Saturday, May 23, 2015

Dontrell, Who Kissed the Sea @ Cleveland Public Theatre

Through June 6, 2015

6415 Detroit Avenue, 216-631-2727 
Bob Abelman

"Dontrell” is a whimsical, poetic and delicate 90-minute, one-act parable.  The script begs to be staged with uninhibited artistry and an aura of mysticism, so that the past and the present, the real and the spiritual, and free will and fate can beautifully and seamlessly coexist.  But there is not enough color, not enough music and movement, and not enough magic in this production.

To see a full review of this show, read Bob Abelman's CJN article here.

Roy Berko

After writing this review I read the reactions of critics from other cities where DONTRELL, WHO KISSED THE SEA has been presented.  It appears that Cleveland got short-changed by director Megan Sanderg-Zakian.  Other reviews recount much laughter, vivid visualizations and the line interpretation that was “poetically transfixing.”  These  weren’t present in the local production. I wish I had seen that quality at CPT.  Unfortunately, I didn’t.

To see a full review of this show, read Roy Berko's blog here.

Mark Horning

Dontrell, Who Kissed the Sea entertains with good rhythm and balance, some truly funny moments and an excellent stage set but with no clear purpose spelled out in the proceedings it leaves the audience member wondering what they just saw.  It is much like reading a thrilling novel only to find that someone removed the final chapter.
To see a full review of this show, read Mark Horning's blog.

Christine Howey

Towards the end, when Erika helps make Dontrell’s dream come true and the stage transforms, it’s a magical moment. Too bad that glow is dulled somewhat by some repetitive actions and aimless dialogue before the glorious, uplifting conclusion.

To see a full review of this show, read Christine Howey's blog Rave and Pan