Reviews

Paleoncology

Kira Hall’s story about a young woman, Lea, dealing with the death of her brother Daniel through the beautifully sustained metaphor of dinosaurs, is both moving and educational. Hall has an easy manner about her that draws you into her world and her pent up pain.” – Janis Kirshner, The Charlebois Post

Paleoncology explores the very adult themes of death and dying with intelligence, humour and pathos — throwing in some unusual dinosaur facts for good measure. Kira Hall is sharp in her first solo performance… [she] tells a painful story of sibling love and loss in a beautifully woven tapestry. Well-written and well-acted, it’s well worth seeing.” – CultMTL

Kira Hall is a strong performer and absolutely scary smart, and has full command over her considerable script at every moment, big paleontological tongue-twister words and all.” – Kevin Reid, The Visitorium

Kira Hall, the writer/performer, makes us believe that she has had first-hand knowledge of this painful journey, as she effectively and affectively embodies the emotional ups and downs of the story with the aid of projected drawings and toys used as puppets. I found myself wanting to write down lines and phrases from the play but there were too many I liked, and I was too engrossed in the story, particularly those moments describing the parents and the relationships with them.” – Janet Mackenzie, Calgary Sun

Hall wrote and performed this one woman plus voiceovers show, and should be absolutely commended for her talents. She dealt with the heavy material with remarkable lightness, using both humour and sincerity to sweeten the severity. Hall is a fantastic actor and performer: I never once disengaged from the story. Her pacing, energy, and quiet charisma were on point.” – Anne McGladdery, The Marble Victoria

Hall’s a fine writer; the script is a superior one. She’s a good actor as well. Saturday’s performance was detailed and nuanced, capturing the play’s bittersweet and satirical (think J.D. Salinger) tone.” – Adrian Chamberlain, Victoria Times Colonist

“Decorated around the stage are various dinosaurs toys which Hall puppeteers to re-enact various moments between Lea and Daniel (who we hear over playback). Hall executes these moments masterfully. She matches each word and utterance the characters speak with intricate articulations of the toys, effectively conveying tremendous emotion and feeling to the audience…. Hall’s writing is funny, moving, but above all, it feels genuine. The production succeeds in taking a serious topic – terminal illness – and presenting it in a creative, but respectful, manner.” – Rodrigo Flores, Joyful Magpies

” Immediately you are pulled into a tale of hope, frustration and tears, an emotional rollercoaster ride that spans the full spectrum from anger to empathy…. Suspenseful, heart breaking, hopeful and confused, Hall gives life to the character Lee, with an acting skill and writing genius that is intense and believable. You can see, taste and feel the gamut of true emotion.” – Mike Tombs, Muskoka News Watch

Does Not Play Well With Others, 2016

“Special note has to be made of Hall’s singing, which is so rich that it really is absurd that anyone could believe it belonged to a puppet.” – Stephanie Lo, Plank Magazine

We Walk Among You, Artichoke Heart Collective, 2013

“We Walk Among You by the Artichoke Heart Collective was outstanding. It was incredibly inventive, with amazing puppets and skilled puppeteers. The show took me into another world, a dark and imaginative place with its own rules. I was surprised by the pathway of the story, and emotionally stirred by sticks, plastic bags and stick-on eyes. I am eagerly awaiting the next production by the Artichoke Heart Collective.” – Allison with Bloody Underrated, Montreal Fringe 2013 Staff Picks

“Holy f**ing s**t mind blown again: We Walk Among You was disarmingly moving! Beautiful dark and sweet all at once GO SEE IT!”
-@9to5cc, http://9to5.cc/

Avenue Q, Lower Ossington Theatre, 2012

“The performers… all showcased insurmountable talent and charisma with voices that were incredibly well-suited for the roles. They were cheesy, they were hammy, they were flawless. No, you heard me: flawless. … One major standout was Kira Hall as Kate Monster and Lucy the Slut. Hall showcased a voice that went from sweet and well-trained in her songs as Kate Monster to raw and sultry as nightclub singer Lucy.” – Stephanie Iszak, Un Nom De Guerre

“When ‘Kate Monster’ feels unhappy, Kira Hall’s face mimics that sentiment. Hall amusingly also doubles as the nightclub chanteuse Lucy T. Slut, who tries to steal Princeton away from Kate. Hall’s voice and delivery is outstanding.” – Mark Andrew Lawrence, Ontario Arts Review

“The show is… deftly executed by an ensemble of strong puppeteers. Adam Proulx/Princeton, Kira Hall/Kate Monster and Adam Norrad/Trekkie Monster drive the action with emphatic acting and great voices, never drawing attention away from their hand-held companions.” – Saira Peesker, Daily XY

“… Kate Monster sings the emotional “There’s a Fine, Fine Line,” a breakout performance by Kira Hall.” “Lucy the Slut (also voiced by Kira Hall) and the Bad Idea Bears steal the show with their outrageous dialogue and comedic timing.” -Victoria Bégin, Theatromania

“… beautifully acted and sung by a talented cast especially by Adam Proulx who plays Princeton and Rod and Kira Hall plays Kate Monster and Lucy (who is a floozy). They have charm for days, talent, optimism. The show blew me away.” -Lynn Slotkin, The Slotkin Letter

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