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Monday, November 2, 2015


Vana O'Brien's performance in "Broomstick" is truly phenomenal. Nearly 90 minutes of just her on the evocatively decorated set, reciting a rhyming poem. She makes a wonderful witch. The strength of her performance could almost justify "Broomstick" becoming a Halloween perennial, solely on its merits, but a few moments in John Biguenet's script are just a shade too dark to be comfortably rendered in rhyme. Another way to describe it would be as an occasionally off-putting tonal mismatch. But again, Vana O'Brien's performance is frightfully good.

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