2018 Next Stage Theatre Review: Rumspringa Break! (Marigon Productions)

Rumspringa Break! is a lot like Little Shop of Horrors, Book of Mormon and Sound of Music had some sort of polyamorous lovechild. Take two Amish girls determined to see the world before committing to their faith once and for all, add in the gritty city and an illegal weed growing operation, and the result is Rumspringa Break!, a new musical currently … Continue reading 2018 Next Stage Theatre Review: Rumspringa Break! (Marigon Productions)

2018 Next Stage Theatre Festival Review: The Harold Experience (The Assembly)

Of course, the first thing that happened in the performance of The Harold Experience, an improvised comedy show based on true stories from the lives of audience members, playing as part of the 2018 Next Stage Festival (a sort of post-graduate Fringe experience, in theory) was director Rob Norman walking cheerfully down stage and explaining a) that … Continue reading 2018 Next Stage Theatre Festival Review: The Harold Experience (The Assembly)

2018 Next Stage Theatre Festival Review: Birthday Balloon (Mauzy May Productions)

In Birthday Balloon, playing as part of this year’s Next Stage Theatre Festival, David and Millie are at war. Their marriage is at stake and though Millie is desperate to salvage whatever it is they have left, David fears it may be too late. They’ve both already suffered the greatest tragedy that neither of them … Continue reading 2018 Next Stage Theatre Festival Review: Birthday Balloon (Mauzy May Productions)

2018 Next Stage Festival Review: Leila Live! (Laugh With Leila Productions)

I have forever been meaning to see (yet somehow always managing to miss) a show by Laugh With Leila Productions. So I was excited to discover that the self-styled Persian Princess with a cult following is back with a riotous new performance, Leila Live!, playing in the Factory Theatre Antechamber as part of the Next Stage … Continue reading 2018 Next Stage Festival Review: Leila Live! (Laugh With Leila Productions)

2018 Next Stage Theatre Festival Review: The Surprise (Christel Bartelse/DutchGirl Productions)

The problem with a surprise is that you never know whether it’s going to be good or bad. Christel Bartelse/Dutchgirl Productions’s The Surprise playing at the Factory Theatre Ante-chamber as part of the 2018 Next Stage Theatre Festival capitalizes on the unpredictable as the audience tries to help throw a surprise party for Ginger (Christel … Continue reading 2018 Next Stage Theatre Festival Review: The Surprise (Christel Bartelse/DutchGirl Productions)

2018 Next Stage Festival Review: That “F” Word (SaMel Tanz)

There is an unsurprisingly apt description of feminism in SaMel Tanz’s That “F” Word playing at the Factory Theatre Mainspace as part of the Next Stage Theatre Festival. A series of expertly choreographed dances informed by questions of femininity, society, race, body image, and gender roles uses words sparingly, preferring the twist of bodies to … Continue reading 2018 Next Stage Festival Review: That “F” Word (SaMel Tanz)