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Reviews from Recent Seasons

"While successfully raising thought-provoking debates and exploring difficult subjects, the play maintains an uproariously sharp tone, providing audiences with a fair share of laughter. The show explores both the bitter and the sweet behind Judas’ trial."

"The story of Judas 2,000 years ago is distant and inaccessible to everyone, but the play imagines the characters involved in terms contemporary audiences can appreciate, from leather jacket-wearing, cussing Saint Monica (Emily Lett, COL ’17) to jarhead Pontius Pilate (David Toledo, MSB ’19)."

"Although it is a comedy — and a hilarious one at that, largely thanks to its supporting cast of Kylie Navarro (COL ’20) and Mark Camilli (COL ’19) — the play’s real strengths lie in its delicate handling of a difficult subject: the impact of domestic abuse and the difficulty that survivors experience in leaving it. 

[...] Allison Lane (COL '19)’s stunning portrayal of Nan is one of the highlights of the performance, showcasing an emotional range and precision that cuts through the humor and speaks directly to the audience."

"While this is a delicate and bizarre balance to strike, Nomadic Theatre does an impressive job [...] in Exit, Pursued by a Bear, [Nomadic] is able to provide a clever, passionate, and entertaining performance that still grapples with the dark themes of domestic violence."

"'Mr. Burns' has something for everyone: Those who are not impressed by its cultural references or pop music remixes will enjoy how the play challenges the audience, prompting them to think about human nature in a different way. Audience members can choose to engage with 'Mr. Burns' on a deeper level or just sit back and enjoy the characters’ banter."

"Fantasy is often dismissed as trivial, but this co-production champions love and creativity in a mundane, hateful world. Sometimes it requires cognitive estrangement, distorting the normal and familiar to help us see and understand a different truth and reality.

 

Etched with humor and covered with yellow masks, the faces of Mr. Burns remind us that we have to leave reality and enter the unimaginable to open ourselves up to a myriad of possibilities. It is this magical, cosmic element of imagination that helps us evaluate our perception and reach a higher understanding of the world and ourselves."

"Beyond tackling difficult choreography — already an uncommon hurdle in Georgetown theater productions — the directing staff of “She Kills Monsters” also tried to invigorate the show by incorporating new actors. [...] To see this 'dream,' replete with a dose of sci-fi, a lesson in grief management and a wave of ’90s music, head over to the Devine Studio Theatre for the final performances of 'She Kills Monsters.'"

"Everyone has their own battles to fight, and She Kills Monsters encourages the audience to fight them with valor, passion, and resilience. Instead of running away from problems, Tilly chose to face them in her fantasy world, where she could freely be herself.

 

'One of the most enduring messages that this show has taught me is: To heck with it, do what you love,' [director Zack] Rettig wrote in a press release to the Voice. 'Being comfortable in yourself and being surrounded by those who love and support you is (poetically) better than any sword or shield could ever provide.'"