The Institute for the Opposite of Longing

ensemble theatre · lindsay beamish and vanessa peters · Ages 12+ · United States of America

world premiere
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June 10, 2019 certified reviewer
tagged as: artful · motherhood · loss · dark humor · stylish · minimalist

What I liked

A really clear and concise story that sets up its world and conditions very effectively right at the top. The simple set and costumes are exactly enough to convey the clinical vibe and lend a perfectly spartan backdrop within which certain significant props and the story itself pops forward from. Really great pacing; much is revealed in the space of an hour but it never feels jammed and the energy never drops. It’s just a really well written and arranged piece. I thoroughly recommend everyone see it.

What I didn't like

I really couldn’t and wouldn’t change a thing.

My overall impression

An incredibly moving and stylish piece performed beautifully by the two players. The play writes honestly about loss as a distilled and concentrated thing, dosed with humor that acts as a buffering agent, until it can’t anymore. Lindsay Beamish and Vanessa Peters deftly convey some gut-wrenching stuff in a way that’s relatable and even funny in this slightly removed world. And that is why one goes to the theatre.

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