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Stand Down the March

ensemble theatre · naomi brodkin & matt pacult · Ages 13+ · world premiere · United States of America

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ANONYMOUS June 02, 2018
A well-done production of a still-developing play that does not hesitate to ask tough questions within the framework of an entertaining story.... full review
ED GOODMAN certified reviewer June 18, 2018
I'm really glad folks are swinging at big issues these days. Freedom of speech, handling differing points of view, private vs. public, etc. I thought Naomi Brodkin did a good job of creating full characters that aren't just stage mouths reciting agenda points (a pitfall of this genre of story, I think). Because of this, when the consequences start falling into place, you feel the effect. The Fools' main stage is BIG and this cast fills the space well. And this felt like a situation that could be happening right now in this country. The spirit of youthful optimism and the willingness to stand up for what you believe in that drives the play feels authentic. The central ideas are really "of our time." I hope this crew comes back next year w... full review
ANONYMOUS certified reviewer June 18, 2018
tagged as: college · Nazi · Millenial
In Stand Down the March, a metaphorically lost college student discovers that her college professor is a Holocaust denier and her fight to get him fired helps her find herself. The premise promises intellectual discussion and debate, but since the play focuses mostly on the college-age characters, we spend more time dealing with their millennial question of "who am I?" than the broader more intense issues the story teases. The script is beautifully written by Naomi Brodkin and was expertly acted by the cast that smartly balanced humor and drama.... full review
ABBY WILLIAMSON certified reviewer June 17, 2018
I really enjoyed Stand Down the March. The production overall was very good (actors did a great job), but the stand out to me was the writing. It was the perfect balance of smart, funny and topical. The show really made me think, and that's all thanks for the great script.... full review
RYAN LUEVANO June 17, 2018
Stand Down the March is an inspiring piece of theatre that dares to tackle serious subject matter while delivering a thoroughly gratifying evening of theatre. After speaking with the writer briefly after the show she mentioned the possibility of adapting this story as a screenplay, a medium for which this piece will definitely flourish given the kind of focused character-driven story telling it already possesses. ... full review
I think that this play is going to be amazing! An interesting topic that has you going back and forth on what side you root for. Great concept, great story, I just sometimes got bored in individual scenes. I am no professional, but I think that after some polish this piece will shine like a star... full review
DAVID GORDON certified reviewer June 02, 2018
A well-written, well-directed, and marvelously performed thought provoking evening of theatre. The play is really enjoyable, and the story arc is crafted to allow the audience to easily follow each character's journey. Kudos to the cast and production staff for a wonderful show.... full review
ANONYMOUS June 04, 2018
A well done play on an interesting and thought-provoking subject. The dialogue was well written, funny, and made the actors believable as college students. The play skillfully tackled the topic of Nazi supporters and asked meaningful questions about what it means to be an activist, especially as a young 20 something. Overall, the play held my interest the entire time and left me with something to think about.... full review
ALEX KIRSCHENBAUM certified reviewer June 09, 2018
Though the subject matter can feel a bit intimidating as fodder for a night out, don't be fooled: playwright Naomi Brodkin's "Stand Down The March" is a slyly effective drama. "March" tackles the impact of a very serious subject -- an accredited professor who also happens to be a Holocaust denier -- through the lens of the college student who combats his influence on campus with the support and love of her eccentric and intriguing pals. The play's biggest strength is the way it stitches together the story of these evolving and deepening friendships concordantly with the intriguingly nuanced portrait of the disturbed (and disturbing) professor figure.... full review
ALON DINA June 10, 2018
Well done show with great writing that gives a lot to think about. The characters are dynamic and it gives us a chance to suspend disbelief. Although the show has a very emotional subject, there is a good balance of humor through the character's relationships.... full review

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