PLAY ON! A Musical Romp with Shakespeare's Heroines

musicals and operas · laura jo trexler · Ages 12+ · family friendly · world premiere · one person show · 50 mins · United States of America

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Review by JAMES FERRERO
June 13, 2018 certified reviewer

tagged as: musical · heartbreaking · funny · original

What I liked

The transitions between songs kept it moving nicely, one of my favorites being finishing a song as Rosalind, then plucking a single note as Ophelia without skipping a beat.

The lyrics and use of Shakespeare’s text were beautifully fully intertwined, and really made their own points rather than just rehashing dialogue.

What I didn't like

I wish we could’ve been closer to the stage, there was a strange, large gap between the audience and the stage.

My overall impression

Such a lovely piece. The songs were very original, ranging from comedic to dramatic in a seamless fashion. Laura Jo Trexler embues such a passion in each song, and isn’t afraid to get performative with each one. One of the more original Fringe pieces I’ve seen, I can’t recommend it highly enough.

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