Bohemian Valentine

by Sarah M. Chichester · August 12, 2014

I saw a reading of the show last year, so I was particularly interested in seeing a full version. A dark comedic drama written by Mateo Moreno, set in New York City, it follows Michael (also played by Moreno), a young man who lost his fiancé. For the next three years he mixes memories of her with reality, until he decides that he can’t take it anymore and goes to the top of a building- conflicted as to whether or not to commit suicide.

The production itself was quite intriguing. The writing, direction (by Matt Grey) and set design really made the full piece feel like a mixture of a dream-like world that Michael preferred to live in and reality. The production also had a nice balance between the happier memories and the sad ones. I found myself feeling the emotions the characters were feeling in each precise moment.

The cast ensemble was quite strong. Rest of the cast includes Michaela Alyse Tomcho as Kate, Tracy McDowell as Samantha, Kristen Adele as Sara, Sophia Gennusa as the adorable and witty Jacey, and W. Derek Jorden who had played several characters including Francis, Nick, Kate’s Father, and Max. On standby is Simoné Elizabeth Bart for the role of Samantha.

The designs also really incorporated a dream-like feel to this play. Both Lighting Design and Sound Design are by Ian W. Hill. Costume Design is by Natalie Loveland.





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