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Friday, September 29, 2023

Mr. Bottrell, I Cannot Possibly Accept This. by Scotty Bennett

David Dean Bottrell is both a craftsman and an artist, as evidenced in his delightful and exquisitely entertaining show "Dear Mr. Bottrell, I Cannot Possibly Accept This." From his Prologue …

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Wednesday, September 27, 2023

The Jester’s Wife by Scotty Bennett

"The Jester’s Wife," written and directed by T.J. Elliott, is a fanciful attempt at reconstructing the source of the myth of Dymphna, a legendary medieval Irish saint who is considered the…

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Monday, September 18, 2023

9 Kinds of Silence by Scotty Bennett

This play demands attention to the smallest details and a thoughtful encounter with what truth is being hidden and revealed in both the spoken text and the silent actions. It leaves one with…

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Friday, September 15, 2023

alt-Hamlet by Scotty Bennett

"alt-Hamlet," written and directed by Suzanne Willett, loosely uses "Hamlet' 's plotting and character types in a carnivalesque/grotesque black comedy. Inspired by the US Supreme Court's 202…

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Sunday, September 3, 2023

Click by Scotty Bennett

"Click" by Drew Pisarra and directed by James Dean Palmer is a play inspired by the film "Breathless," written and directed by Jean Luc Godard and considered a seminal work in establishing F…

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Sunday, August 20, 2023

Baby Foot by Scotty Bennett

"Baby Foot," written and directed by Tim Venable, follows the interactions between three addicts in the very early morning in the lounge room of a rehab facility. The two central characters …

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Wednesday, August 9, 2023

As You Will, An Unscripted Original Shakespeare Performance by Scotty Bennett

It takes great skill and imagination to make an impromptu idea flow with conviction and commitment. And, so it is with the wonders of As You Will, a company of engaging, talented actors who…

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Monday, July 17, 2023

A Girl Far From Normal by Scotty Bennett

"A Girl Far From Normal" by Robyn Bishop-Marin takes us on that stroll down the lanes of her memory, and it is fearsome, delightful, heartfelt, wrenching, and funny. Matthew Harrison's direc…

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Saturday, June 24, 2023

The Gospel According to Heather by Scotty Bennett

"The Gospel According to Heather," with book, music, and lyrics by Paul Gordon, is a story about a teenager's struggles with fitting in with her contemporaries, finding a boyfriend, and deal…

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Wednesday, June 21, 2023

The Trouble with Dead Boyfriends by Scotty Bennett

The show is a deft combination of action and humor with elements of horror. One of the production numbers, "Dissection Dance," is an homage to the "Time Warp" choreography of "The Rocky Horr…

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Thursday, June 15, 2023

Freedom Summer by Scotty Bennett

"Freedom Summer," written by Toby Armour and directed by Joan Kane, is a semi-autobiographical story of the playwright's experiences that summer as one of those students risking their lives …

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Thursday, June 8, 2023

The Shylock and the Shakespeareans by Scotty Bennett

Einhorn has reshaped the dramatic elements of the original play to focus primarily on antisemitism. What he achieves is a show that highlights how the antisemitism of the 16th century is con…

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Sunday, May 28, 2023

GAS by Scotty Bennett

"GAS" by Charles Cissel explores the “never-never land” of a war without end. It is a time when the characters examine the unreality of the experience. It occurs within an ill-defined di…

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Thursday, May 18, 2023

Hidden by Scotty Bennett

The play is structured as a mystery and that is being revealed with sensitivity and care. As each element is shown, a clearer picture of what is at stake emerges. A discussion in Act II abou…

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Wednesday, May 10, 2023

Khan!!!The Musical, A Parody Trek-tacular by Scotty Bennett

The music is well-done, with the songs fully integrated into the storyline and lyrics that help define essential elements of the character's nature and are filled with inside Star Trek refer…

