2017 Nominator Comments

Selected comments left by Nominators in the 2016-2017 Season. Leaving comments is optional; the number of comments is not indicative of overall Nominator scoring. Please report any errors to shane@gregoryawards.org.

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Org Play Category Comment(s)
Latino Theatre Projects 26 Miles Comments (Lighting) Great use of color to create the outdoor scenes in the National Parks.
Latino Theatre Projects 26 Miles Comments (Overall Production) The script is rich and a great story of family strife and bonding.
The show was very well done for a small budget, great use of a small space with an accommodating set.
Latino Theatre Projects 26 Miles Comments (Scenic) Clever use of space. Adaptable set pieces to bring all of the different locations to life.
Latino Theatre Projects 26 Miles Klara Cerris (Olivia) Klara was INCREDIBLE. I know her personally and wasn't sure what her work may be like - but she flat out surprised me. She was present the entire production, and was able to turn emotions on a dime believably. GREAT work.
Latino Theatre Projects 26 Miles Klara Cerris (Olivia) Staggeringly there and real. It wasn't until 3/4 through the play that I realized that this actor couldn't possibly a teen, and only because the high level of craftsmanship.
Latino Theatre Projects 26 Miles Other/Final Comments Show was well done for a small venue.
Village Theatre 39 Steps, The Comments (Costume) Lovely design and excellent use of color.
Village Theatre 39 Steps, The Other/Final Comments Some of the best comedic acting I have seen in a long time. The actors were all on the same level of talent, which is rare to find.
Annex Theatre ACME Comments (Overall Production) Highly interesting and relevant topics with innovative design elements.
Annex Theatre ACME Gianni Truzzi (Dee) Saw a lot of heart come through in his performance
Annex Theatre ACME Madison Jade Jones (Remy) Made lots of interesting choices and was super entertaining to watch
Annex Theatre ACME Mandy Rose Nichols (Lexi) Stand out performance in this production
Annex Theatre ACME Marcus Gorman (Coyote/Goss/Marvin) Great physical performance
KTO Productions & Irrational Robot Bureau Alcestis Other/Final Comments I really enjoyed Isis Phoenix as the darkly comic Death. She did a lovely job of being both menacing and somewhat vulnerable.
KTO Productions & Irrational Robot Bureau Alcestis Other/Final Comments Isis Phoenix was brilliant as death.
KTO Productions & Irrational Robot Bureau Alcestis Other/Final Comments The costumes, sound design, lights and set were the standouts of this production.
KTO Productions & Irrational Robot Bureau Alcestis Other/Final Comments The greatest achievement of this production was its chorus. This group was made up of a wide range of physical and cultural types that were the perfect representation of the play's community and reflection of our own. I loved their movement and choreography and the poise they presented both as an ensemble and as individuals. Lovely work.
ACT Theatre Alex & Aris Chip Sherman (Alexander the Great) Chip Sherman presented an obvious control of his craft, transforming from a young stuttering Alexander into a Great King.
ACT Theatre Alex & Aris Chip Sherman (Alexander the Great) Extraordinary physicality, wonderful command of the voice. The change from boy to ruthless dictator was thrilling to watch.
ACT Theatre Alex & Aris Chip Sherman (Alexander the Great) Amazing acting, and one can tell that he is dedicated to giving his all. The backstage crosses and quick changes alone made me appreciate him even more.
ACT Theatre Alex & Aris Chip Sherman (Alexander the Great) Really great transition as he grew and matured. Not the same character that began the play. Well done.
ACT Theatre Alex & Aris Comments (Choreography) Suited to the setting and not out of place. Executed well by the actor and played to his strengths.
ACT Theatre Alex & Aris Comments (Costume) The king's costume was wonderful, as was the fur-hooded coat!
ACT Theatre Alex & Aris Comments (Direction) Some lovely crafted moments. I especially enjoyed the "Aris and his shadow" bit and the straight-backed Alex in the guilded chair - nice dramatic tension there. The pouring of powders from vessels was especially effective.
ACT Theatre Alex & Aris Comments (Lighting) Exceptional. I could not stop appreciating the lighting design, and it's interactions with the scenic design.
ACT Theatre Alex & Aris Comments (Lighting) The red scrim and (real?!) candle were delightful to behold.
ACT Theatre Alex & Aris Comments (Overall Production) The scenic design was beautiful and interesting. The lighting design was gorgeous.
ACT Theatre Alex & Aris Comments (Playwright) The script presented a Shakespearian-like structure with much of the 'action' happening off stage and unseen by the audience. The modern nuances made the story accessible and did not distract from the historical context.
ACT Theatre Alex & Aris Comments (Playwright) Engaging storytelling, crisp, clean dialogue, inventive, fresh conceptions of the characters.
ACT Theatre Alex & Aris Comments (Scenic) The set was deceptively simple with its hard lines and stark furnishings but it was soon revealed to be an additional character, interacting well with the actors and giving them purpose and tools to tell the story.
ACT Theatre Alex & Aris Comments (Scenic) Loved the face in the background!
ACT Theatre Alex & Aris Comments (Sound/Music) The sounds worked really well for the design of the show.
ACT Theatre Alex & Aris Comments (Sound/Music) The pre-show music choices and the bird songs upon Aris's arrival were particularly effective.
ACT Theatre Alex & Aris Darragh Kennan (Aristotle) Darragh was a joy to watch, he was clear, entertaining, and as an audience member I trusted that he would lead us through the story without losing us along the way.
ACT Theatre Alex & Aris Darragh Kennan (Aristotle) Kennan can suck the marrow out of words. He truly seems to savor them, which is such fun to watch. Exceptional presence, fleet of foot on a challenging set, and a cauldron of raw emotion.
ACT Theatre Alex & Aris Darragh Kennan (Aristotle) He's always a pleasure to watch. He did an amazing job with the writing he was given.
ACT Theatre Alex & Aris Darragh Kennan (Aristotle) Clear, concise precise exciting performance. I was alert to every moment, move and nuance of his performance, vocally and physically.
Jet City Improv Austen Translation Comments (Direction) I enjoyed the choreographed dance sequence.
Jet City Improv Austen Translation Comments (Ensemble) It was a joy to see the actors play off of each other. they seemed well rehearsed with the basic script outline and filled in the details to great comedy affect.
Jet City Improv Austen Translation Comments (Overall Production) Some great belly laughs!
Jet City Improv Austen Translation Other/Final Comments Chris Allen's pants ripped the night I was there and they incorporated it into the show and it was one of the funniest things I have ever seen on stage.
Jet City Improv Austen Translation Other/Final Comments Mandy Price was such a delight throughout. She gave great comedy bits to fill in the transitions nicely.
Jet City Improv Austen Translation Other/Final Comments Mr. Gregory was hilarious. For all -- had no idea until the talkback that it was virtually all improvised. Very impressive. Congratulations!
ACT Theatre & ArtsWest Bad Apples Carlton Byrd (Sgt. Chuck Shepard) Carlton Byrd brought charisma to a very flawed and very human character. He absolutely accomplished what he needed to tell Sgt. Chuck Shepard's side of the story.
ACT Theatre & ArtsWest Bad Apples Carlton Byrd (Sgt. Chuck Shepard) I'd love to see this peformer again.
ACT Theatre & ArtsWest Bad Apples Comments (Actors) Andi Alhadeff as Debbie in the ensemble BROUGHT IT every time she was on stage. Never distracting in group numbers but always specific and hit the right tone of characters in all of her bit-parts.
ACT Theatre & ArtsWest Bad Apples Comments (Ensemble) The ensemble was a thrilling part of the show - fluid in their transitions from one timeline to another, they never let the audience miss a beat.
ACT Theatre & ArtsWest Bad Apples Comments (Overall Production) I'm so grateful that there are producers, writers, and directors who are attempting to tackle this difficult subject matter. The production was fresh and thought provoking and kept me on my toes for all two and a half hours of it, but I think the story could have gone further in the tough questions it was asking. The love triangle between the three main characters, while important and the chosen driving force, very much over shadowed the responsibility of the administration they were taking orders from. I wish the reporter interview with Lt.Scott which book ended the musical had been more of a through-line, as it really tied narratives together.
ACT Theatre & ArtsWest Bad Apples Comments (Overall Production) This show certainly made me think a lot.
ACT Theatre & ArtsWest Bad Apples Frederick Hagreen (PFC Curt Lingus) A stand out actor in a very professional cast.
ACT Theatre & ArtsWest Bad Apples Frederick Hagreen (PFC Curt Lingus) This guy kills it on everything he performs. Plus he reminds me of Bill Hader, also in the best way possible.
ACT Theatre & ArtsWest Bad Apples Jordan Taylor This guy had the best sneaky-face.
ACT Theatre & ArtsWest Bad Apples Kate Morgan Chadwick (Lindsay Skinner) She seems like a woman of many talents.
ACT Theatre & ArtsWest Bad Apples Kate Morgan Chadwick (Lindsay Skinner) She was giving me real Taryn Manning vibes in the best way possible.
ACT Theatre & ArtsWest Bad Apples Kate Morgan Chadwick (Lindsay Skinner) The character of Lindsay isn't subtle, but Kate Morgan Chadwick found so much depth and nuance that I fully believed her as a whole and complex person. She never slipped into caricature and had a carefully plotted emotional journey which was clear despite jumps in the timeline of the story.
ACT Theatre & ArtsWest Bad Apples Keiko Green (Lt. Margaret Scott) I lovely voice that is deceptive in it's delightful coyness
ACT Theatre & ArtsWest Bad Apples Other/Final Comments A thought-provoking night at the theater.
ACT Theatre & ArtsWest Bad Apples Other/Final Comments This is exactly the kind of theatre I live to see. Diverse cast. Everyone is fully committed and the singing was top-notch. I'm not sure why we needed a three act musical about the torturers - I get it, but I think there could have been more depth toward those tortured and less depth around the torturers. At any rate, a fantastic work overall and it's nice to see work that makes you think.
ACT/ArtsWest Bad Apples [Nominator Survey - Notable Acting Performances] I'd like to commend the whole cast of Bad Apples (ACT Theater) for giving one of the best performances by an ensemble I've seen in a long time.
Fantastic.Z Theatre Company Bad Panda Comments (Choreography) Marion's dance was great. The animal movements were extremely well done.
Fantastic.Z Theatre Company Bad Panda Comments (Choreography) The choreography was fun, light and funny -- perfect for the play.
Fantastic.Z Theatre Company Bad Panda Comments (Costume) I enjoyed that the costumes were simple but evocative of the animals. The crocodile costume especially felt like the perfect fit. It made Chester look interesting, edgy, and dangerous while also a little silly.
Fantastic.Z Theatre Company Bad Panda Comments (Costume) Simple, clean, and effective. Nice use of elements to convey the animals' qualities.
Fantastic.Z Theatre Company Bad Panda Comments (Direction) Skillfully presented, avoiding several potential traps involved with humans as animals. Nice use of the set. Good pacing.
Fantastic.Z Theatre Company Bad Panda Comments (Overall Production) Clever writing and a strong ensemble.
Fantastic.Z Theatre Company Bad Panda Comments (Scenic) I enjoyed the set, which invoked a bad zoo with it's somewhat cheesy foliage and gave the actors lots of room and levels to play with.
Fantastic.Z Theatre Company Bad Panda Comments (Scenic) Nice recreation of a zoo exhibit. The pool and slide were a great touch.
Fantastic.Z Theatre Company Bad Panda Helen Martin (Marion) Helen was adorable and charming, and her physicality was great.
Fantastic.Z Theatre Company Bad Panda Helen Martin (Marion) Clean and immediate. Also, boy can she dance.
Fantastic.Z Theatre Company Bad Panda Michael Ryan Blackwood (Chester) Michael turned in the most subtle performance of the show as the brash, conflicted Chester. His physicality was wonderful.
