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Hit the Body Alarm

From 12 member  reviews
Members say: Intense, Great acting, Ambitious, Edgy, Intelligent

About the show

Meet Satan, Eve, and two modern jailbirds in Winsome Brown's new solo show, which mixes original text with passages from Milton's 'Paradise Lost' and the writings of James Joyce.  More…

Obie winner Brown's new show takes audiences on a wild ride from Hell to Jail with a brief stop in Paradise. As the United States stands on the brink of a major election, 'Hit the Body Alarm' explores the irrevocable decisions we make, and the permanent consequences they bring.

Member Reviews (12)


Intense, Great acting, Ambitious, Edgy, Intelligent
Avg Score

Great acting, Resonant, Ambitious, Edgy, Intense

See it if you want to hear beautiful words spoken beautifully. The well named Winsome Brown is a joy to watch.

Don't see it if you expect anything like a plot. The set consists of plastic drop clothes that are moved and rearranged for no reason.

Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Intense, Riveting

See it if You like experimental theatre. You like poetry. You like hearing stories.

Don't see it if You dislike experimental theatre & poetry. You want a clear connection between scenes:I liked all the pieces but didn't see a connection.

Epic, Great writing

See it if You want a poetic, lyrical investigation into the ideas of hell and punishment.

Don't see it if You crave a narrative or clear action.

Ambitious, Great acting, Confusing, Thought-provoking, Quirky

See it if you like Winsome Brown, one woman shows, interesting monologues about prison life and crime.

Don't see it if you don't like serious, rather arty shows.

Edgy, Excruciating, Intense

See it if you like one woman shows with poetic writing.

Don't see it if you have something better to do...

Ambitious, Cliched, Great staging, Slow, Disappointing

See it if You love indulgent rambling on the concept of imprisonment & Satan vs God that have been heard before & have been around since Jesus himself

Don't see it if You want to see a compelling performance art piece that has a fresh take on ancient philosophical debates and musings of Milton & Joyce.

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Intelligent, Relevant

See it if you love paradise lost

Don't see it if you prefer lighter theater

Great acting, Great staging, Intelligent, Riveting

See it if you're in the mood for a riveting production, featuring the great Winsme Brown, who has the range and technical ability to do anything.

Don't see it if you like only realistic paintings. Or you need plot milestones and contemporary dialogue exclusively to moor your theatre-going experience.

Absorbing, Delightful, Great acting, Intense, Intelligent

See it if You like amazing acting and a clever storyline and overlying themed pieces which are intelligent masterful thought-provoking and engaging.

Don't see it if You are offended by nudity (there is one scene)

Ambitious, Original, Edgy, Intense, A little unfocused

See it if You enjoy the works of James Joyce and John Milton, and/or the themes of righteousness, hell, and imprisonment.

Don't see it if You're sensitive to dramatic prison themes and religious themes dealing with hell, or if you desire a show with strong plot.


See it if Awesome

Don't see it if Bored with details

Entertaining, Great staging, Fluffy

See it if You like good acting.

Don't see it if You are looking for a comedy.

September 23rd, 2016
"The show takes imprisonment as its theme...But the extracts from the classics don’t relate especially well to the monologues, and the monologues don’t relate especially well to each other or to the John Zorn music that underscores them...If the textual collage isn’t particularly engrossing, at l...
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September 23rd, 2016
"The magic lies in how the piece transports us to intricate fantasy worlds with just a few (seemingly) simple elements...Once one gets accustomed to the 'exposed theatrics' aesthetic, 'Hit The Body Alarm' is incredibly approachable and easy to follow. While deeply intelligent, the performance nev...
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September 23rd, 2016
"Investigations of the human condition persist, as the performance journeys from the netherworld to the mundane...Winsome Brown approaches her monologues with candor…Brown utilizes the tech without forgetting the power of the spoken word…Co-Director Brad Rouse trades spectacle for the essential t...
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September 22nd, 2016
"The Milton and Joyce sections are linguistically rich and resonant, and Brown revels in the language, savoring its meter and rhythm, delighting in its imagery and the myths it evokes…The shift of styles here feels right but occasionally a little show-offy…Still, that range is what enables her to...
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