Great acting, Intense, Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Edgy
About the Show
After hit runs across the UK, Milly Thomas's solo play about a woman who is forced to watch the aftermath of her own suicide makes its stateside debut.
From the show:
‘I’ve been dead for three days.’
A woman. A suicide. A choice. A lie. A truth. An ending. Of sorts.
Life, Alice thinks, isn’t worth living. So she kills herself. But she’s stuck. A fly on the wall. Forced to watch the aftermath of her suicide and its ripple effect on her family and friends, Alice quickly learns that death changes people. And discovers that death isn’t the change she hoped for.
Following three award-winning, sell-out runs across the UK and London’s West End, DUST by Milly Thomas, directed by Sara Joyce, transfers to Next Door at New York Theatre Workshop for a limited run until September 29th.
Thomas’s one-woman show 'Dust' is a contradictory experience: an attempt at explosive emotion—it climaxes with a first-person account of a suicide—that is also strangely constrained. A sensation at the Edinburgh Fringe, and well received in the West End later, it seems to have damped its fuse..."
"This is a tricky high-wire act, and it is perhaps not surprising that Thomas repeatedly falls off. That she is a considerable talent is beyond doubt; that she is performing psychological surgery with blunt instruments is all too apparent."
"'Dust'...provides a new standard of understanding the stages of grief, one for those who have 'passed on.' The power of this perspective cannot be underestimated, nor can the sheer emotional catharsis of Ms. Thomas's performance be underappreciated or forgotten. Thomas is a brilliant performer."
"Of course, on some level, 'Dust' is more than a play; it's a cautionary tale for anyone contemplating suicide. As Alice tell us towards the work's end: 'I thought death was an ending. But it's nothing.' These words are definitely worth hearing -and heeding."