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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
TYLER SHEPHERD June 04, 2018
Villain is the type of show that transcends entertainment. From the very first sounds in the play, you no longer feel like you’re just watching a show but rather partaking in a real experience. Society has a tendency to sensationalize issues to the point that we become desensitized to serious and tragic epidemics. Villain successfully strips away all the distractions and truly gets to the heart of America’s all too familiar problem and often forgotten sentiment; which is that human beings, not just racial statistics, are involved in these tragic police shootings. The play’s courage to tackle such a polarizing issue is admirable within itself, but then to witness how thoughtfully the story is executed is even more inspiring. Going beyond ... full review
FRANCESCA S JAMES June 04, 2018
I wasn't quite certain what to expect from a play which speaks on a very common topic these days. I would never have expected the level of creativity displayed in "Villain". The writing was superb. It covers thoughts and emotions from a depth of understanding usually overlooked. Bravo to the writers, director and each and every actor. The performances were stand out by each one. However, my tears began to flow the moment the mother began her performance in silence. It was riveting.... 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
AARON STILES June 24, 2018
Entirely enrapturing as a story about Police Brutality is muddled with humanity as none of the "safe" routes to unpacking this topic are taking, allowing for an experience which will rouse you for the entire duration of the play. ... full review
RICHARD REICH certified reviewer June 22, 2018
Well-written, timely story, perfectly executed by a talented cast.... full review
ANONYMOUS June 21, 2018
It left me craving a deeper story. I didn’t walk away learning anything new or feeling anything different.... 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

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