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Badfic Love Reviews

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“Director Aaron Henrickson masterfully avoids these pitfalls, bringing a spunky precision to the play’s many wizardly action sequences. As goofy as the play gets, it never flies out of control or loses its specificity.”
– Alex Huntsberger, Newcity Stage

 

 

 

 

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“Director Aaron Henrickson, whose work was recently enjoyed at Naperville’s BrightSide Theatre, stages this fascinating new play with strapping originality and physical and intellectual gusto.”
– Colin Douglas, Chicago Theatre Review

 

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

“Badfic Love Takes Flight…Directorial decisions to turn the set once more into an enlarged computer screen also remind us of the extent to which all realities here blur into cyberspace.”
– Melissa Wiley, Chicago Stage Standard

 

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

“Director Aaron Henrickson skillfully keeps us grounded in three different worlds: fantasy, virtual and real. Henrickson’s transitions are smooth as he takes us from quidditch match to dorm room.”
The Fourth Walsh

 

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“Badfic Love is a creative, original success.”
– Amy Baxter, Splash Magazine

 

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“excellent directorial choices by Aaron Henrickson…”
– Lawrence Riordan, Around The Town Chicago

 

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“Strange Bedfellows Theatre’s new production, Badfic Love, written by Adam Pasen and directed by Aaron Henrickson, makes it happen by pairing an award-winning story with a lively and capable cast.”
– Kim Capmbell, Gapers Block

 

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“Badfic Love, the new play directed by Aaron Henrickson and written by Adam Pasen, proudly delves into the nerdy world of fan fiction – its readers, its creators and its auditors… the show is nonstop funny.”
– Ken Payne, Buzznews.net

 

 

 

Rumors Reviews

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“ director Aaron Henrickson, whose work has been seen around the greater Chicago area, directs this talented cast with a firm hand, demonstrating he knows how to stage physical humor…Neil Simon comedies demand special attention to detail and director Aaron Henrickson understands this. His cast is uniformly excellent…”
– Colin Douglas, Chicago Theatre Review

 

 

 

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“some great one-liners and bits of business which director Aaron Henrickson does a fine job in maximizing in Brightside’s production. He has also assembled a fine ensemble of actors who have a gift for farce (and this is a gift) and play together like a well-oiled machine…I recommend that you take the hike out to Brightside to see this rarely done Neil Simon farce played to perfection with gusto.”
Showbiz Chicago

Sandalwood Reviews

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“…a focused production, restrained to a handful of scenes backed by a continuous soundscape… Tympanic maintains precise control of Sandalwood’s strangeness ”

-Kevin Thomas, TimeOut Chicago

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“…Director Aaron Henrickson’s staging makes the most of the small side project stage; his use of Dustin Pettigrew’s Western exoskeleton set is inventive.”

-Lisa Buscani, NewCity Chicago

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“I left the theater more than a bit unsettled…The staging of Sandalwood is good and Dustin Pettigrew’s set is wonderfully claustrophobic in portraying the open and empty Wild West. The bleached out wood and dark hues resemble a painting with dissolute characters moving through the scenery. The music by Maxwell Shults is an existential aural dream. I can hear the tumbleweeds and see the sun beached skulls listening to his music…. It’s an interesting and sometimes chilling 80 minutes. I have to give credit to Caffrey for creating a story that has room for dissection”

-Kat Hey, ChicagoTheatre Beat

 

Red Light Winter Reviews

 

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“All three actors bring everything to their respective roles…Fairlane Theatre Company’s mission to “provide work actors truly want to perform and audiences want to see” is off to a fine start under Aaron Henrickson’s capable direction.”

– Colin Douglas,Chicago Theatre Review

 

 

 

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“…all three performances combined for a trifecta of connecting relationships”

– Matt Koske, ChicagoCritic

 

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“Director Aaron Henrickson makes capable if undistinguished work of all this, tossing his characters around their rooms to echo the way they have been displaced emotionally by their travels”

– Ellen Wernecke, Edge Chicago

Inventing Van Gogh Reviews

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“I’m a sucker for art capers, and this one here is bolstered by some crisp direction from Aaron Henrickson and some refreshingly solid acting. Christine Vrem-Ydstie is great fun to watch as the wounded art ingenue, and Adam Schulmerich practically reinvents the role of the ruthless European art dealer. The performances, the direction, and the Bedfellows’ general enthusiasm for the material won me over”

–  John Dalton, Centerstage Chicago

 

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“…catapulting us through time at a velocity to induce vertigo in the most ardent Tom Stoppard fan. Well, why write about antic visionaries, if not to go a little mad? Director Aaron Henrickson never leaves us to wander alone and confused amid Dietz’ historical polemics, nor does his valiant cast… Thus are we immersed in an environment teeming with inventive actualization…”

– Mary Shenn Barnidge, Windy City Times

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“Sean Thomas gives an enlivening performance, his enthusiasms—much like those of Dr. Miller’s himself—being remarkably infectious. Thomas, more so than anyone else, aptly conveys the dream-like whimsy of the play, eschewing too strictly a realistic portrayal in favor of something ever-so-slightly exaggerated, larger-than-life and even magical. And Adam Schulmerich demonstrates a considerable range, fluidly transitioning between the effete Bouchard to the gruff Gauguin without a hitch. Exhaustively thorough, Schulmerich is one of those actors who employs all the resources at his disposal—both vocal as well as physical—in crafting subtle portraitures of incredible distinction.

So ultimately despite Inventing Van Gogh’s more obtuse qualities, I’ll venture to say that Strange Bedfellow’s current mounting is still worth the price of admission. At times as wildly out-of-control as Van Gogh himself, there’s nonetheless something intoxicating about its particular brand of madness. Never content to simply tell us what it’s trying to say, the play requires that we actively wade through the muck to find it out. And only even then do we find ourselves reflected back at us. Much like the action internal to the play itself, extracting meaning from Inventing Van Gogh is its own form of self-portraiture.”

– Anthony Mangini, Chicago Crtic

 

“In Strange Bedfellows Theatre’s intimate, low-budget production, directed by Aaron Henrickson, the cast infuse Dietz’s sometimes grandiose preachments on art with earnest passion”

– Albert Williams, The Chicago Reader

 

“The story takes place in Patrick’s disheveled studio (designed by Dustin Pettigrew) and moves from past to present at any given time without warning; but the actors are as convincing in one realm as they are in the other. Patrick Cameron, bearing a striking resemblance to the late screen idol Patrick Swayze, exudes equal fear and confidence as the artist who has sold out and soon realizes that he may be in need of psychiatric help as he sees his own life mysteriously forming a parallel to Van Gogh’s.

Riley McIlveen is a stunning Vincent Van Gogh. He recreates all the bold passion, torture and sensitivity of Van Gogh, as he encapsulated fields of daisies, starry nights and made celebration of simple things like an empty chair. Christine Vrem-Ydstic, Adam Schulmerich and Sean Thomas make lighting quick changes that fuse past and present into a delightful hybrid here and now. In addition, to completely immerse the audience, artists abound in this production. Patrick Cameron paints onstage and in the lobby before the performance and during intermission, local artists are seated at easels painting Van Gogh portraits. Inventing Van Gogh is historic and audacious and runs through August 25 at the City Lit Theatre on the second floor of the Edgewater Presbyterian Church, 1020 W. Bryn Maw”

—Ruth Smerling, Theatre World Internet Magazine