The Wake

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

one person show world premiere
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JAEGER CHRISTIAN certified reviewer June 10, 2014
Really enjoyed it! Great performance, engaging story - definitely recommended!... full review
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
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
ABBY SCHACHNER certified reviewer June 24, 2014
tagged as: the real deal · committed · rhythmic · fresh · fierce
talk about commitment... acting... writing... the whole shebang! this show was great! everything I've seen has been great, but this show... and this ben, fellah, exceptional. The rhythms and the heightening... the twists... I loved it. Now I just want to see his other show. The Real Deal.... full review
EILEEN WEINER certified reviewer June 24, 2014
Ben Moroski did a fantastic job in this one person show as Pete Harrisburg, who is still smarting from the breakup with his last girlfriend. He kept you riveted from start to finish with an emotional depth and intensity that was soul stirring, yet still managed to be hilariously funny. The play never ceased to surprise and astonish, with lighting cues that teased the character as they changed the small stage from an apartment to a rave to a bedroom without missing a beat. Ben has the gift of completely immersing you in his imaginary world. His is a shining talent, and I urge you to come see him in this intimate venue before you have to pay Broadway prices. ... full review
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
BRANDON CLARK certified reviewer June 24, 2014
Such a strong performance and a sly and funny script.... full review
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
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
MICHAEL BROWN certified reviewer June 26, 2014
Crazy show - highly recommended! Lived up to hype. Did he write this on a dare? Well, he wins - and so did we!... full review