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 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 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.