Kelly) unapologetically strikes the heart and lays bare the pain inflicted by ignorance, hatred and fear.

What I didn't like

As with any live production, some scenes reached deeper or spoke truer than others. But that’s the beauty of theatre. You can’t go back and edit, so each experience is unique. Overall a phenomenal production.

My overall impression

I was blown away. From the tense opening scene between characters Grace (Kailena Mai) and Evelyn Thompson (Shaw Purnell) until the last, heart wrenching monologue, I was hooked. The fresh writing, great direction and talented cast told this story in an authentic and honest voice. A very human voice, with all of the fear, potential, hope, and tragedy that that implies.

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