A Beast/A Burden

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

world premiere
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June 11, 2018 certified reviewer

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So far my favorite show at the fringe this year.

This is a story that is actually worth a damn to create and present. Not only because of the themes. But because a show like this helps secure an artist like Chris Burden into history. Helps him live on far beyond his life.

Ben Hethcoat’s portrayal of Burden was just so captivating. There’s subtlety and madness surrounding his choices—which never go over the top. This is a very controlled performance.

As an artist, I really connected, which manifested audibly—-you know like a moment in church where you agree with what the pastor says and that uncontrolled guttural reaction of approval can’t help but spew out.—I connected with a ton of the dialogue from Burden’s character; especially during the closing monologue. And the way it ends… how glorious and dooming at the same time.

If you can’t tell, I absolutely loved this show. I’m not saying it is perfect, but I can’t love anything that is.

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