Cockroach Dialogues

comedy · second skin theatre · Ages 15+ · world premiere · United States of America

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Review by TOM YUNGERBERG
June 19, 2016

What I liked

I’ve always had a soft spot for those who could use absurdity to make heartfelt moments. It happens in life, so why not the stage?

The Cockroach Dialoges is an absolute delight, with a well rounded cast. Especially interesting performances come from The Cockroach (Demetris Hartman) who captures an insectoid manifestation of a Freudian ID beautifully. It’s matched by the grounded portrayal of Wayne (Mar Binet) that grows more wild, the more desperate he becomes over the course of the play.

Andy McQuade has created a darkly comic vignette into what can happen when our attachment to dreams becomes more of a parasitic addiction than a driving force for good. Any creative in Los Angeles has stayed up at night sweating over the same questions posed in this play.

What I didn't like

Nothing I didn’t like! But one thing did seem a little odd…

While it was beautiful, I don’t completely understand why we return to the introspective dillema of depression faced by Bob. His problem is relatable, but as an audience member I just saw him take advantage of one of the main characters. It reduces my compassion for a moment that seems to be trying to be very heartfelt.

My overall impression

Hauntingly relatable. Highly enjoyable. Go see ths Play!

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