Unrealistic Expectations

comedy · greg. · Ages 16+ · United States of America

world premiere
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June 16, 2017 dinner party (blog)

What I liked

This show markets itself as a comedy about love and mental illness, but I think it’s so much more than that. All the performances were on point, and the characters interacted well with each other (with a variety of different personalities). The writing is sharp and the banter fast-paced, which I very much appreciated! There are several references to movies, especially my personal favorite, (500) Days of Summer. I think the spotlight of the story is really with the two roommates, how they playfully tease and at the same time, care for each other.

What I didn't like

Once the daydreams started to happen, we were suddenly transported to all sorts of locations. I felt that more playful lighting and sounds could have been used to help us better imagine that the characters are on a boat or in a chapel. The performance space was so lovely for the show that I felt it could’ve been utilized further for full effect!

My overall impression

A charming dark comedy about relationships, mental health, and friendships. Witty but heartfelt. If you’ve found yourself as confused as Tom Hansen about love in (500) Days of Summer, you’ll find solace in this play.

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