In the Valley of the Shadow

rogue machine theatre · Ages 12+ · world premiere · United States of America

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BETSY ZAJKO · June 02, 2017
This is incredibly well produced, written, directed, and acted. Love is love is love is love...and it's not morose or a downer...it leaves you thinking and more elevated. It is full of surprises, steers away from tropes and emotional traps. It is funny and poignant and well worth a visit.... full review

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JAIMYON PARKER certified reviewer · June 04, 2017
A terrific show that brings up a myriad of conversations and emotions. A very thought provoking piece that challenges anyone and everyone who sees it.... full review

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MARLOW WYATT certified reviewer · June 04, 2017
The intimate space was perfect for this drama. I honestly cannot say enough. This work is great for teens to senior citizens. Only 1 hour so it holds your attention. We need artists telling stories in this way with our current climate of intolerance right now. I did not know what to expect and left pleasantly surprised by the talent overall and the story itself. I called friends right after the performance and will be encouraging others on FB and twitter to attend. It's a beautifully told work and I think everyone should see it.... full review

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LISA LONG · June 14, 2017
In the Valley of the Shadow is a trifecta of craft, heart, and talent. Katherine Cortez comments upon injustice and horror by creating something beautiful from it's ashes. Fully embodied characters, masterfully brought to life by the cast elevate the work beyond the page into a living phoenix that testifies, not only for 49 souls, but for their families, lovers, and our human community. ... full review

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TARINA POUNCY · June 05, 2017
The play is beautifully written and directed with characters who are witty, fun, thought-provoking and real. The dialogue is comprised of genuine conversations you hear daily from those you might label liberal or conservative, giving humanity to both even if you don't agree with their choices. Most of the actors play duo polar opposite roles, committing fully to every word and action. Great piece evoking laughter and tears. ... full review

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MARKIETHA KA'VON · June 05, 2017
The use of religion is always difficult but it was used carefully within the script. Well done...And maybe a little more poetic in terms of Enrique. I loved Rumi being used at the end and the quote worked well. I feel like Rafi should have been saying the poem with Enrique at the end as another layer of the newfound love he found. Overall, I enjoyed the show, it was unique in it's dealing with a tough subject matter. ... full review

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GARY BOOHER certified reviewer · June 04, 2017
Rogue Machine again hits the high mark! This play is serious stuff and yet it humanizes and personalizes a very difficult subject and a traumatic tragedy. The script is articulate and eloquent, the direction is spot-on, and acting has both range and depth. Most actors play two roles and the contrast between characters is so phenomenal that you think you are seeing two different actors. This play is story-telling at its best that is poignant and heart-wrenching. Bring a tissue box as it is all-consuming as a five-hanky experience. And it is well worth the experience for everyone to see.... full review

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ANONYMOUS certified reviewer · June 09, 2017
Wonderful. Great story!... full review

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TERRY ANNE HOLZMAN certified reviewer · June 09, 2017
Not all of Fringe can be fun-and-games. Audiences (like me!) adore fun but we also want theater that helps us to understand what’s going on IRL (in real life). This excellent, thought-provoking world premier ensemble drama was inspired by the 2016 shootings at the LGBT Pulse nightclub in Orlando on “Latin Night” in which 49 (mostly Latino) people were murdered by a single gunman. The play explores how “fundamental belief systems can give a perverse inspiration to the execution of hate in the name of ‘love’.” Great acting and writing. ... full review

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ROB STEVENS haineshisway.com · June 09, 2017
Sure to be one of the best plays of the Fringe, maybe of all 2017 theatre.... full review

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