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PRESS SELECTED REVIEWS OF DAN FROOT'S WORK

“Hard Truths and Creative Vision Add Up to Stunning Theatre”

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Pang! Podcast features "gut-wrenching performances depicting the life of a single mother of nine and her uncle’s struggle to hold onto the family home of 70 years"

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"Pang! is a play that takes the form of live radio, asking the audience to fill in the gap between what they see and hear."

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"The oral history of an Overtown family hungering for change inspires a play filled with emotion conveyed through both storytelling and Foley sound-making."

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"The Best Things to Do in Miami This Week"

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"Performance Artist Dan Froot Pang!'s about Hunger and Need for Communal Nourishment"

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"Dan Froot's Live Radio Play Pang! Tells Stories of Overtown Families"

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PANG! is "an eloquent aural narrative that depicts the harsh consequences of economic inequality on vulnerable individuals."

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PANG! is "a funny and compassionate piece that bears witness to those who most deserve help yet often aren’t getting it."

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PANG! is “'War of the Worlds' meets 'Nickel and Dimed'”

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PANG! - "Hunger Is No Game in This Theater Experiment"

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"Professor directs radio plays about problems low-income families face"

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"‘Pang!’ Offers Food for Thought on Social Ills"

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PANG! “I cannot imagine that one person left this remarkable show unaffected."

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PANG! "Refugee Stories Set in Iowa Inspire Food Insecurity Play"

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PANG! "Play debuting at CSPS focuses on food insecurity"

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WHO'S HUNGRY - Best staged production of 2013 “This project is a valuable rebuke to the expanding escapism of contemporary theater.” Arts Fuse (Boston’s On-Line Arts Magazine)

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WHO'S HUNGRY - "To see the figure of Cindy walking with the help of her three puppeteers, to see a toy car, powered by a flimsy remote control, heading to ground zero is to experience the fragility of the human condition.” Ecumenica Journal

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WHO'S HUNGRY - “Is this entertainment? The best kind, the kind that makes you think and feel and maybe even change things.” Culver City Crossroad

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WHO'S HUNGRY - The Who’s Hungry plays “have the capacity to ask provocative and profound questions, to alter our perceptions as they satisfy our cerebral and physical appetites. They turn bread or wine or breakfast into a tangible metaphor for the life that’s being lived just outside the auditorium.” American Theatre

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LIVE SAX ACTS - “Brilliant, Chaplinesque physical timing and fast-talking drollery that perfectly evokes the bonds and barriers between men.” New York Times

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SHLAMMER - “Impish, erudite, sensitive, and sidesplittingly funny, Dan Froot is much more than just a dancer-choreographer. He began as a jazz saxophonist-composer and has created award-winning experimental theatre works that combine music, movement, and text into brainy, laugh-a-minute explorations of profound personal issues.” Backstage

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SHLAMMER - “Shlammer is a rich strudel layering issues of Jewish identity in America, male violence, and coming-of-age. The array of jokes and lightening shifts of character and tone are brilliant.” The Village Voice

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SHLAMMER - “What makes Shlammer so theatrically satisfying is the way Mr. Froot turns sociological and psychological theories into entertainment that’s simultaneously rollicking and stimulating.” The New York Times

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SHLAMMER - “[A] brilliantly sustained performance.” Los Angeles Times

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SHLAMMER - “In Shlammer, Dan Froot danced, sang, juggled, and all-around amazed and delighted audiences with this sly inquiry into what makes a man a man and a performance a performance. It was a hyperanimated tour de force.” LA Weekly - Best of the Year

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LIVE SAX ACTS - “Mr. Dorfman and Mr. Froot are the ultimate male bondees, and they are gifted performers who know how to celebrate and tease that closeness. Live Sax Acts is essentially a complex, deliciously literate and wicked look at two friends and the larger world that surrounds them.” New York Times

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LIVE SAX ACTS - “Committed and demanding, nerve-wracking and funny, Live Sax Acts is about friendship, boundaries, conflict, violence, resolution and, ultimately, love. As in life, truces are hard-won and delivered with intense energy. One could do worse than to turn to these artists for solutions to the problem of how to build peace in thus violent, fractured society.” LA Weekly

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LIVE SAX ACTS - “In a disarmingly cheery and inventively rhythmic deconstruction of male aggression, multidisciplinary performers Dan Froot and David Dorfman turn whole libraries of behavioral science into the satiric Live Sax Acts. Live Sax Acts remains deft, funny and devastatingly on target from first to last.” The Los Angeles Times

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Dan Froot text/voice 310-766-4942

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