A Beast/A Burden

glass half productions · Ages 18+ · United States of America

world premiere
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June 05, 2018 certified reviewer

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Was Chris Burden a self-destructive narcissist or a misunderstood artist of his time? “A Beast/A Burden” ponders this and other probing questions in a riveting production lead by actor Ben Hethcoat as Burden. From the very opening scene, the show thrusts audience members into Burden’s turbulent inner mind and doesn’t let up until the end. Hethcoat and the other cast members, including Jessica DeShaw, Brennan Murray, and Corsica Wilson, offer performances that are raw, visceral, and at times uncomfortable to watch; yet director Billy Ray Brewton makes sure to punctuate the story of Burden’s art and personal relationships with moments of tenderness, humor, and historical reference to a post-Vietnam America. A must-see during this year’s Hollywood Fringe.

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