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An American Video Store

ensemble theatre · 100% productions · Ages 13+ · world premiere · United States of America

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UNCLE FRANCIS certified reviewer June 13, 2019
For anyone who grew up with Blockbuster which essentially is everyone I know, An American Video Store seeks to capture that bygone era of the brick and mortar movie renting experience. The story takes place over several years as we peek into the lives of two sisters Leah (Aidan Rees), Rachel (Kristin Morris) and John (Jeff Coppage), the proprietor of this particular Blockbuster Video location. Following these relationships and others Playwright/Director and Narrator Thomas J. Wortham sews together a narrative that comments on a range of topics from death and date night to persuading the clerk to erase those pesky late charges....and...dare I say it!?!?....Netflix. This play is a solid watch for anyone that ever found safety and refuge in... full review
ALESIA ETINOFF certified reviewer June 29, 2019
An American Video store was truly a nostalgic, heartwarming and beautifully acted narrative. I would recommend this play to anyone, I feel so honored to have seen it as it is a great production!... full review
MATT MORILLO certified reviewer June 27, 2019
A charming, touching and familiar story that is about a lot more than video stores. It's a about human connection, pain, love and loss. A wonderful cast takes you on quite a delightful, bittersweet journey. ... full review
TONI WILLIAMS certified reviewer June 23, 2019
This play really brought back those blockbuster memories. Truly enjoyed the cast.... full review
ALAN MCFARLAND certified reviewer June 22, 2019
tagged as: community · nostalgia
I loved this; best show I’ve seen at Fringe 2019!... full review
RUSSELL EATON my haunt life certified reviewer June 22, 2019
tagged as: video store · heartfelt · drama · lgbt · bittersweet · nostalgia
An affectionate tribute and insightful examination on how the trend of VHS / DVD rental stores shaped a generation, the play balances nostalgia & heartfelt character studies to explore the value of tradition & ritual. Even if it’s something as simple as renting a movie.... full review
CHRISTINE DEITNER thetheatretimes.com [https://thetheatretimes.com/] certified reviewer June 17, 2019
This show crept up on me, stole my heart and left me nostalgic for times I haven't thought about in years. The performances are solid with standout work from Aidan Rees and Kristin Morris who portray sisters with a vulnerability that steers clear of melodrama. ... full review
DELANEY LLOYD certified reviewer June 16, 2019
Great show! Funny, nostalgic, and poignant. ... full review
SANG KIM certified reviewer June 16, 2019
A truly entertaining piece that takes you back to the era of the video store, in this case Blockbuster. It was humorous, educational and very touching as the writer added a great personal storyline to parallel the fall of Blockbuster. I felt the range of emotions throughout the production, and there were genuine laughs from the whole audience. The writer/director/narrator did a fantastic job parsing out the story and also engaging the audience with each era of Blockbuster. You'll find yourself smiling for the whole hour but also find yourself touched. The ensemble cast really delivered great performances with engaging, unique characters. Can't recommend it enough. You'll leave the show with a big smile on your face.... full review
JAY DECATOR certified reviewer June 15, 2019
tagged as: small town · sisterhood · comedy · nostalgia · lgbt
More a story told in a Blockbuster than a story about Blockbuster, but the play is better for it. A really engrossing tale about growing up with a cast of well-written, well-acted characters. This is a play I really wanted to see because of how much Blockbuster meant to me growing up and I feel like it delivered.... full review