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PLAY ON! A Musical Romp with Shakespeare's Heroines

musicals and operas · laura jo trexler · Ages 12+ · family friendly · world premiere · one person show · United States of America

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LANESSA LONG certified reviewer June 12, 2018
Laura-Jo is a musical sensation and certainly someone to watch. Aside from being a tour de force as a musician, piano player, and vocalist, she is also a master of each Shakespearean character she portrays. As a songwriter and composer, she also managed to capture the essence of each heroine through her catchy motifs and slick melodic lines. Her transitions are fast, her presentation is witty, and her characters are well thought out and jam-packed with artistic subtlety and variety. Whether you know much about Shakespeare or not, this is a show that’s not to miss. She nails it. With a run-time of 45 minutes, there’s no excuse not to see it. ... full review
LYRALEN KAYE June 01, 2018
tagged as: creative · musical · funny · surprising
Laura Jo Trexler takes us through a roller coaster romp of emotions and comedy with Shakespeare's women (one sonnet, other famous characters from major plays). You live through the unloved daughter (Ophelia), the sexy lover (Beatrice), the rapping Lady Macbeth, and a gay Viola (If I'm remembering correctly). The creativity of the show and its scope make it a moment-by-moment surprise, magical, very funny and moving. And honestly, Laura Jo can SING. And play the piano, even with just one hand. This is a not-to-be-missed fringe experience. So glad I saw the show!... full review
LUCY GILLESPIE certified reviewer June 01, 2018
Totally delightful! If you’re a fan of Shakespeare, you’ll love hearing lines sprinkled through the original lyrics. Honey-voiced Laura Joe Trexler embodies each of the heroines in a game and charming performance. Very easy watching!... full review
ANONYMOUS certified reviewer June 04, 2018
tagged as: musical · songs
She’s got mad key skills and a beautiful voice to boot! Nice to sit back and enjoy some original songs with some acting on top ! ... full review
BOB LEGGETT certified reviewer June 12, 2018
Trexler’s performance had all that you would expect from a Broadway show, with just the right amount of theatricality added to the songs to make them come alive and memorable. Check out the rest of the review..... full review
KATT BALSAN certified reviewer June 28, 2018
tagged as: Brilliant!! · must see!
WOW!!!! Outstanding, Laura is absolutely brilliant!! I was so impressed, by her talent, her voice, her skills and charisma!! It technically sounds perfect, the Finale was so unexpected and mind blowing!! Laura is such an amazing performer, she's hilarious, dramatic, she knows exactly what she's doing and lights up the stage with her Piano and herself! Congratulations! You are a Star!! ... full review
DAVID MACDOWELL BLUE certified reviewer June 26, 2018
A woman. A grand piano (or any piano really, this one happened to be grand). Some songs. Such a simple, yet challenging premise. One Laura Jo Trexler meets with talent, passion and panache! In this case the conceit lies in the pov from each original song she performs. Each one has a female character from the works of Shakespeare, from Gertrude (in Hamlet) to the Dark Lady of the Sonnets and beyond. Along the way, we experience enough passion, humor, tragedy, silliness and the like for a full play. Rosalynd's giddy fan-girling over Orlando, Ophelia's soul-deep sorrow before she goes into the water, Countess Olivia's sultry invitation to the "boy" Caesario...honestly, the show left me wanting more and more and more! Not simply because... full review
BOBBY BEUS certified reviewer June 20, 2018
A wonderful journey through song - performed brilliantly by Laura - her writing is impeccable. I hope she continues to do it. ... full review
MELINDA GRACE certified reviewer June 18, 2018
A true artist. A beautiful and well-trained voice, captivating stage presence, and mesmerizing lyrics make for a refreshing and awe-inspiring hour of entertainment.... full review
ANONYMOUS certified reviewer June 18, 2018
Laura Jo is truly an incredible composer, pianist, and performer. With each song, Laura Jo really embodies each character. This hour-long performance flies by – each song keeps you present and immersed in this character's life and story and Laura Jo's compositions perfectly reflect all the goals, dreams, fears, etc of Shakespeare's Heroines. If you ever tell a Shakespeare buff that you don't "get" Shakespeare, they'll tell you 'when it's performed well, you'll understand it.' Well, Laura Jo performs it well... so if you're not a huge Shakespeare buff, you'll still enjoy this delightful, impressive, mesmerizing, entertaining piece of theatre. If you *ARE* a Shakespeare buff, you'll enjoy it even more! I know it's making me want to revisit t... full review

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