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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
Avg Score

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

Profound, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You enjoy a dark, well acted show with a love story theme in an intimate setting.

Don't see it if You don't enjoy small theater shows or are sensitive to herbal cigarettes as they are utilized during the production.

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.

Good acting, Romantic, Slow, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if like conventional drama with good performances.

Don't see it if like fast paced, action packed plays where everyone lives happily ever after.

Great acting, Absorbing, Intense

See it if you're looking for good acting and staging with a dramatic story.

Don't see it if you are looking for light entertainment

Absorbing, Entertaining, Intense, Romantic

See it if You like romantic soap operas

Don't see it if Get easily depressed at topics of terminal illness, suicide, and death

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, Thought-provoking, Romantic, Funny, Often not believable

See it if you would like an interesting funny-sad story about living and dying, human connections, and the decisions we make

Don't see it if you don't like plays about death & dying and/or the dark side of religion

Absorbing, Romantic, Thought-provoking, Intelligent

See it if Romantic. Soap operaish. Realistic and relevant.

Don't see it if Deals with life, death, cancer. If you are against euthanasia do not see this show

Great acting, Thought-provoking, Melodrama

See it if you like great acting and a well-written script

Don't see it if You object to mature adult comment and/or melodramatic soap operas

Clever, Ambitious, Entertaining, Great acting, Masterful

See it if You enjoy a brilliant leading lady and a good script.

Don't see it if You're looking for anything terribly deep or meaningful.

Also I think this show would be a great one woman show. You don't really ne... 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

Profound, Romantic, Intelligent, Arlene

See it if Intense, but too long. Good actors.

Don't see it if Slow moving.

Great staging, Great acting

See it if Good acting by Rideout and Zdrojeski and clever use of a small environment.

Don't see it if People who object to euthanasia or who are touchy on religious subjects may not enjoy the show.

Also Before We're Gone centers on two encounters, set 25 years apart (1956 ... Read more Read less

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

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, Intense, Quirky

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

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

Intelligent, Great writing, Great acting, Clever, Absorbing

See it if you enjoy serious, coherent, slightly disturbing drama. A very well-written play with exceptional acting.

Don't see it if death as part of a theme is depressing and difficult to handle, or if you need a laugh.

Also My idea of art, especially theater, is a work that transcends its subj... 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.

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

Absorbing, Great acting, Must see, Romantic, Great staging

See it if touchy, sad story of unfulfilled / fulfilled love...Romantic , great acting and staging

Don't see it if Not a comedy

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 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.

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

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.

Absorbing, Delightful, Entertaining, Great acting, Relevant

See it if The acting and the story were very good. The small theatre and close proximity to the actors made you feel more engaged.

Don't see it if It's an old theatre and the stage decor is very basic.

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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