Drama Desk Award-winner Will Eno returns to Signature for a new staging of his surreal and very real one-man show, starring Michael C. Hall ("Dexter," "Six Feet Under," "The Realistic Joneses.") More…
"Thom Pain (based on nothing)" follows Thom Pain as he desperately, and hilariously, tries to save his own life…or at least make it into something worth dying for. Directed by Oliver Butler (Obie and Lortel Award-winning "The Open House").
See it if you like existential plays; TP's mostly abt love, couples, connectns, childhood trauma, thought processes, death. Hall mesmerizes. Engaging.
Don't see it if you dislike solo shows/brief audience interactions. TP is in-your-face, but it's funny and smart. A reminder to carpe diem. Barebones set.
See it if you like slightly surreal theatrical experiences. Surprising, twisting and somewhat poetic. Hall is masterful.
Don't see it if you prefer more conventional linear plots. Sometimes stream of consciousness.
See it if An unconventional solo show. Michael C Hall is great & does an amazing job engaging the audience.
Don't see it if You are looking for traditional play. It's a bit confusing but I was never bored and found it to be pretty amusing.
See it if You want to experience one man’s cerebral meanderings through his lifetime of memories and experiences shared with an audience.
Don't see it if You dislike one person shows or shows without a strong story line. This has no clear plot line...no beginning, middle or barely an end.
See it if Introspective rumination on life under the spell of depression. Deeply sad, lonely & vulnerable; and painfully funny. Gave me much insight.
Don't see it if You don’t want to connect and empathize with a depressed character. You don’t enjoy solo shows. This is all a monologue by one character.
See it if u want to see Hall's nuanced, thoughtful perf of Eno's crafty, stylized, dense, nihilistic monologue about 1 man's search for life's meaning
Don't see it if you like your shows to be easily digested and tied up neatly in a bow; you need high production values to justify the cost of your ticket.
See it if Eno's existential verbal doodling is well served by Hall's quirky delivery & Butler's dead-pan direction Could be about a emotional break-up
Don't see it if Nonlinear, nonuniform & nonsensical, drama can drive some screaming from the theatre Getting on Eno's wavelength (or trying to) is essential
See it if you would like to see a brilliantly written piece of philosophical stand-up comedy brilliantly performed.
Don't see it if you are looking for a traditional drama: this is (essentially) a 1-man show.
See it if you're a fan of Michael C. Hall & Will Eno, you like being challenged & get the humor in "Zippy," you're amused by life's contradictions
Don't see it if you don't like 1-person shows or plays without plots, wandering monologues that seem to go nowhere, quirky humor, nebulous character studies
See it if you enjoy stories, word play and mind play that often starts normal but turns out opposite delivered in a superb performance by one actor.
Don't see it if you do not like one person shows that talk at you about what seems like almost nothing but makes you think about almost everything.
See it if you want to see a master performer hold the attention of hundreds of people working with a less than a bare stage & not much of a plot.
Don't see it if you lack patience. This is a monologue of interruptions and distractions.
See it if Hurt man humoursly displays his pain. Eno provides the ennui & Hall serves the irritation. Set appears abandoned mid-task by the thoughtless
Don't see it if Sixty-five mins. of Holden Caulfield-esque uneasiness and superiority. If you're waiting for a Kevin or a Dexter breakdown, look elsewhere.
Also Thom Pain's life, like the set, is under construction.
See it if hmmm, you like Eno, Butler, Hall or some combo, would be OK watching 1 man meander thru a 90m meditation on a life still under construction.
Don't see it if Want trad/fluffy play, don't like being unsettled, want clear story arc, don't want to be toyed with, don't like strange/odd w bit of menace
See it if you are a Michael C. Hall fan and if "stand-up existentialism" appeals to you.
Don't see it if you don't like solo shows or nonlinear scripts.
See it if You really want to see MCH up close and personal. You want a nice short evening out, or you live Will Eno
Don't see it if This play insulted my intelligence, made me not care at all about the "story," and sitting me along while I waited for something to happen
See it if You think you could enjoy a play that is based on nothing. N.B. The spelling of the title!!
Don't see it if You need a play based on something! You like meat and potatoes !
See it if you like intelligent plays that are more stream of consciousness and focus on existentialism. Hall gives a great performance.
Don't see it if you don't like one-man shows and long monologues or plays where there is more plot.
See it if you love Michael C Hall.He is brilliant.Play itself is standard Eno. monologue. If you like his stuff, go; otherwise, go b/c of Hall.Amazing
Don't see it if you don't enjoy Will Eno's monologues.At 70 minutes, I still found it too long.It's a 30 min skit.Amusing,fascinating acting,pompous set.
See it if Michael C. Hall is a dynamic performer and a terrific actor. He’s always fun to watch, and he gives a masterful solo performance here.
Don't see it if The play itself was a rambling, incoherent mess. Filled with stream of consciousness crap, fake-outs and jokes that went nowhere.
See it if You like Michael C Hall. He is very good but at the end of the day it's interwoven stories do add to nothing.
Don't see it if A graphic description of a dog's death would upset you. It is in the opening and made me fearful of more violence. There wasn't.
See it if you like the dark, yet humorous self introspection of Eno's plays and to watch a great performance.
Don't see it if you don't like one man shows without a plot.
See it if you’d love a peek into the mind of a pretentious, depresssed white guy or if you love Michael C. Hall, who does as much w/this as possible.
Don't see it if you’d be annoyed watching a cis straight white guy have an existential crisis & seeing his thoughts never once touch upon his own privilege.
See it if you enjoy entertaining rambling. Mostly due to Hall's spot on performance, the show was funny and enjoyable but without direction.
Don't see it if you don't like to hear one actor talk about nothing for an hour.