A quick recap on some of the shows this year we had a chance to see.

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I Decided I’m Fine: A Roach Play considers hoarding, an American phenomenon which is often stigmatized but rarely discussed. After the sudden death of the their infant child, Ellen and Stephen find themselves faced with the difficult task of moving on from the objects that remind them of the incident. For Ellen, this proves to be too overwhelming of a task, leading to years of compulsive accumulation. Juxtaposed with the play’s realism is a second layer of the play which utilizes clowning, comedy, and a cockroach musical to steer the audience through the many different ways hoarding is perceived and portrayed in society. Taken from the website.

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8.7 Overall
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Costumes7.5
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Feb 7 – March 1,2020


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WORLD PREMIERE: The Wallis and L.A.-based Four Larks (in their Wallis debut) are developing Frankenstein, an exuberant amalgamation of dynamic physical theatre, live music and experiential design bringing Mary Shelley’s tale to life in a modern take that spotlights the dangers of unregulated technology. Taken from the website. 

Feb 12 – Mar 07,2020

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8.5 Overall
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(Photo by Jenny Graham)

André was once a tap dancer. He lives with his daughter, Anne, and her husband, Antoine. Or was André an engineer, whose daughter Anne lives in London with her new lover, Pierre? The thing is, he is still wearing his pajamas, and he can’t find his watch. He is starting to wonder if he’s losing control. Taken from the website. 

Exceptional Show!
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9.1 Overall
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February 5 — March 1,2020

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What if you awoke to find yourself married to someone you didn’t know?  With a daughter you’ve never met?  And what if you spent each day re-learning things about your past that only proved you never really knew what your life was like?  From Tony/Pulitzer-nominated playwright Lee Blessing, comes the story of three people searching for lifelong answers to fundamental questions about our purpose, our past and our future.  And all the answers may be found in A Body of Water. Taken from the website.

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8.7 Overall
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Story8.5
Set & Design8.5
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February 7 – March 15,2020

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“WE’RE GONNA DIE” features a single Singer, accompanied by a full rock bad, as she shares stories about death, grief and loneliness from her life. These stories range from the mundane to the tragic, from discovering her first white hair to her father’s sudden and tragic death from lung cancer as he waited for an experimental treatment. Lee’s songs and stories demystify grief, creating a community space that provides the solace that we need to get through those difficult moments.

Thursday, February 20th, 2020

 

 

Neil Simon’s Tony and Pulitzer Prize-winning coming-of-age memory play, set in Yonkers in 1942, is a tale of family dysfunction at its best. Arty and Jay, two teenage brothers are forced to live with their mentally-challenged aunt and stern, bitter grandmother while their ne’er-do-well father takes to the road as a traveling salesman to pay off his debts to a loan shark. Taken from the website. 

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8.7 Overall
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Story9
Set & Design8.5
Entertainment9
Acting8.5
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January 24th – February 16th, 2020

(Photos by GLOVER BURK PHOTOGRAPHY)
Claudia is young, parentless, minimally employed, and almost without family or friends but she remains upbeat about her future and confident in her quest to form a personal tribe for herself and her boyfriend Johnny. But Johnny has problems of his own. He has launched into adulthood but still struggles to cut the cord from his concerned mother while searching for a connection to his long-absent father. As the few people Claudia has in her life begin to fall away and the problems in her relationship are laid bare, she teeters on the brink of catastrophe. Taken from the website.

January 17 – Feb 9, 2020

GOOD SHOW!
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8 Overall
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Set & Design7.5
Entertainment8.5
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This hysterical comedy follows Jack Chesney who loves Kitty Verdun and Charley who loves Miss Amy Spettigue. They invite the ladies to meet Charley’s wealthy aunt from Brazil, “where the nuts come from.” Canceling her visit at the last minute, the millionaire aunt sends the boys into cataclysmic confusion. What do they do now? The problem is solved by drafting their pal into impersonating “Charley’s Aunt”. This beautiful and hysterical production is set in the 1920s, adding a fun modern take to this timeless show! Taken from the website. 

December 31 – February 1,2020

Needs Work!
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6.8 Overall
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Story6
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Matthew Robinson interviews Associate Artistic & Development Director Suzanne Dean of the Little Fish Theatre Company about their upcoming 2020 show lineup.