…meantime at HoJo's

ensemble theatre · the gangbusters theatre company · Ages 12+ · flashing lights · world premiere · United States of America

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Review by RYAN LISMAN

June 11, 2018 encore- independent

What I liked

In particular, the performances were really powerful, the actors really attacked the script. I’m a history buff, so I was delighted by all of the clever historical nods. The writing is consistently fast-paced, creating an intense and captivating ride through the play.

What I didn't like

The only thing I would like to see is perhaps some ways for the large amounts of information to be given to the audience in slightly more varying and creative ways. Being a play about a historical event, there, of course, will be a lot of information to cover, and I think the challenge is how to give the information while avoiding expositional traps, which I think were often avoided, but can be continued to develop in future drafts of the play.

My overall impression

Christian Levatino is an artist that I immensely respect, his passion and conviction are so fiercely evident in his work, and it makes the theatrical experience feel epic. With consistently snappy and witty dialogue, tons of historical nods, and immense stakes, Meantime at Hojo’s is a thrill that must be experienced at this fringe festival. Don’t worry if you aren’t too familiar with the Watergate scandal, the play does a great job of giving you all the information you need.

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