Martin Moran’s reprises his OBIE Award-winning solo show, a comic and surprising journey through the complexities of Catholicism, desire, and human trespass. More…
Between the age of 12 and 15, Martin Moran had a sexual relationship with Bob Doyle, a Vietnam veteran who was a counselor at a Catholic boys’ camp. Thirty years later, he meets his abuser again. "The Tricky Part" has been produced and performed all over the world—throughout the United States, Canada, South Africa, and India.
See it if you have 90 mins to hear an intelligent, funny man sharing his story of childhood sexual abuse. 1st encounter is read fr MM's book. No set.
Don't see it if you want a full condemnation of adult predators. MM doesn't hate his. I found this forgiveness disturbing...a betrayal of vulnerable youth.
See it if You want to be mesmerized by one of the best storytellers I’ve seen in a long time. He weaves a deeply personal story of anger/forgiveness.
Don't see it if You don’t like one person shows, though this is one of the best. Even though it’s a very serious subject he uses a good deal of humor.
See it if Moran is a great storyteller. It is well written and acted with great emotion.
Don't see it if A serious subject like this bothers you. If you want Something lighter.
See it if I felt an intense connection with the author through his tale of suffering, loss of innocence, and ultimately, compassion.
Don't see it if You aren't up for an explicit story of sexual abuse that goes to surprising, ambiguous places. Life is rarely black & white.
See it if Moran's haunting solo about his boyhood sexual abuse & aftermath is told with both a wry objectivity & quiet horror Well directed by Barrish
Don't see it if Non linear narrative Early Catholic school anecdotes can miss the mark (w/o prior experience) but essential to tale of healing & forgiveness
See it if you'd like to hear an acutely observed, deeply affecting tale of boyhood sexual abuse, leavened by witty commentary about Catholic education
Don't see it if you cannot bear to hear the details of adolescent sexual abuse or you do not respond to solo shows that are 1st person narratives.
See it if Sensitive gay man searches for truth, validation and ultimately, forgiveness. Told with frankness and humour. Moving and insightful.
Don't see it if Just a likable storyteller relating and a bare stage. Catholicism condemnation. Abuse. Tricky part is keeping it light & relatable.Solo play
See it if Beautifully staged solo show. Incredible use of lighting against pitch black background to focus attention. Moran is excellent.
Don't see it if It is about Moran's 3 year "relationship" with a 30 year old man when Moran was 12. Strange message that Moran forgives him in the end...
See it if You love solo shows and are okay with heavy content about child-adult sexual experiences. This is comparable to HBO’s “The Tale”.
Don't see it if You feel that, though important, many molestation stories are similar & you don’t want to feel uncomfortable amidst graphic content.
See it if OK w story of a gay, Catholic man, sexually molested as a child, who's struggled to understand profound effects on his life. Moran goes deep
Don't see it if Need to have victim fully condemn perpetrator w no ambivalence/no forgiveness. Moran is a gifted storyteller & this perf/play will haunt you
See it if you want a show with heart, that tells a story, and brings you into a world. No real set/props/costumes.It's all in the words and the acting
Don't see it if you are averse to feeling stuff.It is about 5-10 minutes too long, but that's its ONLY flaw.Acting & writing are as good as it gets.
See it if Masterful retelling and reflecting of his complicated time with an older man who took advantage of his childhood innocence & gay development
Don't see it if Sexual trauma of a 12 yo boy intersecting with Catholicism is triggering. Don't like one person shows.
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See it if You want to see a touching and profound solo show about boyhood sexual abuse with light touches on Catholic upbringing.
Don't see it if It is too painful to watch an actor explore his exploited childhood.
See it if You like one man shows that truly shine a light on abuse of young men. It’s very sincere and moving
Don't see it if If want a lighter play. This one touches deep places in the heart.
See it if You want to be mesmerized by a heartfelt true story told by a masterful actor. I was riveted, but also entertained. Just go.
Don't see it if You don't like solo shows, minimalistic sets, or true stories, or you are triggered by stories of sexual abuse.
See it if engrossing, poignant, frank solo narratives appeal. It is indeed a tricky task Moran sets for himself in sharing his story so masterfully.
Don't see it if you'll be disturbed by explicit details of sexual abuse, though Moran conveys the material with remarkable lucidity, candor, and compassion.
See it if you appreciate a monologue, told from the heart, looking back at his 12 year old self experiencing adults who both influenced & violated him
Don't see it if you have PTSD from childhood molestation; Find the mixed feelings of a Catholic school past & first homosexual experience unsettling
See it if Expert raconteur shares far more than just a story. His self-examination is so honest and intelligent and there's plenty of humor.
Don't see it if You need extremes - villains and heroes. Even if you don't usually like solo shows, MM is so damn likable and such a great storyteller.
See it if you're interested in the reliving of a painful part of a man's youth as a well done piece
Don't see it if you're bothered by homosexuality or the Catholic church
See it if you enjoy autobiographical solo pieces. One of the best going esp. given the disturbing subject. Moran seduces the audience completely.
Don't see it if a bare stage, one man show format bores you. Fair warning, the story is true and very unsettling. Humor helps navigate the tricky journey.
See it if You want real and intense probing into the emotional damage caused by the molesting of a child. Very valuable insight.
Don't see it if It may be too painfully intense for some who might be triggered by it to relive their own bad experience.
See it if To experience brillant Martin Moran bio show with a natural voice, to explore difficult subjects and contradictions in abusive relationships
Don't see it if You see things in white & black terms and have only anger / no compassion for abusers You are uncomfortable with LGBTQ sexuality
See it if You can handle the joy and the trauma of attending Catholic school being presented very well.
Don't see it if You are expecting a cute show like Nunsense