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burning clown productions · United States

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June 20, 2014 certified reviewer

My overall impression

This play is a great example of classically cathartic theatre using a creative and modern device to explore fundamental truths about fear, hope and what it is to be a human being. Curtain up, it immediately transports the audience into the emotional turmoil of the main character played a brilliant Joe Francini (nominated Drama Desk award for the role) who compels us from the moment the play begins. There is a great mystery as to why he is so devastated but this unveils in one of the most unusual (and fantastical) relationships I’ve ever seen on stage. While the story has extremely bizarre elements, the actors’ nuanced performances maintain an emotional reality that resonates on a primal and universal level. This is a wonderful piece of theatre that will make you (sorry for the cliche) laugh and cry. And it will do so through a sparse set, original script, an unusual central relationship, and brilliant acting. It’s wonderful.

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