52 Pick Up – Houston Press Review

Robin Van Zandt and James Monaghan in 52 Pick Up.

Robin Van Zandt and James Monaghan in 52 Pick Up. Photo by Theater LaB Houston.


52 Pick Up

Written by: T J Dawe and Rita Bozi

Directed by: Linda Phenix

Company: Theater LaB

Run dates: February 5 – 28, 2016



Read my review of 52 Pick Up for Houston Press at





  1. Emma D. · February 8, 2016

    Not sure but I do not see my last comment posted…

    We went to the show Saturday night and had a great time! The whole audience was engaged and laughing all throughout the night. I had this thought leaving the show – have you considered that the order that the cards are picked up has a huge affect on the show? If you went and saw it again with a different order maybe you would feel differently? We had such a great time and so I was shocked to read this review. Me and all of my girlfriends loved the story and were definitely rooting for the characters to stay together. I disagree with most of what you have to say.

    • Jessica Goldman · February 8, 2016

      Thank you for taking to time to comment and yes I did get your first message. Just to clarify, comment posts do not get immediately posted, rather they come to me first for approval for obvious appropriateness/spam filter reasons. I try to approve and respond as quickly as possible as I heartily welcome discussion, but I can’t always drop everything and do so immediately.
      I’m glad that you and your girlfriends enjoyed yourself at the show. And I’m not totally dismissive of the idea that perhaps one performance in this type of curated randomness might be better than another. But if that is the case – if the writers/director and cast are putting on a show that is sometimes good and other times not so much – then I would still maintain that this is a flawed endeavor.
      Additionally, I can only comment on the show I saw and discuss its merits as both a performance and as a piece of theater existing in place and space. As such, it wasn’t the order of the scenes that caused my criticism, but rather the lackluster content that I felt didn’t enhance the idea or amount to much in totality.
      We’ll agree to disagree on this one, I’m afraid. But you’ll get no disagreement from me on your speaking up and defending your view of the show. There isn’t enough interaction between critic and reader and so I thank you for your thoughts and encourage you to keep going to shows and talking about them on all fronts.

      • Emma D. · February 8, 2016

        I understand where you are coming from and appreciate your feedback.

        I would encourage people to go and see this show for yourselves! Jessica’s review is just one point of view – our audience had a great time viewing into this mirror of their own lives, which is what I think the point of this show is. We were invested in the characters and their story, but the main fun was realizing yourself up on that stage. Theater LaB is a great company – so PLEASE do not let this review deter you from supporting this wonderful piece of theater.

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