Best Friend

sullfloat productions · Ages 14+ · United States of America

world premiere
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Review by ROSS BURAN

June 06, 2018 certified reviewer

What I liked

I liked the rhythm of the dialogue and the style in which we received the character development. It was brilliantly delivered as the lead actor established a cadence that became very clear, consistent and generally very funny until he got to a point where he was presenting us with very real and very topical opinions that remind us how far society as yet to go. I appreciate putting a face and building a world around the faceless “video game-playing Troll” that so many people have become to mythologize.

What I didn't like

Generally, it was all very well set up and supported, there were just a couple of times in which the characters spoke about very large-scale and emotional topics in very clear articulate voices. Not necessarily a criticism, but with a play that had a very nice and natural rhythm about it, it highlighted the points where they spoke more ideologically.

My overall impression

A tremendously brave effort to humanize and criticize a very real and growing element in our culture. An “unwoke” voice, personified by a down on his luck gamer was a timely vessel for a world in which males are struggling a little too much to understand their place in this rapidly changing social landscape. Despite the heavy subject, I found myself laughing through much of the play until it became real… then it challenges you.

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