"Crisp performances...Nearly everything's done with a rhythm, and the show cascades with blues lines, gospel harmonies, jazzy phrases, and mighty refrains designed to inspire." - The Washington Post
"In their explosive, moving Ameriville, theater collective Universes utilizes the prism of Hurricane Katrina to explore forgotten corners of our fractured American landscape, ultimately painting a dire, yet hopeful vision of our struggling nation....a fluid, energetic blend of spoken word, song, and dance...their staging boasts a diverse spectrum of believable, relateable characters. Street vendors, children, tourists, barbers, hustlers, musicians, and others all come to life in Universes' breathing portrait of a city and a nation on the mend...The dynamic script and spirited performances reveal a polished ensemble with undeniable writing and acting skills. The play is peppered with ingenious rhymes and vivid imagery, and the foursome's relentless energy and careful pacing transforms a series of well-written pieces into a breathless, cohesive whole that keeps the audience on the edge of their seats for the duration of the show...The musical component of the show is equally impressive...Consider Ameriville required viewing." - DC Theatre Scene
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"UNIVERSES (though that description hardly does justice to this dynamic quartet) is raising its brilliantly woven voices...in the heart pounding rush that is Ameriville... inspiring and potent." - Metro Weekly "Energetic and heartfelt" - TBD.com
Praise from audience members:
"An exceptional performance. The singing and movement was flawless. I applaud the actors for telling a story that others are afraid to admit."
"We are so lucky that Round House has brought this remarkable group to our region. I loved the production."
"Everyone should see this show! It's quite brilliant!! I brought my students, many of them had never seen theater in their lives, and their minds were blown! In the most exciting way imaginable, Ameriville brought to life many of the performance traditions and storytelling techniques that we have been studying in our Intro to Theater class! Really, truly, the artists are masterful in their craft, the show is riveting, and the story is one that every American should see!"
"Each of the performers are such passionate, talented artists with incredible stamina! A truly unique, though-provoking, entertaining show. Very special. I plan to see it again."
"If you value social justice, art, minorities, gospel or being an American, go see Ameriville."
"Thought-provoking. [The] cast [is] amazing."
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On our RHT Blog: a two-part interview with Ameriville's Steven Sapp.
Developed with and Directed by Chay Yew
Written, created, and performed by UNIVERSES - Steven Sapp, Mildred Ruiz, Gamal Chasten, William Ruiz (A.K.A. Ninja)
Thru November 7 only
Round House Theatre Bethesda, 4545 East-West Highway
Metro: Bethesda (1 block)
Recommended for age 15 & up
Sponsored in part by Susan Gilbert and Ron Schechter
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