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…meantime at HoJo's

ensemble theatre · the gangbusters theatre company · Ages 12+ · flashing lights · world premiere · United States of America

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PAUL HOAN ZEIDLER certified reviewer June 10, 2018
tagged as: History · tragedy
A country, a culture, falls into an easy narrative about a shared historical event and replays it until it becomes a rut. By now, we all know Watergate is a story about brave journalists and a corrupt presidency. Huge credit goes to Gangbusters Theatre Co. for breaking out of the narrative and mounting this workshop production of MEANTIME AT HOJO's about some of the people damaged most by Richard Nixon's paranoia: the Plumbers. Christian Levatino (who also wrote the play) delivers a performance of the Watergate break-in's architect, G. Gordon Liddy, that's as idiosyncratic as the man himself. Darrett Sanders deftly carries the moral center of the production in his portrayal of an uneasy E. Howard Hunt. As the doomed burglary begins, t... full review
RYAN LISMAN certified reviewer June 11, 2018
Christian Levatino is an artist that I immensely respect, his passion and conviction are so fiercely evident in his work, and it makes the theatrical experience feel epic. With consistently snappy and witty dialogue, tons of historical nods, and immense stakes, Meantime at Hojo's is a thrill that must be experienced at this fringe festival. Don't worry if you aren't too familiar with the Watergate scandal, the play does a great job of giving you all the information you need. ... full review
MICHAEL RAYNOR certified reviewer July 22, 2018
tagged as: exciting · suprising · interesting · funny
We loved the show. Excellent writing and well cast. Christian Levitano (playwright & actor) enters and really excites with his wild presence as G. Gordon Liddy. The production is very creatively put together with video and music and cool use of light. This show is better written, acted and presented than most of the plays produced at major venues around the country. This play is so memorable, it sticks with you day after day, and deserves another production on a larger level.... full review
MATT RITCHEY gia on the move certified reviewer July 16, 2018
Jesus. I mean.... look, I'd seen King Dick a few years back and I of course heard the name "Christian Levatino" bandied about in dark back rooms and whispered in men's room stalls at Awards ceremonies, but this was next level. Was it that the characters, dialogue, and acting was so believable, that the use of light and music was subtle genius, or that the eight men onstage used the words as a greasy surfboard to ride a potent dark wave of 70's paranoia? Probably all of it. Regardless, call me a new Gangbusters devotee. Can't wait for the next installment!... full review
MARGO ROWDER certified reviewer June 23, 2018
I had to see this twice, and I'd see it many more times!... full review
LYNN ODELL certified reviewer June 16, 2018
Wonderfully written, acted and directed. Fascinating subject matter. I loved this show.... full review
CATHERINE CURTIS certified reviewer June 08, 2018
Well paced, well researched imagining of the Watergate break-in from the Plumbers' point of view.... full review

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