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White Rabbit Red Rabbit Review – Josh Radnor

Monday night I saw a show that changed my life.

I am going to preface this review by saying- I am not telling you anything about the plot. This is an experience you need to see for yourself.

I will, however, tell you a little bit about the play, Josh Radnor (of course) and how I felt leaving the Westside theater.

White Rabbit Red Rabbit by Nassim Soleimanpour is a play that involves everyone, even the actor, taking a leap. The actor performing the piece has never seen it. In fact, there is a new actor every performance, and they’ve only been told what is absolutely necessary:

  • Do not Google this play.
  • Prepare to impersonate a cheetah impersonating an ostrich.
  • Once you start, you must finish… NO MATTER WHAT.

The show is a conversation between the writer and the audience through the actor. And through metaphors, he comments on general human behavior.

But above all, this show reminded me of what it means to be free. I’ve grown up in America, so that’s all I know, but for Nassim Soleimanpour, who couldn’t even leave his country, freedom means something else.

Josh Radnor got up on that stage, received the script and took me by surprise. It was funny, heartbreaking, awkward and it made me think. And even though Josh was portraying someone else, there were times when he shone through. He got to add his own quips and adorably pointed to the script when he had to say things like “groovy.” Even though he wasn’t playing a specific character, and he was reading through the script for the first time, Josh made it feel like an actual conversation, like Nassim was actually giving him the words. His performance was inspiring.

Oh! And like all of us, Josh hates audience participation, but he couldn’t help us out, it was in the script.

I went into the theater to see the show because of Josh Radnor. I had no idea what the show was about, but I took the leap.

Will you?

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Beth Shiller

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When Beth “grows up” she wants to see her creations appear on screen and stage. She is excited to be a part of FanFest and nerd out with the rest of you.