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Bad Sponsor

ensemble theatre · the bad company · Ages 17+ · world premiere · United States of America

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Review by anonymous

June 10, 2018 certified reviewer
tagged as: hysterical funny

What I liked

A multitude of things, too numerous to mention here. I’ll just mention a few:
- unexpectedly well-rounded and vivid “Good Sponsor” character – flawless, especially considering how hard it must have been to make sure that this character doesn’t end up preachy and flat since he is the only character without funny lines
- the complete absence of dreary PC
- the brilliant use of audience as participants in twelve step meeting -

What I didn't like

Better projection to back rows. Also, sound would periodically drown out the dialogue. Both things extremely minor hints and easily correctable.

My overall impression

If one is ensconced in 12-step world (as I am) the experience is both hysterical and uplifting. I howled with laughter through the play, much like I howl through my own recoveries. I found this production’s irreverence, profanity and rage strangely SOBER. It mirrors my own method of trudging through each day on the road of happy Destiny and coping with the confounding relentless revelations afforded by reality when one begrudgingly awakens to it. Watching the play was as potent as my last LSD trip, but kinder and more spiritually satisfying.
I bow to the entire creative team behind this show: the splendid writers and director, as well to the wildly talented cast. Well-done!

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