Fantastic.Z Theatre Company Bad Panda Richard Sean Glen (Gwo Gwo) Richard was adorably sincere for a role that called on him to be dopey and confused without being a caricature. His innocence and passion for Chester were endearing.
Fantastic.Z Theatre Company Bad Panda Richard Sean Glen (Gwo Gwo) This is the third show I've seen Richard in in the past six months and he impresses each time.
Intiman Theatre Barbecue Comments (Costume) Costumes each fit the character's personalities - I especially appreciated the patterned pants on both Maries - they were unusual enough to bring the idea home of the same story with two very different families - even though all mirrored actors were wearing similar clothing. Fun ending with the "awards" clothing - really loved that they all dressed up for the closing bow!
Intiman Theatre Barbecue Comments (Direction) Smooth transitions and surprising set changes that increased the impact of every nuance of this piece. Great casting choices.
Intiman Theatre Barbecue Comments (Ensemble) Families were so over-the-top - but somehow, believable - great working together!
Intiman Theatre Barbecue Comments (Overall Production) Days after the production, I'm still mulling over the themes of race, addiction, invented memories, family, Hollywood, lies, deceit, and socio-economic standing. Everything was paced incredibly well - every character arc seemed realized and every aspect of this production moved like a well-oiled machine.
Intiman Theatre Barbecue Comments (Scenic) The set-design was perfect for the play - the backdrop/canvas of the outdoors was high enough to take the viewer out of the theater - real trees onstage and dry grass enhanced the outdoor feel. Actors used every part of the realistic-looking set to their benefit - there was not too much, or too little scenery - just enough to allow the audience to focus on the story, and not detract. The set of a picnic shelter was like many I'd seen around in the neighborhood the play is performed in (although that was not the place intended maybe LA or the midwest? Because of the oil drilling in the background) and established the correct sense of place - this was not a posh-high-end park, but neither was it completely trashed...when the time lapsed in the second scene, pieces of litter, broken swing, graffiti, and switch of trash can to "recycling" can helped tell the story and make a statement about change with no words. Open slats over the picnic shelter allowed light to come in, but still gave a sense of shelter. Really felt part of the actors world in every scene.
Intiman Theatre Barbecue Lamar Legend (James T.) A standout performance, as always.
Intiman Theatre Barbecue Other/Final Comments Shermona Mitchell (u/s) for Carol Roscoe - did a fabulous job as Lillie Anne.
Intiman Theatre Barbecue Other/Final Comments Best show I've seen in years!! Thank you for producing work which bring people together and celebrates all of who we are. I had the best time. Unique story structure, impeccable acting - overall, just a night of theatre I'm proud and grateful to have gotten to be a part of. Thanks again.
Intiman Theatre Barbecue [Nominator Survey - Other Notable] Barbeque at Intiman Theatre was the most entertaining production for 2017 and I hope more theatres look to their production as an example of fabulous, diverse casting.
Intiman Theatre Barbecue [Nominator Survey - Other Notable] The shocking (and effective) character switch in Barbecue
Ghost Light Theatricals Big Bad Other/Final Comments Thank you for making it expressly a time to be together and heal. Very engaging show -- congratulations!
Ghost Light Theatricals Big Bad Other/Final Comments This is how fringe theater should be. An impactful story that shines a light on each actor's unique talents.
New Century Theatre Company Big Meal, The Amy Thone (Woman #1) A beautiful series of performances by Ms. Thone. Truly her best work in Seattle that I've seen yet.
New Century Theatre Company Big Meal, The Amy Thone (Woman #1) Always.
New Century Theatre Company Big Meal, The Amy Thone (Woman #1) There's little that hasn't been said about the magnitude of Ms. Thone's talent. Watching her is always a joy. In this production I saw not only moments of great depth and gravitas, but also moments of glee and silliness--qualities I have not seen our of her work in the past. Not to say she has not shared similar moments in past productions, I simply I have not had the benefit of seeing them until now. I saw new and brilliant moments in Ms. Thone's work. That alone made the performance of tremendous value to me.
New Century Theatre Company Big Meal, The Betsy Schwartz (Woman #2) Ms. Schwartz was mesmerizing. Her work on stage was beautiful, from start to finish.
New Century Theatre Company Big Meal, The Betsy Schwartz (Woman #2) Ms. Swartz' death scene--the moment when she frantically consumes her last meal, all the while knowing with each bite she loses her very life force, was one of the most powerful I have seen on a Seattle stage in a long time. Never a word was spoken, but the command she had of that moment, the crisp, clear levels of emotion were what good theatre is all about.
New Century Theatre Company Big Meal, The Comments (Direction) Ms Pollock crafted a brilliant piece of theatre, finely tuned, choreographed and executed. Seldom has a play revealed our life and death as such rhythmic dance. It gave the viewer a sense of distance I've seldom experienced in a theatrical production--critical distance on the patterns we form through the course of our lives the dictate who we are and how we live and why we are who we are.
New Century Theatre Company Big Meal, The Comments (Lighting) Evocative and beautifully stylized.
New Century Theatre Company Big Meal, The Conner Neddersen (Man #3) Beautiful range from Mr. Nedderson.
New Century Theatre Company Big Meal, The Darragh Kennan (Man #2) Mr. Kennan has many gifts as an actor, one is his subtlety and his vulnerability within.
New Century Theatre Company Big Meal, The Hannah Mootz (Woman #3) Another feather in Ms Mootz' cap.
New Century Theatre Company Big Meal, The Other/Final Comments A moving, poignant piece, skillfully enacted. Thanks for the emotional catharsis!
New Century Theatre Company Big Meal, The Other/Final Comments All actors did excellent job with transitions; I had no problem following story line or identifying characters. Very well done. Great concept.
New Century Theatre Company Big Meal, The Other/Final Comments Ms Pollack and her brilliant cast gave us an incredibly complex piece of theatre that fooled us with it's seamless precision. Each actor was clearly mindful of the baton they would soon be passing to their fellow actors. Character's passed effortlessly from one actor to the next without a drop in rhythm. Each role was a powerful arc for each actor, and the ensemble was a marvel to watch.
New Century Theatre Company Big Meal, The Other/Final Comments Overall the production was good. I wish there had been more exploration of some of the darker themes of the play.
New Century Theatre Company Big Meal, The Other/Final Comments Simple, elegant presentation concerning both the big things in life and the little things.
New Century Theatre Company Big Meal, The Other/Final Comments What an amazing performance by an incredibly strong ensemble. The direction was spot on. Bravo to all of NCTC.
New Century Theatre Company Big Meal, The Todd Jefferson Moore (Man #1) What a phenomenal actor. His characters were so well realized and I deeply connected with each of his poignant moments. I look forward to seeing more from Mr. Jefferson.
1-Off Production Blood Wedding Comments (Choreography) The final fight was nicely stylized with aggressive dance moves leading into the fight itself.
1-Off Production Blood Wedding Comments (Costume) Utilizing the actors as Trees was a great way to allow movement in the scene.
1-Off Production Blood Wedding Comments (Costume) The moon and death costumes were particularly effective. Also there was good story-telling inherent in the choices of colors and accessories.
1-Off Production Blood Wedding Comments (Ensemble) Kudos to all for moving forward with this production (show) under such challenging conditions.
1-Off Production Blood Wedding Comments (Overall Production) They did a lot with very little, production-wise. The staging was elegant and simple, and the actors did well keeping focus and speaking clearly in a very airplane-, helicopter-ridden outdoor setting. The bi-lingual aspect served very well in immersing us in Lorca's vivid, passionate, poetic and surreal world. Even when I couldn't understand what the actors were saying, I could feel what was happening on a visceral level.
1-Off Production Blood Wedding Comments (Sound/Music) Having a guitarist to underscore transitions and scene changes was very pleasant, especially for an outdoor performance.
1-Off Production Blood Wedding Comments (Sound/Music) The guitar, played live, was one of the high points of the show.
1-Off Production Blood Wedding Comments (Sound/Music) The music was simple, again, but effective in aiding the tone and story-telling, and the world of the piece.
1-Off Production Blood Wedding Michael Blum (Father of the Bride) Blum's command of the language, the space and the tragic story was awesome. He was a highlight of this fine show.
1-Off Production Blood Wedding Miranda Sieg (Young Girl/Woodsman) Sieg was sweet and winning when those qualities were called for, and dark and foreboding when those qualities were needed. I wish there had been more of her.
1-Off Production Blood Wedding Other/Final Comments Has potential. Would like to see it produced with a budget.
1-Off Production Blood Wedding Other/Final Comments Thank you so very much for presenting such a classic Spanish play in venues that reach a new, underserved audience!
New Century Theatre Company Bright Half Life Comments (Costume) The costume choices were simple but made sense for the characters. Each of them wore layers that enabled them to change on the fly as the scenes required.
New Century Theatre Company Bright Half Life Comments (Direction) I thought the action flowed really well with excellent chemistry.
New Century Theatre Company Bright Half Life Comments (Lighting) I LOVED the Ferris wheel lights.
New Century Theatre Company Bright Half Life Comments (Lighting) The lighting was solely responsible for setting the many scenes throughout the play and moved seamlessly from outside flying kites to stores to the ferris wheel.
New Century Theatre Company Bright Half Life Comments (Sound/Music) Supported the action beautifully.
New Century Theatre Company Bright Half Life Comments (Sound/Music) The sound for the play also took on much of the responsibility for providing specificity of time and place. The musical selections were appropriate and helped chart the progression of time.
New Century Theatre Company Bright Half Life Rhonda J. Soikowski (Erica) Rhonda took on a tough role and gave it a dynamic sense of life. She was able to shift flawlessly from sincere and almost childish to closed off and angry as we jumped time without ever seeming forced.
ReAct Theatre Brilliant Traces Comments (Direction) The timing of the silences and the speeches created terrific tension, suspense, forward momentum, poignancy and, at times, humor. Great directing job!
ReAct Theatre Brilliant Traces Comments (Overall Production) Great performances and clever staging, bringing essentially an older style of writing to bear. It was easy to see how this script has influenced newer works we've seen recently in the area, which is exciting for a student of how theater thrives and changes. The new performance space is going to be a lot of fun to experience in future productions, too.
ReAct Theatre Brilliant Traces Comments (Overall Production) A stark, intimate production that left me with a desire to see more of the characters.
ReAct Theatre Brilliant Traces Comments (Scenic) For such a small space and limited budget, the set was exceptional. The set was specific and realistic while still being artistic and evocative. There was serious attention to detail in the props from the dishes they used to the snow tools at the entrance to the theater.
ReAct Theatre Brilliant Traces Comments (Scenic) I was very pleasantly surprised at how smart, subtle and sophisticated the design was given the space constraints. It was just suggestive enough. Not bulky and I think exactly what the playwright intended.
ReAct Theatre Brilliant Traces Comments (Sound/Music) It achieved the realism it was going for. The sound of the water coming out of the tap, the wind outside were very effective. The other sounds and music were adequate in creating mood and tension.
ReAct Theatre Brilliant Traces Comments (Sound/Music) The sound design was very well done. The music fit well, the radio announcement at the beginning of the show covered both mood and exposition, and the wind effects were helpful without being annoying or overdone.
ReAct Theatre Brilliant Traces Cooper Harris-Turner (Henry Harry) His physical work was very good, given that he didn't speak for the first ten minutes of the show. His monologues were deeply emotional and very well performed.
ReAct Theatre Brilliant Traces Cooper Harris-Turner (Henry Harry) Harris-Turner's spell-binding portrayal of a seemingly disturbed young man has the audience vacillating between suspicion, adoration and pity.
ReAct Theatre Brilliant Traces Cooper Harris-Turner (Henry Harry) He had some very strong acting moments in this production.
ReAct Theatre Brilliant Traces Francesca Betancourt (Rosannah) She really had a lot of truth with a very difficult text.
