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2018 Audience Reviews

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The following reviews were submitted by Fringe Member: Mike Ricci

Company: Albino Squirrel Productions
Show: Doug Sees God: A Funnie Thing Happened on the Way to Adulthood
Venue: Rarig Center Thrust

Adolescence revisited

With the renewed interest in looking to the past for ways to understand and navigate the present and the future, Doug Sees God guides us through the sometimes tricky world of leaving the nest and striking out on one's own. Using the Nickelodeon TV show 'Doug' as a jumping off point, Bryn Tanner creates a series of vignettes showcasing the trials of college life while commenting on the difficulties of paying bills and balancing fun and studies. While some of this is amusing, the comedy is tempered with the realization that not all is fun and games in the real world. The performances were uniformly good, with some being exceptional. The one thing missing for me, as was hinted in the title, was how Doug saw 'God', or how that was represented, in the telling of this story.

Company: Imagined Theatre
Show: A Part of Me
Venue: Southern Theater

Slice of life that hits home

Amidst uniformly strong performances and emotionally driven songs, this story of patients awaiting organ donations is heartfelt and moving. With a few broad brushstrokes, we are taken into the lives of people attempting to negotiate the tricky balancing act of maintaining life in the face of losing all they have. The songs are smartly integrated into the storytelling, and the characters take us on a journey that shows us just what it's like to wait for a new lease on life, and to appreciate the time we've been given.

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