New Light Theater Project presents Ross Howard's dark comedy about a husband and wife, set on Earth and in the afterlife. More…
A laid-off librarian tries to determine which suicide methods will hurt the least while his wife waits impatiently. But where does she wait? A play of two worlds, this affecting two-hander explores love, loss, and the lives we impose on others.
"Their story is tragic, but is told with warmth and hope. The language is poetic with hauntingly beautiful rhythms that capture the spectator's imagination with vivid imagery. The simple staging of the story is sufficient for the play to appear sincere, and for the audience to focus on the depth of the characters and the beauty of the text. 'Arthur and Esther,' in summation, is like an intimate art house film, well-written and well-executed, with two excellent performers." Full Review
See it if You want to see a beautifully written, life-affirming, meditation on life & love. You want a concise, perfectly edited play.
Don't see it if You're uncomfortable with talk about suicide. You don't like monologue format. You want characters to talk to each other.
See it if If you like shows that unfold in a nonlinear way with good acting and emotional characters
Don't see it if If you want to a story that answers all the information it puts out or is light weight.
See it if you are looking for something different and edgy. The story unfolds expertly - I never had any idea where this play was going. A great ride.
Don't see it if you are upset by talk of suicide. Or if you want dialogue. This is a series of interwoven monologues.
See it if You want to catch excellent performances by the two actors. A thought provoking drama -1 is about to commit suicide, the other already has.
Don't see it if U need action-not much actually occurs and the actors never interact. Its a bit of a downer, saved by a somewhat uplifting end. V well acted
See it if You are interested in a well-acted, thoughtful show about life and suicide. Steven Rattazzi is particularly good.
Don't see it if You are bothered by references to suicide, or you don't like minimally-staged, somewhat static shows.
See it if you appreciate theatrical focus on characters' introspection, conflicts, development, relationships and resolution with minimal set/movement
Don't see it if you prefer musicals, dance or frequent large movement, elaborate sets or large casts, or are tired or extraordinarily upset by suicide
See it if You like small-scale productions about the human condition, loss, and pain
Don't see it if You want to see something peppy, or enjoy bigger productions that are less introspective
See it if You're interested in a short play about two depressed and overlapping characters' life stories.
Don't see it if You want a longer, funnier and better developed show. The actors do their best with inconsistent writing
See it if you like one act plays, stripped down setting and costume, monologues, experimental theater, seeing something that needs development.
Don't see it if you want something fully thought out, thought-provoking, realistic (or original) portrayal of suicide and despair.
See it if You believe in after-life. You like stories about marital strife. This is a two character play with both on stage at once. Sometimes weird.
Don't see it if You get upset about death and suicide Cheating husbands and wives are against your value system.
Also If not in front row, I would have left early.
See it if you like thoughtful, contemplative monologues that take their time. The show barely lasts an hour, but is still leisurely paced.
Don't see it if it's frustrating to have two characters who never actually interact. Each never leaves their marked-off box on the stage. Not very dynamic.
See it if You like a great one person show. This is like two one person shows in one. You like drama and shows where the actors talk directly to you.
Don't see it if You want many performers to keep your attention. You want a musical. You get uncomfortable when the performers look at you and talk to you.
See it if You enjoy difficult material told with humor and sympathy. Good acting, great writing. Recommended.
Don't see it if You like very linear, straightforward story telling. ...you prefer interacting rather than two stories told at once.
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