FIG Productions presents a new absurdist play about one family’s journey into the depths of madness, heavy drinking, and impending death—and the humor that can be found at rock bottom. More…
At the center of several interconnected stories are Jim and Jessica Drinkwine, siblings who were torn apart by one death, and just may be reunited by another. The Drinkwines have a familial euphemism for the mental illness that they’re all inextricably tied to: they call it “The Shouters,” an affliction that takes on many forms and faces and leaves no member unscathed. Some drink to fight it of; others do worse.
"Director Richard C. Aven guides the cast of 12 through their nonlinear, perhaps therapeutically circular adventure in many modes of being...This impressive play isn’t straightforward, but neither are most interesting people...It’s the kind of show which doesn’t have a main character, and which calls for great performances from the entire ensemble. I applaud Menzies, Aven, and the cast for avoiding cliché in their portrayals of young and old characters." Full Review
See it if you really want to work hard and challenge yourself to think. And I mean really really think
Don't see it if you are looking to sit back and just relax and be entertained without thinking.
See it if Perhaps it went over my head, or perhaps it was just nonsense. But either way it went on forever. Some deep thoughts though.
Don't see it if you don't want to torture yourself
See it if you want to challenge yourself to figure out a seemingly complicated plot.But good luck on that as I, just like most others, did not get it.
Don't see it if you want to follow a plot w/o too much mental work. This one may require a lot & in the end still figuring out if it's profound or nonsense.
See it if you like THE TWILIGHT ZONE and/or BLACK MIRROR, you like heavy philosophical arguments, you like watching dark emotional snapshots of people
Don't see it if you want something light & fluffy; you're triggered by violent acts, suicide, depression, or alcoholism; you have a short attention span
See it if you don't mind being challenged. Though it has flaws, it's an ambitious, well-acted and smartly written take on how we deal with death.
Don't see it if you prefer your theater to be told in a straightforward way. It jumps back and forth in time, leaving the audience to connect the dots.
See it if The acting was overall well done. The individual scenes were mostly interesting; slow start.
Don't see it if You are not familiar and comfortable with absurdist theatre and adult language and themes.
See it if You are okay with swearing and want to see something dark and profound. Also if you want something on mental illness
Don't see it if You're not okay with swearing or something with a simpler storyline
See it if You enjoy thoughtful drama that is emotionally heavy while also being funny and surreal. If you value great acting and emotional resonance.
Don't see it if If you prefer more straightforward stories and linear narratives.
See it if You are interested in a well-written, unique, thought-provoking theatrical experience. You will be entertained as well as challenged.
Don't see it if You have an issue with nonlinear storylines, or you're looking for light and fluffy.
See it if You like dark, edgy, content that makes you think. Lots of dream/fantasy scenes & flashbacks, w/ interesting use of lighting, film and music
Don't see it if If you don't like any of the things listed above. It's not traditional, and despite being very funny at times, it can be dark and confusing
See it if You want to see a particularly moving scene between Eric Michael Gillett's "Archie" and Christopher Halladay's "Jim"
Don't see it if You are uncomfortable with intense, emotional subject matter in a hyper-real setting.
See it if you appreciate good design, you like complex stories with many subtle connecting elements.
Don't see it if You've got issues with suicide depictions on stage, you can't see humor in depression, or you don't like non-linear story lines.
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