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52 Pick Up

ensemble theatre · acting 4 camera · Ages 15+ · family friendly · Canada

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MADISON JUDD certified reviewer June 13, 2014
This was such a cool show. I guess I didn't know what to expect; I went in thinking the whole thing would be improv, and I didn't know that the cast would only be two people. But I was pleasantly surprised. The actors I saw were both so natural, whether the scene was dramatic or comedic or somewhere in between. I especially appreciated the subtlety exhibited by the male performer, who seemed charmingly stoned throughout the show. With no mics, the audience was still able to hear all dialogue. Thumbs up for that. The minimal set made sense and was used effectively. Lighting made scene transitions apparent and almost seamless. (It's odd to think that lighting was also dictated randomly by the cards!) The script was natural and coincidentally... full review
LIAM O'DONNELL certified reviewer June 16, 2014
52 pick up was a stunning piece of theater. I had been looking forward to seeing this show, but I wasn't really sure what exactly was going to happen. I was fortunately surprised at the phenomenal performance I saw. The two actors I saw were simple. It was so real, as if they weren't acting. They moved and talked naturally which resulted in a feeling of relatability for the audience. The scattered order of each scene encourages the audience to connect events in their head and leaves them on the edge of their seat. The most important aspect of this show is that it makes you feel something. It makes you think. Theater has the tendency to stray away from that nowadays. 52 pick up nails it. Bravo!... full review
MARCUS WELLS certified reviewer June 23, 2014
52 Pick Up should be on everyone's list to see. This beautiful show tells the story of a young couple and shows you every angle of a relationship,and what really makes it special is that there are 52 scenes and each one is written on a card and shuffled and after every scene a new card is called out making the order of events in each show completely different. The two actors I saw were both amazingly talented and made the relationship feel real and I found myself relating to them and this show. This is great for any audience and you'll find yourself, like I am, wanting more and coming back to see it again. Another thing that makes this show special is that there are 4 different couples so who knows if when I go back I'll see the same couple ... full review
BRAD BUCKLIN certified reviewer June 11, 2014
52 Pick-up is a play about relationships, but unlike any you have ever seen before or perhaps, will again. It stand the usual play format on it's ear, twists it and transforms it, so low and behold, it is never the same performance....ever. Scenes are literally shuffled like a deck of cards and played as they are dealt. This means that any point in the relationship is seen randomly. 52 cards, 52 scenes. I know, I know, my first thought was how is the audience going to make sense of it all? Surprisingly they are riveted to the stage, never knowing what is coming next is intriguing, and they juggle the scenes in their mind like a Rubik Cube until the brain somehow makes sense of it all. That in itself is worth the price of admission, yet this ... full review
AMBER DONAHUE certified reviewer June 27, 2014
It's a really fun show. Not only will you never see the same show twice, it's a great mix of comedy and some drama. The fun that the actors were having on stage was contagious. I recommend seeing it!... full review
SHARI BARRETT June 13, 2014
tagged as: #hff14
Acting 4 Camera presents a very interesting way to see a play – 52 scenes presented totally out of order based on a shuffled deck of cards in 52 PICK UP, now at the Hollywood Fringe Festival. The concept is that 10 actors learn all 52 scenes, but the couple that performs in the show each night will never be the same two actors so all 10 shows will be unique for even though the scenes are memorized, they will be done in a different order at each performance with two different actors. The only improv happens in the transition between scenes to make them fit together logically. The show’s host has the deck of cards which he shuffles at the start of the show as he explains the concept to the audience. Each card has a scene title on it, wit... full review
TRAVIS DIXON certified reviewer June 27, 2014
The concept of a randomized order of scenes that would create a compete and fulfilling story was the hook that got me in the seat. Each scene has enough vital information to help string the pieces together and for the audience to make connections and callback to references. Did it pay off? For a 50 minute show, I found myself wishing there were less cards in a deck. I wish the title were 32 Pick Up instead. However, having a random show order and a rotating cast, who's to say the next one wouldn't blow my socks off. The dialogue was quick and relatable but seemed to drag in the hands of the night's two performers as if they were simply reciting from memory and not really in the moment. But they didn't take themselves too seriously and even b... full review
TRAVIS DIXON certified reviewer June 27, 2014
The concept of a randomized order of scenes that would create a compete and fulfilling story was the hook that got me in the seat. Each scene has enough vital information to help string the pieces together and for the audience to make connections and callback to references. Did it pay off? For a 50 minute show, I found myself wishing there were less cards in a deck. I wish the title were 32 Pick Up instead. However, having a random show order and a rotating cast, who's to say the next one wouldn't blow my socks off. The dialogue was quick and relatable but seemed to drag in the hands of the night's two performers as if they were simply reciting from memory and not really in the moment. But they didn't take themselves too seriously and even b... full review
CHRISTINA WREN certified reviewer June 30, 2014
I really enjoyed 52 PICK UP. It was poignant, fun and impressive! Definitely recommend it and knowing there is a different cast and different show order every night makes me want to see it again and experience how the story shifts. ... full review
SAHAR SABRY June 27, 2014
tagged as: unique · extraordinary
Imagine going out to lunch with your friend and having her (or him) tell you all about their relationship...all of the juicy details...the good and the bad! Now, even better, imagine hearing BOTH sides of the story! Now imagine them ACTING IT OUT! Well, that's kind of what it's like when you see 52 Pickup. Each card has a different scene in the relationship that the actors re-enact. And the interesting part is when the deck is shuffled...no one knows what will come next! So the performers have to think quickly on their feet to move with fluidity from one scene to the next. You can see this play many times and actually have different results! I've seen it a few times, and as an actor, it's very interesting to see the choices they make and an... full review

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