…meantime at HoJo's

ensemble theatre · the gangbusters theatre company · Ages 12+ · flashing lights · world premiere · United States of America

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MICHAEL SHAW FISHER · June 09, 2018
Levatino is a beast. He might even be insane...but there is no arguing he is one genius bastard. I mean COME ON. A piece like this isn’t just scribbled willy nilly, it’s the product of both vision and methodical dicipline to both historical research and the craft of playwrighting. I would suggest that anyone who fancies themselves the next Mamet or Pinter, take their heads out of their asses and treat themselves to Meantime At Hojo’s and be humbled by the exciting work is being done by American playwrights today. First off, the dialogue is whip smart and akin to being in a steel dome while bullets ricochet off every curve. I didn’t know where these terms and lingo are coming from as they zipped past my ears, but just as much any the costume ... full review

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RYAN LISMAN · June 11, 2018
Christian Levatino is an artist that I immensely respect, his passion and conviction are so fiercely evident in his work, and it makes the theatrical experience feel epic. With consistently snappy and witty dialogue, tons of historical nods, and immense stakes, Meantime at Hojo's is a thrill that must be experienced at this fringe festival. Don't worry if you aren't too familiar with the Watergate scandal, the play does a great job of giving you all the information you need. ... full review

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PAUL HOAN ZEIDLER certified reviewer · June 10, 2018
tagged as: tragedy · History
A country, a culture, falls into an easy narrative about a shared historical event and replays it until it becomes a rut. By now, we all know Watergate is a story about brave journalists and a corrupt presidency. Huge credit goes to Gangbusters Theatre Co. for breaking out of the narrative and mounting this workshop production of MEANTIME AT HOJO's about some of the people damaged most by Richard Nixon's paranoia: the Plumbers. Christian Levatino (who also wrote the play) delivers a performance of the Watergate break-in's architect, G. Gordon Liddy, that's as idiosyncratic as the man himself. Darrett Sanders deftly carries the moral center of the production in his portrayal of an uneasy E. Howard Hunt. As the doomed burglary begins, t... full review

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MARGO ROWDER certified reviewer · June 23, 2018
I had to see this twice, and I'd see it many more times!... full review

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MATT RITCHEY gia on the move · July 16, 2018
Jesus. I mean.... look, I'd seen King Dick a few years back and I of course heard the name "Christian Levatino" bandied about in dark back rooms and whispered in men's room stalls at Awards ceremonies, but this was next level. Was it that the characters, dialogue, and acting was so believable, that the use of light and music was subtle genius, or that the eight men onstage used the words as a greasy surfboard to ride a potent dark wave of 70's paranoia? Probably all of it. Regardless, call me a new Gangbusters devotee. Can't wait for the next installment!... full review

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MICHAEL RAYNOR certified reviewer · July 22, 2018
tagged as: funny · interesting · suprising · exciting
We loved the show. Excellent writing and well cast. Christian Levitano (playwright & actor) enters and really excites with his wild presence as G. Gordon Liddy. The production is very creatively put together with video and music and cool use of light. This show is better written, acted and presented than most of the plays produced at major venues around the country. This play is so memorable, it sticks with you day after day, and deserves another production on a larger level.... full review

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BENJAMIN SCHWARTZ · June 11, 2018
If you don't know who Christian Levatino is... well this is your first mistake. Discovering his work is like being given a secret address to the coolest pop-up dinner in Los Angeles; and something extremely special. This script is so well-researched, dense, and colorful. The story, with no concern for brevity, is a ticker; taking all the time it needs to explore philosophy, vintage hardware, and each character's backstory. Acting, across the entire production, is beyond stellar; with easily the most talented cast at this festival. But especially Levatino. Those eyes, man. I just feel truly honored to watch this show in its early stages and see some art from an artist that is truly worth watching. ... full review

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CATHERINE CURTIS certified reviewer · June 08, 2018
Well paced, well researched imagining of the Watergate break-in from the Plumbers' point of view.... full review

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LYNN ODELL certified reviewer · June 16, 2018
Wonderfully written, acted and directed. Fascinating subject matter. I loved this show.... full review

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