ReAct Theatre Brilliant Traces Francesca Betancourt (Rosannah) She had some wonderful moments in this production.
ReAct Theatre Brilliant Traces Francesca Betancourt (Rosannah) Well done! For a role that demanded so much emotionally, Francesca gave us the highs and lows without ever crossing over into maudlin or overdoing it.
ReAct Theatre Brilliant Traces Other/Final Comments I applaud what ReAct theater does in the Seattle community. They are giving actors at all levels opportunities to play wonderful roles.
Seattle Shakespeare Company Bring Down the House Betsy Schwartz (Henry VI) Her performance as the weak but well-intentioned king was subtle and moving.
Seattle Shakespeare Company Bring Down the House Betsy Schwartz (Henry VI) Her portrayal of the young king as a bit naive and soft was a great foil to the political strife he was surrounded by. Yet she refrained from making him a hapless character too easily pitied.
Seattle Shakespeare Company Bring Down the House Comments (Choreography) The choreography was excellent and I appreciated the mix of both realistic and stylized movement.
Seattle Shakespeare Company Bring Down the House Comments (Choreography) The choreographed movement in this was AMAZING. From the battle sequences, to the choreographed drumming, to the FREGGIN COOL multi-mirror of the deaths of fathers and sons...I found myself WAITING for the next series of structured movement. WELL done.
Seattle Shakespeare Company Bring Down the House Comments (Choreography) The group battle done in close quarters and essentially in stop motion was riveting.
Seattle Shakespeare Company Bring Down the House Comments (Choreography) The incorporation of coordinated tai-chi movement to suggest a large-scale battle was particularly powerful and thrilling.
Seattle Shakespeare Company Bring Down the House Comments (Choreography) The stylized movement within the fight scenes filled the stage and made it feel like there really was an entire army going head to head. Great use of bodies used as scenery to fill the bare bones set design.
Seattle Shakespeare Company Bring Down the House Comments (Costume) Costuming a large and diverse ensemble well is a challenge, but the costuming was excellent throughout. Though each actor had many quick changes, the pieces were will beautiful and detailed. The style evoked nobility with a modern sensibility, meshing perfectly with the style of the production.
Seattle Shakespeare Company Bring Down the House Comments (Costume) Excellent example of assisting in the story telling, with the roses, the fabrics, the colors, etc.
Seattle Shakespeare Company Bring Down the House Comments (Costume) I would wear the collection that came out of this show. Ready-to-battle chic.
Seattle Shakespeare Company Bring Down the House Comments (Direction) Masterful direction of a large ensemble telling a complex story in a clear and highly theatrical way.
Seattle Shakespeare Company Bring Down the House Comments (Direction) Really remarkable. These are such confusing plays and you brought about such clarity without condescending to "dumb it down" like many others might. The blocking was varied and endlessly fascinating. Brava!
Seattle Shakespeare Company Bring Down the House Comments (Direction) The themes and struggles were so clear, particularly with the staging. That family tree was BRILLIANT and so well used!
Seattle Shakespeare Company Bring Down the House Comments (Direction) This was a complicated and difficult piece, but the direction helped make the complicated linage of a history play accessible and visually compelling. The ensemble worked well as a whole and the overall impression was very good.
Seattle Shakespeare Company Bring Down the House Comments (Ensemble) All oars were in the water. The success was entirely dependant on cohesive efforts. Everyone was in the same world, invested, and responsive to each other at every moment.
Seattle Shakespeare Company Bring Down the House Comments (Ensemble) This was a huge ensemble, but each actor got a chance to shine and even the biggest players also played messengers and bit parts with skill.
Seattle Shakespeare Company Bring Down the House Comments (Lighting) The lighting in this show was great. With limited space and set, the change of lights, shades and depth would change the scene. I could tell we were in England, vs. France with the flick of a light change. Super sharp.
Seattle Shakespeare Company Bring Down the House Comments (Overall Production) A high energy and captivating production, an enthusiastic and talented cast, a clear and faithful adaptation, with dramatic touches of taiko and tai-chi. What more could one ask?
Seattle Shakespeare Company Bring Down the House Comments (Overall Production) I have never seen the histories so clearly staged, the story so clearly told, and so visceral rather than intellectual.
Seattle Shakespeare Company Bring Down the House Comments (Overall Production) I'm already biased towards King Henry VI. Not to mention the amazingness that is Keiko Green and Peggy Gannon. This was really well done. I wish I could have convinced more people to see it.
Seattle Shakespeare Company Bring Down the House Comments (Overall Production) Incredible theatrical style and immediacy. A fully committed and able cast. Conceived and presented in a fresh way
Seattle Shakespeare Company Bring Down the House Comments (Overall Production) Visceral, powerful and cathartic. A stunning production.
Seattle Shakespeare Company Bring Down the House Comments (Playwright) Is he brand new? This Billy Shakes has got something!
Seattle Shakespeare Company Bring Down the House Comments (Scenic) Simple space, easily and clearly transformed and UTILIZED.
Seattle Shakespeare Company Bring Down the House Comments (Scenic) While basic, the scenic design gave the actors room to play, kept us grounded in the history of the royal family, and helped evoke the mood of the play.
Seattle Shakespeare Company Bring Down the House Comments (Sound/Music) Dynamic, evocative without being preachy. Supported the story without trying to take the lead in the storytelling.
Seattle Shakespeare Company Bring Down the House Comments (Sound/Music) The interplay of violent drumming and lush strings helped shift back and forth from the court room to battlefield drama, was exciting and evocative.
Seattle Shakespeare Company Bring Down the House Kate Sumpter (Suffolk/George) Ms. Sumpter was the most convincingly "male" member of the ensemble as the lascivious and commanding Suffolk.
Seattle Shakespeare Company Bring Down the House Kate Sumpter (Suffolk/George) Thank you for the gift of your performance. You are truly talented.
Seattle Shakespeare Company Bring Down the House Kate Wisniewski (Margaret) A powerhouse performance! She ran the full range of human emotions from rage to loss to pride, embarrassment, lust, and love.
Seattle Shakespeare Company Bring Down the House Mari Nelson (York) Has Mari Nelson considered running for public office? I would follow her into battle. Holy smokes -- great performance!
Seattle Shakespeare Company Bring Down the House Mari Nelson (York) With subtlety, precision, and glee Mari created one hell of a villain in York. She was such fun to watch as she plotted, prowled, and raged.
Seattle Shakespeare Company Bring Down the House Nike Imoru (Warwick) Excellent and purposeful actor. I anticipated every time she spoke. She approached her character with intent and purpose, which pulled me in.
Seattle Shakespeare Company Bring Down the House Nike Imoru (Warwick) I hope we see much more of you in Seattle again soon. You were terrific!
Seattle Shakespeare Company Bring Down the House Other/Final Comments Amazing. Such a powerful and beautiful staging. Simple in its execution and magnificent in its conception and delivery.
Seattle Shakespeare Company Bring Down the House Other/Final Comments This show was certainly interesting and inventive - the movement was inspired and innovative, and the addition of drums and the intense fervor was SUPER cool! I really dug the direction, and the blocking/choreography was some of the best I've seen in a while. I believed that most every actor on stage really CARED about the York/Lancaster fight. That was great.
Seattle Shakespeare Company Bring Down the House Other/Final Comments A success from every angle and will most likely only get better from opening weekend.
Seattle Shakespeare Company Bring Down the House Other/Final Comments A truly rock star cast made the usual long windy road of Henry VI exciting and accessible.
Seattle Shakespeare Company Bring Down the House Other/Final Comments Exceptional performance -- well done!
Seattle Shakespeare Company Bring Down the House Other/Final Comments I really love the gender switch. Thank you for making it possible for me to see this show.
Seattle Shakespeare Company Bring Down the House Peggy Gannon (Cade/Edward) I have never so clearly understood and comprehended every word spoken in a Shakespearian play. Her musicality and personalization of the text was incredible. I was utterly thrilled every time she walked out on stage. Her characterization was so bold and clear... I knew exactly who the person Edward was and what drove him.
Seattle Shakespeare Company Bring Down the House Peggy Gannon (Cade/Edward) I know I'm biased. But she was amazing. She literally jump started part 2 with an whirlwind 10 minute revolutionary monologue. SO POWERFUL!
Seattle Shakespeare Company Bring Down the House Peggy Gannon (Cade/Edward) She gave a one-note role like Cade some depth and had great fun with it.
Seattle Shakespeare Company Bring Down the House Peggy Gannon (Cade/Edward) Stole the show as far as I am concerned.
Seattle Shakespeare Company Bring Down the House Sarah Harlett (Beaufort/Richard) As Richard - WOW. Consistent, and again, an actor who knew WHAT she was saying.
Seattle Shakespeare Company Bring Down the House Sarah Harlett (Beaufort/Richard) I want to see her do Richard III now. She did good work as Beaufort, making some difficult court scenes clear and compelling. But she truly shone as Richard.
Seattle Shakespeare Company Bring Down the House Sarah Harlett (Beaufort/Richard) She slayed Richard's final monologue in Part II, and left me wishing they would just dive in to Richard III when the show ended.
Seattle Shakespeare Company Bring Down the House Sarah Harlett (Beaufort/Richard) Two incredibly distinct characters and holy cow, can I please watch Sarah Harlett play Richard III in Richard III? She crafted a despicable but entirely human villain... I understood what motivated him to his actions without a bunch of villain "mustache twirling". Utterly superb.
Seattle Shakespeare Company Bring Down the House Sunam Ellis (Eleanor) Ellis' Eleanor was AMAZING. A layered character that didn't just devolve into shrieking woman - her screams were pained, her terror true. WONDERFUL to watch.
Seattle Shakespeare Company Bring Down the House Suzanne Bouchard/Marianne Owen/Meg McLynn (Humphrey/King of France/Old Clifford) KUDOS. Not only did she step in, but she was off book, and was riveting to watch.
Seattle Shakespeare Company Bring Down the House Suzanne Bouchard/Marianne Owen/Meg McLynn (Humphrey/King of France/Old Clifford) Marianne Owen/Meg McLynn did a great job step in for Suzanne Bouchard. They both deserved 80.
Seattle Shakespeare Company Bring Down the House Suzanne Bouchard/Marianne Owen/Meg McLynn (Humphrey/King of France/Old Clifford) The fact that Marianne Owen learned the show with a few days' notice -- and played it that flawlessly -- is jaw-dropping.

That Seattle Shakes could round up two "understudies" of this caliber is a testament to the graciousness and quality of Seattle's theatre community. Love it!
Jet City Improv British Baking Challenge Comments (Actors) Alison Luhrs, Nathan Cox, & MJ Jurgensen gave exemplary performances as ensemble members
Jet City Improv British Baking Challenge Comments (Direction) Pacing was great! I never felt that any one element of the show was too long. Just enough audience participation to make it fun, not excruciating. Very cool concept. LOVED that the baking was 'real'.
Jet City Improv British Baking Challenge Comments (Direction) The ensemble seemed to have a strong backstory - even if no one exactly knew where they were going - the intervening of the commentators when the energy waned with the contestants, and each contestant coming forth at a seemingly "appropriate" time to break the 4th wall and let the audience know more about their characters and motivations was well-spaced out. I really cared about everyone onstage, was engaged a majority of the time and was eager to find out how it all would end. I watched the show it was based on before coming, and found that the improv version really kept the spirit of its source material. And really, what a wild technical ride with ovens, food, etc. onstage the entire time - kudos to everyone for making these challenges seem effortless.
