Two Motherfuckers on a Ledge

ensemble theatre · wisdom tooth productions · Ages 13+ · United States of America

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June 06, 2017 certified reviewer

What I liked

Both performers were extremely talented, and both performances excellent. These were challenging characters in a challenging situation, and the actors excelled.

What I didn't like

I’m afraid the script struck me as self-indulgent and even preachy at times.

My overall impression

I’m glad I saw “Two M@therf#ckers on a Ledge”—it was an impressive piece of theater. I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys character-driven dramas of moderate-to-high intensity.

Simple set, simple lighting and sound design, both appropriate: as primarily a character piece, the play didn’t need more. Both performers were extremely talented, and both performances outstanding. The actors were given challenging characters to portray in a challenging situation, and they excelled.

In fact, I think the performers rose above the material; I’m afraid the script was “not my thing.” When the characters were interacting with each other it seemed very natural, and the occasional flashes of humor were very welcome, but when one character was just talking while the other listened it often struck me as self-indulgent, and even a little preachy at times. This is particularly ironic given that one of the performers was also the writer: he did a brilliant job portraying the slightly unstable character he created, but I had trouble getting past some of the speeches.

P.S. The Yiddish word is pronounced “shiksa,” not “shiska.”

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