The mystery show was not very good; the first reviewer described it best - "amateurish". The main issue with the show was that there were too many characters. Their stories weren't flushed out well. Characters were being killed off willy nilly without rhyme or reason. You had to read through a long 2-sided pamphlet to figure out each characters history. Add to that, that the characters don't make their way around the restaurant. Instead each set of characters concentrates their actions to a certain area of the restaurant. Zero stars for the show.
I rated the experience 2 stars for the food alone. Sugo's serves excellent food. I've been there on non-performance nights and the food is always very tasty. However, for this event, the portions of the appetizer (spinach quiche), salad, and dessert (2 tiny canollis) are very small. The main course (chicken or pork) is large.
Finally, the service was horrid. What angered me the most was that an 18% tip was automatically added to our bill. I purchased this event as a groupon for $99. The restaurant also tacked on 7% sales tax on the $99 (What???). Not happy at all.
Forget Odysseo this year. don’t buy tickets if you felt the majesty, the mystique, the power, the surreal human-animal, horse magic bond. Cavalia 2010 found this emotion and connection and displayed it with a variety of soft romance and action packed thrills. This year’s Odysseo is an excellent display of human tumbling gymnasts. The set is excellent. But where were the horses of Cavalia? Big Miss for me.
It started 45 minutes late. I was seated in the loge and could not see the subtitles, and you did need to see the subtitles to understand the first act. I left at intermission. The choreography was just a lot of "booty shaking" and I was not impressed with it. I attend a lot of theatre and have seen hundreds of plays and musicals. I do not understand the "hype" around this one. It was a very disappointing opening night performance.
I have seen J. J. Grey and Mofro at least a half dozen times and this was easily their most uninspired and lackluster performance. The crowd was inattentive and disrespectful. They wouldn't stop chattering during the quiet songs despite repeated entreaties. The band has undergone numerous personnel changes and that is not all to the good. J. J. has gone from being a member of a front porch soul band to being the leader of a group of professional session men. I much preferred the former. He chose this concert to record a live album/DVD. It's a shame that he didn't do it back with the original Mofro.
Chris Tucker is my most favorite comedian. I love his high pitched shrilled voice, his physical antics, and his hilarious stories timely delivered that always hit home. I don't if its because he is a hometown boy or because we are about the same age, but I have been a fan since Money Talks .
On New Year's Eve at the Fox in Atlanta, the house was packed with loyal supporters, but all Chris Tucker brought his fans on this this night was unsettling disappointment. Despite one of his opening jokes alluding to his putting on the Fox event to raise money to pay his taxes, that is exactly what it felt like. Tucker's show appeared to be a thrown-together, last-minute mess and Chris himself, ill-prepared. He paced the floor, appearing to attempt to recall jokes or even think them up on the spot. He appeared so unprepared that when his loyal and sympathizing audience screamed out their favorite bits for him to perform, he not only indulged them but in one case took a whole minute actually trying to hear the request from the floor. Why? Because he likely had nothing else.
Chris was off his game, his A-game anyway. Even as he included an anticipated tribute to his missed friend, Michael Jackson, his dance performance also seemed unrehearsed and worse, lethargic. Though not much was funny throughout the night, Chris' singing certainly struck a funny bone, and we all know what that feels like. Fortunately, he kept that as brief as our laughs during the night.
The funniest part of the night was the voice that insisted that the audience not to tape Chris' performance. Why would we? This was one performance that we would not want to see ourselves again, nor share with anyone else. As a matter of fact, who should I see about a refund? I look forward to seeing Chris in the upcoming movies he promised his fans, but I the buck stops there for me and undoubtedly the rest of the packed house.
Fan Not Laughing
I volunteered here for a few weeks and although the people, especially Cameron, who run the place are friendly and welcoming, ended up feeling kind of used. Obviously the people who work there on a regular basis are getting paid, and the volunteers open space for them to rest and relax. It is a nice place to be but I personally didn't get much out of it.
Endured this production the other night. As a theatre goer familiar with the Actor's Express canon, I could not help wondering why this show was chosen. It is benign at best. A show that is an unsuccessful blend of drama, comedy, farce, and murder mystery, it's inherent schizophrenia wears on the viewer quite quickly. I caught myself looking at my watch twenty minutes in. When the first act ended, it was all I could do to not head to the parking lot. Albatross is a toothless show that pretends to be biting. It is a show that essentially takes the characters through an entire evening of discoveries and realizations that would take the normal person about two minutes to think through to come to the same conclusions that these people ultimately do. To the show's credit, the actress portraying the wife does a great job with what she has to work with. Ms Carlock brings a convincing emotional depth to her character, shining in her desperate moments. The actor, however, seemed to have trouble remembering his lines and appeared disconnected from his scene partner, and in a two person show that is deadly. When it comes to unflinching portrayals of a marriage straining under dire circumstances, there are any number of contemporary plays that far outshine Albatross. One wonders what went into deciding why to produce this play. The lights went down, and I immediately forgot this production.
HEALTH was a no show which was a major disappointment because I really wanted to see them. Indian Jewelry was OK but not exciting enough to make up for the lack of HEALTH.
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