With My Eyes Shut

cruthaigh productions · Ages 12+ · United States of America

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June 18, 2018 certified reviewer

What I liked

The imaginative lighting design by Gregory Crafts adds to the effectiveness of the narrative as does the wonderful sound design by Holly Baker-Kreiswirth. Beautiful use of minimal sets and clever direction by Tara Donovan, stunning dancing and movement by Esther Mira, and captivating live music by Craig Shields also contribute to making this an unforgettable production. Bravo to all involved!

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My overall impression

Finding love despite autism is the achievement of this superb and lovable and beautifully performed play about two millennials who meet in what appears to be clown school. As they work at oppressive exercises about social clues to feelings, clues that autism makes elusive, they figure out that sharing their gifts (music and dance respectively) is the real way to escape their limitations. They even manage to expand the horizons of their initially obtuse trainer, engagingly played by Olivia Schlueter-Corey. The wonderful actors who portray the couple, percussionist Craig Shields and dancer/choreographer Esther Mira, and their excellent director/producer Tara Donavan have done their homework carefully, and they skillfully bring their audience with them to the hard-earned and memorably happy ending.

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