Jet City Improv British Baking Challenge Comments (Ensemble) Each character was able to give an introduction about themselves, and that material was used throughout the show, expanding the storyline. I especially wanted to see how the game-store owner/single mother storyline came out at the end - but it turned into a sweet group ending, which made it feel that the ensemble was really in it as a unit. They commented on each other's ingredient choices and techniques in an encouraging and humorous manner - and the whole experience really felt KIND - which was so refreshing to see. The commentators really kept a strong sense of the energy at the baking table, and intervened with commentary just when the action seemed to be dying down with the bakers. I was incredibly impressed with the ability to create baked goods onstage while maintaining character, storyline and humor. I also applaud the arm movement/strength of the bakers - because of noise (I assume) they did not use electric mixers, and so had to mix by hand - some of the funniest moments were listening to the actors talk about their lives/baking choices while frantically mixing their batter. Such kudos for the chemistry between the two commentator/hosts and their willingness to taste whatever concoctions ended up from the contestants. Their descriptions of the final "bakes" were as humorous as their expressions when consuming them. What a fun, smart ensemble of actors. And just something random - the game-owner's talk about his life being led by the roll of the dice, and his descriptions about how each number affected this, was just one of many ongoing themes that were icing on this delicious piece of improv. I did expect them to use audience suggestions more than the single time they used to get the recipe of the day - but also felt that they each gave each other enough material for a full improv show. And the accents also added to the fun.
Jet City Improv British Baking Challenge Comments (Ensemble) The actors were able to recognize lulls in the action and pick up a conversation as they needed to.
Jet City Improv British Baking Challenge Comments (Overall Production) Ensemble was fabulous to watch and most seemed to have a lot of chemistry with each other. The technological challenges of actually prepping and baking onstage, in-character in front of an audience, while interacting with others was met beautifully. I really felt that the actors brought the audience fully into their world and it was delightfully entertaining, with some interesting smells along the way.
Jet City Improv British Baking Challenge Other/Final Comments Great show - I hope they do this again in the future!
Taproot Theatre Company Busman's Honeymoon Alyson Scadron Branner (Harriet Vane) Wonderful performance.
Taproot Theatre Company Busman's Honeymoon Comments (Costume) the custom garments were beautiful.
Taproot Theatre Company Busman's Honeymoon Comments (Ensemble) I thought the entire ensemble was great and worked well together.
Taproot Theatre Company Busman's Honeymoon Comments (Overall Production) A solid night at the theater.
Taproot Theatre Company Busman's Honeymoon Comments (Scenic) Absolutely loved the set. Every element was perfect. That chimney was gorgeous. I have no critiques because it blew me away.
Taproot Theatre Company Busman's Honeymoon Comments (Sound/Music) Sound was nice, I have no negative comments.
Taproot Theatre Company Busman's Honeymoon Jenny Cross (Miss Twitterton) Heartbreaking. She made me feel so sad for her character. Wonderful.
Taproot Theatre Company Busman's Honeymoon Terry Edward Moore (Lord Peter Wimsey) Really enjoyed his performance. Fun and very good timing.
Centerstage Theatre Cardinal Sins Comments (Actors) Cass Neumann as Belinda gave a heartfelt performance which was a welcome breath of simple storytelling and had a beautiful voice to match.

Jamie Pederson as Warrick lent a beautiful voice and a grisly performance to his character's heartbreaking story.
Centerstage Theatre Cardinal Sins Comments (Actors) Cass Neumann should receive special mention for her very fine performance of a relatively small role. Beautiful voice, solid technique, obvious commitment. Her involvement definitely elevated the show.
Centerstage Theatre Cardinal Sins Comments (Costume) Costumes were beautifully made and the large cast were all well suited to the time and the story.
Centerstage Theatre Cardinal Sins Comments (Ensemble) The cast all performed enthusiastically and bought in to the anachronisms and modern interjections in this otherwise period-piece.
Centerstage Theatre Cardinal Sins Martyn Krouse (Lothar) Stand-out acting performance in an underwritten role. A believable transformation over time from rebellious student to Pope.
Centerstage Theatre Cardinal Sins Other/Final Comments I found the story surprisingly engaging and loved the proscenium quotations that preceded the performance. It was easy to see why Mr. Bryce chose this subject.
Centerstage Theatre Cardinal Sins Other/Final Comments Beautiful singing and actor chemistry
Taproot Theatre Company Charlie Brown Christmas, A Andrew Scott Bullard (Snoopy) Snoopy as a character is a bit of a smug a-hole but multi-talented. Bullard's physicality and ability to do so many things well (e.g. rollerblading) made him a great fit for this role.
Taproot Theatre Company Charlie Brown Christmas, A Comments (Direction) There were thoroughly enjoyable details throughout the show. The opening scene of the group ice skating was well executed delightfully. The decision to have members of the band also be characters was done so thoughtfully and added a lot to the production.
Taproot Theatre Company Charlie Brown Christmas, A Comments (Scenic) The set was adorably styled like the comic strip with functional panels that hid delightful set changes. When Lucy turned the sign on her psychiatry booth from "Out" to "In", you could hear an excited response from the audience because the sign looked like it was painted on the booth.
Taproot Theatre Company Charlie Brown Christmas, A Comments (Scenic) This productioncaptured the magic and feel of the comic strips so well!
Washington Ensemble Theatre Cherdonna's Doll House Comments (Choreography) All my modern dance drag clown stripper dreams come true. The body of Cherdonna spoke a new language in a play full of language we already known.
Washington Ensemble Theatre Cherdonna's Doll House Comments (Ensemble) great committed and precise work
Washington Ensemble Theatre Cherdonna's Doll House Comments (Ensemble) This is one versatile and gifted group of performers. They spent 90 minutes riding an unpredictable rollercoaster for us, convincing us that each moment the car derailed it was authentic. They all eventually crack under the adversity, as does the Doll's House through-line, but it is HOW each cope with Cherdonna's presence and their commitment to the moment that made this piece fascinating to watch. Bravo, all.
Washington Ensemble Theatre Cherdonna's Doll House Comments (Overall Production) Strong design, acting and conception.
Washington Ensemble Theatre Cherdonna's Doll House Comments (Overall Production) Perhaps it is unfair because I'm already familiar with the work of Cherdonna but this show pleased me on so many levels. It tickled all the parts of my brain and enhanced feelings about my complicated relationship with the theater. I really loved this show.
Washington Ensemble Theatre Cherdonna's Doll House Jody Kuehner (Cherdonna) I was unfamiliar with Ms Kuehner's Cherdonna persona prior to this production. She fascinated and repelled me. I couldn't look away. She's giving us clowning for the 21st Century-- bringing to us a whole new perspective on social and cultural subversion. I need to pay more attention to what she's doing.
Washington Ensemble Theatre Cherdonna's Doll House Other/Final Comments It is a show that will linger in my mind for many years.
Washington Ensemble Theatre Cherdonna's Doll House Other/Final Comments Such a fantastic show - thank you for doing work which is unexpected and more than one could bargain for. One of my favorites from three years of seeing a lot of shows. ?
Washington Ensemble Theatre Cherdonna's Doll House Other/Final Comments This show reveals the true importance of Ensemble exploration: talented artist who are wholly committed to an idea.
Washington Ensemble Theatre Cherdonna's Doll House Other/Final Comments This was a marvelous theatrical deconstruction. Brilliant at times. It gives me hope that theater in our area can remain challenging, thought-provoking, and enrich us all. Thank you!
Washington Ensemble Theatre Cherdonna's Doll House [Nominator Survey - Notable Acting Performances] Cherdonna was EVERYTHING to me!! All the acting was fantastic and I can still see her shining face in my memory, filling me with childlike joy again, right now!
The Seagull Project Cherry Orchard, The Alex Matthews (Yepikhodov) Very solid in a great production.
The Seagull Project Cherry Orchard, The Brandon J Simmons (Lophakin) Probably some of the best work I've seen him do. His character was outstandingly defined and believable.
The Seagull Project Cherry Orchard, The Comments (Choreography) Yes. Fun, rhythmic and it made the actors look good doing it. Top marks!
The Seagull Project Cherry Orchard, The Comments (Direction) It was one of the few realistic productions I've seen in Seattle where there actually was a life beyond the wings. I could imagine where characters were going and what they were doing with every entrance and exit. Characters were bold yet believable. It really was a master-class in theatre-craft.
The Seagull Project Cherry Orchard, The Comments (Ensemble) Cohesive, leveled, committed. Seemed to be having fun and made bold choices.
The Seagull Project Cherry Orchard, The Comments (Overall Production) Set design, lights and sound were all excellent. Acting was fairly even and I deeply appreciated the attention to detail which really helped bring this story and its characters to life. I am not a Chekhov fan and I can still see this was a fairly outstanding production of this play. It really show a level of understanding of the text and culture that is not common in many American productions of Checkhov.
The Seagull Project Cherry Orchard, The Comments (Scenic) Beautiful, accurate, fluid, versatile, expressive. Really excellent.
The Seagull Project Cherry Orchard, The Comments (Sound/Music) Again, excellent. It was very linked to furthering the action and establishing setting and it was very successful.
The Seagull Project Cherry Orchard, The David Quicksall (Pischik) He did a great job carrying his text and had a great sense of tempo and connection to the other characters.
The Seagull Project Cherry Orchard, The Hannah Mootz (Dunyasha) Yes. Great performance throughout.
The Seagull Project Cherry Orchard, The Julie Briskman (Ranevskaya) Great overall. A great part for her.
The Seagull Project Cherry Orchard, The Mark Jenkins (Firs) Yes, he did a great job portraying the weight and tiredness of so many years of service. Great Physicality and work over all.
The Seagull Project Cherry Orchard, The Other/Final Comments The Seagull Project truly did an honor to Chehkov through this humorous production of The Cherry Orchard.
The Seagull Project Cherry Orchard, The Sydney Andrews (Varya) Andrews' performance is lovely and communicative; with very few words, especially in the last scene, we saw her bitterness, her hope, and her humiliation played out on her face.
The Seagull Project Cherry Orchard, The Sydney Andrews (Varya) She was perhaps the one who had to carry the biggest emotional weight in this play and she did it masterfully. I could see the pressure she was under, her sense of responsibility and her struggle. She was great.
Pratidhwani Chitrangada - The Warrior Princess Anwesha Das (Chitrangada/Shurupa) For a nonspeaking role, she did a nice job. Beautiful dancing.
Pratidhwani Chitrangada - The Warrior Princess Comments (Actors) This show!!!!THIS SHOW. One of the most stunning productions I have had the pleasure of seeing since moving to Seattle. I am SO GRATEFUL to have gotten a chance to see this. I would pay money to see it AGAIN.

While not every actor/dancer was always on point, the fluidity of motion, the symbiotic movement, the consistency of the choreographic storytelling, it would be a SHAME if this show didn't become a Gregory Nominated show.

I felt like I was in the presence of the Great Storytellers of old. EVERYTHING this troupe did transported me. From the addition of smells, the ingenious choreography of hoof stamps, the mimicry of hunted deer - this production was excellence in storytelling. WHAT a BEAUTIFUL experience.

Absolutely favorite thing I've seen this year. Hands DOWN.
Pratidhwani Chitrangada - The Warrior Princess Comments (Choreography) Stunning articulation of hands and feet. The use of traditional Indian dance throughout the scenes that were not dance focused was seamless.
Pratidhwani Chitrangada - The Warrior Princess Comments (Choreography) The choreography was beautiful and told the story well. I could not keep my eyes off of the dancers. Wonderful work.
Pratidhwani Chitrangada - The Warrior Princess Comments (Costume) I was excited to see new costumes come out with every scene change and song change. So wonderfully done and worth the money and effort. Some of the best costumes I have seen in Seattle.
Pratidhwani Chitrangada - The Warrior Princess Comments (Direction) The use of the theatre in the round was executed beautifully.
Pratidhwani Chitrangada - The Warrior Princess Comments (Ensemble) The cast worked well together. For such a large ensemble team, they worked well together.
Pratidhwani Chitrangada - The Warrior Princess Comments (Lighting) Nice design. The gobos were a nice.
