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Before We're Gone

From 2 critic and 62 member reviews
Members say: Great acting, Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Romantic, Entertaining

About the show

In this new drama, a Pulitzer-winning playwright, screenwriter and outspoken political activist has disappeared from her high-profile life in New York and Hollywood to hide under an assumed name. More…

While staying at a secluded seaside motel in Santa Barbara, California. she is surprised by an unexpected visit from a man with whom she had a brief relationship 25 years earlier, when she was 36 and at the height of her Broadway fame. He was naïve, 20, and studying to be a Catholic priest. They met during the 1950’s in Reno's famous art-deco Mapes Hotel, where she was staying for her six-weeks divorce, and he was working in the hotel while on sabbatical from the Franciscan Order, struggling to resolve doubts about the priesthood and himself. Over the last 25 years, they have not seen each other nor spoken. 


“A sumptuous exploration of second chances. It has the rhythm and smell of nostalgia...The characters are meticulously drawn and we fall into their lives like a Saint Bernard on an old sofa –its immensely satisfying and comfortable to experience...Rich, potent text...Strong directorial vision...Complex emotional layering. It is a joy to watch the story unfold...All production elements are artfully executed...Classy, sensory explosion.” Full Review


“Its maddening structure, extraneous scenes and superfluous characters diminish but do not totally obliterate the potency of playwright Small’s romantic drama...What could have been a focused and poignant work is instead an erratic jumble...With unrewarding tangents...A memory play but poorly executed...The play’s beautifully powerful final moments are there’s more stage business instead of merely a simple blackout. Luckily two excellent actors play the leading roles." Full Review

Absorbing, Exquisite, Great acting, Must see, Relevant

See it if You like to see a great performance,story about a terminally ill cancer patient from Hollywood and her encounter with an aspiring playwright

Don't see it if You dont like to be in a small theater, to see an old romantic story, hear about religion, celibacy, cancer patient, ethanusia, priesthood

Also What a stellar performance, 2 hours (with 15 min intermission) gone in... Read more Read less

Excellent performances!, Absorbing, Great writing, Masterful, Must see

See it if You appreciate performers at the top of their game, excellent writing, and an absorbing, emotional storyline.

Don't see it if You prefer to watch lowbrow, fast-moving, mindless drivel.

Also Honestly, this was truly revelatory. This is up there with The Band's ... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Enchanting, Entertaining, Great acting, Great writing

See it if you want to see a brilliant, sad, romantic story, about a famous Hollywood playwright and a young hopeful writer set in 2 time periods.

Don't see it if you wouldn't enjoy a show about an adulteress Hollywood personality w/terminal cancer, some explicit profanity, or anti-religious dicussion

Also Great story, well-acted show. Keeps you rooting for a happy ending

Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Resonant, Thought-provoking

See it if Some stellar acting .Partner's 95 %.My 90%. Fascinating look at stardom, the church and thoughts re: life. Much is done with little.

Don't see it if you must see elaborate spectacles. One oddity.... scenes are in two motel rooms but the walls are bare??

Great acting, Great writing, Thought-provoking, Absorbing, Resonant

See it if you like great acting, compelling characters, and a solid intelligent story.

Don't see it if you're looking for musical comedy.

Entertaining, Great acting, Romantic, Absorbing

See it if You want to see great acting, very good story.

Don't see it if Deals with a few topic, religion, dieing, heartache.

Also Theater is small and have very nice people who work there. The time we... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if You are a fan of shows that explore love, friendship, and loss. You like small theaters with a minimal set.

Don't see it if You are susceptible to smoke, it is used frequently in the show. You don't enjoy polarizing views on religion or lifestyle choices.

Great acting, Intelligent, Riveting, Thought-provoking, Great writing

See it if you enjoy a small yet superb cast in a very thoughtful play. Performances were very believable; timing was perfect.

Don't see it if you only like large productions or do not care for an intimate theater experience.

Great acting, Intense, Quirky

See it if You like intimate plays, dramas about big ideas

Don't see it if You like funny, fast-moving shows

Absorbing, Great acting, Intense, Must see, Thought-provoking

See it if you like great acting, that might even bring tears to your eyes.

