American Pain

Drama · indominable creativity · Ages 12+ · United States of America

one person show
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KARIN COLLISON certified reviewer June 23, 2022
Well-written and directed, and beautifully acted by Stephanie Burden.... full review
MEL SCOTT certified reviewer June 22, 2022
Brilliantly accurate account of the obstacles facing West Virginians and the horrific outcomes many families have faced with Opioids, as well as the road that led them there. ... full review
ANONYMOUS certified reviewer June 20, 2022
It was a beautiful story. The actress was incredible and held my attention the full time. ... full review
DAVID JOHN FRANK certified reviewer June 19, 2022
Riveting show from start to finish, at once funny and heartbreaking. Beautifully written, powerfully performed. I loved the show.... full review
NANCY MOOSLIN certified reviewer June 15, 2022
American Pain is a wonderful play! The writing pulls you in from the first lines and takes you on an important and fast paced journey that is extremely relevant to current American culture and condition. Stephanie Burden is amazing. Her command of this one person play is powerful and nuanced, the range of emotions handled with attention to detail and authenticity. Flawless in my opinion. I highly recommend - get yourself there - you will be rewarded!! ... full review
ANONYMOUS certified reviewer June 14, 2022
Just saw American Pain, and it was wonderful. Beautifully written and a lovely, poignant, powerful performance. We thoroughly enjoyed this deeply moving production and highly recommend it. What a surprising, hidden gem in this year’s Fringe Festival.... full review
ANONYMOUS certified reviewer June 13, 2022
This fascinating and timely one act show accurately captures the horrors of the opoid crisis. It is told energetically by our speaker, Jenna Sayre (excellentantly and charismatically portrayed by Stephanie Burden) who details the personal problems she creates by being good at her job, namely selling Oxycotin to the masses, via her bubbling personality and marketing skills. While you have a feeling you know how her story is going to end, Stephanie captures your attention, and reveals each detail in poigninant and visual ways. ... full review
JEFFREY MIILLER certified reviewer June 05, 2022
American Pain was absolute pleasure; a powerfully engaging show of humorous and heart-punching depth by writer Elise Forier and a bravura performance by Stephanie Burden! Highly recommended!... full review
TERESA THROENLE certified reviewer June 05, 2022
Incredible writing with the most subtle nuances perfectly placed. Acting is superb. A timely and must see work ... full review
ANYA ADAMS certified reviewer June 05, 2022
This is a must see for everyone, American Pain is a deep dive into one persons experience with the opioid epidemic. The writer weaves the story so beautifully and with such care you are swept up in this woman's life and her journey. It's funny, heartfelt, incredibly real and blisteringly sad all at once. Not many people can weave all of those emotions together so seamlessly. But this play does. It is top notch all around and definitely a play you leave having a profound emotional experience that will have you talking about the topic for days to come.... full review