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When Skies Are Gray

immersive theatre · the visceral city project · Ages 18+ · world premiere · United States of America

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Review by MICHAEL FONTAINE

June 14, 2018 · original article

What I liked

This is an important show to see for a few reasons. We will all experience death at one point (or many points) in our lives. Many of us don’t know what to expect or even how to deal with it. WSAG can help prepare you, in a way, for what could happen. It can give you a chance to say good bye to someone you didn’t get a chance to. It can help you share your grief and sadness with others in the room.

This is an emotional show because you are there. You are with Ashley in her mother’s final days. This stops being a show and you start being her friend and want nothing but to console her. When was the last time that has happened in a “show”? This is raw and real.

You have an option to register as a nurse. As a nurse, you can help take care of the patient and other visitors (if you wish). You will have to say a few lines (they will be provided to you) and handle props.

There are only 14 people per show and tissues are located underneath each seat. It’s ok to cry. It’s ok to let it out. You’re all there for the same reason….to say goodbye.

What I didn't like

NA

My overall impression

There’s always advice to writers of “write what you know”. “When Skies Are Gray” was written by Ashley Steed after her mother’s death. This show is a recount of the days leading up to her mother’s passing and all of the things she had to deal with. You can see the love, admiration, and selflessness that Ashley gives to her mother, even when it seems her mother might not be her usual self.

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