Set in an underfunded public school in Newark, Keen Company's New York premiere tells the story of a bible-toting boy with a photographic memory who befriends the cantankerous old lunch lady. More…
Against all odds, Tino and Bernadette help each other through the mess of growing up and growing old.
See it if u want a well-intentioned & generally uplifting morality play about compassion & generosity that strains credulity & never really satisfies.
Don't see it if you are expecting a polished production (as one can usually expect from Keen Co.), 3D characters, or age-appropriate actors in kids' roles.
See it if You're looking for a positive story about a protagonist's relationship to religion. Coming-of-age stories tug at your heartstrings.
Don't see it if You're not interested in teenage perspectives. You're less than enthusiastic about organized Christianity.
See it if you find religion--esply the Bible--inspiring. You like happy endings, even if unlikely. You don't mind long, off-stage voice overs.
Don't see it if you want a polished, coherent script. Or dislike adults playing 12 y/os. Story doesn't ring true. Short scenes w fussy stage biz. Nice set.
See it if Hmmmmmmm. This was not really painful but not very entertaining either.
Don't see it if You want an arc in your story. You don't want to listen to long recordings while no action takes place. Audiobook?
See it if You like slow paced shows w/ religious themes. Seems like the type of show that would be performed in churches or church communities.
Don't see it if Very Slow -. By the end of act 1 there is no hook or direction of what story is trying to be told. Doesn't hold attention. Needs work.
See it if You find Bible stories to be inspiring & enjoy plays that are a series of (oddly short) vignettes w/o much purpose. Are easily moved.
Don't see it if You can sit with unlikeable characters, adult actors playing 12yo kids, or Christian teachings are profoundly meaningful to you.
See it if You want a sweet, slow, story heavy on religion. Some stellar acting and interesting idea.
Don't see it if You want a well executed story. Heavy use of voice over when I'd prefer to see it. The book needs work and the play needs shortening
See it if Short scenes are choppy making the drama difficult to follow. 19 year old actor playing the boy is good but the character is not credible
Don't see it if As an alum of Newark public schools, I really wanted to like this. Alas, it's amateurish and mis-directed. The ending is utterly abrupt.
See it if you like sentimental stories that lack dramaturgical drive but are intended to "feel good." Older actors playing kids were not credible.
Don't see it if cursing or long inactive sermons delivered by offstage characters bother you. Hodgepodge narrative feels contrived but is well-meaning.
See it if An honest story about a troubled young man. Stellar acting by the youngest & oldest actresses in the cast. Writing was in/out; great ending.
Don't see it if Set design/transitions hurt momentum. Acting was unbalanced; young man and guardian were not as strong. Play should start later in story.