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Butterside Down

From 7 member  reviews
Members say: Confusing, Slow, Great acting, Absorbing, Entertaining

About the show

This new comic drama explores how the ill equipped the young are to lose each other, and whether, when you’ve lost the love of your life, your sense of humor can keep you alive. More…

In the aftermath of Liv’s untimely death, her boyfriend, Adam, her best friend Cat, and her sister Sally, negotiate everything from a raucous wake to releasing her worldly goods to the Jewish Women’s League.  Running the gauntlet of the five stages of grief, the thirtysomething trio compete for who ranks highest on The Grief Meter, reveal hidden unspeakable truths and fail to agree on epitaphs and the allocation of earrings.

Member Reviews (7)


Confusing, Slow, Great acting, Absorbing, Entertaining
Avg Score

Interminable, Bizarre set and staging, Confusing, Unlikeable characters

See it if OK w 3 overwrought (& overacted) characters dealing w loss and grief. OK w crude language, a play that wants to be more than it is.

Don't see it if U feel trapped in a never-ending show w no break, bothered by varied English accents, don't like bad behavior of unlikeable 20-somethings.

Also Maybe it was because I wasn't feeling well, but this play made me crin... Read more Read less

Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Slow, Disappointing

See it if You want to ponder the meaning of life and death with a group of friends who appear to have no clue

Don't see it if You want fully developed characters , in this case the most interesting one is the corpse

Absorbing, Slow, Confusing, Muddy direction, Uneven performances

See it if You're up for a workshop production very much a work in progress. Both very fine & troublesome moments in a refreshing meditation on grief.

Don't see it if Expecting a smooth finished product. Long, slow &unfocussed at times & unclear voices confuse the plot, but Haynes original &worth the visit

Also The lovely writer and lead Lórien Hayes holds this together, her stron... Read more Read less

Great acting, Relevant, Edgy, Confusing

See it if you like English accents, slightly confusing relationships, plays about dealing with grief

Don't see it if don't like English plays about young, 30s? dealing with the various stages of grieving.

Entertaining, Confusing, Slow

See it if you want to see a show about how 3 friends deal with the death of a loved one.

Don't see it if if you have problems with British accents. 2 of the 3 actors are British - one easier to understand than the other.

Ambitious, Absorbing, Entertaining, Great acting, Intense

See it if You find the topic of loss fascinating. Seeing how different people morn the loss of a young person from the husband, sister and best friend

Don't see it if You are not a fan of a staged workshop. This is a show where the creative team does a production with actors but without the benefit of sets

Also Lorien Haynes play leaves the audience wanting more. This was mybfeeli... Read more Read less

Uneven, Disappointing, Great acting, Confusing, Not engaging

See it if you appreciate good acting without too much emphasis on plot

Don't see it if you only see a few plays each year. May not be the best choice if you've recently experienced the loss of a close friend or family member.

Also The play is uneven. Early promises of comedy are not fulfilled, though... Read more Read less

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