Debutaunt OFF-BROADWAY REVIEWS

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  • NY TIMES

  • Opening Night:
    June 11, 2015
    Closing:
    June 28, 2015

    Theater: Atelier Roquette / 63 Commerce Street Brooklyn, NY 11231

    Synopsis: 

    DEBUTAUNT is an interactive dance-based experience in which audience members are invited to attend a debutante ball. We're drawn into this rarefied world as darling debutantes primp and prepare for their transition into "women of society." Thematically the show explores coming of age rituals, etiquette, and how we choose to apply traditions passed down from previous generations into our modern lives. DEBUTAUNT is made possible by producers, Bettina Barrow, Lydia Thew, and our fiscal sponsors, The Field. More about our fantastic cast and crew and below.

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  • NEW YORK TIMES REVIEW OF Debutaunt

    In ‘Debutaunt,’ Mary John Frank Combines Theater and Dance

    Alexis Soloski

    June 21, 2015: “Pretty is as pretty does,” scolds a matron with a honeyed voice and a stranglehold smile at the beginning of Mary John Frank’s very pretty, somewhat slight “Debutaunt,” an interactive satire of Southern cotillion culture. Audience members congregate outside a former factory on a gritty block in Red Hook, Brooklyn, while this mistress of ceremonies, Martha McMillen (Catherine C. Ryan), instructs us in proper ball etiquette and a couple of junior debs slap ID bracelets on our wrists (color coordinated to match one of the five debutantes) and distribute paper fans to stave off heat. Inside, the space is appealingly accoutered in candles, Christmas lights and gauzy swathes of fabric. There’s also an exterior garden with a table set for beer pong in case the Southern charm proves too stultifying or thirst inducing. As we roam, we’re introduced to the characters (though most particularly to the deb your wristband matches), forced into photo booth pictures and urged to take more photos and post them on social media with the appropriate hashtag. (The emphasis on self-promotion strikes a vaguely sour note, as do the repeated exhortations to visit the cash bar.)

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