It begins with an illustrative montage of black and white film clips and stills of Nazimova’s career. This device also accompanies the performance and it’s a striking visual setup. Adam Burns’ graphics and video design, and David Wayne Fox’s photography are quite accomplished in achieving this.
An outstanding production. It is an important piece of theatre that will touch the minds and hearts of viewers. A beautifully honest portrayal of a talented woman who was a true trailblazer for the LGBT community. This is a show that should have a long life in the theatre.
Adams Burns wonderful video design perfectly highlights Nazimova’s story and put us back into the silent movie houses at the birth of Hollywood.
Reviews for Lipshtick, at the New York International Fringe Festival
Written by Romy Nordlinger and Adam Burns
Video montages by Adam Burns
The dialogue among the MCs is extraordinarily clever and utilizes rhythm, rhyme, and sharp wit.
Brilliant collages of various media (television shows, commercials, and movies) projected at intervals throughout the play serve as an additional ever present character and reflect the media’s role in shaping and reflecting society’s image of women during various periods of time.
The visual design by Adam Burns employs innovate projection techniques and uses video as stage-set, projected backdrop, and visual and auditory back-story; the frenetic movement of the collages mirror the daily assault of media in our lives.
Michelle Augello-Page, TheHappiestMedium.com, August 2011
Co-written by video designer Adam Burns and performer Romy Nordlinger, the piece strikes a very effective balance between goofy, character-driven humor and the underlying anxiety about its subject, without ever becoming too preachy or conversely undermining its serious exploration. Enjoyable and compelling throughout, building to an unexpected and cathartic climax. A fresh and charming piece, throwing its wry voice into a vibrant, but hardly resolved discourse.
Burns’s videos are delightfully packed with a plethora of hilarious found video and audio, masterfully spliced together.
Will Fulton, nytheatre.com, August 2011
The video montage (designed by Adam Burns) interspersed between each scene is almost too good.
Nicole Gluckstern, StageRush.com, August 2011