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Go Get The Axe

Members say: Great acting, Ambitious, Confusing, Thought-provoking, Dizzying
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Critics
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Members
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19 reviews
 

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.

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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.

 

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Reviews (20)

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Avg Score

80
Theater In The Now

"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

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64
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60
Clever, Intelligent, Confusing

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.

Also This play is 120 minutes with no intermission. The acting, direction a... Read more Read less

49
Indulgent, Confusing, Excruciating, Slow, Self-indulgent navel gazing with zero attention to the needs of an audience.

See it if You enjoy being bored and confused.

Don't see it if Your intention is to be enlightened or entertained.

Also I really tried to "get" this play but couldn't make head nor tail of i... Read more Read less

69
Thought-provoking, Confusing, Entertaining

See it if you like odd plays. well written individual scenes but hard to put it all together

Don't see it if you want a straight forward drama that makes sense.

73
Clever, Dizzying, Great acting, Confusing, Disappointing

See it if You want to be entertained

Don't see it if You follow too many plots

40
Ambitious, Great acting, Confusing, Disappointing, Excruciating

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.

45
Thought-provoking, Quirky, Excruciating, Slow, Long

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

51
Quirky, Confusing, Disappointing, Slow

See it if like odd shows that are long and incoherent. Willing to take a chance.

Don't see it if traditional style shows.

49
Ambitious, Great acting, Indulgent, Excruciating, Insipid

See it if Although the acting was good I DO NOT recommend seeing it.

Don't see it if The play was way too long. It did not make sense. I was sorry that I had attended,

68
Thought-provoking, Quirky, Slow

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.

Also The small stage space was well used. The videos were at times useful a... Read more Read less

63
Funny, Dizzying, Edgy, Intense, Confusing

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

85
Ambitious, Clever, Dizzying, Intense, Existential

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

90
Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting, Profound, Resonant

See it if you like challenging, truly artistic theater.

Don't see it if you prefer simply entertaining, easy to absorb plays.

Also Non-linear but somehow seamless, this play established an unexpected a... Read more Read less

81
Ambitious, Edgy, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Great writing

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.

87
Ambitious, Dizzying, Edgy, Great acting, Great writing

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

Also The writing is clever and touching- the dialogue is realistic, even du... Read more Read less

92
Ambitious, Great acting, Profound, Great writing, Heart-breaking

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.

Also The writing is exceptional- truly heart-breaking one moment, and hilar... Read more Read less

100
Ambitious, Great acting, Intense, Thought-provoking, Resonant

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.

67
Funny, Dizzying, Quirky

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.

86
Funny, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Must see, Entertaining

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.

Also The cast, set-design and overall aesthetic of this show is top-notch; ... Read more Read less

87
Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting, Intense, Thought-provoking

See it if You want to be challenged and engaged by art.

Don't see it if You are seeking a traditional story told in a traditional way.