Best Friend

sullfloat productions · Ages 14+ · world premiere · United States of America

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Review by DREW PETRIELLO

June 19, 2018 certified reviewer

What I liked

The actors were all incredible, the dialogue was witty witty witty. The play did a great job of getting inside Ben’s head and presenting him as a deeply flawed human rather than a complete monster. All the characters were well rounded. Good balance of drama and comedy and I never got bored or had my attention drift away.

What I didn't like

Kayla is one of my favorite characters, but with the script as it is, she’s mostly unnecessary and added to the runtime. She either needs to be cut or have greater impact on the story, which would probably mean extending the play into a full-on two act dealio.

As a matter closer to personal preference, it felt like we never stayed with the scenes long enough, several cutting to black just when I thought they were getting really interesting. Some of the plot threads could’ve gone a little deeper. I would’ve liked more interaction between Lilly and Ben. More relationship devolution drama between Lilly and Andrew. Andrew’s poetry tour. I would’ve liked more Lilly period.

I was also unclear as to how much time was passing.

My overall impression

Frequently funny, sometimes thought provoking and occasionally discomfort provoking, Best Friend did a good job of making me care about the multitude of problems facing their many characters.

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