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I Was Most Alive with You

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Members say: Great acting, Ambitious, Intense, Absorbing, Thought-provoking

About the show

In Craig Lucas’s new play, Ash has a blessed life, thankful every day for the gifts of his family, his addiction, and his son’s Deafness. But on one fateful day, everything is taken from him.  More…

How can he see this unexpected test that threatens to cast him and his loved ones into darkness, as the ultimate gift? The play will be simultaneously performed in American Sign Language by a shadow cast of Deaf actors.


Member Reviews (172)

MEMBERS SAY:

Great acting, Ambitious, Intense, Absorbing, Thought-provoking
77
Avg Score

60
Indulgent, Preachy, Repetitive, Scattered, Excruciating

See it if Book of Job set in modern times with deafness & addiction issues. Theological discussions about faith. Good acting.

Don't see it if Explicit biblical quotes followed by lengthy enactments. No subtlety. The idea repeats and gets annoying. Depressing and humorless.

77
With rich stew of characters of all stripes, deaf/hearing, homosexual/not, religious/not so, and parade of modern ills including addiction shows relevance of "book of job," for us today

See it if magical stagecraft esp music 2 tell rich modern day Jobian tale/reading passages from Book of Job shows relevance 2 today’s chaos; fine cast

Don't see it if by 2nd Act know where tale is heading, so loses much of its power; at end central issue remains: why terrible things happen to good people

64
Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Ambitious, Confusing, Intense

See it if you’re interested to learn about some of the complexities of being deaf in a hearing world.

Don't see it if you prefer clear, “plain-spoken” narratives. This show is confusing at times with lots of voices and subplots muddling the story.

72
Great acting, Ambitious, Confusing, Dizzying, Slow

See it if You’re really intrigued by Deaf culture and want to see members of that community portrayed wholly and unflinchingly.

Don't see it if You dislike unwieldy plays with too many characters with too many [depressing] issues in too many storylines.

83
Absorbing, Great acting, Intense, Thought-provoking, Unique

See it if I found this very absorbing. Lois Smith, Russel Harvard and the rest of the cast were excellent.

Don't see it if you want a light, fun experience. This is shocking, dark and unrelentingly serious.

91
Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Great staging, Thought-provoking

See it if you wish to see creative drama at its best. The show requires a lot of concentration but this modern retelling of Job is worth it.

Don't see it if you do not like topic of deafness or drama involving religion. There is signing on the stage and on the level above the stage.

Also I loved the creative way that signing was used in the telling of the d... Read more Read less

80
Clever, Great acting, Edgy, Quirky, Intense

See it if You want to see a beautiful and hard story well told. You like ASL as a language and art form.

Don't see it if You don't like dramas, can't focus on several things happening at once. You don't like plays that don't give you all the answers.

89
Must experience, Many leveled, Don't know where to look, Great acting & staging, Will be an asl classic

See it if desire theatre experience unlike any other, unity of storytelling, religious beliefs, ASL plus visual aids intrigues U, like Craig Lucas

Don't see it if don't want 2 engage in puzzlement, gay & family themes, Book of Job, religious beliefs, addiction or ASL, need spelled out ending

85
Deaf gay addict seeks recovery through family, spirituality and a pretty boy

See it if Meaningful plot that Lucas wanted to make a "Deaf" play, so the characters are shadowed by ASL translating actors on an above stage platform

Don't see it if Lois Smith is luminous as the matriarch. Russell Harvard is excellent as the deaf gay son troubled with self-doubt and addiction.

Also The bi-level staging is innovative but it dilutes the impact of the fa... Read more Read less

65
Ambitious, Disappointing

See it if You like Lucas and don't mind watching rather than hearing some of the dialogue. The story was interesting with a serious message.

Don't see it if Reading, watching, and hearing a play is too much work for you.

71
Ambitious, Epic, Intense

See it if You enjoy deep interweaving of narratives. You want a tough family drama.

Don't see it if You want clear sight-lines (sometimes action or captions are blocked by the set pieces.) CW: drug usage and suicide

69
Overrated, Cliched, Great acting, Disappointing, Overstuffed

See it if Like good acting in an okay play that hasn't brought anything new.

Don't see it if Want more from the play - not really much happens to main characters that one does not really care about.

63
Absorbing, Intelligent, Ambitious, Intense, Thought-provoking

See it if Your idea of a good time is a chaotic musing on addiction and adversity as in the biblical Job. Some good acting and lots of life lessons.

Don't see it if You want all the characters to seem authentic and the scenes to support a suspension of disbelief.

