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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)

MEMBERS SAY:

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

95
Great acting, Great staging, Entertaining

See it if You later love long lost loves

Don't see it if You hate plays dealing with death Or suicide

During previews
65
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....

During previews
35
Banal, Cliched, Overrated, Indulgent, Slow

See it if You are interested in religious calling and sex. Playwrights and brain tumors, worldly success and a meaningful life. Friendship. Death.

Don't see it if A leading lady who really overacts, banal dialogue, plodding plot development and an unbelievable denouement would disappoint you.

Also The young male lead does his best to keep things real but he has no su... Read more Read less

During previews
75
Thought-provoking, Great staging, Relevant story

See it if you want to think about the meaning in your life and how it affects others in your circle of friends and acquaintances.

Don't see it if you do not like to be reminded that all of us will die or how.

During previews
83
Absorbing, Clever, Great acting

See it if Modern tale of an author/playwright and a man studying to become a priest

Don't see it if Theatre is in basement. Not well ventilated. Characters smoke herbal cigarettes. Otherwise cozy venue. Great location but no parking

During previews
92
Absorbing, Great acting, Edgy

See it if You want to see an intimate play about events we carry throuhout our life

Don't see it if You expect a big splashy production and have issues with death

During previews
90
Great acting, Romantic, Clever

See it if you enjoy complicated characters, witty dialogue akin to Philip Barry’s plays

Don't see it if you absolutely cannot stand a little bit of strobe lights and the smell of herbal cigarettes

During previews
100
Great acting, Great writing, Must see, Intelligent, Absorbing

See it if Absorbing well written drama beautifully acted

Don't see it if You want a 90 minute comedy

During previews
95
Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Resonant, Romantic

See it if You'd like see outstanding performances in the context of romance, loss, and redemption; and don't mind a good cry.

Don't see it if You are too jaded to appreciate human connection and imperfect love among imperfect people.

During previews
94
Great acting, Clever, Absorbing, Ambitious, Delightful

See it if You love Great Acting.. Great Stage Direction... and aPlay with a Message!

Don't see it if Love stories that are Timeless and Beauutiful .. are present

During previews
90
Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Romantic, Must see

See it if A melodrama with great staging, directing and casting.as well as costumes

Don't see it if If you don't like sensitivity, romance and reality

During previews
100
Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Must see

See it if you enjoy provocative characters, the examination of moral decisions, and look forward to being emotionally moved by expert storytelling.

Don't see it if you're looking for light, comedic fare, although there are humorous character moments.

During previews
90
Entertaining, Great acting, Great staging, Absorbing

See it if You love Real Theater... and Great Acting And set design

Don't see it if You are afraid of sad Stories

During previews
95
Absorbing, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Delightful

See it if You enjoy strong female protagonist, thoughtful writing, and compelling, complicated themes.

Don't see it if You’re expecting a dated love story. This piece is very fresh in its POV.


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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