Two Motherfuckers on a Ledge

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

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June 23, 2017 certified reviewer
tagged as: nerdy · philosophical · genuine · emotional

What I liked

I enjoyed the writing and the relationship that was set up between both characters. I enjoyed that the point of Allyn’s character wasn’t that he was mentally disabled, but rather was a very intelligent and capable man. The set was simple, and the very nature of the theatre being right next to the street outside added unintended, but welcome, ambiance of cars passing by. If one has read some of the comic canon it adds a bit more depth to the play as well, which was useful.

What I didn't like

Though there were technical difficulties, I do think the sound could have been edited better. Simple fade ins could have been utilized and it would have been fine. They did play the audio from their phone for this particular run since their computer wasn’t working. It didn’t detract from the story.

Also they mentioned that Superman can’t die, which is false. In his (pre- new 52) battle with Doomsday he was killed, and then brought back to life in a later issue. This is the nitpickiest of nitpicks, because in all honesty this was a mighty fine show.

My overall impression

I saw “Two Motherfuckers on a Ledge” on Thursday, June 22nd.

What is it to be a hero? This is the seminal question posed by this play. Over the course of an hour, we see Mattie and Allyn discuss this matter, how they fit into the definition of hero, and the heroes in their life. For any comic fan, there are moments which touch on the philosophical dichotomy between how a hero and a villain are made and, though not explicitly stated during the show, this evokes the very discussion set forth by Allan Moore’s “The Killing Joke”, where the thematic element of “one bad day” can truly change a person. Both Mattie and Allyn defined their lives through their respective fathers and how they lost them. Some moments were incredibly raw, and the entire play was really genuine and grounded despite being set on a ledge five stories up. I think it was an incredible and well crafted play.

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