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No Wake

From 10 critic and 33 member reviews
Members say: Great acting, Intelligent, Absorbing, Slow, Great writing

About the show

Route 66 Theatre Company & Bella Vita Entertainment present a drama about the grieving process and the unexpected consequences it can bring. More…

Nolan and Rebecca have moved on since their divorce—she to a new husband and he to a series of failed relationships. However, when a tragedy brings them back together, they're forced to navigate a web of grief and guilt that leads to tears, laughter, and, ultimately, hope. 

Epoch Times

“What could easily have been a Lifetime movie of the week, becomes much more in the capable hands of the show’s creative team. Donnelly’s text deftly switches from comic to dramatic and back again…None of the characters feel in any way contrived…Brady’s direction shows a real feel for the story. The moments, scenes, and emotions shift effortlessly from one to the next to the ending which feels totally right. Touching, powerful, and above all, honest.” Full Review

Talkin' Broadway

"'No Wake' begins just after a memorial service...But while the expected companions of grief, blame, and self-recrimination are certainly on hand, the play takes a surprising turn and becomes a funny, sad, messy love story...Thanks to excellent performances by the three cast members under Veronica Brady's knowing direction, the production does a fine job of bringing out both the pain and the human comedy of it all." Full Review


"An affecting drama, one that truly captures the emotions of people who are dealing with an indescribable tragedy...'No Wake' is an honest depiction of how people cope in the aftermath of death, yet it also shows the humorous moments that occur in everyday life...The actors are excellent in their portrayals of the play's complex characters...It is a show about relationships that is poignant, relatable, and very memorable." Full Review

Time Out New York

“Donnelly leaks out the details of his play in tantalizing microdoses… Director Brady and designer Buderwitz, perhaps constrained by the dimensions of 59E59’s miniscule Theater C, short-shrift the atmosphere by suggesting a generic motel in lieu of the country inn specified in the script. Still, the tight quarters make for a thrilling and ultimately hilarious physical tussle the morning after. Astutely threaded throughout ‘No Wake‘ is the intentionally sketchy tragedy of the lost child.” Full Review


“While neither the playwright or director Veronica Brady manage to make the glib banter and more painful undercurrents always mesh fluidly, there is a lot that's heart-touching and compelling...As Edward and Rebecca unpack their painful memories, and Roger lets us see the needy man beneath the glib exterior, Donnelly takes us deep into all their hearts and souls. To make all this work requires actors skilled at navigating between the darker and lighter interchanges." Full Review

Front Mezz Junkies

“As directed by Veronica Brady with an edge to humorous and real interplay, ‘No Wake’ is layered with authentic and touching moments flowing through the undercurrent. Even with the disappointment to come in the final ten minutes, the characters are soaked in authentic reactions and attachment…The three try hard not to be dragged out into the sea by the strong undertow, and through the actors solid and human approach to each other, they generally succeed.” Full Review

City Cabaret

"'No Wake' lumbers through a harrowing situation of loss and humanity. The atmosphere is bleak...Their connection is still fractured after a difficult divorce and years of their only child's emotional instability and detachment from them, lonely battles with despair and relief, memories, and guilt...Ransom as Roger is the most likeable character, delivering Roger's discomfort with perception...'No Wake' presents the possibility of this lost couple moving on and taking risks, but will they?" Full Review

Theater Pizzazz

“It seems to take forever for the play's rambling dialogue to bring its crises into focus... Too much of Veronica Brady's direction keeps the intensity accelerator somewhere between tedious and plodding, despite occasional outbursts of (to me) inexplicable laughter. Perhaps a more magnetic cast might have drawn out the play's emotional truths better than this one. The unit set…helps not at all, with unadorned, two-tone walls painted in the dreariest of institutional colors.” Full Review

Woman Around Town

"It’s difficult to fairly gauge the quality of a play when one of only three performers doesn’t weigh in. Though William Donnelly’s piece is predictable, it’s also well written and would certainly be more successful if otherwise cast...Except for brief parentheses, Tricia Small never inhabits the role. Even her listening is vague...Director Veronica Brady might have done more to alleviate this situation. As it stands, the actors reflect good direction, the actress does not." Full Review


"Constrained by their underwritten characters and banal dialogue, the charming and talented Stef Tovar and Tricia Small flail around earnestly. With such poor material and a confined playing area, all director Veronica Brady can do is skillfully position the actors and keep the pace up...'No Wake' is an off-kilter and dull blend of farce, tragedy and boulevard comedy." Full Review

Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Resonant

See it if you like absorbing characters giving a moving take on a relatable topic.

Don't see it if you prefer the glitz of broadway.

Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Relevant, Intelligent

See it if You want to watch 3 terrific actors as they unburden their hearts + souls in a new drama about unexpected consequences of coping wi grief.

Don't see it if You can't deal with deep emotions sometimes expressed through physical fighting. The subject of grief is not one you want to see staged.

Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Intense

See it if You love plays about the idea go greaving.

