Review: Groovy Kinda Love

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Groovy Kinda Love at 34 West Theater Company

It is worth marveling at 34 West Theater Company and their ability to consistently bring uproarious, feel-good, musical comedies to the Lowcountry. They have succeeded once again in the encore presentation of last summer’s sell-out hit, Groovy Kinda Love. Read full review at The Art Mag.

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PERFORMING ARTS PROFILE: 34 WEST

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JEFF QUERIN AND STEPHEN WAYNE OF 34 WEST

A 1991 Acura Integra hatchback rolling down I-80 crammed with costumes, disassembled set pieces, and two twenty-something actors were the humble beginnings of 34 West Theater Company. What started as a touring group, now, 16 years later, has blossomed into a brick-and- mortar space bringing laughs, drama, and topnotch entertainment to the Lowcountry.

34 West Theater334 West co-founders Jeff Querin and Stephen Wayne soon ditched the hatchback and upgraded to a van (with Stow ‘n Go seating no less). They quickly put thousands of miles on it, traveling back and forth between venues in Ohio and New York City, but they’ve always envisioned having their own space.

Now they have it. A cozy, quaint joint located at 200 Meeting Street. “When we found this place, it was a yogurt shop,” says Wayne. “And when we designed it, we wanted people the moment they walked in the door to already be experiencing the show.” Read full review at The Art Mag.

REVIEW: JINGLE BELL HOP

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JINGLE BELL HOP AT 34 WEST THEATER COMPANY

Get steeped in holiday spirit with riotous musical numbers, boisterous characters, and a never-ending cavalcade of comedy at 34 West Theater Company’s Jingle Bell Hop.

Jeffrey Querin and Stephen Wayne (the 34 West co-founders) have once again put together a laugh-a-minute high-energy production. It tells the tale of the crew at Murphy’s diner in preparation for their annual Jingle Bell Hop. But quarreling lovers and lonely hearts keep matters complicated. Read full review at The Art Mag.

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Review: Radio Hitchcock

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In homage to radio dramas of the 40s and 50s, Radio Hitchcock is a delightful production from 34 West Theater Co., full of intrigue, suspense, and rambunctious humor. Written by Stephen Wayne and Jeff Querin (34 West co-founders), the story is set up in a similar fashion to the old radio dramas; a normal person is suddenly thrust into a dangerous or bizarre situation. In this case, our heroine Josephine (wonderfully portrayed by Kristen Kos, making her 34 West debut) is given an envelope by a frantic man claiming, “They’re after me. You’re our only hope,” as he is struck dead by a passing bus. Chaos, calamity, and whimsy ensue. Read full review at The Art Mag.