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Dead Brains

From 19 member  reviews
Members say: Edgy, Intense, Absorbing, Great acting, Confusing

About the show

In Erik Champney’s dark and often comic thriller, art is dangerous and nothing is sacred. Part of the 2018 Planet Connections Festivity. More…

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.

Member Reviews (19)


Edgy, Intense, Absorbing, Great acting, Confusing

Arch, Violent, Bloody, Sadistic, Questionable thesis

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

Confusing, Edgy, Ambitious

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.

Also I want to root for a protagonist whether or not they are successful. T... Read more Read less

Scary, Cliched, Indulgent, Quirky

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.

Confusing, Indulgent, Edgy, Intense, Contrived

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.

July 18th, 2018
"'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 w...
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July 18th, 2018
"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 Champ...
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July 17th, 2018
"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. 'D...
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