Life Plan, or Living Your Best Life in a Collapsing World

last to leave · Ages 18+ · world premiere · United States of America

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Review by PATRICK MULLEN

June 25, 2019 certified reviewer

What I liked

Writing, acting, world-building, tone… it was all really, really well done. I love that it gave us a moment of genuine emotion, and especially love that under the absurd surface is some actually very interesting intellectual ideas, which made for great conversation after the show. The thematic and emotional substance was unexpected, but greatly appreciated.

What I didn't like

Honestly, it’s hard to think of criticisms (I enjoyed it that much). I think the few interactive moments were effective, but could have been more liberally interspersed throughout the performance. Asking for audience reaction to things worked, and I thought using the cards to call out people’s hopes and dreams was especially effective. Perhaps thinking about how these (and other) techniques could be used to further bring the audience into the performance would be worth while? Most of the show felt like more traditional proscenium theater, and finding more ways to bring the audience into the performance might tap into more intimate feelings and moments as an audience member. But that’s just being nitpicky. It was great.

My overall impression

Absolutely terrific. Amazing writing and very strong acting from the whole cast throughout. They get all the small details right, which adds up to really great world-building. I would love to bring some friends back to this show, and hope it finds a local theater for a continued run after the Hollywood Fringe Festival.

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