Domino Is Down

ensemble theatre · the lounge theatre · Ages 18+ · United States of America

world premiere
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June 13, 2017 my haunt life original article

What I liked

I liked the story and seeing someone get pushed to their breaking point until they snap.

What I didn't like

It was hard to feel sympathy for Domino after some conversations he had.

My overall impression

This is one of those shows where I’m not sure how I should feel towards the character. Domino (played by Mitchell Reiter) meets up at a museum bar with his old friend, and current detective, Tommi (played by Teresa Yslas Beardsley). Tommi tells him that her husband cannot make it, so it will just be them. Domino starts spilling his guts about things that have gone wrong in his life, which are “man” type issues such as needing to use Viagra or losing a fight in front of his ex. His life seems to be going into a downward spiral and Tommi is doing her best to keep him out of it. When Domino tells his stories, you feel bad for him. His stories can be relatable for some people. But when Tommi excuses herself to make a phone call or go to the restroom, Domino ruins anything that you’ve felt for him

When Tommi is away, he’ll have conversations with the bartender (played by Staci Rodrigues) about topics such as women’s gymnastics. I almost feel as if he’s taking everything out on the bartender. His conversations with her make him sound ignorant and misogynist. You stop feeling bad for him and almost want bad things to happen to him. Thank goodness the bartender takes none of his crap and knocks some sense into him.

In the shows final act, you learn about Domino’s ex and why she’s his ex (the reason is not what you might think). You also see the culmination of all of his thoughts and ideas.

One thing I’d like to know more about is his relationship with Ron (Tommi’s husband). The way they both spoke about him made me want to meet him. If he was at the bar, would things have turned out differently?

Overall, this show was entertaining and an interesting plot, but like I said, I’m confused on how I should feel about Domino.

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