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The Institute for the Opposite of Longing

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

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SHEREEN KHAN certified reviewer June 10, 2019
tagged as: minimalist · stylish · dark humor · loss · motherhood · artful
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. ... full review
BERT ROTUNDO certified reviewer June 15, 2019
tagged as: witty · loss · vulnerable · riveting
THE INSTITUTE FOR THE OPPOSITE OF LONGING was a beautiful, witty and personal exploration of loss... the vulnerable performances given by both actors was riveting. Two Thumbs Up! ... full review
TINKS LOVELACE certified reviewer June 18, 2019
tagged as: brilliant · sad · unique · heartbreaking · sweet · funny
Incredibly beautiful, incredibly poignant and a moving piece of theatre! A great story full of heart and soul. So unique! The actors excelled in their space and characters!! Go and see this! One of my favourite shows at fringe this year! Wonderful work ladies! ... full review
J M certified reviewer June 17, 2019
FANTASTIC. This show had me thinking about it hours later, trying to wrap my head around this beautiful and distopian universe these talented women created. Inspiring, thought-provoking and genuinely one of the best things I have ever seen.... full review
EMILY BOLCIK certified reviewer June 15, 2019
tagged as: dark humor · melancholy · surreal
This was a really cool show. It was visually interesting & beautifully acted. I loved the writing. You kind of just get sucked into this fascinating world they’ve created. Felt Charlie Kaufman-esque.... full review
LENORE KASDORF certified reviewer June 10, 2019
What an intriguing, intelligently written, produced and performed show! It was mesmerizing as it unfolded—sad, touching, with genuinely funny moments. ... full review
JUSTIN ROCHEROLLE certified reviewer June 10, 2019
Fantastic! This is a must see. The play is incredibly original, and performed brilliantly by Lindsay Beamish and Vanessa Peters. ... full review
JARED MCCLURE certified reviewer June 16, 2019
tagged as: Haunting · Beautiful
This amazing show left me thinking 2 things “what do I long for in life” and “how do I respond to the longings that can’t be met”. These 2 extraordinary actors allow you to see into the life of people whose longing dwells in the deepest parts of them. The “pit” if you will. And how it affects their lives. If you get a chance please go see this show! You won’t regret it.... full review
JIM MARTYKA certified reviewer June 18, 2019
This was a fascinating show. Equal parts heartbreaking and (oddly) inspiring. I was completely blown away by this world that these two incredibly gifted artists created and how they were able to pull you into it within the first few minutes. As it went on, you not only understood their "longing," you felt it with them. They also provide the space for you to identify your own longing as they gently, but strikingly make the struggle universal. This is a very artistic show, one meant for Fringe, and it could easily crumble without the right artists at the helm. These two actresses were so vulnerable, so open, so human, it was nothing less than mesmerizing to watch. If you want to see what Fringe is all about, go see this show. ... full review
CHUCKLES GEDDES certified reviewer June 30, 2019 full review