Pratidhwani Chitrangada - The Warrior Princess Comments (Overall Production) Overall, I had a fun time at the show. It was amazing to see how many volunteers and performers were involved in this production. The costumes and dancing were magnificent and a joy to watch.
Pratidhwani Chitrangada - The Warrior Princess Comments (Overall Production) This is the first time I haveseen traditional Indian theatre in Seattle. It was very refreshing.
Pratidhwani Chitrangada - The Warrior Princess Comments (Scenic) The subtle trees and statues that were revealed and covered throughout to change locations was done smoothly and added enough pizazz to make it feel like you had been transported to a new place and time.
Pratidhwani Chitrangada - The Warrior Princess Jerald Peter (Arjuna) For a nonspeaking role, he did a nice job. Beautiful dancing. Wish the singing was live.
Pratidhwani Chitrangada - The Warrior Princess Other/Final Comments All the more tremendous for the quality, and speed of production, when known this was a volunteer effort. Amazing & professional.
Pratidhwani Chitrangada - The Warrior Princess Other/Final Comments Vibrant colors, exceptional dancers.
Pratidhwani Chitrangada - The Warrior Princess Pushkara Chaganti (Yamini) She was lovely and honest. At times, she was sweet and relatable.
Pratidhwani Chitrangada - The Warrior Princess Tanvee Kale (Chitrangada/Kurupa) For a nonspeaking role, she did a nice job. Beautiful dancing. Wish the singing was live.
Pratidhwani Chitrangada - The Warrior Princess [Nominator Survey - Other Notable] Pratidhwani's Chitrangada was a breath of fresh air
Ghost Light Theatricals Curious Case of the) Watson Intelligence, The ( Brent Griffith (Merrick) Easy to watch onstage and managed to make some not very likeable characters engaging.
Ghost Light Theatricals Curious Case of the) Watson Intelligence, The ( Brent Griffith (Merrick) I enjoyed the specific actions for each charter
Ghost Light Theatricals Curious Case of the) Watson Intelligence, The ( Brent Griffith (Merrick) Very passionate actor. he puts all of himself into his art.
Ghost Light Theatricals Curious Case of the) Watson Intelligence, The ( Comments (Costume) Quite a few costumes and quick changes spanning several time periods.
Ghost Light Theatricals Curious Case of the) Watson Intelligence, The ( Comments (Costume) Fit the characters well.
Ghost Light Theatricals Curious Case of the) Watson Intelligence, The ( Comments (Direction) Smart transitions with few actors. Props were easy to tuck away, yet met the needs of the scene. Actors used clothing to distinguish characters with minimal changes.
Ghost Light Theatricals Curious Case of the) Watson Intelligence, The ( Comments (Overall Production) Exceptional acting of an exceptional play with exceptional direction and support.
Ghost Light Theatricals Curious Case of the) Watson Intelligence, The ( Comments (Scenic) Brandon Estrella never disappoints. The set was simple and elegant and that main piece with the nesting stools?? Brilliant!
Ghost Light Theatricals Curious Case of the) Watson Intelligence, The ( Comments (Scenic) Smart use of space. Minimalistic Yet effective.
Ghost Light Theatricals Curious Case of the) Watson Intelligence, The ( Comments (Scenic) The all-in-one set piece that "did everything" was a thing of brilliance! Kudos to the designer. Very effective for this particular show and small space.
Ghost Light Theatricals Curious Case of the) Watson Intelligence, The ( Comments (Scenic) Very creative use of the same wooden furniture. I liked seeing all the ways it transformed.
Ghost Light Theatricals Curious Case of the) Watson Intelligence, The ( Comments (Scenic) Very smart use of space on the design of the one big item that was the key to setting the scene.
Ghost Light Theatricals Curious Case of the) Watson Intelligence, The ( Comments (Sound/Music) Some nice use of classical and other music pieces for scene shifts. Some fun cues with a phone ringing through multiple generations of sounds ending with the cell phone held by the actor.
Ghost Light Theatricals Curious Case of the) Watson Intelligence, The ( Kevin Lin (Watson) He has an uncanny ability to shift his stance and face and turn into a different character quite quickly. Enjoyed all of his characters.
Ghost Light Theatricals Curious Case of the) Watson Intelligence, The ( Kevin Lin (Watson) Kevin's seamless transitions from each character to the next, from robot to lover, to computer geek, to investigator - time travelling, and emotional journey alike - were all fantastic. In a small space, an actor needs to have the dramatic impact to keep the stakes high, but also be transparent and believable. It's a bit of a trick to not underplay OR overplay. Kevin owned all of his roles in this complex story.
Ghost Light Theatricals Curious Case of the) Watson Intelligence, The ( Kevin Lin (Watson) Well done. He melted from one character to the next. Very relaxed feel as needed then robotic in the next.
ACT Theatre Dangerous Liaisons Comments (Choreography) Well-rehearsed, executed, safe and effective. Bravo!
ACT Theatre Dangerous Liaisons Comments (Costume) Man, what beautiful gowns. The fabrics and colors were to die for.
ACT Theatre Dangerous Liaisons Comments (Costume) Wonderful work. The jewels were a favorite! Also, fine (time-consuming!) tailoring, representative color selections for the characters, nice attention to detail. Vicomte de Valmonte's suit in the first act was an especially beautiful piece - loved the buttons!
ACT Theatre Dangerous Liaisons Comments (Direction) Loved the concept of integrating the old and new elements into one production. This can be so tricky, but it was masterfully achieved, through the electronic musical elements, neon lights and mirror reflecting us back upon ourselves. Actors filled the space (appreciated all those curved crosses - those should come back into vogue!), listened, were comfortable with each other. A delight!
ACT Theatre Dangerous Liaisons Comments (Ensemble) This captivating and cohesive group of actors worked together with grace.
ACT Theatre Dangerous Liaisons Comments (Lighting) Interesting choice with the fluorescents. Gave it an 80's club feel. Not sure whether I liked it or not.
ACT Theatre Dangerous Liaisons Comments (Lighting) That chandelier! Those neon running lights (that moved!) Superb.
ACT Theatre Dangerous Liaisons Comments (Overall Production) Beautiful play, wonderfully conceived and realized.
ACT Theatre Dangerous Liaisons Comments (Scenic) Exquisite attention to detail. What designers aspire to. Delicate hand-painted furniture, that glorious chandelier, the mirror making us a part of the action. Even the futuristic elements (missing seat backs, neon lights, fragmented mirror) worked seamlessly into the world of the play.
ACT Theatre Dangerous Liaisons Comments (Scenic) Like visual poetry. Loved it.
ACT Theatre Dangerous Liaisons Comments (Sound/Music) Excellent choices in type of music and style in which it was presented. Appreciated the electronic element that tied today to the past.
ACT Theatre Dangerous Liaisons Comments (Sound/Music) Lovely
ACT Theatre Dangerous Liaisons Comments (Sound/Music) String quartet has never sounded so rock & roll.
ACT Theatre Dangerous Liaisons Eleanor Moseley (Madame de Volanges) Exceptionally presence and articulation. A delight to watch!
ACT Theatre Dangerous Liaisons James DeVita (Vicomte de Valmont) Emotionally available, tender and terrible. Wonderful physicality, sword-play, seduction and use of language. A joy to watch.
ACT Theatre Dangerous Liaisons Jasmine Jean Sim (Cecile de Volanges) Fun characterization. Lovely character work
ACT Theatre Dangerous Liaisons Jasmine Jean Sim (Cecile de Volanges) Superb comic timing, played the innocent and the lusty lass with equal measure. Brave. Fun to watch.
ACT Theatre Dangerous Liaisons Jen Taylor (Madame Tourvel) Wonderful facial expressions, poise, great physicality (especially in some difficult scenes). Nice understanding of the character, lines and motivation.
ACT Theatre Dangerous Liaisons Kirsten Potter (Marquise de Merteuil) An absolutely astounding performance. How did Potter make this character so likable? And yet she did! Beautifully spoken, commanded the stage, brought warmth and understanding to a difficult character. Effusive. Bold.
ACT Theatre Dangerous Liaisons Lorenzo Roberts (Le Chavalier Danceny) Excellent swordplay. Loved the moment when he swept Mme. Merteuil off her feet. A fun, foppish interpretation.
ACT Theatre Dangerous Liaisons Other/Final Comments Keiko Green and Jason Marr were actually both very good in this piece, as well!
ACT Theatre Dangerous Liaisons Other/Final Comments Exceptional performances all around, superb design. DeVita and Potter were flawless.
ACT Theatre Dangerous Liaisons Other/Final Comments The overall production was very well done. All of the design elements came together beautifully and was accompanied by a great ensemble of actors.
ACT Theatre Dangerous Liaisons Other/Final Comments We're blessed in Seattle to have artists of this calibre taking part in a production that in any other hands would undoubtedly fall short of its potential.
ACT Theatre Dangerous Liaisons Wendy Robie (Madame de Rosemonde) Charming and delightful. Infinitely watchable. I love performers who do beautiful work in small roles.
ACT Theatre Dangerous Liaisons Wendy Robie (Madame de Rosemonde) Nice mannerisms, enchanting performance.
Fantastic.Z Theatre Company Devil Boys From Beyond Comments (Costume) Time (and universe) appropriate pieces which fit the actors wonderfully. You could tell they felt great in what they were wearing.
Fantastic.Z Theatre Company Devil Boys From Beyond Comments (Costume) Very clever costuming.
Fantastic.Z Theatre Company Devil Boys From Beyond Comments (Costume) Wow. The padded teddy outfit took the cake! Also the form-fitting red jumpsuit - a wonder in Lycra. The "low-slung" tailoring on the alien costumes must have taken some serious fittings! Nice work!
Fantastic.Z Theatre Company Devil Boys From Beyond Comments (Direction) Delicious moments of comic genius! Well-rehearsed, well-cast, timing and pace were excellent. A delight to watch.
Fantastic.Z Theatre Company Devil Boys From Beyond Comments (Direction) This play was a wonderfully hysterical romp. Fun and silly from beginning to end.
Fantastic.Z Theatre Company Devil Boys From Beyond Comments (Ensemble) Excellent commitment, great choices, coordinated movements excellent. The cast seemed at home in tight quarters. Nice listening, great timing all around.
Fantastic.Z Theatre Company Devil Boys From Beyond Comments (Lighting) I never noticed the lights, but I always felt the right mood was set, that is a success!
Fantastic.Z Theatre Company Devil Boys From Beyond Comments (Lighting) Loved the small lights illuminating the grasses in the back. Also, the spaceship lighting was fun!
Fantastic.Z Theatre Company Devil Boys From Beyond Comments (Lighting) The lighting design very much served as the 'special effects' element for this play and it was just as much a character serving the story as any of the actors. Quite the challenge for such a small space but they pulled it off to great effect!
Fantastic.Z Theatre Company Devil Boys From Beyond Comments (Overall Production) The play did what it intended: provided a fun, campy escape from reality.
Fantastic.Z Theatre Company Devil Boys From Beyond Comments (Scenic) Impressive scenic changes in a small space. Enjoyed the camp of the flat spaceship puppets. The pink scarf over the lamp was a nice touch.
Fantastic.Z Theatre Company Devil Boys From Beyond Comments (Sound/Music) Solid choices in creating a mysterious, '50s (and beyond) space vibe.
Fantastic.Z Theatre Company Devil Boys From Beyond Comments (Sound/Music) The sound design absolutely stole the show! It set the audience up for an immersive experience into the world of the play.
Fantastic.Z Theatre Company Devil Boys From Beyond Jackie Miedema (Matilda Van Buren) I'm afraid it was hard to pay any attention to much else when Ms Miedema was on stage. Her accomplished skills as a physical comedian couldn't have been better put to use. She gave us a cheerfully channeled a mash-up of entertainment figures from Catherine Hepburn to William Shatner...with Glen Quagmire wedged in there somewhere. Absolutely hysterical.
