Crude: A Completely Unauthorized Play

abacab studios · Ages 13+ · flashing lights · world premiere · 70 mins · United States of America

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Review by DANIEL HLAD

August 25, 2022 certified reviewer

What I liked

The story was concise and thoughtful while still being fun. The cast was exceptional – especially Ruffing who made Nikki Sixx feel like a real human. It didn’t try to do too much. There was a thru line with the Sixx character that made for great storytelling. The writing was also very clever – they really knew the Crue story. If you do too you’ll notice all the references with slightly different names. I loved that about the writing

What I didn't like

The sound was problematic. I love the venue – it’s super punk rock, but I think they are concerned with bugging the liquor store or whatever next door. Sometimes it was hard to hear. That said, I also loved the stripped down nature of the set overall. It added to the mood.

My overall impression

Distilled a ton of details into a digestible story. So much better than the (completely unrelated) biopic, in a lot of ways – the characters were much more developed with redeeming qualities. It was also funny and well acted.

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