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Love and Communication (Review)

NKU Y.E.S. Festival production about autism needs focus

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Watching new scripts in their initial productions can be a double-edged sword: While it's exciting to be among the first audiences to see a brand-new play, there are often rough edges. Within 'Love and Communication' is a heartfelt, painful story about two parents dealing with the difficulties of raising an autistic child. But the new script, one of three plays produced during the biennial Y.E.S. Festival at Northern Kentucky University, tries to do too many things and dilutes its impact.   

Nightjars (Review)

NKU Y.E.S. Festival student cast takes flight in new work about activism

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Despite a few structural fumbles in the second act of Mark Rigney's 'Nightjars' and the occasional tendency to get knotted up in its own vehemence, the play is an engrossing, in-your-face theater piece. It's the third of three world premiere scripts on view at Northern Kentucky University's biennial Year End Series (Y.E.S.) new play festival.  

Shock & Awe (Review)

NKU Y.E.S. Festival play about soldiers marred by too many laughs

5 Comments · Wednesday, April 22, 2009
At a guess, neither playwright Damon DiMarco nor director Michael King meant for 'Shock & Awe: Soldiers' Voices from Iraq' to take stage as a laugh riot when, on Thursday night, it opened Northern Kentucky University's biennial Year End Series (Y.E.S.) new play festival. But it did.  

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