The Tomb

ensemble theatre · 1962 productions · Ages 18+ · world premiere · United States of America

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Review by anonymous

June 17, 2017 certified reviewer

What I liked

The lead actor was mesmerizing. He owned the show. He was dialed into his character to a T. He essentially had a 45-minute monologue, and if he had any mistakes, they weren’t noticeable. I felt what he was feeling, which is also a testament to the writer. The venue was perfect, though I’ve seen reviews to the contrary – if the contrary is fact, a smaller standalone venue might’ve been helpful for those particular shows…but there were no distractions during my show.

What I didn't like

I have to imagine it’s so hard to be a supporting character when the lead has 95% of the lines in a play. At times, the support almost felt like a distraction from the message, rather than adding to it.

My overall impression

I can’t say that I am particularly drawn to the subject matter, but at the referral of a friend, I came to see a fantastic performance. I’m so glad I did. The writing style felt authentic to the time period, while being engaging and relevant, so it wasn’t a stretch to feel like I was there with the lead as he was experiencing everything. The simplistic layout/stage was appropriate and not distracting while still conveying the message of the show.

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