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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)

MEMBERS SAY:

Confusing, Intense, Absorbing, Disappointing, Great acting

65
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.

51
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.

During previews
55
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
63
Absorbing, Edgy, Great acting

See it if strong cast

Don't see it if health issues

During previews
67
Absorbing, Disappointing

See it if umeven paly about racism..weird set

Don't see it if you want something splashy

During previews
62
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
51
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.


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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