Don't see it if Do you want a light fluffy show.

Absorbing, Great acting

See it if Keeps you engaged with great acting and you keep wanting to know what happens next.

Don't see it if I completely bought into the first act, but you really had to suspend disbelief for the second act.

Ambitious, Well acted, Romantic, Cliched, Melodrama

See it if you love the excellent Leenya Rideout & John Zdrojeski in a beautiful production of quirky, macabre love story. Script is a bit melodramatic

Don't see it if you're not comfortable w themes of death, suicide & questioning Catholic faith. High marks for beautiful, well-directed production

Enchanting, Entertaining, Great acting, Intelligent

See it if you want an story that nicely moves from current time to memory scenes. Nice love story.

Don't see it if you can't stand "smoke". Lots of herbal cigarette smoking throughout the show and gets annoying in the small theatre.

Absorbing, Clever, Intense, Romantic, Resonant

See it if You like a small expertly trained cast weave through an intriguing, fast-paced drama set in two times and placed 25 years apart. Great play.

Don't see it if You find end-of-life stories too depressing to handle, don't like straight plays or can't stand fine acting in a tiny historic theater.

Absorbing, Intense, Profound, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if You don’t mind seeing a difficult subject.

Don't see it if You can’t stomach cigarette smoke and if you have difficulty regarding assisted suicides.

Great acting, Great staging, Intelligent, Relevant

See it if Very well acted story of life and death. Nice stage design. Story never drags. Cozy small theater. Realistic.

Don't see it if You don't agree one should have their final wishes carried out, regardless of your mindset. You're not up for a 2 hour drama.

Also Interesting side note about 13th Street Theater. Their concession stan... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Great acting, Thought-provoking

See it if You enjoy fine acting and am interested in exploring ‘what if’ in life

Don't see it if An intimate theatre setting of a play about a woman’s determination to end her life is disturbing to you

Ambitious, Great acting, Intelligent, Resonant, Riveting

See it if Great acting by ms. Rideout. Great show, great acting and great story. Some good humor. All around well written play.

Don't see it if A sad story about someone dying. A serious drama.

Absorbing, Touching, Intelligent, Great acting, Satisfying

See it if you enjoy a novel take on a loving relationship between two very different people, with a plot full of surprises.

Don't see it if you do not enjoy character-driven plays about the complexity of human relationships.

Great writing, Relevant, Delightful, Clever, Entertaining

See it if You like romantic modern plays

Don't see it if You like deep plays

Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Thought-provoking, Intelligent

See it if You like unfulfilled love stories that face moral dilemmas, morality, religion, blacklisting, man & woman from 2 different worlds.

Don't see it if You are sensitive to religious conflicts regarding adultery, celibacy,society’s expectations. Herbal smoking, alcohol consumption.

Also This is like a soap opera with drama and comedy. It begins in the 1950... Read more Read less

Great acting, Slow, Profound, Thought-provoking

See it if an intimate drama on a small stage works for you.She,a famous writer, he,a naïve seminarian, 20 yrs her junior.They meet again after 25yrs.

Don't see it if multiple themes including religion, suicide, euthanasia are not of interest to you.

Also The first act was too lengthy. The acting was superb.

Absorbing, Great acting, Romantic

See it if you like storylines about relationships, great writing, and thought provoking themes.

Don't see it if you don't like clichéd female celebrity characters.

Also The entire cast and crew is great, but Leenya Rideout really stood out... Read more Read less

Great writing / intelligent book, Thought-provoking, Very well-staged, Resonant / absorbing / moving, Some strong performances

See it if you'd enjoy a 2hr well-written & well-performed drama, depicted in real-time (1981) & in "medicated" flashbacks, w/various minor characters.

Don't see it if you prefer clear & concise linear plays. If your mind wanders, &/or you're uncomfortable w/actors playing various roles, it ain't your show.

Also Honored to meet playwright Jerry Small that nite.... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging

See it if Want good writing and good acting.

Don't see it if You don't like melodrama