Death and Coffee

immersive theatre · annie lesser · Ages 7+ · world premiere · United States of America

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Review by RUSSELL EATON

June 15, 2018 original article
tagged as: intimate · immersive · heartfelt · solo show

What I liked

You never know from moment to moment what is coming during the brief story that is told here. The subtle story that unfolds seems, at times, unfocused. But, isn’t that how conversations go, sometimes? In the end, there are points that do resonate and there is comfort knowing that others are out there wrestling with stuff in their lives, just like you are in yours. Isn’t that the point of theater? To connect us all? This glimpse into a young woman’s life manages to do just that.

What I didn't like

The show is very short, it would be interesting to hear more of the aftermath of the story that is shared

My overall impression

This brief show feels completely authentic and manages the pitch-perfect tone of a friendly (but very serious) chat. Not truly a play, not truly a monologue… what is Death and Coffee? A confessional, perhaps? With a brief running time, it feels like a quick, grabbed conversation with someone you know on your way to something else. Relaxed and rushed at the same time, somehow.

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