Sunbathe in Darkness

comedy · skyejack productions · Ages 15+ · United States of America

world premiere
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June 25, 2019 certified reviewer
tagged as: funny · original · satirical · goth

What I liked

The performances from the entire cast are great. Most of them have dual roles that involve parodying something in one way or the other and they each bring their own energy that really stands out. Sarah, the lead, is specially great and the fact that she is on stage through the entire play is a really impressive feat of acting.

The writing is sharp and witty and each character has a distinctive voice and feel that compliment the strengths of each of the performers. The serious moments, which mostly come in the later half of the show, are set up very well which makes them feel earned and not jarring.

What I didn't like

Having the whole show set in the main character’s room limits the scope of the world a bit and leaves one wanting see more of the characters’ daily life, specially when they talk about events that happened in between scenes. However, this is done as not to take away focus from the fan fiction element, which is the driving force of the show, so it’s understandable.

My overall impression

Brandon, Adam, and Drew have been working on this show for years and it really shows. The combination of the ridiculous narrative device and the teenage drama had the potential for problems but the writing and performances are so well crafted and executed that it totally overcomes that and it creates a wonderful experience that perfectly captures the essence of the time it’s portraying. Having seen the show more than once I can tell the show is getting better and better with each showing and I would highly recommend anyone to check it out. Hopefully the show has life after its run at the Hollywood Fringe, because more people should see it.

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