This imaginative Off-Broadway premiere about a children's book author explores the power and the cost of creativity. Starring Dan Lauria ('The Wonder Years.') More…
Extraordinary art must be tamed. Simon Grindberg is the world’s most illustrious children’s book writer and illustrator —but his next masterpiece is a decade overdue. Peter Chandler is a starving artist with unparalleled potential—but he doesn’t yet know his own value. The two men are thrown together by Clair Forlorni, an ambitious editor who hopes Peter’s youthful exuberance can unleash Simon’s aging genius for one final story.
See it if Editor assigns young charge to cabin to coax eccentric author's delayed final book. Great set/ forest visual create maximum atmospherics.
Don't see it if Thin plot and underdeveloped characters force a tedious one-act 90 min. evening.
See it if A Lauria fan, you're a would-be writer (I guess), like stories about creative journey (but you might be disappointed.) Lots of trying hard
Don't see it if Want plot 2 have some kind of story arc that's not obvious from the getgo, are hoping for character development. Some scenery chewing here.
See it if You want a great set with lots to look at. Dan Laurie always excellent.
Don't see it if You are tired of age old story: young protege and older wiser man at odds, then form close relationship, then young one grows
Also And becomes the wise accomplished one.
See it if You are a Shel Silverstein fan. There are quite a few nods to him. You want to see a play that is both haunting and beautiful.
Don't see it if You want something "family friendly." Despite its themes, it is not really a show aimed at young audiences. Although kids can enjoy it too.
See it if you love Dan Lauria or you like shows about writers.
Don't see it if you don't want to see Dan Lauria in a completely different kind of role or you are not interested in show abou writers.
See it if ...you're a big fan of Dan Lauria. He gets to chew the scenery. Good set. Good projections. Story is an adaptation of Ira Levin's DEATHTRAP
Don't see it if Characters are thinly drawn, with minimal development or backstory. Slow-moving.
See it if Good acting talent, but the lead went overboard. Attempt to pin the lead's writer's block on the Holocaust was less than believable.
Don't see it if If you are uncomfortable with irrational outbursts, lack of control, and unmotivated behavior.
See it if You are interested in the story of a young man who is sent to try help author get over his writers block a bit of supernatural. Interesting
Don't see it if You want to hear a lot of talking that could have been cut down to make the script more approachable.
See it if A Dan Lauria fan, like small Off-Broadway shows in a nice intimate theatre. You're into a night of twisted intense theatre.
Don't see it if You want to laugh or you want to see a light musical. You can't sit through a show without an intermission.
See it if you like beautiful & creative staging with sets that help tell the story an an ingenious way. If you enjoy seeing wonderful Dan Lauria
Don't see it if you don't like angst-driven central characters with schizophrenic traits (example: I like you, I hate you, I like you...now I hate you)
See it if Excellent design (esp projections) & three hard working (very hard!) actors can't manuever around all the pot (plot) holes in the script
Don't see it if Bitterman's drama about a lionized author's writers block starts out strong but quickly sinks into soap opera & it's a quick sinking 'stone'
See it if Best thing about this show is the set/lighting/projections. Very creative & unique. Never seen this technique before.
Don't see it if The acting was fine but the play was not. Very predictable, not that interesting or entertaining.
See it if you like plays about writers and the writing process, aging issues, dealing with irrational people and superb set set design and graphics.
Don't see it if you dislike shows with themes (older irascible writers and their mentors) that have been done many times before and, often better.
See it if You enjoy cliched dramas about artists who are assholes (but maybe have hearts of gold...but probably not).
Don't see it if You think people ought to be admired for being kind and generous, not because they make art that someone thinks is good.
See it if You're up for a well-meaning, obviously plotted clichéd script about Age, Art, Mentors, Youth & Ambition dressed in slick, too-cool effects.
Don't see it if You expect realistic dialogue or any sort of dramatic tension; it oddly sets up and passes by many plot devices, but ultimately goes nowhere
See it if you'd enjoy the charming visuals, sound design, and set design, all of which promise to enhance this dramatically unfulfilling play.
Don't see it if you're expecting a cohesive story or resolution, or engaging, dimensional characters. Premise intrigues but unfolds as cliched and trite.
See it if A pretty picture book with a half baked story. Plot sacrificed for a bunch of speechifying. What was the point?
Don't see it if No tension but lots of false starts that go nowhere. Characters don't change - unless you think dementia counts.
See it if you'd like a fable of the great blocked artist & young acolyte who teaches and is taught by his idol. You're interested in Sendak or kid lit
Don't see it if you expect canny script structure or convincing performances (Lauria has moments but he is lumbered by the writing)