Don't see it if You want to be just entertain

Great acting, Quirky, Fun

See it if you like shows about relationships.The acting was quite good. Writing was excellent.Interesting story of a love triangle at a funeral.

Don't see it if you want all the bells and whistles.The set is very good.Makes good use of a small black box space.I found characters & situation believable

Great acting, Intelligent, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Disappointing

See it if You like exploring dynamics of relationships and mourning.

Don't see it if You need a satisfying ending. It's a tad disappointing that the ending comes without much closure

Slow, Uneven

See it if You're looking for an interesting play at a theater with high production values.

Don't see it if You're bothered by uneven acting and an overly talky play.

Disappointing, Occasionally witty, Some cliched writing, Lacking credibility, Uneven acting

See it if You want to see a divorced couple and the ex-wife's new husband struggle to deal with a family tragedy.

Don't see it if It would pain you to watch a divorced couple attempt to deal with the suicide of their (mentally ill?) adult child, plus marital infidelity.

Also The actor who played Edward was the best of the three performers. Roge... Read more Read less

Ambitious, Slow, Indulgent

See it if Enjoy stories of dysfunctional families played out with dialogue.that doesn't quite land especially the funnier lines. Decent acting.

Don't see it if Have to catch a rerun of ......anything.

Cliched, Great concepts, Hilarious, Slow

See it if You've been questioning marriage/want to see adults struggle with their relationships.

Don't see it if You want to see genuine acting - it was a little manufactured.

Intelligent, Slow, Thought-provoking

See it if You have a high boredom threshold, since the first half was excruciatingly slow and tedious.

Don't see it if You have a low boredom threshold, since the first half was excruciatingly slow and tedious.

Also In all fairness, the play became more compelling during the second hal... Read more Read less

Dreadful writing, Obvious

See it if Even given that the dialogue is supposed to be awkward, you can be engaged by conversation which never rings true.

Don't see it if In a play which deals with death and grieving, you would hope to be able to suspend disbelief, and engage with the characters as real people

Ambitious, Clever, Quirky, Intelligent, Intense

See it if This three-character drama is original; it's a show without fireworks but keeps you interested

Don't see it if You need more excitement on stage; this can be slow in part

Ambitious, Slow, Quirky, Indulgent, Great acting

See it if you want to see a new work with some decent acting to recommend it

Don't see it if you're looking for a well-crafted script.

During previews
Absorbing, Funny, Great acting, Relevant, Delightful

See it if 59E59 definitely never dissappoints. Stellar cast, a crisply written moving script. Tovar was so effective and steals the show.

Don't see it if If you prefer straight up drama. But I don't see any reasonnot see this.

Also Tovar should have disrobed on that scene for the delight of the audien... Read more Read less

During previews
Absorbing, Ambitious, Entertaining, Great acting, Resonant

See it if you want to see a well-written and acted play about the messiness of life with grief and love and loss, while getting in a few laughs.

Don't see it if you want to see something light with a neat and tidy bow at the end.

During previews
Clever, Entertaining, Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent

See it if You want writing that feels "real." Flow of the dialogue is great.

Don't see it if I can't think of anything. I guess if you don't like small theatres, don't go.

Also One of the few shows that I felt treated the material (a death) in an ... Read more Read less

During previews
Edgy, Great acting, Intelligent, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if You like small intimate theater about serious themes. A bittersweet story about relationships

Don't see it if You like big theater productions with light fluffy themes that leave you whistling a tune

During previews
Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Great writing, Great staging

See it if you want an all around great show and can find some humor in tragedy. The male lead actors are perfectly casted. The writing was very real.

Don't see it if you're expecting a big stage production, they make great use of the small space.

During previews
Great acting, Thought-provoking

See it if you want an intimate night of theatre. Small space - can really feel the emotions of the actors. Hard subject to tackle, but well done.

Don't see it if do not want to deal with the subject of suicide or have a troubled relationship with your children. The beginning was a little slow.

During previews
Great acting, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Edgy, Intense

See it if you enjoy watching a good drama about family and relationships.

Don't see it if you only enjoy watching upbeat plays.

During previews
Great acting, Confusing, Absorbing

See it if you have been divorced and can relate to certain situations, fantastic acting and minimal set design but one understands the different scene

Don't see it if you don't like heavy drama, looking for a lot of comic situations

During previews
Great writing, Absorbing, Edgy, Relevant, Intelligent

See it if for complex relationships between characters and results of these interactions

Don't see it if expecting detailed characterization and compassion between the characters.

During previews
Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Ambitious, Cliched

See it if You want an intense intimate, quite depressing show well acted and definitely worthy.

Don't see it if You want a frivolous night out.

During previews
Absorbing, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if You want to see a great example of a show that’s done really well. Well written, acted and staged. It just doesn’t seem to have a real end.

Don't see it if If you like your stories all wrapped up and delivered for you. This one leaves you with a lot of questions.

During previews
Interesting, sad tale, touching, Clever, Entertaining, Intense, Slow

See it if you like family dramas

Don't see it if you don't want to hear about a suicide

Cast & Creatives (12)