Reviews for 'Popcorn Falls'
Double Acts: Theatre Nova's "Popcorn Falls" is full of comedic riffs
"The new play Popcorn Falls is an energetic romp, full of impressions, wit, and (slightly manic) charm. The time breezes by as the actors take on fifteen different roles, bringing to life the citizens of an entire small town.
Jonathan Jones is fantastic at differentiating his countless roles even if he's merely adopting a new accent and posture without altering his costume at all. Jeff Priskorn’s role doesn’t often require the same chameleon-like feats of metamorphosis, but the actor needs to successfully embody an everyman that the audience can root for amidst all the zany people surrounding him. Priskorn does this ably and gets in a few great moments of playing some cartoonish characters as well." - Toby Tieger, PULP
IT'S ALL THEATRE
Comedy Overflows at “Popcorn Falls”
"...fast and frantic... Jonathan Jones and Jeff Priskorn are both talented actors who plow through the story at sometimes breakneck speed. Priskin is kept busy playing the mayor and a handful of other characters. Jones is the show’s workhorse, creating the bulk of the town’s citizens, including the handyman Joe, the town cop Austin, and Becky, the counter girl at the Sudsy Mug Restaurant. There are no costume changes, and the actors segue from character to character with changes in voice, posture, and mannerisms, and occasionally by way of a quick trip through two doors, exiting as one character and reentering as another. The scantly furnished set leaves plenty of opportunity for audience imaginations to go into overdrive. 'Popcorn Falls' is a delightful mix of comedy, bravura performances by two accomplished actors, and a side dish of tantalizing snippets about plays and the theatre." - Dan Skora, ItsAllTheatre.com
A small town turns to theater for salvation in Theatre Nova’s ‘Popcorn Falls’
Though both actors serve Hindman’s material well – well-guided by director Daniel C. Walker – Jones’ is the more wow-worthy performance, simply by virtue of the focused finesse necessary to juggle his many roles.
And that’s what a play like Popcorn Falls boils down to: the magic of watching two actors stretch themselves into multiple roles before your eyes. We’re now in a moment of great anxiety at the national level, of course; and art of all kinds has the amazing power to simultaneously distract us and re-focus us in unexpected ways." - Jenn McKee, Encore Michigan