ensemble theatre · bam · Ages 17+ · United States of America

world premiere
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Review by ALEX KNOX

June 08, 2016 certified reviewer
tagged as: murder · money · mayhem · morality · men · masterful

What I liked

Ben & Michael are both titans of the Hollywood Fringe, with hit shows and awards galore between the two of them. And yet, they are two of the kindest, most humble souls you’ll ever meet. They’re also actors who bring everything they’ve got to the stage, and that commitment is fully on display here. Each of them inhabit their role so vividly that it’s hard to imagine anyone else playing these parts. It’s a joy to watch their characters wrestle with each other, with themselves, with their sense of right and wrong. Nick Massouh’s inventive direction makes excellent use of the space and keeps the piece taut from the first moments. Ben’s writing is sharp. The dialogue crackles and sounds so natural you wonder if they’re improvising (I was assured they are not). The plot doesn’t unfold as much as it unravels like a knit sweater with a loose thread – you know it’s only a matter of time before all is revealed, naked and vulnerable. Here, the stripping away process is enthralling to watch.

What I didn't like

A couple slightly repetitive moments in the action early on. Quickly forgotten.

My overall impression

A taut, thrilling piece with an-all star team. A fringe festival wet dream.

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