A Beast/A Burden

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

world premiere
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Review by EVAN MCNARY

June 08, 2018
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What I liked

Creative, unique structure. Fearless acting.

What I didn't like

A bit more clarity/setup in the context of the two performance pieces after the water/electrocution performance to understand what was going on before jumping into the various POVs.

My overall impression

This is exactly what I hope for in a Fringe production. It takes chances and invites the audience to engage with concepts of art, subversion and relationships in unexpected and entertaining ways. The actors were strong and played off each other well, diving head on into emotionally and sometimes physically taxing waters. Billy Ray’s script + direction found unique angles to explore this pivotal span in Burden’s life — unravelling and compressing time in Christopher Nolan fashion while reworking reality through various points of view. It was an energizing experience all around.

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