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How to be Lazy and Not Feel Guilty

comedy · leaky faucet & sons · Ages 15+ · world premiere · United States of America

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Review by JAMES ROYCE

June 05, 2018 certified reviewer
tagged as: comic · fun · Absurdist

What I liked

Drew is clearly a playwright in love with language and words and this comes across with sharp and smart dialogue. The structure is very interesting with sudden jolts and unexpected turns. Then, at the end of the play, Jenine has had enough.

The play is well-executed, directed by Natasha Gualy and performed by brilliant actors such as Addison Turner and Emerson Harris. I particularly enjoyed the work between the two lead actors Duncan Kinzie and Sarah Richards. All of the actors are authentic and committed in their roles. The play was so entertaining, and moves along so effortlessly, I couldn’t believe that an hour had passed.

What I didn't like

I personally would have liked to see Jeanine’s build up and inner conflict to happen slower. However, the play uses this absurdist structure well, so perhaps I’m being too conventional in wanting this. Overall, the writing is excellent.

My overall impression

Drew has written a fun, zippy comic play that zings along quite nicely.

The play itself, which runs just under an hour, follows a character Jenine who is haunted by the relentless voices in her head. These voices are played brilliantly by three actors using flashlights and other fun props as they torment her onstage and is a nice reflection and mirror of where society in the U.S has ended up in our quest for perfection and love of self-improvement. The playwright, in my opinion, is asking when is enough self-improvement enough? Despite her boyfriend, Thomas, being in love with her, Jenine’s always got just one more thing she needs to accomplish. We see her journey as she battles these voices.

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