Dogfight (Watertower Theatre, 2014 Regional Premiere)

  • Named one of the Top Ten Theatre Productions of 2014 by The Dallas Morning News

THE DALLAS MORNING NEWS:

"...choreographer John de los Santos keeps the energy high."


DALLAS OBSERVER:

"Dogfight is the most beautiful musical you will see in Dallas this year. ...the gymnastic choreography by John de los Santos giving it an irresistible energy."


FORT WORTH STAR TELEGRAM:

"WaterTower’s production is filled with take-your-breath-away moments. Choreographer John de los Santos, known in for his direction at Fort Worth Opera, gives the ensemble deceptively easy-looking and distinctive movement."


D MAGAZINE:

"...we’re transported from San Francisco twilight to Vietnam in bloody mid-battle, with John de los Santos’ choreography channeling a ’60s vibe throughout (the party scene is especially well executed). To quote Pasek and Paul, it’s all nothing short of wonderful."


THE COLUMN:

"Choreography by John de los Santos deserves its own paragraph.  The Marines dance like you think soldiers would dance if soldiers danced and sang about their feelings.  Movements are strong, athletic, masculine and sure, often using some variation of military formation and routine.  The number in the club for the “Dogfight” contest is choreographed with period dance moves but gives each actor the right physicalization to reflect another aspect of their character.  De los Santos has taken a cast of various dancing abilities and created exciting and effective numbers."


CRITICALRANT:

"...de los Santos’ choreography, using all levels of Michael Sullivan’s enticing, 1960’s-style, stained-glass framed set, made the stage feel like it brimmed over with an entire company of testosterone-driven young Marines, not just a mere handful."