Henry and Philly have gotten a little caught up in the fantasy. No truth. No regret. No boundaries. Artist and muse, they are idols in their own minds. Enter Corey – vulnerable and real. Now a decision must be made about his role in their game. It’s time to change the rules. Again and again and again. 'Dead Brains' was the winner of The Kennedy Center’s National AIDS Fund/CFDA-Vogue Initiative Award for Playwriting.
"'Dead Brains' leaves a mark on you from the onset: its unique name, its compelling performances; its razor-sharp direction; and surely, it’s psycho-drama...The cast of three were both a tight ensemble and group of stars. The chemistry between the actors...was chilling and remarkable...Champney wrote about an artist wanting to create a masterpiece. I guess it was Champney who actually did that. This show is absolutely a work of art." Full Review
"Champney’s writing is equal parts deep literate drama, witty contemporary humor, and base raw sexuality. The brilliant story line kept the audience totally engaged with its sinister twisted plot!...The ensemble of actors including...worked together like a perfect symphony of talent and charm. 'Dead Brains' has some truly riveting moments laced with dark humor...This is a cleverly produced show that makes you question your own mortality and even your own perceptions of life." Full Review
"Gossage was phenomenal. She was totally believable. I was with her every step of the way totally convincing me she had serious mental issues. The direction by Adam Chisnall was brisk and effective and his use of sound enhanced the mood cleverly. His staging supplied as much tension as Erik Champney’s piercing dialogue. Both kept me on the edge of my seat the whole time. The show was exciting, scary, and twisted – in both plot and mind – to the end, which was a good thing." Full Review
See it if You like theatre that takes risks and isn’t afraid to talk about the darkness in humanity.
Don't see it if You are put off by brief nudity, simulated sexual acts, homosexuality, dark humor and dark themes.
See it if you like unconventional plots esp. w/ surprise ending. A mix of romance, drama, suspense & horror! A tour-de-force of the titillating trio.
Don't see it if if you are squeamish or offended by some nudity and sexy scenes on stage. But for art's sake, it is done quite tastefully & deliciously too!
See it if Beautiful muse of gay/bi artist brings out his darker side. Innocent stranger gets caught up in kink and more.
Don't see it if nudity, simulated sex, sadism, violence. Gripping theater. I would have thought it was unusual, but I saw "Trainspotting Live" last week.
See it if you are interested in a Machiavellian play mixing sensuality, twisted romance and violence.
Don't see it if you don’t like horror. If you don’t like brief nudity/torture/dark themes.
See it if You want to see a well-made provocative, gay/bi themed thriller.
Don't see it if You do not like disturbing pieces. If you are looking for light entertainment or something sensual.
See it if you think you might learn something from (or even enjoy?) the graphic enactment of aestheticized mental & physical torture.
Don't see it if you think that the graphic enactment of mental & physical torture might make you queasy.
See it if you'd like to see a mashup of American Psycho meets Cruel Intentions. You like scary-style "life is art".
Don't see it if you don't like over-the-top femme-fatales (from both a woman and a man). Show includes gun violence and torture.
See it if you like dark theatre base on mind games, that segue to darker actions. Matt Maretz is the standout.
Don't see it if the issue is that the Playwright created 1 dimensional malicious characters. It left me empty & I didn't care about these antiheroes.
See it if you want to see a show that deals with a cast of damaged characters that are involved in escalating games of deceit and manipulation.
Don't see it if you are not a fan of shows that deal with the macabre, or of shows with on stage displays of blood and violence.
See it if U R fan of violence, sadism, brutality, guns, knives, games playing, art made from found objects, faulty reasoning, male nudity, cheese
Don't see it if don't want gun pointed at U much of play, expect a rationale, wonder why these characters aren't apprehended yet
See it if you enjoy the kinds of stories that gradually unravel to reveal you actually have no idea what's really going on until the end.
Don't see it if you like feeling comfortable and safe in the theater. This play will rattle your cage and its dangers are what make it so much fun.
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