The Wake

solo performance · bam · Ages 18+ · United States of America

one person show world premiere
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June 11, 2014 certified reviewer
tagged as: funny · riveting · Brave · badass

My overall impression

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 who do just that. When everyone else is running away from the fire, they run into it, wanting to feel the burn of being alive. This show is LIVE. It gets in your bones and makes you remember the madness of being alive, the madness of being broken-hearted, and all the things we do to run from our broken hearts instead of sewing them back up again. Did I mention it’s funny? Because in the midst of all of it, it is still funny. Just like life. No matter how fucked up and crazy it gets, there is always humor and a moment to breathe and laugh at it all. This show is like life. GO SEE IT and you’ll understand!

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