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In Conclusion:

ensemble theatre · the puckwit gang · Ages 16+ · world premiere · 1hr · United States of America

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Review by SPENCER FRANKEBERGER

June 11, 2019 encore judge

What I liked

Every moment, every line of dialogue, every tableau was very calculated, purposeful, and fascinating to watch and listen to. The performances felt real—the chemistry was tight and solid. The uncertainty of what lies “in conclusion” is enhanced by the direction and the vision of the play, and the elements, at least for me, came together. I had no idea what to expect going into this show, but I left knowing that I did get a chance to see it because it is incredibly moving and fantastic.

What I didn't like

I truly can’t think of anything. Maybe some tighter transitions or taking out the blackouts entirely and creating a landscape of character movement to push the flow of the story forward…? It’s honestly mesmerizing so I’m trying to be nitpicky here.

My overall impression

I would be at a loss for words if this show wasn’t so moving. But it is. In fact, I could write a diatribe detailing all the nuances and specific subtleties that create a web of intricacies within the world of this piece that not only provides energetic, purposeful, calculated movements, speech, and soundscape/lighting design, but also provides a thought-provoking talking point about our government and the justice system. From characters moving in time to their speech to the exasperation of the characters matched by their visual placement, this piece is not only tight, complex, and fantastic, but the visual tableaus during each scene tells so much in so little as a breath or a raised eyebrow to enhance each beat of the story and each scene in time. Whether or not people get the same experience I did, this show is absolutely incredible, exhilarating, heartbreaking, thought-provoking, and astounding, each in its own way.

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