Fantastic.Z Theatre Company Devil Boys From Beyond Jackie Miedema (Matilda Van Buren) Quite impressed with Jackie's commitment to the role and her stilted, Shatner-esque vocal pattern. Bravo for her. She was most compelling on stage.
Fantastic.Z Theatre Company Devil Boys From Beyond Jackie Miedema (Matilda Van Buren) The accent. The facial expressions. The body language. Miedema delivered the whole package (ahem!) Great comic timing. A joy to watch throughout.
Fantastic.Z Theatre Company Devil Boys From Beyond Jackie Miedema (Matilda Van Buren) The show began when she entered the stage. She gave her over the top character 100% and never backed down for one beat. Though anxiety provoking, appropriately so.
Fantastic.Z Theatre Company Devil Boys From Beyond Jane Martin (Lucinda Marsh) Great delivery, timing, we loved to hate you! Way to work those costumes!
Fantastic.Z Theatre Company Devil Boys From Beyond Jane Martin (Lucinda Marsh) She gracefully played the line of campy/realism/melodramatic/contemporary, if that is possible.
Fantastic.Z Theatre Company Devil Boys From Beyond Jessica Severance (Dotty Primrose) Hilarious!
Fantastic.Z Theatre Company Devil Boys From Beyond Jessica Severance (Dotty Primrose) Jessica's physical commitment to the role really brought her character to life! A bright spot even in a show full of great physical comedy.
Fantastic.Z Theatre Company Devil Boys From Beyond Jessica Severance (Dotty Primrose) The moment with the suitcases ... I die! Great comic timing, nice work with the walker. Wonderful physicality.
Fantastic.Z Theatre Company Devil Boys From Beyond Jordan Henderson (Harry Wexler) Great poise in some tiny outfits! Solid focus throughout.
Fantastic.Z Theatre Company Devil Boys From Beyond Jordan-Michael Whidbey (Gregory Graham) Very good movement, especially when playing with Lucinda. Nice head jerking (sorry, I can't remember the exact context of that - but it was memorable!), fun doggie, just nice physicality overall.
Fantastic.Z Theatre Company Devil Boys From Beyond Other/Final Comments A fun evening at the theatre. Congratulations to the team for putting on such a goofy, campy show in earnest, which made it feel fun and not overwrought.
Fantastic.Z Theatre Company Devil Boys From Beyond Other/Final Comments This was a terrific ensemble that never stopped giving this show their overblown, overcooked all. Clearly the cast was having an absolute ball and, as a result, so was the audience. This was my first Fantastic. Z show and I really wasn't sure what I was in for. I look forward to seeing more of their work in the future.
Fantastic.Z Theatre Company Devil Boys From Beyond Other/Final Comments Thoroughly entertaining!! They did a lot of fun ensemble work, and the whole show was definitely campy and retro-comedic. Scenic and lighting worked well with the space, as Eclectic can be quirky to work in. Overall, I had a really great time!
Fantastic.Z Theatre Company Devil Boys From Beyond Patrick J Lucey-Conklin (Florence Wexler) Commanded the stage! Accent was spot-on. Again, great physical presence, fab comedic timing. Owned those costumes, wow!
Fantastic.Z Theatre Company Devil Boys From Beyond Robert Lovett (Jack Primrose) Loved the "alien walk!" Nice partner work.
Fantastic.Z Theatre Company Devil Boys From Beyond Stephanie Spohrer (Gilbert Wiatt) Great ease with the male role - believable, larger than life. Terrific spitting/adjusting moment! Big volume, filled the space.
Theatre22 Downstairs Brandon Ryan (Teddy) Ryan's Teddy was lovable and repellent in turn - grotesque but sweet, insightful but insane.
Theatre22 Downstairs Christine Marie Brown (Irene) Brown alternately gave us a character who was childlike in some moments and the only responsible adult at other times - a person at war with herself, on some level. Masterfully done.
Theatre22 Downstairs Comments (Actors) This cast worked well together! I was could feel the conflict as each characters ticks were slowly exposed.
Theatre22 Downstairs Comments (Direction) Beckman kept us guessing where the play would go, guided the actors to the spark that made each character unique and human, and allowed the surprisingly sunny ending to occur believably.
Theatre22 Downstairs Comments (Playwright) I don't know if this is written into the script. It was so specific I would think it would be.
The subtle symbolism of Teddy's childhood memory in ACT 1 of sing and Dancing gibberish lyrics to Michael Jackson's Smooth Criminal was funny but slick in the return of that song in ACT 2. That is just happened to be on the Radio when Irene was in the basement on the computer looking searching through Jerry's files and Jerry slinks into room.
Theatre22 Downstairs Comments (Playwright) There were some surprises throughout.
Theatre22 Downstairs Comments (Scenic) The production starts with a downstairs basement in disarray with clothing strewn across the floor. Old boxes, tools, a ratty old couch, and exposed insulation illustrate the intended use if the room. Meanwhile a cereal box, coffee pot, computer, and other essentials show signs that someone is living down here. There aren't enough essentials for a good life, but a temporary stay. This is great for a story in flux.
Theatre22 Downstairs Other/Final Comments Glad to have seen this new work! It is a provoking script that sheds light on a subject that is often ignored. I hope the script is picked up by a bigger venue. I think a larger budget and big name venue could really help share the message. I really wanted to see Irene hit Jerry with a wrench!
Village Theatre Dreamgirls Angela Birchett (Effie White) I attended a performance during which Ms. Birchett was replaced by her understudy, Shatirah Sha Rolle. Both women were excellent but special mention must be made of Ms. Sha Rolle who stepped in just before "I'm Not Going" and never looked back. It was a phenomenal performance!
Village Theatre Dreamgirls Comments (Choreography) The men's ensemble doing "Steppin' to Bad Side" is worth the price of admission. It was simply cool beyond words.
Village Theatre Dreamgirls Comments (Costume) Costumes were exceptional -- tons of them, and with different roles: stand-out, matching, full glam, down on luck. Even more impressive with the quick changes and on-stage transformation. Quite a feat -- congratulations!
Village Theatre Dreamgirls Comments (Ensemble) Actors complimented each other wonderfully
Village Theatre Dreamgirls Other/Final Comments Davione Gordon rocks the stage. This was the second time I have seen his ensemble work and expect to see him in feature roles. He's like Cassie in "A Chorus Line": too good for chorus work alone.
Village Theatre Dreamgirls Other/Final Comments Huge show -- a joy to watch and hear. Congratulations!
Village Theatre Dreamgirls Other/Final Comments THERE WAS AN ONSTAGE QUICK-CHANGE WHILE THE ACTOR WAS SINGING AND IN THE DAMN SPOTLIGHT - THE SHEER AUDACITY!!!
Seattle Repertory Theatre Dry Powder Comments (Costume) The glum color-palette was spot-on and a highlight was the disheveled skirt and blouse combo worn by Jenny post-analysis.
Seattle Repertory Theatre Dry Powder Comments (Direction) Snappy pacing, excellent comic timing, a terrific synthesis of all the design elements and the work of the actors.
Seattle Repertory Theatre Dry Powder Comments (Ensemble) Outstanding pacing, superbly rehearsed, actors listening and meeting each other with wits and words.
Seattle Repertory Theatre Dry Powder Comments (Lighting) Loved the neon sculpture and architectural work, great color choices, the color choices helped to accentuate the place changes, unique concept using the ticker tape
Seattle Repertory Theatre Dry Powder Comments (Scenic) Appreciate the almost cinematic scene changes at the Rep; the use of the sliding set changes are always so exciting. Loved how all the elements were just slightly off-center, mimicking the characters' choices. Clean lines allowed for the actors and the words to shine.
Seattle Repertory Theatre Dry Powder Comments (Scenic) The use of moving platforms for the scene changes was slick. The great use of lines and light made the entire set look polished.
Seattle Repertory Theatre Dry Powder Comments (Sound/Music) The protesters at the beginning was very effective in setting the stage for the ensuing fight scenes, as were the sounds of the city. Great phone sound effects and club music. Impressive overall.
Seattle Repertory Theatre Dry Powder Hana Lass (Jenny) Hana did a fantastic job of bringing out the hilarity of what Jenny was saying without falling into the trap of Jenny being "the one we hate". It wasn't easy to "hate" Jenny given her actual intelligence and her internal logic. She was damn funny. Kudos!
Seattle Repertory Theatre Dry Powder Hana Lass (Jenny) Reminded me of a few biz school folks I went to school with. But the Hong Kong scene was screamingly funny.
Seattle Repertory Theatre Dry Powder Hana Lass (Jenny) Wonderful dry delivery of a difficult character. Boundless energy. The moment on the bench in Hong Kong - I'm still wondering how she held that expression on her face after all that harassment. Outstanding.
Seattle Repertory Theatre Dry Powder MJ Sieber (Seth) A super performance. Never a moment I didn't doubt that he was the money-grubber he was portraying. The moment when he crushes his phone - twice - and doesn't even care: wow.
Seattle Repertory Theatre Dry Powder Other/Final Comments A very tight production whose wit, timing, comedy, and humanity kept me on my toes. Great work, everyone!
Seattle Repertory Theatre Dry Powder Other/Final Comments I honestly didn't want to care much for this material but the actors did their job well and I was sold by the midway point. Sound design did well to tell a story before I knew the actual story.
Seattle Repertory Theatre Dry Powder Richard Nguyen Sloniker (Jeff) Sincere, genuine, you're rooting for him (almost) all the way to the end!
Seattle Repertory Theatre Dry Powder Shawn Belyea (Rick) Just ate him up in Hong Kong; managed the long moments of silence beautifully. Great comic timing, nice arc, and I don't think anyone could have eaten those chips more annoyingly - well done!
Washington Ensemble Theatre Every Five Minutes Comments (Choreography) Lot's of fighting, and it all worked well together.
Washington Ensemble Theatre Every Five Minutes Comments (Costume) The costumes were nice, especially the giant "Dad" one.
Washington Ensemble Theatre Every Five Minutes Comments (Direction) I really felt like I was taking a tour of an individual's psyche. The transitions between dream and reality were hypnotic and hallucinatory. I really felt like I was (very uncomfortably) living in Mo's head.
Washington Ensemble Theatre Every Five Minutes Comments (Ensemble) Some really difficult scenes for the entire cast pulled off with grace.
Washington Ensemble Theatre Every Five Minutes Comments (Lighting) Brilliant use of practicals and lighting effects to create spaces and worlds
Washington Ensemble Theatre Every Five Minutes Comments (Lighting) Wonderful lighting. The way that the lights would distort and warp really pulled everything together. Excellent. I loved the EKG lights too.
Washington Ensemble Theatre Every Five Minutes Comments (Scenic) Overall, there were elements of the design that I thought were wonderful. The walls moving to reveal a prison-like jail cell was cool. The set dressing was nice, especially in the bathroom with the tug and the elements right behind it to set the space.
Washington Ensemble Theatre Every Five Minutes Comments (Scenic) Great ideas for the multiple location. Choreography of the scenic moves were really powerful.
Washington Ensemble Theatre Every Five Minutes Comments (Sound/Music) Sound brought this show to life!
Washington Ensemble Theatre Every Five Minutes Comments (Sound/Music) Sounds effects were subtle, but used to great effect for both place a person and DISplacing a person...to establish reality and to establish unreality
Washington Ensemble Theatre Every Five Minutes Comments (Sound/Music) The music was super loud in the beginning, but then I realized that it was supposed to be that way because of Mo's trauma. The sounds throughout worked well and blended nicely into the scene that felt effortless.
Washington Ensemble Theatre Every Five Minutes Jonelle Jordan (Rachel) Beautiful and loving moments. After Mo, her character was the other one that I gravitated toward, and that was probably due to her acting. Wonderful.
Washington Ensemble Theatre Every Five Minutes Nick Edwards (Bozo) Excellent comedic ability put to use in a disturbing way.
