Shakes on the Rocks

cabaret & variety · shakes on the rocks · Ages 21+ · United States of America

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June 06, 2018 certified reviewer

What I liked

The concept is super fun, especially with no holds barred when it comes to characters and audience interaction and participation. The girl who played the old guy during the preview was SO FUNNY, and I can’t wait to see her play a bigger role in a future performance. The cast had great chemistry, and I also enjoyed watch James enjoy watching the actors from the booth—I could tell he was like a proud dad watching all of his children give the performance of their life.

What I didn't like

For pacing, I don’t think I needed to see the whole play performed. I would have been happy with just one act or like the “SparkNotes” version of the show just to keep me engaged and keep the energy up. This is not necessarily a “bad” thing, just a thought. It works perfectly fine as a 90-minute show but might also work just as well as a 60-minute show.

My overall impression

Such a fun time, a great venue for this show, and one of the more ways to get acclimated to Shakespeare! The 90-minute show flies because the cast is so engaging with the audience, and the ad-lib, improv, and character choices really made it that much better!

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