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February 16, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 16, 2011

Over the past few years, the Vortex has offered productions of the highest quality. I believe it is the most consistently interesting of the 37+ theatre-producing organizations in the greater Albuquerque area. I am thinking of shows like "Medea," "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf," "Much Ado about Nothing," "The Little Foxes," and "Glengarry Glen Ross"--all of them first-rate. The theatre is also receptive to new work by contemporary playwrights, with a new-short-play festival every year and sometimes a full-length new work as well. Finally, the Vortex is an outstanding citizen of the theatre community, helping other theatre groups and participating in community-wide theatre initiatives.

Congratulations to the Vorticists for maintaining their longstanding tradition of superb live-theatre activity.

The Great!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

See "What did you do?" above. I also deal with the Vortex regularly as a member of the Board of the Albuquerque Theatre Guild.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

encourage them to display "Albuquerque Spotlight on Live Theatre" in a more prominent place in the box office area.

February 9, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 9, 2011

This theater has presented some very profound productions in excellent fashion. eg. Golda.

The Great!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

attendance

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

better chairs

February 9, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 9, 2011

Enjoy the variety of presentations and especially their Shakespeare festival

The Great!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

This organization as increased my appreciation of shakespeare

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

none.

February 8, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 8, 2011

The Vortex has been producing quality theatre here in Albuquerque for longer than I've been alive (1978). They work with children frequently and local talent exclusively. Many of the shows I've seen there have been among the best I've ever seen, and I've been in theatre for twenty-six years and seen shows in New York City. Important members of The Vortex participate in the local colleges as teachers, and many original works have been showcased over the years at the Vortex. The Vortex is truly an invaluable and integral part of the local arts scene here in Albuquerque.

The Great!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

The many plays I've seen and the many opportunities peers of mine have had to showcase their original works here.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I cannot think of a single change I would make, other than offering pay to the actors, but this is a simple financial problem--the money to do so is simply not there. I'm sure the Board of Directors and other members of The Vortex would love to pay the actors if they could, but they simply cannot afford to do so. Virtually no theatre in Albuquerque pays its actors.

February 8, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 8, 2011

I love the friendly atmosphere of this venue. Seating is on all three sides of the stage, so you never are too far away to see the expression on the actors' faces. The modernized bathrooms are much appreciated. It provides a wonderful theater experience.

The Great!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

attending their performances.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

have one extra person taking tickets so the line would move faster.

February 8, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 8, 2011

The Vortex has always managed to provide an entertaining or challenging evening despite the theatres' small size. We've been attending performances there for nearly all the 17 years we've lived in Albuquerque and have seldom been disappointed. The pool of talent from which they draw is not large but they always seem to manage to find the right people for each role. We highly recommend them.

The Great!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

seeing performances of all kinds of so many diverse and wonderful playa and some not so diverse or wonderful.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Give them more money to keep them going and to allow them more freedom in set design and costuming.

February 8, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 8, 2011

I have seen many productions at the Vortex since its inception many years ago-- most memorable were Waiting for Godot which having seen it in NYC and other places, this was by far the best production. Also, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf--simply riveting...They now have a very strong and dedicated board and have continued to bring often great theatre to the community.

The Great!

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Yes, definitely. See my review

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

pour money into it

February 8, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 8, 2011

This is an excellent community theater. Tickets are very reasonably priced $15-$20, and the plays produced cover a range from theater standards like Shakespeare to recent and original works. The acting is sometimes superb -- I think of King Lear a year or two ago in which both Lear and his fool were great -- and otherwise ranges from strong to good. It's a fairly small theater, no bad seats. A great asset to Albuquerque's cultural/entertainment resources.

The Great!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Providing reasonably priced high quality live theater to the Albuquerque public.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Increase programs for staged readings of new unproduced works.

February 8, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 8, 2011

The Vortex Theatre in Albuquerque NM is composed of experienced theatre professionals who create both entertaining theatre but also stretch my imagination and challenge me to learn more.

I have met several of the actors and directors and thus am drawn closer to the Vortex.

My wife
and I attend several performances yearly, and will be next at the Vortex on February 19th. Additionally, I am looking forward to seeing their subsequent play of Tennessee Williams' The Night of the Iguana, later in the spring.

The Great!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Plays such as Passengers on the Ship of Fools.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Continue to build your board and staff

February 8, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 8, 2011

The Vortex is one of the reasons I live in Albuquerque. The plays are not always ones that I would choose, but when they produce work that interests me, the acting is always first rate and production values are high.

The Great!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Watching the quality of the productions improve consistently over time.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Hold interesting fundraisers.

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