No Traveler: A Comedy About Suicide

solo performance · penny pollak · Ages 12+ · United States of America

one person show
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ABBY SCHACHNER certified reviewer June 12, 2015
yeah... I gotta say... you really oughtta see this show. penny is a physical comedian, a clown of sorts, but she is also a writer and a beautiful performer and creates a world and has fun in it like you wouldn't believe. Comfortable in this show, she is able to enter the worlds with a joy and a freedom but yes, a precision (penny, how the hell do you fall in the bucket like that?), you know what, i'm going to shut up now. just get your ticket. you're in exceptional hands.... full review
KURT GARDNER certified reviewer June 15, 2015
tagged as: dark · comedy · suicide · performance art · dance
Pollak integrates music and dance to create a netherworld inhabited by desperate souls in search of redemption. With her expressive face and acrobatic abilities, she literally throws herself into her work, mining the dark subject matter for insight and comic gold, no matter how bitter the taste.... full review
TONY KIM certified reviewer June 12, 2015
tagged as: provactive · funny · talented
The performance tonight was spectacular, in the wonderful highs and not really lows, but emotional depths that the artist Penny brings to this show. Her wonderful array of extremely well thought out characters, subject matter, and healthy doses of humor go a long way for this fringer that had an amazing time watching this show. Definitely one to put on the list, near the top.... full review
CYANNE MCCLAIRIAN certified reviewer June 17, 2015
Brilliant! Where to even begin --- just WOW! Pollak is a true artist, using her entire body to transform from character to character like pure comedic poetry. She doesn't complicate things & the audience can't help but go with her thru all the twists & turns. An absolute MUST SEE!!! Bravo... & Slainte'! ;) ... full review
ERNEST KEARNEY certified reviewer June 21, 2015
“NO TRAVELER” (Platinum Medal) Written and flawlessly performed by Penny Pollak, with Lindsey Hope Pearlman directing “No Traveler” reveals itself part dance, part psychodrama, part vaudeville, part morality play and all diamond. I doubt that any tale of pain and despair has ever seen a wittier staging or suicide viewed in such a frisky light. Pollak portrays Abigail, an angst driven party girl who dances (literally) herself into an act of self destruction. She awakens to find herself in a tub, and the tub in purgatory. There she is given another chance at salvation if she can prevent another despairing soul from following the path she chose. But as good as Abigail was at screwing up her life, she’s even better at... full review
ERSILIA POMPILIO certified reviewer June 26, 2015
One of the best one person shows that I have seen in the fringe! Unique, and very well written...... No traveler takes us on an amazing journey through many suicides.... And Penny is a brilliant actress and does a great job with navigating through all the different characters..... I was able to follow the story all the way through the end and this piece indeed is well written! ... full review
GRAYDON SCHLICHTER certified reviewer June 23, 2015
Ok, let's get the elephant out of the room. Yes, this play is about suicide. And, yes, it's funny. Very funny. If there is no way for you to not be deeply offended by this I won't try to talk you into seeing the show. But for everyone else... This piece is very well done. Penny Pollak slips into and out of the 1/2 dozen or so characters she portrays in this one-person show, effortlessly. Granted, the technical support (lights, sound, and prop design) support her quite well in this, but that only adds to the overall quality of the presentation and takes nothing away from her performance. Each woman played by Ms. Pollak is in a rough spot and wrestles with whether it's worth it to keep struggling. Unfortunately almost all of u... full review
GLENDA SUGGS certified reviewer June 28, 2015
Really great physical work and I loved the staging of this show! Was it a comedy? No. Was it funny? At times. Personally, I am not a fan of one man shows. It's hard to build a relationship with someone who isn't there. It's even harder for the audience to believe a relationship that isn't there. Penny did very well with creating a believable environment by following not present people with her eyes and her very specific gestures. Her monologue work was beautiful and well paced. The play is written so that Penny plays all the characters in the show. The first conversation worked very well- side A spoke first / black out / side B spoke second, same conversation. It was funny. There were things revealed about the characters beautifully... full review