(On hiatus until 4/18) After a successful premiere at the New York Theatre Festival's 2019 NYWinterfest, Anthony J. Piccione's controversial, semi-autobiographical drama returns in May 2019 for a series of monthly performances. More…
During the summer before his senior year, Alex Grayson - a young college student and aspiring writer living with living with social anxiety, depression, and Asperger's syndrome - receives a mysterious visit from "himself", a human incarnation of his inner consciousness. As they interact, Alex is forced to reflect on his own flaws and personality quirks, as well as some of the darkest and most painful memories of his adolescence, while also pondering the question of whether or not he can overcome his inner demons, and ultimately build a brighter future for himself.
See it if you'd enjoy an interesting look and better understanding of difficult mental issues faced by young people. Well portrayed by this cast.
Don't see it if you want a polished play - there is a lot of potential here, but it is a low budget production that could use some sound and light tweaks.
See it if you want to see a fairly well written show that seems more like a solo than a show with a cast of more than 6
Don't see it if nonexistent sound design and miscast leads become a nonstarter for you (lead actors are solid, but not right for the roles)
See it if You want to see a play about a guy that is dealing with some mental health issues and how he is attempting to deal with them. Self therapy.
Don't see it if You are not comfortable hearing about a person with mental health issues and how he deals with it and how it affects people in his circle.
See it if you are so interested in stories about someone with Asperger's Syndrome that you can overlook poor acting, direction and writing.
Don't see it if you expect a professional performance that is, at least, fairly well written and somewhat compelling.
See it if You want to support someone in the play.
Don't see it if You want to see a play that you can relate to and that hold your interest.
Also The seats at the Kraine Theatre are extremely uncomfortable.
See it if Perhaps someone interested in clinical psychology.
Don't see it if Very aptly named, particularly the "for myself" part. Lacking in dramatic impact, and very, very (did I say very?) repetitive.
See it if you have a deep interest in Asperger's syndrome, anxiety and depression. Amateurish and not well delivered it still has merits.
Don't see it if you have no patience for productions that leave much to be desired and if you can't see the value in this exploration of relevant topics.
See it if you're interested and/or want to understand more about mental health, or were once a teenager/young adult
Don't see it if you're not interest in mental or were never a teenager/young adult. You're easily put off by less-than-broadway theatres.
See it if You want to see a moving look at a serious mental health issue.
Don't see it if You are not comfortable with a serious play that explores mental health issues.
See it if If you want to see a very real telling of a story of someone’s internal struggles and going deep into their mind. And incredible acting.
Don't see it if You are easily triggered by sensitive material.
See it if you want to see a first-person account of growing up with extreme anxiety.
Don't see it if you want a polished production. The acting was good, but there were more than a few tech glitches.
See it if you are interested in a well acted delineation of one who is autistic and struggles with intense internal battles, but leading to acceptance
Don't see it if don’t want to watch the dramatic struggles and wreckage of someone with autism and depression.
See it if You are interested in a discussion of mental health from one persons point of view. It has a very personal story, acted and directed well.
Don't see it if You get easily bored, or don’t want to focus on just one person.
See it if If you enjoy non linear stories, good acting, strong directing and an engaging, personal look at mental health.
Don't see it if You have high expectations for set or lights. Or if you are uncomfortable discussing topics such as suicide.
See it if You're interested in a brave, honest, and sometimes painful first-person account of living with Asperger's, social anxiety, and depression.
Don't see it if You are easily triggered by sensitive topics, such as substance abuse or suicidal ideation.