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"One of the hidden treasures of theater–and there are many of them–is that theater is not a documentary. Rather, it is an art of suggestion, of imagination, of intimation, of being a worthy partner in a majestic dance with the audience. This gem–here are the dots, now connect them–is what catapults ‘Finding Fellini’, written and performed by the brilliant, mega-talented Megan Metrikin. The play is part of the MITF, and without question it is the best of the fest. The subject matter, and the plot–a woman leaves her South African homeland to get a literal or figurative glimpse of the great Federico Fellini–may be a difficult meal to digest, especially in the environs of this festival. Wherever one looks, there are 20-somethings running around, as young thespians tend to do…but most have never even heard of the filmmaker, let alone gained familiarity with his body of work. No matter; the play hums from the first bar, and never lets go. We follow the hopeful but helpless protagonist as she comes ever so close to realizing her dream (“That’s how Fellini entered my life, through the living room wall”). The play is an insightful look at obsession, single-mindedness, and celebrity. No doubt, Ms. Metrikin is wholly familiar with Fellini’s work, having him speak as a voiceover throughout the play, while his various masterpieces play on a screen behind her, enhancing, yet never up staging our courageous heroine. The hidden gem? Easy–while we watch Ms Metrikin run towards something, we barely notice the flip side of the coin–she is chasing Fellini, and at the same time she is fleeing her desolate homeland, a town in apartheid South Africa that didn’t have television until 1971...Perfectly encapsulated by the stunning performance of Ms Metrikin in her excellent play. A must see before it closes." - Robert Leibowitz. Artsindependent
“Finding Fellini”starring and written by Megan Metrikin, was an absolute wonder of her journey to find Frederico Fellini. I was entranced from the moment the projector came on. The lighting started in a way that induced the imagery of a black and white film, devoid of color but full of nuance that forewarn an interesting artistic vision. I felt I was watching a Fellini film the entire time, with unique music and light cues that enhanced every scene. Megan Metrikin, expertly takes us on the journey from her home in South Africa to Italy filled with quite a few near misses on her adventure to just talk to Fellini and how his work had moved and inspired her. Wonderfully Done. - Outer-Stage.