The Wake

solo performance · bam · Ages 18+ · world premiere · one person show · United States of America

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JAEGER CHRISTIAN certified reviewer · June 10, 2014
Really enjoyed it! Great performance, engaging story - definitely recommended!... full review

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ALEX KNOX certified reviewer · June 13, 2014
tagged as: Engaging · surprising · unconditional
For over a year I've waited to see Ben Moroski in action. I'd heard rave reviews of his previous solo show, so when I heard about THE WAKE, I knew I couldn't miss it. I expected Ben to be engaging - he was. I expected the show to surprise me - it did. What I didn't expect was to find myself slipping into the reality of a character that I never would have thought I could relate to. In the intimate space of the Elephant Studio, Ben's character tells the audience that's he found something "unconditional," and that he hopes we can find something like that in our lives. Something rare, something inexplicable, something real. After seeing THE WAKE, I felt that I had found exactly that. ... full review

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DANIEL JOHNSON cinesnatch.blogspot.com · June 13, 2014
Writer/Actor Ben Moroski returns to Hollywood Fringe after taking a year off from his 2012 debut This Vicious Minute (review: here). His new one-man show (about a one-man show) centers on Pete Harrisburg, a damaged soul attempting to turn his pain into art by telling an audience about his most recent brush with love. Unfortunately, he’s in love with a corpse. Pete starts the play with an intense optimism that’s bound to waver under the weight of his story. Moroski judiciously chooses when to let the cracks show – deftly moving from confidence, to anger, to shame in an appropriately unhinged performance... Please read the rest of the review at <a href="http://cinesnatch.blogspot.com/2014/06/2014-hollywood-fringe-round-up-shame.html">Ci... full review

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MATT RICHTER · June 24, 2014
I don't think I can add anything to these reviews that hasn't already been said more eloquently by others. Don't miss this show. And don't ask anybody about it, either. I went in with almost no knowledge about it in advance, and I was blown away. ... full review

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LEE TURNBULL certified reviewer · June 24, 2014
tagged as: amazing · compelling · Wonderful
And the winner of the/my best show of the fringe goes to THE WAKE. I have seen over a dozen shows at this years fringe and I know there is another 230 to see but I'm fairly damn confident that nothing can top this. WOW, just WOW. Ben Moroski is one hell of a talent. The writing is so clean, clear, ambitious and clever. So damn clever. At times I wanted to scream BRAVO at the simplest of writing choices. What I found the most intriguing about this piece is how so many of the patrons found the play so comedic. I can only speak about myself and my partner of whom I watched the show with. Yes, it was funny. Yes, there were good jokes. But when it became clear the man I was watching was a psychopath, it was nothing but incredibly dark, unsettling... full review

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BRANDON CLARK certified reviewer · June 24, 2014
Such a strong performance and a sly and funny script.... full review

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MARKHUM STANSBURY JR · June 24, 2014
tagged as: BEYOND AMAZING!
Don't read the reviews. They can't possibly do Ben Moroski justice! This show is very well written, but what he brings to the words is BEYOND AMAZING! Just go! You can shoot me a note at [email protected] and thank me when you do!... full review

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CHAD KUKAHIKO certified reviewer · June 24, 2014
tagged as: funny · disturbing · hilarious
hilarious and hugely entertaining, The Wake makes your skin crawl in a way that you can't help but enjoy. it's a roller coaster ride that keeps you guessing and you're never correct - and again, that's okay. see it. if you can. ... full review

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DAN THALKAR certified reviewer · June 10, 2014
tagged as: macabre · funny · necrophilia · solo
A clever, emotional, and frequently hilarious play. I haven't seen anything quite like it, and I mean that in the best way possible. Highly recommended. ... full review

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KYLA GARCIA certified reviewer · June 11, 2014
tagged as: funny · riveting · Brave · badass
The best word I can think of to describe Ben Moroski's energy is electric. From the second he sets foot in the theatre, you are right there with him, pulled in to his intriguing story. He commits to every moment without shying away from the very taboo subject matter of his piece. He never once apologizes for it but takes you on this wild ride and by the end, I honestly understood why his character would have a fling with a dead body. I felt his loneliness. I felt his pain. And I found myself wanting to crawl into a bed with a body, dead or alive, just to not be alone. He taps on such dark human truths in this story.. truths that most people shy away from, but he manages to run toward. The mark of a true artist, to me, are the people ... full review

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