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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

Dizzying, Confusing, Excruciating, Indulgent, Overrated

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

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

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

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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