A Beast/A Burden

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

world premiere
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June 25, 2018 original article

What I liked

Well written and directed by Billy Ray Brewton, the play explores a complex man, raises many questions about art and its meaning and let’s the audience draw their own conclusions. Managing to stage some of Burden’s pieces as part of this show lends a truly fascinating edge to some of the scenes. The show is highly entertaining and thought-provoking.

After all of the conversations concerning art… its purpose, its importance or its meaninglessness… the show ends with Burden himself becoming a piece of art the audience helps create and interpret. It is a simple, beautiful device.

What I didn't like

I thoroughly enjoyed this show!

My overall impression

This is a fascinating biographical play covering several months in the life of artist Chris Burden. The show is a thoughtful piece raising many questions about art and how we interpret it. A strong cast brings a complicated man and his cohorts to life that is provocative and entertaining. One of my favorite plays I have seen this year.

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