Washington Ensemble Theatre Every Five Minutes Nick Edwards (Bozo) Fantastic as the father and as the clown.
Washington Ensemble Theatre Every Five Minutes Tim Gouran (Mo) As always, Tim created a compelling and sympathetic character for us in the smallest gesture.
Washington Ensemble Theatre Every Five Minutes Tim Gouran (Mo) Bravo.
Washington Ensemble Theatre Every Five Minutes Tim Gouran (Mo) The dedication to the character made me feel his pain. I couldn't keep my eyes off of him, and it wasn't because he naked for large portions of time. It was because I could feel his pain and terror.
Washington Ensemble Theatre Every Five Minutes Tim Gouran (Mo) Tim Gouran's facial expressions pierced our souls in the closeness of the small theater space, and covered the gamut of emotions - shocked, stoic, frightened, enraged, loving, pitiful, anxious, aroused, suspcious.....I could go on and on. A truly masterful performance of a challenging role.
Washington Ensemble Theatre Every Five Minutes Tim Gouran (Mo) What a difficult role! Congratulations to Tim for taking it on and delivering a varied, nuanced performance.
Taproot Theatre Company Evidence of Things Unseen Chip Wood (Daniel) Enjoyed his performance.
Taproot Theatre Company Evidence of Things Unseen Comments (Costume) Told us who these people were and how they moved through the play.
Taproot Theatre Company Evidence of Things Unseen Comments (Lighting) The lighting design was nice. I did like the way the nest lit up. It seemed like more thought and design was put into the design of the nest's lighting than the rest of the play. The space isn't very big, and I felt that everyone was lit well. Overall, the design was nice and did it's job.
Taproot Theatre Company Evidence of Things Unseen Comments (Sound/Music) Nice score as well as wonderful "love" sounds.
Taproot Theatre Company Evidence of Things Unseen Comments (Sound/Music) Nothing stood out to me that was bad or good. Overall, it did it's job. If I didn't notice it, then it was probably good.
Taproot Theatre Company Evidence of Things Unseen Michael Winters (Jack) Heartfelt and lovely. Broke my heart that his mind was failing him. At times, I found myself looking a how he was using a prop rather than what action was happening.
Libertinis, The Fantastic Misadventures of Twisty Shakes, The Comments (Choreography) The group choreography seemed so WELL rehearsed. It was timed perfectly with the scenes and music. It made sense for the story and added great hilarity as needed.
Libertinis, The Fantastic Misadventures of Twisty Shakes, The Comments (Costume) The costumes were delightful. They totally fit the characters and lifted the story to this fantasy world. I just loved the mushroom costumes. The costumes looked so innocent and friendly, yet allowed for a fun fight scene (and funny clean up). The cloud costumes served very well with their functionality for the story and a quick change while just adding to the hilarity of the scene. The clouds also look like it took some real time and effort to make them. I loved the ingenuity used for the mermaid costumes. Very smart. I also thought Captain Black Bush had a very well done costume.
Libertinis, The Fantastic Misadventures of Twisty Shakes, The Comments (Direction) Well done. I particularly enjoyed the transitions between scenes. They were funny, sometimes snarky and totally fit the spectacle of it all. There was something always going on. I didn't know what was going to happen next or where an actor was going to enter the stage. The timing was on point throughout most of the show. All the jokes were clearly heard so the audience could laugh away without missing anything.
It was smart not to have too many set pieces in the given space. This allowed for quick transitions, which I feel were important for the this type of show.
Libertinis, The Fantastic Misadventures of Twisty Shakes, The Comments (Ensemble) Bravo. They worked so well together and truly feed off of each others' energy.
Libertinis, The Fantastic Misadventures of Twisty Shakes, The Comments (Ensemble) The cast seemed to be having so much fun together! I appreciated how everyone committed so strongly to the idea of the invisible horse. Nice mime work.
Libertinis, The Fantastic Misadventures of Twisty Shakes, The Comments (Overall Production) Well rounded production. Everything seemed to fit together to tell the story effectively. The costumes, choreography, comedic timing, music, set pieces, transition, and over-the-top drama all worked well in this world the production team and cast created. Nothing really felt out of place.
Libertinis, The Fantastic Misadventures of Twisty Shakes, The Comments (Playwright) The dialogue between characters told the story so well. You learned how the characters were related to each other. It gave a taste so that you wanted to learn a little more about their individual backstories, but could also move forward with the present story line. The unicorn story from Hazel was so weird, but sweet and I just want to see this side adventure take place. All the characters were so different. They had their own "universe," but somehow came together for this religious experience. Every over-the-top character and situation just fit. I think the characters really balanced themselves out. For the elf's singing and longing for her deceased brother, there was Roxie's dancing and showing disdain towards her very much alive distant family. Hazel and the apprentice felt like a Shrek/Donkey relationship. Not identical, but that warm, funny, feel-good relationship shined through. The jokes worked so well throughout the show. I laughed just enough, but was able to catch the next line. I didn't miss anything. It was a good balance in storytelling and being silly. Bravo.
Libertinis, The Fantastic Misadventures of Twisty Shakes, The Comments (Sound/Music) I was quite pleasantly surprised by the combination of music and sound affects for this small theater production. The songs and sound affects fit so well with the choreography. The timing was on point. It was a great mix. Highlights include the sound of Shadows and when the horse died, It was sad, but I could hear the fall and splat. It wasn't a cartoon-ish goofy falling sound. It was what you would expect a horse falling to the ground to sound like. Again, well done.
Libertinis, The Fantastic Misadventures of Twisty Shakes, The Other/Final Comments A fun evening!
Libertinis, The Fantastic Misadventures of Twisty Shakes, The Other/Final Comments So creative and fun! TY for using the music from The Pirate Movie, it's one of my childhood faves.
Libertinis, The Fantastic Misadventures of Twisty Shakes, The Other/Final Comments The show was a lot of fun. Very imaginative and lively!
Libertinis, The Fantastic Misadventures of Twisty Shakes, The Other/Final Comments This was one of the most fun shows I have seen in many years.
Reboot Theatre Company Fly By Night Comments (Choreography) Lovely choreography.
Reboot Theatre Company Fly By Night Comments (Costume) The costumes were beautifully made.
Reboot Theatre Company Fly By Night Comments (Costume) Smart tailoring, nice attention to detail - loved the apron, broach, tux, and those orange shoes (wow!) Also Cecily's costume - perfection!
Reboot Theatre Company Fly By Night Comments (Direction) The director did a good job moving his cast around in a small and awkward space.
Reboot Theatre Company Fly By Night Comments (Direction) Wonderful work with the actors - they obviously felt safe with each other. Some beautiful moments, particularly the romantic ones. Successful use of the band being in an unusual location. Superb understanding of the script, the nuances and the comedy. Nicely done.
Reboot Theatre Company Fly By Night Comments (Ensemble) Not many ensemble scenes but the cast seemed to relate well to each other.
Reboot Theatre Company Fly By Night Comments (Ensemble) The cast seemed to mess really well together. They were lovely to watch.
Reboot Theatre Company Fly By Night Comments (Ensemble) This cast listened well to each other, they seemed comfortable and genuine in their roles. There was a good deal of trust involved, particularly with all the kissing.
Reboot Theatre Company Fly By Night Comments (Lighting) Loved the (star-crossed?) bulbs over the main part of the stage.
Reboot Theatre Company Fly By Night Comments (Lighting) The reveal of the "stars" above the audience was a beautiful use of theater "magic."
Reboot Theatre Company Fly By Night Comments (Scenic) The best part was the table with the hidden crystal ball in it. So great!
Reboot Theatre Company Fly By Night Comments (Sound/Music) Great levels. Impressive matching the band with the performers from behind.
Reboot Theatre Company Fly By Night Comments (Sound/Music) The sounds transported me into every scene, and were not distracting at all. The band was great! I found myself watching them sometimes. They may have pulled focus a little because the base player kept standing up and sitting down, then standing up, then sitting down. But I didn't mind it too much because they were really good. The musical direction was wonderful.
Reboot Theatre Company Fly By Night Garrett Dill (Harold) Lovely, heartwarming performance. Beautiful voice.
Reboot Theatre Company Fly By Night Garrett Dill (Harold) That voice! The earnestness! Those beautiful tears. And he can play the guitar. A delight to watch.
Reboot Theatre Company Fly By Night Janet McWilliams (Daphne) A knock-out voice, great presence, charming, fab comic timing.
Reboot Theatre Company Fly By Night Janet McWilliams (Daphne) Funny, and lovely.
Reboot Theatre Company Fly By Night Janet McWilliams (Daphne) McWilliams' strong, trained voice never overpowered the space - it just filled it nicely. Her performance is nuanced and balanced; for much of the play she seems to be the heroine and when the script turns her into something of an obstacle to the real dramatic fulfillment of the show, she never loses her integrity or allows her character to lose its dimensionality, humanity, or humor.
Reboot Theatre Company Fly By Night Jeff Church (Mr. McClam) Robust voice, convincing grief, a delight in the traviata scene.
Reboot Theatre Company Fly By Night Jeff Church (Mr. McClam) Such a generous, patient performance. When Church finally gets his one big scene, almost at the end of the play, he fills the stage and is utterly delightful.
Reboot Theatre Company Fly By Night Kylee Gano (Joey Storms) Couldn't take my eyes of Gano. She was riveting in this cross-gendered role. Her conviction and dead-pan humor (as well as her moments of sheer loony-ness) were captivating.
Reboot Theatre Company Fly By Night Mandy Rose Nichols (Narrator) Exceptional focus, great accents, loved the gypsy and the mother, especially. A calm presence in a sea of changing times, people and places.
Reboot Theatre Company Fly By Night Mandy Rose Nichols (Narrator) She made the show, killing every scene and character. The gypsy scenes were hilarious.
Reboot Theatre Company Fly By Night Mandy Rose Nichols (Narrator) She played many roles, some more successfully than others. They ranged from charming and sincere to very mannered and shticky. Lovely singing voice.
Reboot Theatre Company Fly By Night Mandy Rose Nichols (Narrator) The actor who played the Narrator did a fantastic job of flawlessly transitioning from a character within the scene back into the Narrator.
Reboot Theatre Company Fly By Night Other/Final Comments I really appreciated the gender bending that was utilized in this production. Not only did it not distract away from the musical at all, but it instead added something fresh and interesting to the piece.
Reboot Theatre Company Fly By Night Other/Final Comments This show is proof of concept for low budget musicals in a small space, but it could not have been easy to mount...the sound was terrific, the band never overpowered the singers, and after seeing musicals in which the performers were miked to cope with larger spaces, it was a pleasure to just hear the unamplified, beautiful trained voices of the uniformly strong cast.
Reboot Theatre Company Fly By Night Stacie Hart (Crabbie) A deft performance of the working man, Hart got it so right. Great physicality, timing, and she sold the traffic-directing-as-a-calling so well.
Reboot Theatre Company Fly By Night Stacie Hart (Crabbie) Fun, immediate, and able to manage the cross-gender aspect of her role well.
Reboot Theatre Company Fly By Night Tara Nix (Miriam) Lovely presence, softness, wonderful facial expressions, great understanding of the character.
Reboot Theatre Company Fly By Night Tara Nix (Miriam) Nix was exceptional; understated and warm, with a beautiful voice and tremendous range - her character was surprising and delightful and heartbreaking.
Copious Love Productions Fog Machine Play, The Comments (Ensemble) Every member of the cast COMMITTED to this play. They were all a part of the same world, no matter what that world was in the moment. Very strong ensemble for this play.
Copious Love Productions Fog Machine Play, The Comments (Overall Production) Manic, self-aware, not a trace of the fourth wall, ridiculous and with exceptional actors.
