Amanda The Barbarian

ensemble theatre franger brothers · Ages 13+ · world premiere · United States of America

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Review by anonymous

June 05, 2018 certified reviewer

What I liked

I love multi-dimensional flawed characters (which is what drew me to see this play in the first place), and I felt that Scott’s character had enough baggage to make him relatable and interesting. (In fact, I wanted more of his storyline about his ex and their doomed baby.) I also like that Scott had a love-hate relationship with Amanda, which we’ve all had someone in our lives like that.

What I didn't like

I could not relate to Amanda at all or see her point of view. There was not enough backstory to give us any inclination as to why she is the way she is, therefore, she just comes off as a psycho shrew. Her emotions change on a dime for no apparent reason other than she might be crazy? If so, I want to know why she is crazy—what makes her tick.

My overall impression

Reminiscent of “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf,” this play has some juicy, flawed characters, but we never learn enough about them to understand their twisted world and outrageous actions.

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