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Rapture

musicals and operas · the diviners · Ages 13+ · world premiere · United States

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Review by ANANDA DILLON

June 24, 2014 certified reviewer

My overall impression

This show was so much fun! An amazing performance from lead Al Rahn who carries the entire thing with a sustained energy that is really remarkable. The music was incredibly well produced if potentially overpowering for a one act show and just proves this baby could easily grow into a full-fledged musical. Ben Stanton and Dan Frey have serious talent, like seriously.

The jokes are hilarious and unassuming, with a slight edge. And while shifting moods in one act plays can often seem jolting due to the shortened time, Rapture navigates itself into dark territory with a slowly building tension that gives us a satisfying release in its tender, yet funny ending. This musical pokes fun at its religious setting while never condemning it, showcasing a universal tale of forgiveness everyone can get behind no matter their beliefs or background.

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