press

"startlingly genuine, genre-defying"
- Elizabeth Schwyzer, Santa Barbara Independent

"As a whole, Chaos was a moving experience, a contemporary dance invention with a strong empathetic matrix of ideas and dance solutions, and a painful personal connection zooming out to universal truths about life in the body."
- Josef Woodard, Santa Barbara News Press

"Hunt them down for the next round, go, then shake off your duties, like shake your arms, before settling down in your seat to tumble in to this oxygenating, experimental, cardio/soulful surgery of the senses kind of performance art/dance theater group. Where have you been all my life?"
- Barbara Dentzel, Santa Barbara

"Like many choices made by Proximity, the construction of this makeshift theater is a masterful one. Sitting in the tiny theater is like sitting in the prow of the Titanic. It huddles the audience into the space where the action is and creates an intimacy between actors and audience that is as much a part of the play as the exquisite narration that drives it. And like the Titanic, there is a sense that there are deeper forces at play, compelling the audience to succumb to wave after wave of missed moments as seen through the lens of Scrooge's longing and regret."
- Christine Dawkins, Santa Barbara

"This exciting and sophisticated production of Romeo and Juliet was filled with interesting ideas and grounded in a thorough and intelligent understanding of the play's text. Proximity Theatre Company has done a wonderful job training this teen ensemble in the finer points of contemporary physical theater, and the rewards were there for the audience, who got some of the sharpest, freshest Shakespeare they're likely to see from these young actors...It will be interesting to see what's next for this outstanding group."
- Charles Donelan, Santa Barbara Independent

"Much of what drives Shandy happens downstage left, where Urbina and his fellow musicians create a stunning range of sounds: crashing cacophonies, catchy refrains, TV jingles, even well placed passages of silence. What's clear from this show is that Proximity brings both playfulness and earnest dedication to the work of pushing beyond fear and forging human connections."
- Elizabeth Schwyzer, Santa Barbara Independent

"The youthful energy from the cast (most of whom juggle multiple roles) is infectious. Kyra Lehman's (doing double-duty as director) frantic choreography paired with Ken Urbina's original music gives the show a hip, modern edge, but never feels false or trying too hard."
- Pataphysical Science Theater Blog

"Effective lighting and a few simple props helped to tell the story but it was really the thespian talents and plain old enthusiasm of the actors that kept Shandy Wilkes on track."
- Oberon's Grove

January 2014
"Teen Age" review

The Independent

June 2013
"Desire" review

The Independent

January 2013
"Chaos" review

SB Newspress

August 2011
"Shandy Wilkes" NY review

Pataphysical Science

August 2011
"Shandy Wilkes" SB review

The Independent

July 2010
"Romeo & Juliet" preview

The Independent

August 2008
"Aftermath" review

The Independent

June 2013
"Desire" review

Box of Contents

July 2012
Summer preview

The Independent

August 2011
"Shandy Wilkes" NY review

Oberon's Grove

August 2010
"Romeo & Juliet" review

The Independent

August 2009
"Shandy Wilkes" preview

The Independent

July 2008
"Aftermath" preview

The Independent

awards

2012 INDY Awards
Kyra Lehman
Choreography