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What Be G⋆d Is Blessing

solo performance · sean topps & east forty first company · Ages 16+ · world premiere · one person show · United States of America

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SAMUEL LOVITCH certified reviewer June 08, 2015
tagged as: passion · War · Veteran · vet · star · Topps
Pure passion. Sean gives a very real, up front, in your face, point of view experience of what it must feel like coming back from the horrors or war to a Pleasantville life that cannot live up to the trenches of battle. Whether Sean has actually been to war or not, he certainly conveyed to his audience the abject torture Veterans must feel when they return home. Two thumbs up. A must see to be able to say that you saw Sean Topps when...... full review
ARNON SHORR certified reviewer June 08, 2015
tagged as: War · Veteran · psycho · homeless
I came in to this show expecting some over-the-top bluster (the actor, Sean Topps, has done over-the-top quite expertly before) but was surprised to find the performance subtler, more nuanced, altogether more heartbreaking. The piece is strong, especially when Mr. Topps makes full use of the sometimes-awkward intimacy of the stage.... full review
MENDEL KATZ certified reviewer June 08, 2015
Sean takes us up close into the mind of a war veteran who's life has been derailed as a result of ptsd. Emotional & powerfully performed, with a perfect tinge of humor, this experience will be well worth your time!... full review
ARON FRIED certified reviewer June 19, 2015
A riveting performance, brimming with raw emotion. Sean delivers a deeply convincing portrayal of a war vet who’s seen too much and yet inexplicably yearns to see more. He takes us inside the tortured life and mind of a shell-shocked man struggling with the horrors of PTSD, shining a light on the condition in a very personal way. Ultimately, Sean’s performance and lyrical deftness will leave you transformed, making you feel deeply for these often-invisible humans who have given their lives in a very ongoing way for our personal freedoms. A must see. Actually, make that, a must experience.... full review
KURT GARDNER certified reviewer June 20, 2015
A shell-shocked war veteran, living in a tent on Skid Row, tells his sadly all-too-familiar tale of violence and loss in a bravado solo performance by Sean Topps.... full review
ELYSE LITES certified reviewer June 08, 2015
tagged as: Topps · Veteran · drama · Raw · War · Thumbs UP!
Behavior:irritability, hypervigilance, aggression, hostility, screaming Mood: emotional distress, anger, homelessness, nervousness Psychological: hallucination, severe anxiety, mistrust, flashbacks The above lists what a person struggling with PTSD may experience. These are very strong and extremely fierce reactions to the stress and intensity of war. They are also the emotions and behaviors you are acutely aware of during Sean Toops' self-written play, What Be G*d is Blessing. The stage is set as how one would expect to see any number of typical homeless camps, certainly indicative to the daily scene of LA's notorious Skid Row.The theater shares walls with surrounding theaters, adding a layer of noise. This would detract as well as ... full review
SHIRLEY BRILLIANT certified reviewer June 08, 2015
What Be G-d is Blessing is truly an amazing one man show. He pulls you in and wants you wanting more. A must see show!!!... full review
YANKI GREENSPAN certified reviewer June 17, 2015
not sure what to expect but this show was exceptionally thought provoking. the emotion that sean managed to capture and convey thru his show was heart-wrenching and really pulled me in to his character. throughout his performance i was captivated by the complexity of the character struggles and really felt for his nuances and i really felt that i understood his difficulties with dealing with ptsd.... full review
DENA LERNER certified reviewer June 19, 2015
Sean was able to catapult the stage into a unique and jarring perspective of the truly troubled existence of PTSD. His performance took me by force and caused me to rethink how and why we treat veterans the way we do. It was a powerful moment ripe with meaning. I hearty enjoying the trans formative experience. ... full review
MICHAEL LOPEZ certified reviewer June 22, 2015
This is an open wound of a piece. Direct, impassioned, eloquent and nuanced, Sean's play is a brutal and graphic meditation on the struggles of a soldier, habituated to the mindset of war, to reintegrate himself into his life and relationships. There's nothing maudlin or self pitying here, just honesty in a whirlwind of well crafted remembrance as this character sifts through the wreckage of his life, stunned by the inevitability of his loss but no less hurt by it. If your spending a day at the Fringe, this play will be your shot of 5hour energy. I hit the street buzzing on Sean's fierce intensity and the piece's profound insight.... full review
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