Death and Coffee

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

world premiere
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BENJAMIN SCHWARTZ certified reviewer June 04, 2018
Each person will take away something completely different from this conversation over coffee (or tea, hot cocoa—your pick) with Annie. You could walk out of this with tears streaming down your face; it might be dry. You might find solace or reaffirmation. You could be expecting more. You might expect less. Quite truthfully, this will be a polarizing performance for many. Personally... it’s sort of sent my mind down a rabbit hole and I’ve caught myself pondering the themes several times after setting down my mug. Hmm. Hmm. Hmm... I like anything that spins the wheels in my head. This did.... full review
TIM BEEDLE certified reviewer June 10, 2018
tagged as: honest · Brave · intimate · grief · Relationships · human
This is performance at its most stripped down, intimate and human. While Death and Coffee may be a bit rough around the edges and I suspect will resonate with some a lot more than others, it offers a remarkable perspective on processing loss and making sense of not-so-simple relationships.... full review
JAMES HENDRY certified reviewer June 10, 2018
tagged as: emotional · honest · crafted · innovative
“Death and Coffee” is actually about life. It’s about finding the truths of the people we know. Some very close to us, like friends and family. Some who are strangers, extras in our personal stories. The play asks us to be open to the possibility that what we perceive to be the motives, agendas and emotions that others have could be mistaken. And our misconceptions could be robbing us of more honest and richer relationships. That all this is accomplished in such a simple, seemingly straightforward production, with only one (very gifted) playwright/actor, is truly amazing. ... full review
ERIK ENGMAN certified reviewer June 11, 2018
This was my first foray in to on-on-one immersive theater, and I wasn't sure to expect. I heard vague stories from previous years that Annie's piece were very intense, but this one said it was PG, so I was up for anything. The show was very simple. A conversation over coffee or tea. I was a bit nervous and spent way too much time choosing a mug, (Sorry!) But when we got to sitting down and got in to the story it was really magical. A wonderful story about family, love, disappointment, and the feeling of being an outsider. I really identified with what she was saying. It moved me deeply. I'm relatively a shy introvert around people who I have never met. Annie made me feel very comfortable, and the bravery to be that intimate with her s... full review
RUSSELL EATON certified reviewer June 15, 2018
tagged as: intimate · immersive · heartfelt · solo show
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. ... full review
DREW PETRIELLO certified reviewer June 18, 2018
Annie provides a lovely story about loss and memory that made me feel a gamut of emotions, and even though she was doing almost all the talking, she really made me feel listened to and drew me into her world.... full review
MADELINE ROSENSTEIN certified reviewer June 19, 2018
See It LA ...This piece is beautifully cathartic without causing the audience to feel like a therapist. Lesser didn’t force any emotion nor added any dramatics to merely evoke emotion from the audience - it was simply a conversation that is guided by Lesser’s story. Lesser’s exploration of loss and memories leaves the audience to ponder their own life, but more importantly the lives of those around them... For the full review visit or click on the “original article” link. ... full review
DANIEL MINUCHIN certified reviewer June 23, 2018
This is the first time I have gone to a play where the audience was just me. The play is a conversation about the performers relationship with her grandfather, and about his death, and about the way we assume other people are judging us. It takes place in an apartment over a cup of coffee ( or tea). Though it is actually quite short. It doesn't feel it. It feels rich and involving.... full review
MICHAEL FONTAINE certified reviewer June 09, 2018
Sometimes the shows that seem the simplest are the most complex. A cup of coffee (or tea or vegan hot cocoa) and a conversation. On the surface, that seems pretty simplistic, but what follows are emotional ups and downs. This isn’t a Fringe show, this is a conversation you’re having with a friend. This is your friend wanting to open up and let out things that are on her mind. This is the type of thing we all need to do, but rarely get to.... full review
MICHAEL HAMMERSLEY certified reviewer June 05, 2018
What a powerful piece! Annie takes a deeply personal experience -- the death of her grandfather, with whom she had a somewhat strained relationship -- and interprets and re-interprets it to make sense of it. And by her example, she encourages the audience -- you, one-on-one, in a conversation -- to re-interpret your own relationships.... full review