The Same Room

ensemble theatre · lucid dramatics · Ages 18+ · United States of America

world premiere
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July 06, 2019 certified reviewer
tagged as: intense · moving · thought-provoking · drama

What I liked

Neatly directed by Scott Golden, we acutely feel the claustrophobia, desperation, fear, and confusion of these characters which is intensified by the fight choreography of Nikki Muller, while the mystery slowly evolves. Golden intensifies these feelings by very smartly housing the show in the very smallest of theatre spaces, forcing an intimacy that manages to be both equally uncomfortable as well as comforting. The chemistry between his actors is acute as well, where body language and movement are keenly used in the small Broadwater space. This show simply might not work in a larger theatre. The end result might make you want to watch it again to see what briefest of hints you might have missed in this amazing exploration of what it truly means to be free. (NO EXTERNAL STORY URL)"

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My overall impression

“The Same Room” is about as intimately intense as it can get. Playwright and Actress Kelley Pierre’s razor-sharp script points a laser beam on the effects of retained anger and resentment, and the gifts that forgiveness, understanding, and even self-acceptance, might bring. Together with Sam Sheeks, the two actresses play off each other seamlessly as their two characters in “The Same Room” take us through the kinds of wounded animal reactions that can spring from such pain and resentment, whether fueled by stubbornness and insecurities, or brought on by host of other obstacles that we place in front of ourselves and others when we refuse to accept or open ourselves to all variety of forgiveness.

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