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From 3 critic and 27 member reviews
Members say: Great acting, Intelligent, Great writing, Absorbing, Great staging

About the show

The Workshop Theater presents a new drama about a midlife romance between two men whose past tragedies encroach upon their present. More…

When Fletcher Driscoll returned to his hometown to direct 'Romeo and Juliet,' he never expected to end up in his own star-crossed romance with Jeff, a recently out divorcé with a complicated past. Nor was he prepared to confront Tommy, his high-school best friend who broke his heart—repeatedly and on purpose. Fortunately Fletcher and Jeff are keeping it simple, so what could possibly go wrong? A drama about the resonance of loss, 'Composure' is for anyone who has ever loved the wrong person and worries that it's too late to find the right one.


"'Composure' adeptly covers a great deal of territory, expertly focusing on the enduring themes of loss, love, relationships, and friendship...Sickles does a wonderful job of telling and interweaving these stories, providing the audience with some surprising and mostly satisfying twists...The production is well cast, with all five principal actors delivering believable and natural performances...Rob Ventre excels as the good-looking and not totally likable Tommy." Full Review

Theatre is Easy

“‘Composure’ covers a vast array of subjects…Though I enjoyed myself...'Composure' feels a bit too convoluted and disjointed…With wonderful connections and intriguing subplots, ‘Composure’ could still benefit from another edit so we can better explore some of the relationships. There is lots of good material here, but I just don't feel like we are given a chance to fully explore the interesting connective tissue tying each of the characters together." Full Review

Theater Life

“Unfortunately, the overlaying connections made to ‘Romeo and Juliet’ often feel forced…Sickles' writing is insightful enough without having to resort to the constant references to Shakespeare’s play…The mercurial Robert Bruce McIntosh (Fletcher) and the charismatic C.K. Allen (Jeff) are cast standouts…Director Fritz Brekeller moves this multi-layered, multi-themed play along smoothly and at a lively pace despite the fact that many of the scenes are short and end abruptly.” Full Review

Absorbing, Delightful, Great acting, Masterful, Intelligent

See it if You like plays about relationships between intelligent middle aged people

Don't see it if You do not like plays about gay relationships

Also I have seen a lot of plays about gay relationships and this is one of ... Read more Read less

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

See it if you like layered, dynamic plays about love, loss, friendship, commitment, memory and taking a risk. It is both emotional and funny.

Don't see it if you get upset seeing a romance with gay characters. This, however, is about so much more. The story is heartfelt and universal.

Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging

See it if you're seeking a totally relevant story about complex, contemporary characters whose lives interconnect in fascinatingly theatrical ways.

Don't see it if you're seeking the same kind of stock stories, devices and characters that so many off-off-B'way shows have to offer.

Absorbing, Clever, Ambitious, Entertaining

See it if It's a very ambitious dramatic evening dealing with many engaging themes. Very complex.

Don't see it if You're looking for a simple drama or musical.

Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent

See it if You really appreciate great writing.

Don't see it if If another love story isn't your cup of tea.

Absorbing, Great acting, Edgy, Great writing, Intelligent

See it if you seek an intense 2-act drama. Excellent script; act 1 is 15-20min too long. NOTHING needs to be cut OUT, just cut to intermission sooner.

Don't see it if you're uncomfortable seeing 2 guys making out. A lot. THERE ARE NO SEX SCENES. Great acting, SUPER set, enjoyed the R & J juxtapositions.

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

See it if you like workshop theater - good acting and a thoughtful story.

Don't see it if you don't like two men kissing. :)

Dated, Entertaining, Intelligent, Absorbing, Clever

See it if You want to see a show that makes you think.

Don't see it if You don't like small non traditional shows.

Very literate in a very friendly way.

See it if Straight and gay couples grappling with a world full of uncertainty and senseless violence makes you curious.

Don't see it if You want a fully realized piece of theatre: this needs pruning and shaping, but there is enough here to hold your interest.

Also Robert Bruce McIntosh is full of fire and sensuality as the director o... Read more Read less

Great writing, Slow, Resonant, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if You want to see a sincere piece of theatre involving some intense psychological relationship dynamics, gorgeous moments, and a strong script

Don't see it if Don't care for some over-powering sound design that takes away from the intense moments and reminds you of a 90's indie film.

Slow, Predictable, talkie, unoriginal, Disjointrf

See it if you like gay themed plays that show the effects of boyhood flings & how they can mold and affect you life.through adulthood.

Don't see it if you don't like plays about the effects on humans of unrequited love and how it controls your life and relationships.

Melodramatic, Pretentious, Confusing, Raunchy, Indulgent

See it if You enjoy watching multiple gay sex scenes. You love anything that includes Shakesperian quotes. Theatrical mediocrity doesn't annoy you.

Don't see it if You are looking for a finished piece. This felt like a work in progress to me. You can overlook pretentious writing and and over acting.

Entertaining, Dated, Disappointing

See it if No real reason.

Don't see it if Want something that sticks with you as this does not.

Admirable for its ambitions but ultimately a muddle ....

See it if you want to see an accomplished group of actors almost make the outing worthwhile

Don't see it if insipid psycho-babble leads you to madness..

Ambitious, Disappointing

See it if don't mind a rambling, melodramatic play with little humor.

Don't see it if you are looking for depth, focus and insight.

Disappointing, Great staging, Indulgent, Slow, Overwrought

See it if you have time on your hands & appreciate a mostly talented cast trying to breathe life into a lifeless script. Excellent staging and set.

Don't see it if you hope to see more than a production in its initial developmental stage. Or if you're not a fan of Shakespeare - straight or overwrought.

Exquisite, Clever, Great acting, Resonant, Romantic

See it if If you have ever but hurt by life and love and wanted to hope again.

Don't see it if You don't want theater do engage your heart or brain.

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

See it if You have loved and lost and can relate, need to stand up for yourself and enjoy a visually entertaining performance, overall.

Don't see it if You don't enjoy a good night at the theater.

Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Intense, Riveting

See it if like intense drama that feels so real and impactful you feel as if the show were about your life.

Don't see it if You are easily triggered by realistic drama.

Also "Composure" is a gripping and well-written drama about emotional repre... Read more Read less

Romantic, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Great staging, Great writing

See it if you like romantic thought-provoking theater, have ever experienced loss, romantic or otherwise, and like beautiful imaginative staging

Don't see it if you can't handle a love story between two men; you don't like Romeo and Juliet; you only like enjoy light comedies

Absorbing, Great writing, Intelligent, Relevant, Must see

See it if you like contemporary new works which reference classical theatre from the past.

Don't see it if you are sensitive about same-sex relationships.

Great acting, Absorbing, Intelligent, Masterful, Intense

See it if See "Composure" if you enjoy damn good writing that is compelling and makes you think about the world around you.

Don't see it if There is no reason not to see this play.'s that damn good.

Resonant, Great writing, Great staging, Great acting

See it if You like heartfelt stories about overcoming loss and pain in surprising ways.

Don't see it if You don't like gay-themed plays, Romeo & Juliet or romances

Ambitious, Absorbing, Great acting, Resonant

See it if you want to see a serious story about modern relationships, with a few laughs thrown in.

Don't see it if you're homophobic.

Absorbing, Great staging, Great writing, Entertaining, Great acting

See it if You've ever been in love, lost a love or knew someone who once loved.

Don't see it if You are cold hearted and self absorbed. You'll think the wrong guy is the hero of this cool tale.

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