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“Dare I say - the best show I've seen in years!”
Review of TheatreSquared

TheatreSquared
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Owner description: TheatreSquared’s locally produced and nationally acclaimed productions reach 40,000 patrons each year. The company is Northwest Arkansas’s professional theatre, offering a unique audience experience in an intimate space. In 2011, TheatreSquared was recognized by the American Theatre Wing, founder of the Tony Awards, as one of the nation’s ten most promising emerging theatres. TheatreSquared is currently constructing a new, architecturally significant, permanent home for professional theatre in Northwest Arkansas. This 50,000 square-foot cultural landmark will unite two intimate theatres, rehearsal space, a three-level commons and café, outdoor gathering spaces, production workshops, offices, and artists’ apartments. Now in its twelfth season, TheatreSquared’s work remains rooted in its founding vision, that “theatre—done well and with passion—can transform lives and communities.”
Reviewed 6 April 2018

This 2+ hour musical depicts the journeys of two Vietnamese who as young adults fled Saigon in 1975 as it collapsed into the rule of the VietCong. It chronicles their early experience in the US and then jumps to the present.

Script: Brilliantly written as was affirmed by the robust laughter. The adult themes included casual sex, STD puns, etc. Pretty sure that some of the adults were blushing too!

Musical score: Delightful (though saucy) songs which were sung with vigor

Set design: Simple yet complex. The use of projected images on the backdrops and the use of date/year stamps on the sides was helpful in following the storyline which bounced around.

The actors: Clearly in their element and brought authenticity to the roles.

Surprise moment: When it was noted that these Vietnamese characters did not want any apologies for what happened in Vietnam. They challenged audience members to consider an alternate side to protesting conflict and the loss that occurs when wars against aggressors occur. Quite profound, really.

Extra entertaining: Brush off your pop culture IQ and watch for the many references to iconic pop moments and musics. It was a delightful "blast from the past" while watching a tender love story unfold.

Talkback: A talkback chat was available following our show. We stayed for a bit to hear the dialogue. It was endearing as well as entertaining.

Location: TheatreSquared is a very small but beautiful venue. Staff was attentive. Water available as well as other drinks/snacks for a fee. Parking at the adjacent lot is managed through the app Pay to Park (download now and use across the US!) Parking cost us $4.50.

Disclaimer -- I live near Fort Chaffee and remember vividly the events of the relocation. My parents volunteered and my sisters and I greeted new arrivals by the busloads.

Thank Kim G
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Reviewed 3 April 2018 via mobile

T2 always presents great plays. We are season ticket subscribers and love the intimacy of their venue. Hope it won’t be lost in their new theater.

Thank Melinda R
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Reviewed 2 April 2018

I have thoroughly enjoyed all three productions I've attended here and intend to continue going to any that interest me. It is local theater so there are times that ability is lacking, but for the most part shows are well suited to the actors abilities and are quite impressive. At the price point it is exceptional value!

Thank Caroline C
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Reviewed 2 April 2018

I am a Vietnam War Veteran. I was not sure I could sit through this theater performance. It was a wonderful experience; I had both laughter and tears. There is some rough language--more than necessary. It was great that Bob Ford invited the audience to stay after the performance to chat with a Vietnamese American lady who had experienced what the play portrayed. I would give this play my highest rating (in the top five) for all we have seen at Theater Squared, and we have been attending since the beginning. Not many plays cause one to think about them very long after attending the performance. This play will be with me for many years.

Thank Jack K
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Reviewed 2 April 2018

Excellent play. The "shock" value of profanity used in the play lost it's value after 5 minutes. The remainder of the show it was just annoying. Racism, loss of family and country, were excellent reminders of the true cost of war and the ensuing national tragedy. The actors were excellent. Again, profanity as shock value, has a short shelf life and loses it's impact through repeated use.

Thank Roy K
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