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What did you think of COLUMBINUS?

What did you think of columbinus? Did you attend any of the engagement opportunities? What did you walk away with? We’d love to hear your feedback on this production and anything related  to the topic by leaving a comment on this entry.

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  1. Courtney CazdenSeptember 18, 2013 at 11:07 am

    The 1st act was much too long. We needed an overview of high school students reactions to ordinary high school life, but it got so drawnout and redundant that I contemplated leaving at the first intermission.

    I didn’t after I found out thelength of Acts II and III, have been a fan of what I call “docudrama” from the trial of Oscar Wilde etc. And of course, I thought both II and II were excellent. In fact, I woke up this morning still thinking about them.

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  2. Ah extraordinary evening – a gripping presentation of a story we know.

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  3. Patricia OstremSeptember 19, 2013 at 11:05 am

    The play was totally riveting and extremely well acted. The ensemble of eight shifted from teenagers to parents to the principal in a very convincing way. Fast paced and jam-packed. I can’t stop thinking about it. HIGHLY recommended!

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  4. KariAnne KuligSeptember 23, 2013 at 7:20 am

    I haven’t seen a piece of theatre in quite a while that moved me like this. After the first act, there was the requisite applause, but a telling silence after the second, and a standing ovation at the end. A moving story after all these years, and relatable characters. I highly recommend this, as an educator, and a human being.

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  5. David P. MillerSeptember 23, 2013 at 5:27 pm

    I’m very glad I saw Columbinus. Now, one might ask, but did you enjoy it? Well, I can’t enjoy the story, of course. But the care in preparing the material, and the performance, is in a brief word what made it a fine work of theater for me. By contrast, the previous evening I saw a production of a well-known and highly-regarded contemporary play, which I won’t name. The production was also fine, including some remarkable acting. But I left that production feeling very discouraged. What I took from this other play was, in a nutshell, “No matter how rotten things are, they’re even more rotten than that.” In contrast, this production engaged with a horrific real situation in a way that was thoughtful and opened itself to its audience. This was far more enlivening than – in this case – a fictional story that left nobody with any way out.

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