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As we enter the final weekend of Arika Larson’s emotional corkscrew of a play, White Sangria, I thought I’d gather some of the reviews here for you to check out.  Hopefully they give you that final nudge you need to come support great local theatre this weekend.

Robert Trussell, of the KC Star had this to say: Harvey Williams, the play’s director “should be commended for exposing the work of talented playwrights to a receptive audience.  On one level Larson’s play is all about raw, if repressed, emotion. But it also examines these relationships from a somewhat distant, cerebral perspective. Integrating those two strands is a challenge.”

Read more of Trussell’s review “Dark Humor and Head Games Dwell” here.

Steve Wilson of got caught up in the maze as well:

Larson offers up a story of a highly dysfunctional couple that is into mind games, between themselves and the couple that have invited over.  The extremely complicated relationships make it difficult to keep up with the twists from lies to truth to lies. Ben and Marla, make the evening uncomfortable and unbearable for Susan and John, setting upon them with shocking and horrifying revelations.

Read more of Steve’s thoughts here.

The Examiner weighs in with Bob Evans writing that:

The Truth and Lie Game begins as the curtain goes up and the characters reveal the different layers of their personalities. As their “new friends,” Susan and John enter the picture midway through Act I, the games get more intense in the questions between truth or fantasy really muddies the water.

Full review here.


Or if you are just interested in what they had to say about your favorite KC actor check this out:

“Crenshaw provides the most even performance of the night. He becomes his character from the beginning to the final curtain call.” – Steve Wilson

“Things pick up considerably after the arrival of Butler and Crenshaw, both of whom bring a welcome sense of timing and purpose to the stage. As superficial niceties give way to appalled awareness that something very weird is happening, the actors remain focused.” – Robert Trussell

“The nerdy and awkward librarian, John Martin, comes to life via Coleman Crenshaw. Crenshaw takes this opportunity to display his wonderful comedic timing and his mastery of facial reaction. The expressions he produces as Marla teases him sexually are hilarious. He walks the line between shy and excited and makes the audience feel the awkwardness of the situation that surrounds him.” – Bob Evans

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