can i touch it? Reviews
LA Splash- Highly Recommended
"...Director Gregg T. Daniel does an excellent job of slowly and insidiously introducing each and every stressful event in CAN I TOUCH IT – all the while keeping the audience chuckling at unexpected comic moments. The talented four-person cast manages to plumb the depths of the personalities involved – even when Baraka, Daniels, and Nelson play two-three roles. Mark Mendelson’s scenic design captures the underlying message of this dramedy, as do Wendell Carmichael’s costumes and wigs – so essential to the story line."
On Stage Los Angeles- Recommended
"..."can i touch it" asks other "Questions" that are answered with an arcane ritual that I did not understand. But! I appreciate the commitment of the actors. There's also some odd business that has to do with magic and a sort of earthquake? that happens, but went right over my head. The physical presentation and choreography of the questions is terrific!"
Stage Raw- Highly Recommended
"...Directed by Gregg T. Daniel, francisca da silveira's can i touch it?, a rolling premiere at Rogue Machine, features all the ingredients for this kind of arresting conflict, including actors with talent and presence. One of the play's two central themes is the struggle of African American women for dignity and respect in the eyes of the rest of us - a struggle that firstly demands their own acknowledgement of their worth and talent, followed by apologies to no one, ever. That message sure does give the play a lot of punch - yet despite these dual thematic strengths, the production doesn't crackle and pop quite as much as it could."
Discover Hollywood- Highly Recommended
"...It seems incongruous to combine words like community activism, social justice, feminism, predatory capitalism, class, and FUN in one sentence, but can i touch it? at the Matrix Theatre is an incredibly fun, laugh-out-loud romp, while being a serious drama about profound social issues and an intimate family story. What a striking accomplishment for theatre company Rogue Machine and playwright francisca da silveira."
Glamgical- Highly Recommended
"...There is a reason why braids, locs, twists, and bantu knots have been included in the CROWN Act, a law that prohibits the denial of employment and educational opportunities based on race-based hairstyles. can i touch it? is not only and entertaining stage production; it’s also a sociopolitical commentary on perceptions and racial inequalities."