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Please Excuse My Dear Aunt Sally

From 6 critic and 13 member reviews
Members say: Clever, Original, Great staging, Funny, Ambitious

About the show

One Year Lease Theater Company presents this world premiere about an illicit affair between a high school math teacher and her fifteen year-old student, told through the eyes of the student's cell phone. More…

In 'please excuse my dear aunt sally' the narrator tries to break down complicated human experiences through an order of operations you may remember from middle school. A breakneck journey from pockets to purses, through text messages and photo galleries, 'please excuse my dear aunt sally' takes us inside a unique perspective on human interaction, and tries to unpack some of life's most complex equations.

The New York Times

"An elegantly constructed examination of contemporary isolation and the illusory nature of electronic connection, it’s told from the perspective of a cellphone...The play is perched at the intersection of the digital and corporeal worlds — spheres that the director, Ianthe Demos, melds in a supple, fast-paced, highly physical production." Full Review

The Huffington Post

"The entire show exists in an alternate universe unlike our own...The general effect of these elements pleases and amuses the mind's eye. 'Please Excuse My Dear Aunt Sally' does not feel polished, but for the inquisitive millennial who's grown up in a technologically obsessed culture, it screams of novelty. Armento pushes boundaries, challenging his spectator to engage with the modern environment. He wittily comments on the virtual phenomena that control our society." Full Review

Theater Pizzazz

"This is a very contemporary telling of an old tale, but in the mix are attached appendages called cell phones. It is a unique manner of telling the story because those cell phones are now living characters with speaking lines and a perspective...The play is amusing yet filled with serious overtones of illicit relationships, kids dealing with divorced parents and the price we all pay for being so connected and transparent in our daily lives in this high-tech world." Full Review

Wolf Entertainment Guide

"The important thing to remember at 'Please Excuse My Dear Aunt Sally' is that this oddball play is coming to us from the perspective of a cell phone recounting what has been said and happening...What the play has going for it apart from Armento’s unusual idea is the acting by a very affable cast." Full Review

Lighting & Sound America

"If 'Please Excuse My Dear Aunt Sally' is an overfamiliar tale that doesn't always bother to flesh out its characters, Armento's writing is almost always pleasurable on a line-by-line basis...It doesn't fully convince, yet it's hard not to get caught up in its depiction of a train wreck in the making. By the end, you may even feel the pain of what happens to these foolhardy, yet tragic, lovers." Full Review

Theater Life

"The gifted cast executes the movement and dialogue meticulously, unfortunately the form leaves little room for dramatic conflict and the play comes off as cleverly presented witty exposition." Full Review

Better than dear evan hansen

See it if You like Dear Evan Hansen, Spring Awakening, Be More Chill, Greek dramas, or high school musicals.

Don't see it if You despise Lolita.

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Ambitious, Clever, Intelligent, Riveting, Creative

See it if you enjoy theatre that is both intellectually and visually stimulating.

Don't see it if your taste in theatre is "Cats" or "Mama Mia."

Clever, Absorbing, Great staging, Original, Refreshing

See it if you're looking for a show with great staging and a versatile cast.

Don't see it if you are looking for something flashy. This show is very intimate.

Delightful, Clever, Great writing, Funny, Thought-provoking

See it if you want ingenious, energized storytelling with nuanced relationships, lovely theatrical touches, and skillful craftsmanship all around

Don't see it if you don't think dark stories can come in bright packages

Funny, Great acting, Exquisite

See it if You have a taste for good shows

Don't see it if You don't like classics

Clever, Entertaining, Wonderfully-directed

See it if you are a theater professional! The show is masterfully directed, inventive and inspiring.

Don't see it if you can't look past flawed material. The play is very good, but would've been better if the protagonist was "of age" rather than 15.

Clever, Original

See it if you like a unique narrator (cell phone). Dialog is a kind of chanting, echoing effect. Tells the story well and builds to an emotional end

Don't see it if you don't like experimental theater

Original, Great staging, Clever, Refreshing, Intense

See it if you enjoy unique relationships with even more unique staging decisions.

Don't see it if you don't like simple sets or experimental theater.

Banal, Original, Insipid, Disappointing, Clever

See it if you enjoy stories that are told in unusual ways.

Don't see it if you prefer to see actors doing things rather than having narrators tell you what the actors are doing.

Ambitious, Clever, Edgy, Great staging, Great writing

See it if If you want to see a piece of art that is beautifully staged. The actors seamlessly work together in this ensemble piece.

Don't see it if Not good for kids under 18.

Clever, Enchanting, Great acting

See it if You just wanna see it

Don't see it if Your not interested


See it if You like musicals

Don't see it if You hate musicals

Cliched, Entertaining, Fluffy, Intelligent

See it if I had to

Don't see it if You don't want to

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