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Villain - An American Story

ensemble theatre · from the gut creations · Ages 13+ · flashing lights · world premiere · United States of America

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BONNIE SLUDIKOFF certified reviewer June 03, 2018
"Highly recommended" doesn't feel like a positive enough thing to say here. I look forward to seeing this show at the Geffen or the Mark Taper in a few years when someone with money gets the privilege to produce it. It's a bigger piece than this space really allows it to be, but they make it work. That said, it's a privilege to get to see these incredible actors this up-close and personal. This cast is the real deal. I can't even list the standout performers because I feel bad not acknowledging every single person- some really delicious scenes were written for every main character of this spectacular ensemble cast and every cast member lived up to the challenge. I suspect this show will become one that actors use for auditions and sc... full review
ANONYMOUS certified reviewer June 10, 2018
Great play, very timely!... full review
ANONYMOUS certified reviewer June 11, 2018
My overall impression... An amazing message of the "boys in blue" stereotyping young black males with the assumption of ALL black men are in a gang or up to no good. In my opinion, the VILLAIN is individual ignorance in judging someone because of the color of their skin. Impressive Play...... full review
RICHARD REICH certified reviewer June 22, 2018
Well-written, timely story, perfectly executed by a talented cast.... full review
ANONYMOUS certified reviewer June 18, 2018
Villain was indeed an American story- a white cop shoots an unarmed black kid. A story we know all too well. As much knowledge on the topic as you can have, there’s still no way to prepare yourself for when it happens to you. One of the messages that they put forward so well with this play was that it’s not all sunshine and rainbows on the shooter’s end. We rarely get a look into the officers’ backstories and it was very interesting to see the grief behind the scenes in contrast to what we’re used to- sad family members of the victim and angry protesters that want to change the way things are. The root of the entire problem is wrongful suspicion- and they nailed it. ... full review
ANONYMOUS certified reviewer June 18, 2018
A poignant look at our American Culture and what we do to survive and asks the question -- who is really the villain? ... full review
ROB ANGELL certified reviewer June 17, 2018
One of the best shows of this year's Fringe. Powerful, moving, thought-provoking. Unbelievable direction and performances. Writing so seamless it feels like you're in these living rooms.... full review
ANONYMOUS certified reviewer June 17, 2018
tagged as: Highly recommend!!
I was blown away. From the tense opening scene between characters Grace (Kailena Mai) and Evelyn Thompson (Shaw Purnell) until the last, heart wrenching monologue, I was hooked. The fresh writing, great direction and talented cast told this story in an authentic and honest voice. A very human voice, with all of the fear, potential, hope, and tragedy that that implies. ... full review
EISHA MASON certified reviewer June 14, 2018
Riveting from the first moment. Incredible writing, not one fluff line. Outstanding performances from every actor. Every detail in their performances, just perfection! The set is so creative (without giving anything away). It was deep, painful, BUT I was grateful to see this story told. Needs to be told. This play is going to go the distance! In another setting--a talk back every night. And opportunities for action.... full review
ANONYMOUS certified reviewer June 13, 2018
Extremely tedious script. Lots of hand wringing and angst. I was unsure why we were so focused on these boring white people. It gave no new insight into the wave of police brutality, racism and shootings in America and instead came across as a pretty pedestrian recap of many incidents seen through the white gaze. The white characters were stereotypes. The black characters seemed to do little but potter around stage with about 70% less lines.... full review