82
Absorbing, Wrenching, Great acting, Great staging, Intense

See it if you want SUPERB acting in admittedly hard-to-watch tale. Story of Job applied to family of man in recovery: pain/sorrow test faith/spirit.

Don't see it if you don't want wrenching, intense tale of tragedies, struggle, & grief - powerful piece. Evokes Jordan's YEN or McCraney's HEAD OF PASSES.

59
Relevant, Indulgent, Confusing, Ambitious

See it if you are a fan of playwright Craig Lucas.

Don't see it if a play about a gay deaf couple and the family dynamics surrounding one member of the couple getting an operations to be able to hear.

Also HATED the staging and the simultaneous translation element of the show... Read more Read less

75
Ambitious, Confusing, Great acting, Intense

See it if you want to see some powerful acting and appreciate theater that is inclusive and utilizes an ASL shadow cast

Don't see it if you are looking for something light

Also This was a very intense show with multiple side plots and lots of laye... Read more Read less

50
Ambitious, Asl, Disappointing, Confusing, Cliched

See it if You want to support theatre that makes an effort to reach out to members of the theatre community often overlooked.

Don't see it if You are looking for a piece that, as a secular person, will make you think. It's essentially a morality play.

Also "Can we hold the seminar another night?" -Pleasant... Read more Read less

84
Intense, Thought-provoking

See it if Biblical story of Job (upstanding recovered gay deaf) loses it all and falls back into addiction. Will faith remain or will he curse god?

Don't see it if Tragedy porn: suicide (w/ blood), opioid addiction, alcoholism, or addiction relapse are triggering. Catastrophic family drama is too heavy.

Also Young member ticket for $25.

70
Great acting, Thought-provoking, Slow, Cliched, Ambitious

See it if you like heavy dramas with a lot of themes and modern day issues.

Don't see it if You're not a fan of serious plays, need a linear plot, or are offended by nudity and language and blood.

78
Great acting, Intelligent, Great writing, Intense, Resonant

See it if An interesting look at religion, LGBQ issues; its well written, excellently acted. It's the type of show one might need to see twice to get

Don't see it if You aren't interested in philosophical discussions, are uncomfortable with deafness

67
Ambitious, Confusing, Intense, Fascinating, Unique

See it if you want to see plays that are signed at the same time they are acted with words; if you want to see the wonderful Lois Smith at her best

Don't see it if if you like straightforward plot lines; if you like happy plays

61
Ambitious, Great acting, Intense, Resonant

See it if you are interested in a new kind of theater - the juxtaposition between the actors and the shadow actors was very interesting.

Don't see it if you can't handle intense subject matter. There's a scene that's pretty shocking and bloody.

Also I just thought the writing was a little over the top, though it makes ... Read more Read less

86
Ambitious, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Entertaining, Intelligent

See it if you want to be MOVED by great acting and surprised by relevant thoughtful issues

Don't see it if don't want to see complicated, dizzying and violent interactions between humans

Also There are so many things to say about this powerful and moving play, n... Read more Read less

69
Depressing

See it if you support theater accessible to ASL readers, of interest to a gay audience, fans of Lois Smith.

Don't see it if the characters' troubles (there are many) will affect your own outlook. Toward the end, you may have to look away as things turn darkest.

95
Ambitious, Beautifully staged, Intense, Intelligent

See it if you want an epic story with many twists and turns, based on the story of Job. The shadow cast who act the show in ASL is amazing.

Don't see it if you want a light, fluffy night of theater. Also, if you're not comfortable with themes like same sex relationships and drug use, stay away


September 24th, 2018
"Chaotic yet profound...Aside from the beauty of the signing actors’ delivery, they provide, even for a hearing audience, a channel of information that sometimes feels deeper and more direct than the spoken one. Supertitles provide yet another. But it’s a lot of information to process, and the pl...
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September 24th, 2018
"It should be no snub to say that 'I Was Most Alive With You' does indeed juggle many ideas and aspirations, and that as with many an expansive project, some moments shine while others are less finely polished...Harvard anchors the production, giving its big ideas, which can at times feel rhetori...
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September 24th, 2018
"The playwright deluges the audience with so much relentless misery that we come to feel as victimized as old Job. Although the drama has admirable qualities, 'I Was Most Alive With You' is a trial to endure...It's an awful lot to pile into a single evening, and the playwright doesn't manage to f...
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September 24th, 2018
"A sensitive synthesis of ancient wisdom and modern sensibilities...The result is a drama that is about as messy as real life, but infinitely more interesting to watch. Director Tyne Rafaeli's sleekly staged production reels us in and keeps us hooked...A shadow cast of actors signs the script fro...
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