To Richard!

ensemble theatre · pale horse craft · Ages 15+ · United States of America

world premiere
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Review by JENNI HALINA

June 21, 2019 certified reviewer

What I liked

Jessica Moreno is a gifted actress and writer AND she also produced and directed this show! HOW IN THE WORLD CAN ONE PERSON BE SO TALENTED!? My instincts tell me: Future show runner and star of her own show perhaps? And let me just add that this show is not all about her or her character, this is NOT some ego piece, seeing as the show is a work of art but also: Nicky Romaniello as Andrew is fantastic. Moreno was wise to cast him to play opposite her. The portrayal is so natural and done with ease; his character is endearing but also layered. I kept saying to the people who attended the show with me: “Wow that guy was amazing!” Moreno’s Carol is perfectly accurate as a woman who is grieving in a complicated situation. Carol is angry, tender, conflicted, loving, a bit on edge and real. I wish I could follow the characters further and see where they end up; they were both so interesting and so well developed. And the DIALOGUE is FANTASTIC! Heck, even the sound of slight traffic from outside the theatre (hey it’s LA) works in the play, as the setting is not too far from passing cars and added another layer to the story. I am thoroughly impressed with this play!

What I didn't like

Nothing that I can think of.

My overall impression

A powerful and thought provoking script that is extremely well written. It all seems so effortless and natural, you’d think you accidentally walked into the forest and came across these two people. With a minimal (yet sufficient) set, the two actors create a whole world within the story and connect with one another in a short amount of time on stage. The script is natural, clever and even has moments of comedy that arise organically even though the script is about mourning someone. Honestly, I could go on forever about it, I was really absorbed in the whole performance; I am still thinking about this show days after seeing it. PLEASE go see this play, you will be glad you did!

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