for a previous production "Sometimes all it takes is a strong story and basic storytelling to make the perfect Fringe play. Those were the main ingredients of O’Brien's nearly flawless 'Zamboni'…It's a heartbreaking story. It's heavy but not daunting…'Zamboni' featured exceptional direction by Leslie Kincaid Burby…The play moved effortlessly with transitions from scene to scene blending into one another…'Zamboni' featured an incredible ensemble...Franchini gave a heartbreaking performance." Full Review
for a previous production "A remarkably honest and vulnerable performance. Mr. Franchini fills his character with uncertainty, frailty, instability, and addiction...It is a performance that is not easy to watch but should not be missed. There is a supporting cast that is brilliant…Deftly directed by Leslie Kincaid Burby each character embraces subtle nuance while remaining emotionally powerful. Mr. O’Brien is a fresh, new, young voice that hopefully will continue to be heard in a new generation of American playwrights." Full Review
for a previous production “Although the plot's predictability may cut some of the tension, the script and acting are exciting enough to hold attention...Overall, ‘Zamboni’ is a thoughtful and prodding piece of theatre about a specific world, exploring the taboos and examining the unique moments within. I found myself captivated throughout, and excited to see the progressions and dynamics. The cast brings true presence and talent in a way that I’ve yet to see in this year's Fringe, and the piece is truly memorable.” Full Review
See it if You can get out of your comfort zone when it comes to seeing theater. This play has a lot of cringe worthy moments but it is very well done
Don't see it if You're conservative and have a black and white view of morality/people. You need a concrete ending.
See it if You want a dark, dark, comedy about a very uncomfortable subject. You want to see a play in the early stage of developmnet.
Don't see it if You want to see a play that's more developed. You don't want to see a play about taboo topics.
See it if You want to see an exceptional, nuanced performance by Joseph Franchini in a difficult role that evokes both sympathy & revulsion.
Don't see it if You don't want to confront an uncomfortable subject matter and a somewhat disappointing denouement.
See it if seeking provocative, original debut work with actors who sell the story through talent, rather than excessive props; you enjoy risk-takers.
Don't see it if easily offended by tones of pedophilia, dislike minimal staging, looking for a rollicking musical, or don't want to leave feeling depressed.
See it if you like quirky characters and a fine performance by Mr. Franchini as Jamie
Don't see it if you can't handle a play where the ending is a bit of a letdown. The finale made me forget why I liked the play for most of the performance
See it if Wrote excruciating cause I was uncomfortable from moment Go. Difficult subject matter w/creepy lead man made hard to watch, yet done V WELL~
Don't see it if U cant take a (believable) story of a budding pedophile. He is so uncomfortable in his skin-that yours crawls! Must b able to handle subject
See it if you empathize with characters who are down on their luck, a little damaged, and who employ dark humor to get through tough times.
Don't see it if you'd be terribly grossed out & offended by one of the main story threads, an adult man in an inappropriate relationship with a young girl.
See it if You want to see some quality acting on a subject some might find uncomfortable but told with humor, sensitivity and pathos
Don't see it if You might be offended or uncomfortable by the subject matter (sexual predators.)
See it if You can watch a play that becomes very edgy. Can deal with relevant current situations that might make you a little uncomfortable
Don't see it if You're not comfortable with relevant current situations brought to life on the stage that might be uncomfortable for some
See it if You appreciate excellent acting, thought provoking scripts and do not shirk from difficult subject matter.
Don't see it if You are squeamish about sexual pathologies. Otherwise you should definitely go.
See it if you want to see phenomenal acting. The scene transitions were also very well done. This is not a light play so be prepared for deep content.
Don't see it if You are sensitive to or disturbed by sexual abnormalities. This story will make you pretty uncomfortable.
See it if You're a fan of zambonis & are up for a solid cast & smooth direction in a quirky, very funny but ultimately dark comedy of self-discovery.
Don't see it if You're too easily disturbed by the sometimes darker nature of the human soul & where it might lead — even if you're laughing all the way.
See it if You want to see new plays deal with subjects that entice and disturb at the same time. When you wanna see a characters dilemma acted well.
Don't see it if You don't like explorations of new and dark territory even tho very well presented.
See it if you like think it's important to empathize with pedophiles and like to watch awkward comedies
Don't see it if you don't want to watch a pedophile. He never acts on his desires... but it was still very rough to watch.
See it if You like to watch actors give strong committed performances in very difficult material.
Don't see it if You expect plays that deal with controversial subjects to have depth & authenticity. This felt exploitive & contrived.
See it if you want to hear a truly original story; you enjoy great acting in intimate spaces; you want to think about the play you are seeing
Don't see it if you don't enjoy watching plays focused on dark subjects; you don't like it when the "bad guy" isn't a black and white choice
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