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ensemble theatre · william tolan lawrence · Ages 17+ · flashing lights · world premiere · United States of America

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OLIVIA BUNTAINE · June 14, 2018
Incredible new work by William Lawrence, dynamic ensembleship and group story telling, immediate and transgressive theater in the most positive senses of the words.... full review

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ANONYMOUS · June 03, 2018
I saw the first performance. It was cute and real funny at times. There's message at the end. Made me wish that this show was taken out of the Renberg Theatre at the Gay and Lesbian Center and put front and center at the Complex on Santa Monica Blvd. With an almost all gay audience, you're just preaching to the choir. This little show needs to be seen by more than just a mostly gay audience.... full review

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JORDAN ADELMAN certified reviewer · June 13, 2018
tagged as: relevant · gay · clever · funny
Clever, witty, cheeky, relevant, important, really freaking gay, and generally just excellent. ... full review

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ANONYMOUS certified reviewer · June 25, 2018
It was dramatic and amazing!... full review

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RUTH FOWLER certified reviewer · June 13, 2018
tagged as: drama · comedy · LGBTQIA · lgbt · gay
Sometimes you just need a big ole splash of gay to make your day, and this play was it. Just 45 minutes long, it was well acted and very funny. I really enjoyed it and had a great time. I really hope it reaches a wider (straighter) audience as I think more LGBTQIA perspectives are sorely needed in fringe!... full review

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CHERYL FRANK certified reviewer · June 13, 2018
This is one of my favorite shows at the Fringe this year. Don't miss it!!!!! ... full review

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ROB ANGELL certified reviewer · June 15, 2018
You. Must. See. This. Show. Bitterly funny, gut-punchingly tragic, it's everything you want in theater.... full review

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ANONYMOUS certified reviewer · June 12, 2018
tagged as: fun · creative · smart
The show was really impactful!! The message is loud and proud, and will stick with you. I belive it is a MUST see at the Fringe especially for members of the LGBTQI community. ... full review

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STACY STEARNS certified reviewer · June 03, 2018
Sometimes you have to laugh to keep from crying! Writer/director William Tolan Lawrence's Converted: the Exorcism of Matthew Hall is a stark, hilarious, and unapologetic take on Conversion Therapy that dramatizes a moment when religion, homophobia, and unchecked capitalism collide with the will of a fully actualized gay youth who refuses to drink the kool-aid of the Self-Righteous! Lawrence's direction is spare and stylized, taking advantage of a talented cast of performers capable of navigating delightfully surprising shifts in style and performance genre. The audience toggles between hysteria and revelation, and by the time we hit the finish line (thank you for having a tight show- 38 minutes!) we have received holy lessons that we cannot... full review

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BONNIE SLUDIKOFF certified reviewer · June 19, 2018
The topic of this show is incredibly important and under-discussed- I love the idea of this show. I really like the device used to switch between fantasy and reality, but the whole production seemed to be geared toward sketch-like comedy... that's great- and it was laugh-out-loud funny at times, but then the show would suddenly be in an unearned deep moment... the whole thing sort of felt like having a conversation with a friend who hadn't dealt with their feelings on a topic- they're laughing, but you're crying- no one is on the same page. I'd love to see this show commit more to the dramatic and real aspect, but for now I don't think the show knows what it is.... full review

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