Andy's House

Andy's House of [BLANK] | 2015 Cincinnati Theater Year in Review | Cincinnati Enquirer

“The show began life early in the year as an intriguing playlet in the Know’s admirable “Serials” series. Within months, it was a mainstage production, an intelligent, offbeat musical work about an oddball character searching not just for love, but for a way to fit into the world. It’s also about the ever-so-smart philosophical ramblings of writers Paul Strickland and Trey Tatum, whose minds and scripts move faster and more deeply than most of us can comprehend.”
— David Lyman, Enquirer Contributor

REVIEW: Andy's House of [BLANK] | Know Theatre of Cincinnati | CityBeat

“Director Bridget Leak has given the piece continuity and flow. “
“The music is great, and there are lots of laughs along the way, but the story is a serious, poignant rumination about love, longing and how to move forward by looking back.”
— Rick Pender, CityBeat

REVIEW: Andy's House of Blank | Know Theatre of Cincinnati | Cincinnati Enquirer

“... an eloquent and entertaining show about love and memory and the excruciating power of disappointment.”
“It’s exhausting. And exhilarating. And heartbreaking.”
“... a cycle of purposefully repetitive scenes of introspection and confessions and revelations that are as dismaying as they are filled with hope and desperation.”
“In the end, though, this is Strickand and Tatum’s show. They’re engaging and driven, performers who seem born to stand in front of an audience. They have stories to tell. Lots of them. You get the sense that without [Director Bridget] Leak there to rein them in, they would still be standing center stage, spinning great stories when the sun came up.”
“[Strickland and Tatum] have crafted a piece of theater that is tender and ribald, witty and touching. And it is oh-so-smart.”
— David Lyman, Enquirer Contributor

FEATURE: Andy's House of Blank | Know Theatre of Cincinnati | Cincinnati Enquirer

“The story of their first meeting is memorable. If only it were true.

But then, Trey Tatum and Paul Strickland are playwrights and storytellers. Why let a little inconvenience like the truth stand in the way of an excellent story?

The pair’s quirky musical, “Andy’s House of [blank],” which opens Friday, Oct. 30 at the Know Theatre of Cincinnati, begins with a fictional tale about that meeting. In some alternate, imaginary universe, they were 16 and had summer jobs at an oddity shop in a beach town called Florala.”
“It proved to be enormously popular as a part of “Serials.” So when Andrew Hungerford, the Know’s producing artistic director, set out to assemble the theater’s most ambitious season in years, he approached the pair about expanding the show into a full-length production.

’They wrote such a cool piece,’ says Hungerford. ‘What they were able to do in such a limited time was so amazing. What if they had more time and a longer run?’”
“Despite their geographically similar roots, the two have very different creative styles. Strickland’s approach is methodical and straightforward. Ideas may stew around in his head for months or years before they surface in one of the storytelling adventures he tours around North America every year.

Tatum, on the other hand, has a near-manic quality about him. Conversations move quickly and sometimes in many directions at once. You’ve got to pay close attention or he will have raced a couple of ideas ahead of you.

But they have proven to be effective creative foils for one another. Strickland plots out storylines and twists. When he writes, he knows very specifically where the story is headed. That’s when Tatum enters the process. He “thinks like a shotgun,” says Strickland. Very quickly, Strickland’s ideas may get fragmented or turned inside out. Or they may take on a slightly mystical quality.”
— David Lyman, Enquirer Contributor

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"10 Fall Picks" | Andy's House of [BLANK] | Know Theatre of Cincinnati | Cincinnati Enquirer

“Quirky” doesn’t begin to describe the engaging and mysterious show that writer/storyteller Paul Strickland, playwright Trey Tatum and director Bridget Leak created for the Know Theatre’s “Serials 2: Thunderdome” series earlier this year. There’s a love story – unrequited, of course – and redemption. The characters occasionally get caught in a cosmic tome loop, too. And there’s music. Driving, heartfelt music. I can’t wait to see what this souped-up version of the show looks like.”
— David Lyman, Enquirer Contributor