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Sunday, May 7, 2023

Bliss Street by Scotty Bennett

The main issue with this show is the lack of clarity in the book. Who is the play about, the father or the son? Act I is primarily a story about Paul Sub and his business ventures leading up…

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Thursday, April 27, 2023

The Singing Sphere by Scotty Bennett

I left with questions about what I had just experienced. It was not a feeling of dismissal but one of consideration for the experience. It was and is not a question of good or bad but whethe…

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Friday, April 21, 2023

Celino v. Barnes: The Play by Scotty Bennett

Where does one begin to tell the story of two manifestly successful lawyers who mixed professionalism with adolescent ideation? A case where one wants a career as a serious law practitioner …

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Tuesday, April 11, 2023

Bringer of Doom by Scotty Bennett

"Bringer of Doom," written by Joe Thristino and smoothly directed by Mark Koenig, is a comedy about Lotte and her effort to exact revenge against her estranged mother, Esme, because of a pub…

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Wednesday, April 5, 2023

Darkness of Light: Confessions of a Russian Traveler by Scotty Bennett

"Darkness of Light: Confessions of a Russian Traveler," written and directed by Michael Mailer and Alexander Kaletski, is a story of an artist's journey from the restrictions of one politica…

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Thursday, March 30, 2023

Lunch Bunch by Scotty Bennett

"Lunch Bunch" by Sarah Einspanier and directed by Tara Ahmadinejad is a rapid-fire comedy with farce ensemble timing in the service of a serious underlying topic, presented on a bare-bones s…

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Saturday, March 25, 2023

Trilogy II by Scotty Bennett

"Trilogy II" by Garry Batson, directed by Evria Ince-Waldron, is three one-act plays depicting the struggles of African-American families faced with difficult and troubling events. The good …

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Tuesday, March 21, 2023

This G*d Damn House by Scotty Bennett

The direction by Ella Jane New delivers this emotionally complex story with skill and sensitivity. There are only a few instances when the action doesn't entirely ring true, such as the open…

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Saturday, March 18, 2023

The Conductor by Scotty Bennett

"The Conductor," by novelist Ishmael Reed and directed by Carla Blank, is a play that uses the revival of the Underground Railroad system as a device to address several contemporary socio-po…

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Sunday, March 12, 2023

War Dreamer by Scotty Bennett

"War Dreamer" is a compelling exploration into the psychology of a female veteran who served in Iraq. It is a depiction of the struggles of a veteran to make sense of the memories, nightmare…

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Friday, March 10, 2023

I Love My Family, But… by Scotty Bennett

The show is billed as a musical, but it is more concert than play, strong in music and weak in the storyline. The songs cover a lot of emotional ground, many with a humorous edge, but the bo…

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Sunday, February 26, 2023

Kissing the Floor by Scotty Bennett

The ensemble in this show does an outstanding job. Christina Bennett Lind as Annie gives us a direct and well executed view of a frightened, emotionally conflicted woman amid a psychological…

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Sunday, February 19, 2023

Kingfish by Scotty Bennett

The set is a bare-bones representation of a boat with fishing gear, picnic coolers, and fish made from paper. The lighting is basic, given the nature of the venue, a small basement theater. …

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Friday, February 17, 2023

Untitled Calamity Jane Play by Scotty Bennett

"Untitled Calamity Jane Play" by Kati Frazier is a memory play attempting to make sense of all the different versions of the iconic woman, Calamity Jane. As directed by Akia Squitieri, the p…

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Thursday, February 16, 2023

Proud by Scotty Bennett

This moment is where the message of the play becomes apparent. From this point on, the dialogue will be about the planet's condition and humankind's responsibility for that condition. Althou…

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Friday, February 10, 2023

Who Murdered Love? by Scotty Bennett

What is a mystery inside a riddle wrapped in an enigma? A Winston Churchill question from 1939 aptly fits a play with music set in 1924 that toys at being a murder mystery. As a play with mu…

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