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comedy · life on its side studios · Ages 18+ · United States of America

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Review by anonymous

June 09, 2019 certified reviewer
tagged as: funny · deep · clever · in utero

What I liked

This show drops you in the middle of the action. It takes a while to catch up but once you do, it’s deeply revealing in its character interactions. Feels like it was plucked straight from the 90s – it captures the narrative feeling of Pulp Fiction (and gives you the same sense of storytelling vertigo), but it’s as if Quentin Tarantino picked up a Chasing Amy/Clerks-era Kevin Smith script.

What I didn't like

Honestly I wish I knew the narrative twist revealed shortly into Act Two when I was watching Act One. But that just means I need to Fringe it again to catch all the clever relationship work. Once the second-act revelations happen it makes the decisions and events of the first act all the more relevant – I only wish I experienced them in the moment they happened.

My overall impression

This is a time capsule in the best possible sense – for the importance of Nirvana in all our lives in the early 90s, and also in that post-high school pre-responsibility haze in which slackerism is both an inescapable inevitability and a great source of truth about the transition that is about to take place. By the end of the play it shows you that it had much more going on than you realized when you first sat down. Solid acting by all involved!

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