A kind of dramaturgical fun house, “Figure 8” sometimes tries too hard to catch us off guard with startling imagery. But Kiyomura’s exercise in distortion has the power to genuinely haunt, especially in this sterling staging — the optimum medium for this intriguing experiment.
F. Kathleen Foley – LA Times
The eight vignettes take place in various communities on the outskirts of Los Angeles. Blending poignancy and bawdy humor, the play is engrossing and provocative.
Les Spindle – Backstage
While Kiyomura’s and Kernion’s intentions are fully-realized by the design team, they now need to solve the enigmatic narrative of Figure 8. Kiyomura has many good ideas and he is obviously gifted and offers up some truly electrifying moments. But he hasn’t connected those ideas in a way that feels grounded or that completely makes sense. He and Kernion go for broke, over and over, hitting us with dramatic incident while neglecting to give us an overall compelling drama.
Samuel Bernstein – Stage and Cinema
Unlike an ordinary knot, a mathematical knot, such as a figure 8, cannot be untied. Likewise, the troubled souls in Phinneas Kiyomura’s discerning drama stay inextricably linked, sometimes by blood, sometimes by chance and always by their fallibly human behavior.
Deborah Klugman – LA Weekly
A piece set in a church doesn’t ring true, and—as written now—the rock star character doesn’t need two scenes. But Theatre of NOTE deserves credit for keeping the short play alive and for giving so many skilled actors the opportunity to shine.
Christopher Cappiello – Frontiers
With such strong production values and acting, what Figure 8 really needs is a good editor and a few more drafts.
Brian Sonia-Wallace – LA Theatre Review
Theatre of NOTE
1517 N. Cahuenga Blvd., Hollywood
8 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays; 7 p.m. Sundays
EXTENDED THROUGH APRIL 1, 2012
Tickets: $25; (323) 856-8611
Running time: 1 hour, 40 minutes
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