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TheatreBloom

"Right from the off, Parker Bailey Steven looks deeply troubled, horribly haunted, and desperately disturbed as Lizzie Borden... The evolution of Steven’s Lizzie in itself is hypnotic, and one readily finds themselves sympathizing with the character because of the humanity which Steven has infused into her. The vocal roller coaster that Steven rides from start to finish is nothing short of astonishing...

It’s an astonishing show of female power, rich and robust in talent and feeling. Lizzie is the must-see musical of the fall.read more...

Read the cast's interview w/ TheatreBloom

Bad Oracle:

"THE BOTTOM LINE:  Lizzie: The Musical is no history lesson, but I was stoked to see such strong, lady-fronted rock opera in Baltimore.  I don’t think you get better vocals than this anywhere, and the free-for-all passion of the production, combined with stellar musical direction and killer leading ladies, make this a sublime moment of small theater." read more...

B.I.T.R. Sisters:

"Guerrilla Theatre Front has cemented their place in the Baltimore theatre landscape by producing edgy, fun, and exciting shows in unusual spaces.  And Lizzie: The Musical is no exception.  These women know how to ROCK!  Everything from the voices, the acting, the band, and the tech were painstakingly webbed together with love, grit and talent.  This production will leave you breathless." read more...

B.I.T.R. Sisters

"This production of Hair was stripped of all pretention that usually comes along with theater. There was nothing precious or delicate about this production. It was proud and bombastic, rebellious and unforgiving. It was clear we were not there for “art” but rather for community and for the message. They managed to take a piece as old as Hair and make it an almost spiritual experience that both  connected me to the other audience members and charged us all to action against the current injustices we are facing. They nailed their objective on all accounts and put on a damn good show." read more...

MD Theatre Guide:

"...you should make every effort to see it performed like this. See it outside, see it surrounded by trees and fireflies, see it while drinking a cucumber-lemonade gin (the show’s signature “Aquarius” cocktail). ...If you want a joyous, vibrant way to spend your summer solstice, spend it with Guerrilla Theatre Front." read more...

B.I.T.R. Sisters

"The beauty of this piece is the small intimate setting...The lobby is even an oasis of themed foods like Swedish meatballs and popcorn- to harken in more era appropriate-ness.  But with a modern twist – vegan or beefJ  Lemon bars and sweet engagements for V’s day round out the offerings.

Conderacci keeps it light when it needs to be, and lets moments sink in, like when Felix is contemplating suicide.  The program even has suicide awareness resources- a socially conscious cast and theater company always has my heart.  My thoughts are that this male-dominated cast and classic sitcom is also offering a new wave on the modern man- it is an affront to toxic masculinity.  Felix can wear an apron, be straight, play ladies man, play poker, and make a mean pot roast.  He doesn’t have to be defined by one checked box of manhood, and he and his friends offer an alternative to the toxic masculinity seen so much these days.  Is is a play by a dead white man?  Yes, yes it is.  But does GTF offer it in a way that is socially responsible and modern- allowing men and women to find cast members that they associate with, not matter what box they check on forms?  Yes, yes it does.  And that is why it was damn good theater." read more...

TheatreBloom

"It’s 2018— so the callouts of “slut” whenever Janet’s name gets mentioned get throttled right back from the Narrator, saying “It’s 2018, we don’t slut-shame anymore.” There are other modernities and instances peppered liberally throughout the production, that give the show an overall embracing squeeze of the present day. There’s a focus of consent, acceptable behavior, and human emotion (even among those not quite human) and a forward, progressive acceptance of body positivity all around in the production. 

 

The company plays against the stereotypical casting of the production; they pull together talented individuals of all sorts from a variety of ages, ethnic backgrounds, gender identities, and physicalities, but they are all surging with talent and a willingness to share that specialized skill set that is the performance trifecta of singing, dancing, and acting. Rocky isn’t a plasticized commercial ad for Brick-Bods, Dr. Scott isn’t disabled, and Eddie isn’t played by a man. There are multiple levels of unique approaches, including the added implications and deep humanization of a great many of the characters, in addition to all of the hilarious nonsense and shenanigans that accompanies this particular show." read more...

B.I.T.R. Sisters

"What Haute Patooties has put together is nothing short of tantalizingly terrific.  This rag-tag team has seemed to mount the impossible, a Rocky that feels fresh but classic.  And everyone seemed to be genuinely having a good time, even Brad and Janet, much to their chagrin.

 

Social commentary:  I attend the final dress rehearsal and was so stoked to see that Haute Patooties donated all their money from this night to GLCCB, the LGBT Community Center of Baltimore.  As they phrased it, “putting their money where their mouth is” and supporting a “mission of uniting and empowering sexual and gender minorities and their advocacy for a better quality of life for the entire community.”  And let me tell you, nothing is sexier than social justice warriors fighting for my hometown!" read more...