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Before We're Gone

From 64 member  reviews
Members say: Great acting, Absorbing, Romantic, Thought-provoking, 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. 

Member Reviews (64)


Great acting, Absorbing, Romantic, Thought-provoking, Entertaining

Entertaining, Cliched, Disappointing, Indulgent, Romantic

See it if you like romantic stories which are totally implausible, but which move you nevertheless, even though the plot is somewhat absurd.

Don't see it if you abhor romantic stories which make you groan with disbelief.

Banal, Cliched, Disappointing, Slow

See it if You want to see a disappointing mixture of Chekhov and Williams that has a badly handled. Ending.

Don't see it if You’re looking for a happily ever after.

Banal, Slow, Has potential, Some ideas, Disappointing

See it if You are very patient; there’s no drama until 5 minutes before intermission.

Don't see it if Pacing, characters that rise above stereotypes, and exploration of ideas beyond naming them matter to you.

Also Seems like a draft that has potential but is currently soporific. Need... Read more Read less

Clever, Cliched, Dated, Entertaining, Great acting

See it if You want to see a brilliant leading lady take on a role that doesn't quite... work.

Don't see it if You have something else to do.

During previews
Absorbing, Cliched, Old-fashioned weepy, Far-fetched fun, Uneven material

See it if you like exaggerated characters in comic-tragic romance. Bette D would've loved role. Some insights. Loaded set-up. Act I stronger.

Don't see it if you need believable plot/characters. You don't enjoy dying woman's hallucinations or smell of herbal cigs. Why does brain tumor cause cough?

Also Many high score reviews from new reviewers....

July 24th, 2018
“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 exe...
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July 23rd, 2018
“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...C...
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