Copious Love Productions Fog Machine Play, The Lisa Clarke (Sandra/Ally Sheedy) I don't know who this girl is but I want to see her in EVERYTHING. So nuanced and enthralling.
Copious Love Productions Fog Machine Play, The Olivia Lee (Waitress/Gwendolyn) God. I loved her in all of this.
Copious Love Productions Fog Machine Play, The Olivia Lee (Waitress/Gwendolyn) I love Olivia in every thing she does and this play was no exception.
Copious Love Productions Fog Machine Play, The Other/Final Comments BRENDAN MACK HAVE MAH BABY
Copious Love Productions Fog Machine Play, The Other/Final Comments What a delirious fun night of insane random gold.
ArtsWest Frozen Comments (Scenic) The minimalist set provided a great sense of isolation for the characters as well as the actors.
ArtsWest Frozen Jonelle Jordan (Agnetha) Very lovely, easy, specific performance. Liked her work in Winter's Tale. Liked her work in this. Happy she is on the scene.
ArtsWest Frozen Peter Crook (Ralph) Beautiful character work.
ArtsWest Frozen Peter Crook (Ralph) He was exceptional. He truly lived within his character and was mesmerizing to watch.
ArtsWest Ghosts Comments (Costume) Very well crafted costumes that fit the characters very well.
ArtsWest Ghosts Comments (Lighting) I truly felt like I was inside this big house with the way that the lighting lit up all of the windows.
ArtsWest Ghosts Comments (Lighting) The use of light resembling sunrise and sunset was done really well. I loved the way the light illuminated glass windows used on the set. It was a nice touch, especially when depicted the fire scene.
ArtsWest Ghosts Comments (Overall Production) This production was very well done. Everything including the use of space, staging, and costumes was done brilliantly.
ArtsWest Ghosts Comments (Scenic) Shawn's transformation of the space was beautiful. I loved the details in the simple design. From the floor treatment to the bank of solarium style windows, it was beautiful and evocative. The best design I've seen in the ArtsWest space, bar none.
ArtsWest Ghosts Comments (Scenic) The whole room containing the audience was used as the set. There were windows on the narrow end walls, and a greenhouse effect behind the audience on one side of the center section and a portrait of the dead husband on the other center wall. As well as a performance space with furniture in the center of the space. I thought it was very effective
ArtsWest Ghosts Comments (Scenic) Wow!! Bravo on the scenic design. It was so immaculately done. The furniture, windows, plants, etc. felt so real for the setting.
ArtsWest Ghosts John Coons (Oswald Alving) Calm and collected, then explosive as needed. I really felt this character's bitterness and agony.
ArtsWest Ghosts Noah Racey (Pastor Manders) Noah had a nice steadiness throughout. You felt his pastoral duties weighing on him.
ArtsWest Ghosts Noah Racey (Pastor Manders) Noah really played the gravitas of the play well. I appreciated the nuances he brought to the Pastor role. He was compelling and I felt most invested in his character.
ArtsWest Ghosts Other/Final Comments I love how the theatre was really transformed for this play.
ArtsWest Ghosts Other/Final Comments The set was perfect for this play.
ArtsWest Ghosts Paul Shapiro (Jacob Engstrand) Paul is a joy to watch on stage. He felt very authentic and natural throughout.
ArtsWest Ghosts Sophia Franzella (Regina Engstrand) Sophia was delightful throughout. Her flirty innocence in the beginning, yet strength in the end demonstrated her dynamic abilities as an full range actress.
ArtsWest Ghosts Suzanne Bouchard (Helene Alving) Believable in every scene.
ArtsWest Ghosts [Nominator Survey - Notable Production Elements] The set of Ghosts at Arts West was beautiful.
Annex Theatre Girl Amy Escobar Particularly engaging.
Annex Theatre Girl Amy Escobar We only encountered her in the very last scene. Difficult to score, but she was present and participatory in the ensemble action.
Annex Theatre Girl Comments (Costume) Loved the element of surprise and the realistic view of young woman taking on an off many different outfits, revealing the kind of choices and the overthought of those choices that women go over in how they dress every day.
Annex Theatre Girl Comments (Costume) Many of the costumes were interesting, provided some context as to where we were, and helped us get to know the characters when they were speaking nonsense. The subtle transitions towards the thematic white were very cool.
Annex Theatre Girl Comments (Costume) Very tight costume design that told a compelling story of a girl being pressed in and out of social molds. I loved the use of color and of shape and the choice to allow the audience to "dress" and "undress" the Girls- indicting us.
Annex Theatre Girl Comments (Direction) Mary Hubert's direction allowed this ensemble to flourish in chaos- to allow the world around us to crumble much to our amusement. We were, as an audience, always safe- always included. Furthermore, Hubert demonstrated that immersive or devised theatre does not need to be self-congratulatory and does not have to exclude the great unwashed to be high art.
Annex Theatre Girl Comments (Direction) The staging for the mirror scene was particularly powerful. The women prepping together for the party in unison, changing their outfits and questioning their choices based off each other and their own impulses felt so familiar, especially as audience members acting as their reflections. It was comforting and enlightening to see a struggle that myself as a young woman faces everyday simply by getting ready in front of a mirror.
Annex Theatre Girl Comments (Direction) The way the director had the actors maneuver the audiences throughout the spaces and entice with various objectives was beautiful.
Annex Theatre Girl Comments (Ensemble) It was clear that the ensemble was well-met. The piece relied on the trust the women had in each other in order to then place that trust in the audience.
Annex Theatre Girl Comments (Ensemble) It's clear that this was devised by the ensemble. The cohesion was beautiful, jarring and yet effortless.
Annex Theatre Girl Comments (Ensemble) While performances independently varied, this group knew each other inside and out and worked to fluidly guide its amorphous audience through their complex story.
Annex Theatre Girl Comments (Lighting) Every area was well lit, and appropriately lit for the nature of the scenes. I felt enveloped into each scene through the lighting before anyone spoke.
Annex Theatre Girl Comments (Lighting) I felt this was one of the most effective elements of the production. Lighting choices were different in each room, each well suiting and enhancing my understanding of the action that was occurring in each location.
Annex Theatre Girl Comments (Lighting) Lighting in a space like that is difficult, but the lighting designer managed to create intimacy, mood, and texture throughout the space.
Annex Theatre Girl Comments (Lighting) The use of the flashlights was so playful. It added an element of risk and spontaneity to the performance by putting the girls in control of where they wanted light to be shed.
Annex Theatre Girl Comments (Overall Production) A remarkable exploration of what it means to be a girl, to perform as a girl, to be pressed by society into the shape of a girl and to be oppressed by this at times and to, at other times, find freedom and joy and liberation in girlhood. I have never been to a show that prompted so much audience speculation after the fact- the sidewalk turned into a sort of salon, with each patron examining their experiences, reflecting on their first periods or their weddings... so on and so forth.
Annex Theatre Girl Comments (Overall Production) Loved the staging and the bold risks taken by the ensemble to deliver a product that questioned what it means to be a girl, be seen as a girl and to a girl in theatre.
Annex Theatre Girl Comments (Overall Production) To try to compare this production with any other production does Girl an disservice. It was an outstanding use of the space at Annex as well as a vulnerable look at the performers themselves.
Annex Theatre Girl Comments (Scenic) Amazing use of space!
Annex Theatre Girl Comments (Scenic) Everything seemed to be there with intent, and served both aesthetic and practical purposes.
Annex Theatre Girl Comments (Scenic) I thought the use of rooms was very clever.
Annex Theatre Girl Comments (Scenic) It's hard to talk about set since this was an immersive piece, but the backstage spaces were well dressed. They were evocative and sometimes specific to where the girls were and what they were doing.
Annex Theatre Girl Comments (Scenic) The use of space was phenomenal. Annex became like a college house, with many messy nooks and crannies to explore, all occupied by complex and excited young women taking up their own space. The audience was completely immersed, which I love!
Annex Theatre Girl Comments (Scenic) To compare this scenic design to a traditionally designed show does Girl a disservice. Nevertheless, the show's quirky use of space and the added pieces on top of the Annex landscape were clever and thought-provoking.
Annex Theatre Girl Comments (Sound/Music) Again, difficult but rewarding. Having the girls sing created interesting mood. The songs chosen to be played were strange but set the tone and revealed some character details.
Annex Theatre Girl Comments (Sound/Music) Sound elements were used sparingly, but seemed fairly effective when they were present.
Annex Theatre Girl Comments (Sound/Music) Such beautiful singers within the ensemble. I also enjoyed the use of stereo and the encouragement to sing along, and the use of a cellphone pumping at full volume as if someone just placed it on for background music.
Annex Theatre Girl Erin Bednarz She is someone I see really blossoming in the next year.
Annex Theatre Girl Erin Bednarz Very present and real onstage. I believed every word she said.
Annex Theatre Girl Erin Bednarz We only encountered her in the very last scene. Difficult to score, but she was present and participatory in the ensemble action.
Annex Theatre Girl Gabriela Marta Aleman What a hauntingly beautiful voice. Her character work was consistent throughout and I found myself wanting to follow her journey.
Annex Theatre Girl Katie Bicknell Had an earnest vulnerability to her character that didn't seem contrived.
Annex Theatre Girl Kayla Walker The perfect mix of installation art, participatory theatre, and commitment to saying "yes".
Annex Theatre Girl Kayla Walker We only encountered her in the very last scene. Difficult to score, but she was present and participatory in the ensemble action.
Annex Theatre Girl Kiki Abba I believed everything she was going through, and felt she invited the audience into the scene with an extremely natural rhythm.
Annex Theatre Girl Kiki Abba Kiki is, as always, a fabulous performer. She remains present in any moment and connected to the work, regardless of its content. She frequently presents the most naturalism in a moment, and is overall, thoroughly enjoyable to watch.
Annex Theatre Girl Kiki Abba Without a doubt, Kiki's performance stood out. Unlike other members of the ensemble, she always felt 100% engaged and in the moment and was not searching for the right words or thing to say to guide the audience.
Annex Theatre Girl Lauren Brazell Lauren was engaging and entertaining, and served as our "spirit guide" on a few occasions.
Annex Theatre Girl Other/Final Comments Only seeing one of the performances makes judging this show hard. Because of not being able to watch everything I feel like this is unfair way to judge a show.

I enjoyed the conceptual style of the introduction of the silent film that explained the 'rules"

Clever symbolic twist with use of "X" & "O"

comic/memorable scene was the bathroom scene with 3 actress looking into the Mirror talking about the blackhead they see. while changing into their white gowns. It had a relatable realness.
Annex Theatre Girl Other/Final Comments The entire concept of the show was absolutely amazing, and the actresses executed brilliant transitions. I would love to see it again with rewrites.
Annex Theatre Girl Other/Final Comments The show was raw and vulnerable in a striking and beautiful way.
I think that the more immersive/improved/non-linear work gets done in Seattle, the more a need for a Gregory category for it will become. To try and compare this show with a traditional staging of, for instance, Daisy, is to do the show a disservice.
Taproot Theatre Company God Game, The Cobey Mandarino (Matt) Likable, believable, and able to propel the story. He was clean and managed to make his conflicted character sympathetic and approachable.
Taproot Theatre Company God Game, The Comments (Actors) Some of the best ensemble work I've seen in a while.
Taproot Theatre Company God Game, The Comments (Costume) Costumes were simple and clearly conveyed the characters and their status.
Taproot Theatre Company God Game, The Comments (Direction) Carol kept the cast moving and engaged with each other. Pacing was brisk and she didn't miss a laugh or a sub-theme. Well done!
Taproot Theatre Company God Game, The Comments (Ensemble) The three actors made the characters' 30 year long relationship believable and appealing. Plenty of warmth and depth.
Taproot Theatre Company God Game, The Comments (Overall Production) Solid, well-written, timely, well-acted, moved quickly.
Taproot Theatre Company God Game, The Comments (Scenic) Simple but functional.

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