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“Galinsky's vital solo piece, based on real people, is the most important kind of urban voyeurism...If you enjoy the work of Anna Deavere Smith, or are an active reader of those ‘Humans of New York’ posts, you're in for a treat...The respect and compassion that Galinsky has for his subjects are readily apparent...The chameleonic Galinsky transforms between various distinct personas with perfect control and ease...Each one of them has a story that needs to be heard.” Full Review
“Though Galinsky meticulously captures the soul of each persona...there is a lack of propulsion and energy to the plot; in this instance there is not enough of to the plot to keep the audience interested...There is tension but no real conflict...Without a doubt, this is an accurate display of life for many homeless people, but onstage the absence of heightened drama feels dull." Full Review
"Based on true stories, 'The Bench' successfully tugs at the heartstrings of its audience. Weaving in loss, love, and heartbreak through an emotional performance. This skillfully written play creates an eye-opening experience...Galinsky gives a brilliant performance filled with both high energy and emotion, endearing all five characters to the audience within an hour. A fascinating tale that brings drama, a little tragedy, and just a taste of comedy." Full Review
“’The Bench' is well-deserving of a legendary stage setting to let this diamond of a show shine...Not only a tour de force of Galinsky's stage writing and acting, but it truly moved me, and quite frankly left me with both awe and hope...Galinsky throws down the gauntlet as a social challenge to all of us--to be better people, see fellow humans with more empathy and to ultimately to understand that what is on the surface is not always what is underneath.” Full Review
See it if You like solo performance pieces inhabited by multiple characters.
Don't see it if If you are not a fan of one-person shows, or uncomfortable faced with the humor and pathos of addiction, homelessness and illness.
See it if you'd appreciate a very good actor playing several characters; you're interested in the background stories of the homeless we pass every day
Don't see it if you need a fully realized play and plot-this felt more like a synopsis of these people's lives..
See it if you are open-minded to seeing a piece of theatre that is thought-provoking and heartfelt even if it's rough around the edges and needs work.
Don't see it if you really struggle with one-man shows. It has compelling content, but not all the performance logistics are worked out. Can get confusing.
See it if You're interested in seeing homelessness in a different way. We all walk by them everyday. Robert makes us see them.
Don't see it if You're not interested in changing your perception.
See it if you want to spend an hour "meeting" interesting characters who have lost their way. The stories resonate and humanity shines through.
Don't see it if You can get tickets to Freight instead. The characters are not always easily distinguishable. The delivery stilted and unpolished.
See it if You enjoy one person shows and are interested in the stories of the homeless. It opens your eyes to the homeless as individuals.
Don't see it if You have no compassion for the homeless.
See it if A prodigious acting talent, focusing on issues as relevant today as they were in the 1980's. Thought provoking, compassionate, rousing.
Don't see it if Don't see this play if you want mindless, trivial fluff. This play is not that. It will make you think. Be warned.
See it if You're looking for a brilliant actor tackling toughness issues. You're patient and don't need bells and whistles. Close your eyes, enjoy!
Don't see it if You have no heart and if you need hype. This is real, raw and fun
See it if You’re curious how one actor can play five parts; you care about social justice; you’re not the typical “theater person”
Don't see it if You’re uncomfortable with social issues or strong language.
See it if you want a finished product, the sound need adjusting, as did the dialogue, interesting to play several characters,
Don't see it if don't like activist theater, also need to differentiate the characters better ie have a different prop as change person, voice didn't always