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Fertile Ground Review: Action/Adventure Theatre
by Anne Adams, Oregon Arts Watch

• “This theater collective proves “casual” doesn’t have to mean “amateur,” seeming to build a buddy network that doubles as a meritocracy.”

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‘Fall of the Band’ rises to the (mostly improvised) moment
by Marty Hughley, The Oregonian

• “The blend of form and freedom in the Action/Adventure approach works well. There are teasings of interpersonal dynamics that have the fragmented, uncertain feel of real life. There’s a loose, lively freshness to the dialogue, spiked with the knowledge that the dynamic of the scene wasn’t quite the same the last time.”

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Fall of the Band
by Penelope Bass, Willamette Week

• “In the spirit of its past hit Fall of the House, Action/Adventure Theatre has created another episodic and largely improvised theatrical sitcom featuring a hilarious cast and special guest performances by some stellar local musicians.”

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Fall of the Band: Action/Adventure’s New Show Is “Theater for TV People”
by Maranda Bish, The Portland Mercury

• “With this meta-conscious approach, the show offers valuable reflections on the reasons we put so much heart into making art of any kind. At some level, every band or performer wants to be the greatest, striving after originality and acclaim. In all of that drive and effort, it’s easy to forget the implicit effect of collaborating on creative projects: that we end up stitching ourselves into the time and place we inhabit, oftentimes alongside people we care about dearly.”

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Action/Adventure Theatre falls back into the comedy-serial habit
by Marty Hughley, The Oregonian

• “Less Television, More Action/Adventure”

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Theater on the edge: Something Epic
by Emily Stevens, Oregon Arts Watch

• “The production was deliciously experimental, blurring the line perfectly between ‘theater’ and ‘not theater’… the authentic voice cuts right through to you, and the work that went into the piece is palpable—in the camaraderie between the actors, the care taken with the words of Steinbeck and Bruce Springsteen and the hours spent perfecting dance moves.”

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Chewing on the American Dream – The Fresh, Funny Something Epic/Everyday
by Jessie Drake, The Portland Mercury

• “The success of this show is itself a testament to the power of collaborating during tough times. Together, the WTC and Action/Adventure have made something fresh, funny, and poignant, something locally grown, something all their own. They are living the (new) Dream.”

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‘Something Epic/Everyday’ review: Sketches of mime, dance, narrative and music will have your undivided attention….
by Holly Johnson, The Oregonian

• “This is theater at its choicest, both raw and refined, urgent and hopeful…”

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Tough Love – Action/Adventure’s Danny and the Deep Blue Sea
by Jessie Drake, The Portland Mercury

• ”Directed by Tamara Carroll, Noreault and Wickman make a dynamic pair. Their verbal and physical chemistry sparks whether they are seated at a curious but cautious distance at the bar or tangled together in bed. They each achieve compelling heights in the surreal speeches that make Danny a favorite source for audition monologues.”

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Danny and the Deep Blue Sea
by Penelope Bass, Willamette Week

• ”Danny (JR Wickman) and Roberta (Dainichia Noreault) scream, slap and overturn benches. They make love with equal fury. The two actors fill every inch of the sparse set and small theater with their volcanic emotions, creating a reality both painfully uncomfortable and heartbreaking.”

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Dreaming Big – New Directions for Fall of the House
by Alison Hallett, The Portland Mercury

• ”They are, though, doing a better job than anyone else in Portland right now at reaching new audiences and generating excitement around theater.”

• ”Fall of the House has attracted a seriously addicted fanbase that’s younger, broker, and (sorry!) significantly better looking than your average theater audience.”

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Semi-improvised serial ‘Fall of the House’ rises again
by Marty Hughley, The Oregonian

• ”[FotH] has built a following that not only lined up early and packed the theater but fairly howled in anticipation.”

• ”Chances are, though, that the baby Jesus really doesn’t hate them at all.”

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Fall of the House: Back to blow your mind June 4th!
by Megan Kate, PDX Pipeline

• ”The cast is quick, funny, highly sensual, and they effortlessly suck the audience in.”

• ”…an additive stronger than tobacco, heroin or Aardvark sauce.”

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