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SUICIDE NOTES: In Their Own Words

ensemble theatre · combined artform · Ages 15+ · world premiere · United States of America

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EVA CHARNEY certified reviewer June 21, 2015
"Suicide Notes" is a beautifully moving, insightful exploration of the moments before suicide told through astounding statistics and the suicide letters of real people. It's hard to be believe that a play about suicide could be inspiring, but thanks to the profoundly talented writer/director Stan Zimmerman and the magnificent cast (Olivia D'Abo, Allie Gonino, Peter Onorati, Brendan Robinson), it is a remarkable, uplifting evening in the theatre. ... full review
CHARLES ZIARKO certified reviewer June 22, 2015
An interesting, embryonic pot pouri---some celebs, some historical figures, some bullied teens---skillfully performed by four solidly pro performers. The teen girl with the sign show on You Tube (well done by Allie Gonino) draws the tears, and Peter Onorati gets the laughs, but Olivia D'Abo and Brendan Robinson have their moments too. I can see this in better form as a two-hour package which could be carved and rearranged to suit its prospective audiences. ... full review
STEPHEN JERROME certified reviewer June 28, 2015
"Suicide Notes: In Their Own Words", written and directed by Stan Zimmerman, delivers exactly what the title says, and does so theatrically, movingly, informatively, and with elegant simplicity--just four actors standing on the stage reading from notes, sometimes assisted with pictures on a screen of the suicide note writer. Zimmerman has balanced the text perfectly, bringing dignity to the sad fact of suicide while never getting maudlin. And while suicide notes themselves can be powerful testaments, as a director, Stan Zimmerman has brought pace, rhythm and between-actor interaction that builds to an appropriate climax (a little broad for my taste, but not IN-appropriate), transforming potentially non-theatrical recitation into powerf... full review
GREGORY BLAIR certified reviewer June 29, 2015
The eclectic selection of letters and people revealed in this swiftly moving piece is enlightening on so many levels: it not only exposes the various levels of mental stress and heartache of the people whose suicide letters are read, but also the social behaviors and attitudes of those around them that played a part in that tragedy...or, in some cases, made no difference at all. Kudos to creator Stan Zimmerman for wisely choosing letters from a wide variety of people, showing that suicide can be seen as the only escape in the eyes of the old as well as the young, the unknown as well as the famous, the common and the uncommon. It’s eye-opening and, while sobering, never becomes maudlin--though Brendan Robinson’s gut-wrenching portraya... full review
BRIAN WHIDDEN certified reviewer June 29, 2015
Amazing show and Director. Would definately love to see this project get into schools where it would make a huge difference in many lives. ... full review
REBECCA ASQUINO certified reviewer June 30, 2015
This show is short, but incredibly powerful. Very moving performances from all four actors. Recipient of the Encore! Producer's Award, so you still have an opportunity to see it. Highly recommended. Pro-tip: bring tissues.... full review
STEVEN STANLEY certified reviewer June 29, 2015
Stan Zimmerman’s powerful Suicide Notes: In Their Own Words puts a human face on statistics (over 41,000 self-inflicted deaths each year) that make one thing tragically clear. As the nation’s #10 cause of death, suicide has reached epidemic proportions with no end in sight. Click on "Original Article" to read my complete review at StageSceneLA.com.... full review