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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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
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.