Anaconda

pink oil productions · Ages 13+ · world premiere · Australia

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ANONYMOUS certified reviewer June 18, 2012
Anaconda for me was such an intense rollercoaster ride inside each characters' feelings and emotions. I came in watching this play with an open mind, not knowing exactly what to expect and I must say, it hit me. Bullying, in all its different forms, is such a tough and contemporary theme. Some might find it disturbing but I am glad it was brought on stage. Congrats to the entire cast: you are all brilliant and were able to really showcase the human, emotional side of your characters and bring the audience in with your struggles and choices. I would definetely recommend this play not just to adults but also teenagers. The message within is so powerful that it is going to stay with you longer than the 55 minutes of the actual play.... full review
KEE CHAN certified reviewer June 22, 2012
Tight ensemble cast, consistently connected performance from Jordan Ballard, Jonathan Roumie- possesses a great physical presence, Martin Dingle Wall's is perfectly honed, and Jeremy Glazer's truth is incandescent and utterly compelling to watch. Sarah Doyle's piece is harrowing, powerful but relentlessly truthful. Kudos All.... full review
BOB LEGGETT certified reviewer June 22, 2012
I met Sarah Doyle at the Note as I was leaving OohLaLa, and was impressed with her. She told me about the show, and I told her that I would do my best to attend. Not knowing what to expect, I can only say that this show is totally worth the effort to attend. Weaving a compelling story from scandal is nothing new, but it is Sarah's treatment of the story that sets her apart. Based on an incident in New South Wales, Australia involving a group of high school boys raping another classmate, Sarah weaves a story that shows what happens to both victim and witness, and the need to get rid of an all-encompassing guilt about the incident. All four actors are superb in their own way - the victim turned vigilante who stabs one of his attacke... full review
DAVID MICHAEL TREVINO certified reviewer June 23, 2012
Bravo to the entire cast, as well as to the playwright. In her one-act drama: Anaconda, Sarah Doyle iss able to create authentic characters, which were richly brought to life by the four-person ensemble. Based on a true Australian account, Ms. Doyle captures the essences of the tormented victim, Jonathan Roumie; the conflicted conscience of the not-so-innocent bystander turned lawyer, Martin Dingle Wall; the popular high school beauty turned real estate agent, wife, Jordan Ballard; and the "hold-the-mirror-in-your-face," forgiving high school friend, Jeremy Glazer. The play opens with murderer Phil Becker (Roumie) in his prison cell, a disturbed individual with controlled rage. Matty Buttiker (Wall) enters to offer his legal service... full review
BOB LEGGETT certified reviewer July 18, 2012
Came back for a second time, and brought my wife with me - she was floored by the powerful portrayals of all four actors and by the brilliant playwriting of Sarah Doyle. Tomorrow is the last chance to catch one of the BEST shows from Fringe 2012 - don't miss your opportunity to be moved by an amazing piece of theater - two enthusiastic thumbs up!... full review
ANONYMOUS certified reviewer June 22, 2012
I had a wonderful time at this play - it was simple and understated, letting the drama play out rather than shocking the audience with anything grotesque and uncomfortable on-stage. Most of the obscene material was alluded to, and instead you get to see the characters reacting to the situation in a very exposed way. I wish there were more plays like this in Los Angeles.... full review
PAUL ELLIOTT certified reviewer June 17, 2012
Wow...what a powerhouse performance by this cast of four and what a powerfully written play. Based on a true story, I only wish the play were longer and that there had been a second act as I really wanted to know what happened to all of the characters. Gripping, and very upsetting. Don't miss this play. It is so, so worth the journey. ... full review