ROOTS: An Evening of World Premiere Shorts

ensemble theatre · theatre of note · Ages 18+ · world premiere · United States of America

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Review by anonymous

June 09, 2019 certified reviewer

What I liked

The ensemble cast delivers strong performances across the board.

‘Big Ones’ is a perfectly crafted splash of claustrophobia in a bottle. Good use of ambient sounds.

The delightfully cheeky musical segment ‘Rand!’ wouldn’t feel out of place in an episode of “Bob’s Burgers” or “Home Movies”. Great costumes!

What I didn't like

‘Deadpan’ is lots of fun to watch at face value (there’s something very Frasier-esque about its descent into farce) but perhaps intended as more of a deconstruction/send-up of contrived sitcom conventions that didn’t quite land for me.

‘The Smell of Something to Eat’ has a simple but visually inventive premise that runs just a bit long.

My overall impression

An engaging assortment of vignettes, odds and ends.

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