BAM presents a new play from writer-director duo Charles Mee and Les Waters centering on the Catholic monk and mystic Thomas Merton. More…
The Solo cups are overflowing at the centennial birthday festivities of renowned Catholic monk Thomas Merton, author of 'The Seven Storey Mountain.' Men in party hats assemble somewhere between Trappist monastery and plywood warehouse to toast Merton’s many faces, asking: What makes a man? As the night devolves, each facet of Merton’s contested image inspires more speeches, slow dances, makeouts, fist fights, and silent reflections, amassing a layered portrait of what it is to be a human being, full of contradictions and brimming with life.
See it if You enjoy something unusual, experimental, inventive; you appreciate excess, you care more about presentation than narrative
Don't see it if You need narrative structure, you expect logic and sense, too much physical theater turns you off, you can't let things go
See it if You like physical theater, are open-minded about irreverent approaches to profound questions, and would enjoy the spectacle of men at play.
Don't see it if You know/care about Merton (the link is faint), require a plot, dislike plotless hyper-physicality. A 20-min fight scene is 17 min too long
See it if u like-what 17?-beefy men, some older, mostly younger, full of cliches of masculine behavior & self-indulgent crap-ola. Thomas Merton? B.S.
Don't see it if if u're embarrassed by theatrical talent indulging itself to a fair-thee-well plus gratuitous exploitation of holy guru, T Merton. S.T.F.A.
See it if you'd enjoy an esoteric version of Animal House. Come for the Merton, stay for the giant fight melee!
Don't see it if you don't enjoy plays or hate slow beginnings & endings. Also, don't see it if you take your own philosophies too seriously.
See it if you want to see a joyful, colorful show with a lot of chaos, you love physical theater.
Don't see it if you really want to see a straight-ahead play about Thomas Merton; you have an aversion to the cliches of avant garde theater.
See it if you are open to spectacle: raucous abandon and freeform musings on manhood loosely tied to an historical figure. A philosophical bro comedy.
Don't see it if you want structure and plot OR a biography of Thomas Merton.
See it if You're a Thomas Merton fan who wants to reexamine his legacy and question everything. Synchronized swimming or chainsaw battling abound
Don't see it if You expect the play to give you any answers or make any conclusions. So open-ended that it's clichéd. Ominously presented by all male cast
See it if You don't mind things that don't tell you what to think. This show simply asks, "how do I live?".
Don't see it if you don't enjoy shouting and monotonous spastic (but amusing) physical movement.
See it if You like me, I mean, Mee. It's a visual and verbal epigrammatic exploration of spiritual musing.
Don't see it if You really wanted a linear exploration of Thomas Merton
See it if you're okay with a piece of theatre not necessarily being what is usually thought of as a "play."
Don't see it if you want something with traditional dialogue and drama.
See it if You're looking for contemporary theatre and want something to be analyzing the next few days
Don't see it if You want a story or plot line you can understand and follow. Show seems random at best
See it if You are entertained by random strangeness and don't mind a lack of plot or character.
Don't see it if You have a low tolerance for nonsensical, sometimes silly art pieces.