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The Stars

immersive theatre · ceaseless fun · Ages 18+ · world premiere · United States of America

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Review by RUSSELL EATON

June 15, 2018 original article

What I liked

Ranging from cynical to hopeful, these characters and your brief encounters with them relate to each other but make individual points. My personal takeaway from the show was a reminder that I sometimes get lost in my own agendas… work, family, social obligations. Sometimes I don’t stop myself to reflect for even a moment on what I need to be happy or healthy. I love that a piece of theater can stir such thought processes within me.

Each encounter was very different in feel, ranging from gentle and thoughtful to manic and distracted. It constantly kept me on my toes and unsure of what was about to happen in any moment.

What I didn't like

Being an immersive piece, you are given some rules as you begin. I had been instructed not to speak, so there were some awkward moments when I felt like I wasn’t providing what the performer needed in a scene. That took me out of the show a few times. The confusion was sparked by the characters seeming to expect answers at certain times. It could have been prevented with a slight tweak to the opening instructions. The performers adjusted to my nonverbal answers just fine.

My overall impression

This show unfolds as a mini-adventure down Hollywood Boulevard. As the night moves forward, you encounter several people who want to share a few thoughts on image, fame, personal legacies and how Hollywood shapes the desires of so many people in this world. While taking in the sights of Hollywood, you encounter a series of vibrant individuals willing to dissect everything around you. It’s fascinating, unpredictable and constantly shifting in vibe and tone since the show takes place out in the bustling open space of Hollywood Blvd.

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