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Beautiful Day Without You

From 21 member  reviews
Members say: Confusing, Intense, Absorbing, Disappointing, Great acting

About the show

Origin Theatre Company presents the world premiere production of this drama about neighbors in a Chicago suburb housing project are brought together by a deadly encounter involving their dogs. More…

As the action unwinds, the play teeters precariously on the cutting edge of gender and race in America, often pushing the play’s bright naturalism to the limit. Written by Italian actor, director, and playwright Marco Calvani.

Member Reviews (21)


Confusing, Intense, Absorbing, Disappointing, Great acting
Avg Score

Dizzying, Confusing, Excruciating, Indulgent, Overrated

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Also A play about three individuals brought together by circumstances. This... Read more Read less

Intense, Uneven, Relevant topics unsatisfyingly explored, Cool set

See it if Three hander exploring racism, homophobia & general suspicion of the different among us but also incorporating every urban woe.

Don't see it if Characters confuse own points of view & sometimes shout over each other. Play’s intent somewhat unfocused & not original.

Banal, Dizzying, Ambitious, Intense, Indulgent

See it if If you enjoy intense acting . A thin story line with religious overtones.

Don't see it if If you prefer light dramas or musicals.

Fine acting, Relevant content, Thought-provoking, Slow at times, Difficult to interpret

See it if you like the challenge of interpreting what a playwright is trying to "say" about human relationships and their strivings to cope with life.

Don't see it if you prefer easily understood themes and motives of the characters and are frustrated with some "slow" portions of a play.

Ambitious, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Quirky, Intense

See it if you're a fan of Dan Butler, who brilliantly played Bulldog on Frasier and/or a fan of the very creative Director Erwin Maas.

Don't see it if you only want to see a fully produced play with great staging.

Also I saw the play when it was in preview.

Cliched, Disappointing, Slow, Confusing, Banal

See it if you like stories about random encounters that change the trajectories of people's lives, stories about neighbors, small theater spaces

Don't see it if you don't like heavy-handed discussions of race/gender/sexuality; you don't like bad poetry that attempts to be meaningful.

Also Play was confusing and heavy-handed. The jogging at the start/end and ... Read more Read less

Great staging, Relevant, Ambitious, Thought-provoking

See it if like a STRONG underlying concept about struggle & survival, smart & meaningful design, & NOT the usual cookie-cutter theatrical experience!

Don't see it if you like the boring, realistic theater that has become so prevalent, or want a fully finished script as this is still in development

Also wonderful design that makes you think and feel, strong performances (a... Read more Read less

Thought-provoking, Resonant, Great staging, Clever, An interesting but flawed text made powerful by visceral direction & design.

See it if interested in thought-provoking concept & staging that make audiences participants of the created world. Strong direction & design!

Don't see it if merely interested in entertainment & kitchen-sink realism. Script is expositional & wants to explain a lot through unnecessary dialogue.

Also Strong concept & design make this new play. Text still needs developme... Read more Read less

During previews
Cliched, Disappointing, Unbelievable, Contrived, Some good acting

See it if You want to see Dan Butler give an exceptional performance and can overlook the heavy handed writing.

Don't see it if You expect the playwright to use any care or finesse with how he communicates these ideas.

Also I “think” I understand what this play was trying to say but it was don... Read more Read less

During previews
Absorbing, Edgy, Great acting

See it if strong cast

Don't see it if health issues

During previews
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Resonant, Great staging

See it if You want to see a powerful 3 person cast in intertwined story about the hardships one must endure in our lifetime journeys

Don't see it if You like plays with full sets and plays that leave you happy-go-lucky in the end. This one will make you think.

During previews
Excruciating, Slow, Great acting, Disappointing, Confusing

See it if you like episodic acting scenes that circle around ideas--all at a very loud volume, with provocative announcements​

Don't see it if you want clarity about whether this is a comedy or a serious show about race and social issues. Acting was excellent but play made no sense.

During previews
Cliched, Racist, Confusing, Nokia, Excruciating

See it if you want to see an actor from Frasier almost trip constantly on puddled canvas everywhere. If you like cliche stories about racism and jogs.

Don't see it if you need a clear, coherent script not saddled with unfocused characters and unclear writing.

Also This play was confusing and troubled from start to finish. the entire ... Read more Read less

During previews
Cliched, Excruciating, Unintentionally hilarious, Trying, Nokia

See it if You want to see a play so bad that it's kind of good. I'm definitely still talking about all the absurd things that happened.

Don't see it if You want to see a fully realized production. The "set" is a couch &box covered in canvas that extends to the seats as well, for some reason.

Also If this were purposefully a comedy I would have given it 100 because i... Read more Read less

During previews
Absorbing, Disappointing

See it if umeven paly about racism..weird set

Don't see it if you want something splashy

During previews
Resonant, Intense, Funny

See it if You like plays that make you think. Deals with racism and doing what's right. I LOVED IT.

Don't see it if There are harsh references to jesus. There is profanity and herbal cigarette smoking.

During previews
Ambitious & heady play struggling to find its footing ...

See it if you want to see fine performances in an intriguing & dark play with intimations of the absurd which becomes more assured in its 2nd half.

Don't see it if seeing a production that seemed more in the workshop phase would be bothersome to you.

Also The performance (second preview) I attended was seriously marred by an... Read more Read less

During previews
Absorbing, Great acting, Intense, Great writing, Profound

See it if You like the character of bulldog from frasier it’s the same actor and there are a lot of parallels... just much darker

Don't see it if You don’t like intense plays or anything involving death

During previews
Confusing, Intense, Resonant

See it if you're into plays about "hot-button" issues (race, sexuality, e.g.), even if the treatment of them isn't particularly insightful or engaging

Don't see it if you're looking for a truly thought-provoking and interesting play touching on "hot-button" issues (race, sexuality, e.g.).

Also There's a lot of yelling in this play, especially at the beginning...j... Read more Read less

During previews
Disappointing, Confusing

See it if Good authorial intentions, occasionally good acting, especially by the script playing Sacco.

Don't see it if Flabby writing, badly needs a sharp editor; confusing; unpersuasive characters; poor acting by the actress playing animal control officer.

During previews
Absorbing, Intelligent, Relevant, Great writing, Must see

See it if You like thought provoking stories that make you feel cleverly uncomfortable

Don't see it if You’re looking for a brainless theatrical experience or for a break from the craziness of today’s world

November 10th, 2018
"Occasionally hilarious and absorbing...This realistic premise’s off-beat treatment is reminiscent of Yasmina Reza’s provocative comic manner and the dialogue has the profane snappiness of Mamet. It’s a dense 90-minutes that are often confounding but ultimately rewarding. The minimalist presentat...
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November 8th, 2018
"Unfortunately, the play's fuzzy writing, overabundance of topical subjects, and confusing production succeed more in throwing up new barriers than bringing down the old ones…The dialogue exposes us to racism, homophobia, addiction, same-sex marriage...But the characters are so superficial and th...
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November 8th, 2018
“The connections joining the characters are tenuous at best, and the play lacks satirical bite and caustic social commentary. That said, Calvani deserves credit for tackling pressing cultural issues in the U.S. They seem to derive from the perspective of an outsider...The characters and their dev...
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November 10th, 2018
"From the beginning, the play never really does get off the ground, probably the result of an astonishingly unexceptional script. The dialogue is simplistic and repetitive, and rarely, if ever, do the actors speak in more than three-word phrases...Overall, the play is disappointing and falls well...
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