Drama · river and brooke productions · Ages 14+ · world premiere · United States of America

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Review by anonymous

June 17, 2022 certified reviewer

What I liked

The story wasn’t just a “pandemic” reflection. Mary Frances as a writer truly encapsulates the specifics of life-or-death situations: anywhere from the nuances of peeling homegrown carrots and pickling vegetables on a schedule, all the way to the value in appreciating the monotony of day-to-day interactions with our loved ones. The acting was phenomenal- so real. I could tell the cast and crew truly felt the importance of the story, and the whole team felt like one cohesive unit. They brought this story to life! I felt more than I expected in an almost therapeutic way. By the end of the show, I held my loved ones close and appreciated the nuances of my daily life.

What I didn't like

I absolutely love the incorporation of the interpretive movement towards the end. The actors very rarely broke the fourth wall, but I almost wish there was more of that at the very end in order to bring the audience even further into their world. Brilliant regardless!

My overall impression

Refuge truly provided a much needed perspective on a topic that is all too near to many of our hearts and minds… a drastic pandemic situation in which life is flipped upside down and we as a society realize the important things in life: our loved ones and truly living.

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