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An Octoroon – Reviews

BOLD, BOUNDARY-BREAKING DRAMA… meta-theatrical fun…This outdoor production is an ideal way of easing back into this most public of art forms.” — Charles McNulty, Los Angeles Times

EXHILARATINGSO VERY SMART… [a] spot-on ensemble and technical team… [Director Judith] Moreland and her team know exactly the type of kerosene they are playing with and how close to bring the lit match.” — Evan Henerson, Broadway World

SOMETHING TRULY SPECIAL… The journey is never a settling one and we are taken for a roller coaster [ride]… completely warps one’s expectations in our understanding of race.” — Edward Hong, Nerds of Color

CONTROVERSIAL, THOUGHT-PROVOKING, WICKED, AND SMART… [a] theatrical stunner… there isn’t a weak link in this chain of accomplished actors… An Octoroon gets an E (excellent)” — Darlene Donloe, Donloe’s Lowdown

WOW!… adventurous, genre-bending, meta-theatrical… Under Judith Moreland’s endlessly imaginative direction, the entire cast soars…  looks to be the summer’s most talked (and raved) about production.” — Steven Stanley, Stage Scene LA

A WONDERFUL, MESSY, COMPLICATED stew of a play encompassing slapstick, wildly different styles of performance and incendiary questions about race and identity that admittedly are never answered — but oh, they are intriguingly posed!… staged at the Fountain Theater’s new (and fabulous) outdoor theater space.” — Deborah Klugman, Stage Raw

WILDLY ENTERTAINING, UNIQUE, SHARP, FUNNY, AND ADVENTUROUS… a highly meta-theatrical, delightful, provocative rumination on theater itself even as it highlights many layers of racism and its atrocities in America… Drama, murder, arson, and more… laughs aplenty… I can’t wait to go back and see it again.” — Tony Frankel, Stage and Cinema

EXTRAORDINARY… one of the most engrossing, confounding, and outrageous plays I have ever seen…. commands an audience to look at the past through comedy and pathos… What a joy it was to once again be seated with an audience in a real theatre [at] The Fountain Theatre’s splendid new outdoor stage.” — Paul Myrvold, Theatre Notes

AN INTELLECTUAL ROLLER COASTER RIDE… a cleverly concocted work that deconstructs racial caricatures and tropes with as much zest as The Fountain did in constructing its great new Outdoor Stage… as racism and the struggle against this vile, wicked, evil most foul roils our world, we need productions that challenge, inspire and enlighten audiences to grapple with how to bring about equality and justice for all. Bravo Fountain: well done.” — Ed Rampell, Hollywood Progressive

WILDLY SUCCESSFUL… LA’s premier return to live theatre… a tale told through outrageous humor without ever losing sight of the important and timely social commentary [playwright] Jacob-Jenkins so craftily espouses.” — Travis Holder, Ticket Holders LA

HUGELY RELEVANT… Eight fantastic actors in a delicious if challenging production.” — Michele Willens, Stage Right

WONDERFUL… an opportunity to engage with one’s deep nature held up to the mirror of our times. … professional theatre with a strong polemic that demands our attention.” — Michael Sheehan, On Stage Los Angeles

A THEATRICAL EXPERIENCE… a step forward is created in changing our ways regarding attitudes toward race… a beautiful outdoor, socially distanced comfortable seating arrangement.” — Valerie Summers, Southern California Guide

THOROUGHLY MESMERIZING… innovative staging and [a] talented cast… both shocking and profound.” — Shari Barrett, Culver City News

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED… controversial, outrageous, and hilarious at the same time.” — Elaine Mura, Splash Magazines

A BREATH OF FRESH AIR…  Imagination and insights… sly commentary… some truly hilarious business… [playwright]  Jacobs-Jenkins pulls out all the stops.” — Leigh  Kennnicott, Showmag

BRILLIANT… grabs audiences’ emotions/reactions from the first minute and takes them for an over two-hour ride… executed with a majestic cast.” — Alejandra Enciso-Dardashti,From Another Zero

MASTERFUL… This troop of exceptionally talented artists leads us into uncomfortable laughter throughout the show. All the while setting us up for the slap in the face, with repercussions we feel even today… Do yourself a favor and go.” — Peter Finlayson, Footlights