Inspired by the love-suicide plays of Kabuki theatre, this disturbingly comedic piece explores trauma through the eyes of a child. More…
When 4th grader Johnny shoots himself, he leaves behind a play as a suicide note that the kids in his class are forced to perform as a memorial. As friends and bullies assume the roles of Johnny and his classmates, a heartbreaking, darkly curious story emerges, offering a glimpse into the motivation behind Johnny's actions.
See it if you want to see the issue of bullying in schools engaged with an immediacy that is only possible in the theater.
Don't see it if the idea of adults playing children committing deeply hurtful & even violent acts against each other makes you nervous.
See it if You want a play that deals w/school violence in a stylized, theatrical manner. You like dark comedies.
Don't see it if You're uncomfortable w/violence depicted onstage. You don't like stylized theatre formats. You prefer light comedies.
See it if hybrid forms of presentation, examination of dealing with trauma, bullying & life, grade school pageantry, + talented cast intrigue you
Don't see it if viewing trauma thru eyes of 4th graders, embracing Kabuki/Noh stylings, climbing many stairs, waiting 4 comedy to manifest itself R not 4 U
See it if fun, well-acted and well-staged
Don't see it if you want to see theater of the absurd. It takes an absurd notion and justifies it. Not nearly as dark as it should be.
See it if You enjoy “play within a play” type shows and comedy derived from kids playing serious adults.
Don't see it if You expect to see more of the backstory that comes before the Play. I craved learning more about what happened and its reverberations.
See it if You want to see an experimental work that really makes sense and has some cute moments
Don't see it if You really can’t take experimental theater
See it if the worthiness of the subject of elementary schoolers committing suicide is enough to make you attend.
Don't see it if you want a compelling drama to deal with this sensitive subject.
See it if You want to explore tragedy from a child's perspective.
Don't see it if You have high hopes for the treatment of this perspective to feel authentic.
See it if you enjoy fables with an important message about bullying in schools and the importance of respectful communication set in modern day.
Don't see it if If you don't like when adults are portraying children on stage and if you prefer more intellectual theatre.
See it if You’re interested in issues, relationships and hierarchies that kids deal with, the severity of which might not be known to parents.
Don't see it if You cannot deal with topics of violence on many levels as they relate to kids
See it if You enjoy quirky, off-kilter plays with a lot of imagination and with relevant issues presented in an unusual, intimate, entertaining format
Don't see it if You don't like Off-Broadway or broad humor or a playful approach to a tragedy will strong impact in the end; can't climb up 6 flights
See it if You want to be challenged about difficult current topics. You are open minded and want an entertaining evening.
Don't see it if You don't want to see adults playing 9 year olds. .You don't like Small off Broadway productions.
Also Fresh, and important!
See it if - You want an intermission snack (they hand out juice boxes and granola bars!) - For the amazingly beautiful operatic moments!
Don't see it if - You're bothered by adults playing 4th graders (because you will be).
See it if You are interested in the topics of bullying or Suicide. I was impressed with the acting of the young man in the lead role.
Don't see it if You are looking for a lite, fun entertainment or a highly professional production.
See it if You are interested in kabuki-influenced staging. I loved the performances and the fun intermission.
Don't see it if You hate walk-up theaters. Don’t worry there’s and elevator down!!
See it if You are drawn to dark humor that makes a commentary on modern society and enjoy laughing at the comedy of real life tragedy.
Don't see it if You are very sensitive and do not understand the subtlety of Kabuki style theater.
See it if you enjoy a well-designed & well-directed tragedy with tear-jerking performances, hauntingly beautiful music, and charming comedic moments.
Don't see it if you can't handle a rollercoaster of comedy & tragedy, you don't like to feel emotions, you aren't imaginative enough to see adults as kids.