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Dust

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Members say: 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.


Member Reviews (33)

MEMBERS SAY:

Great acting, Intense, Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Edgy
80
Avg Score

84
Relevant, Powerful, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Great writing

See it if Exceptional play/acting. Fast-paced & engaging. Thought-provoking​ and insightful. Impressively sharp use of lights & sound for a small play

Don't see it if Issues of suicide are not for you.

Also This was really special and absorbing. Thomas is both a gifted writer ... Read more Read less

80
Thought-provoking, Great acting, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if You enjoy expertly acted 1 person shows. Theme around suicide, told from interesting perspective.

Don't see it if You aren't interested in themes regarding suicide and its aftermath.

58
Great acting, Insipid, Indulgent, Confusing

See it if A play about suicide. Well acted but not well written. A shallow written play.

Don't see it if A serious subject not really delving into the subject matter on a deep level. Needs reworking. A play that dances, not deep.

70
Important subject, Often oddly distant, Needs editing, Confusing, A few flashes of insight

See it if you are interested enough in the subject of suicide that you would want to see even a very uneven handling of the subject.

Don't see it if painstakingly elaborated details about sex acts or the process of dying might be too upsetting for you to sit through.

Also Seeing “Dust,” a solo about suicide from the perspective of someone wh... Read more Read less

80
Resonant, Intense, Great acting, Edgy

See it if Suicide victim lives in two worlds to share remnants of depressive impulse.From narrator's initial reveal to its conclusion, regret emerges.

Don't see it if Multi-role solo show requires manipulative intent to land the serve and hit it home, but the emotional result is effective. Direct hit.

Also Number of audience tears suggests a secret communal bond in the dark.

82
Intelligent, Edgy, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if This is a play about mental health and the effects of suicide on those left behind. Millie's performance is mesmerizing uninhibited & bold.

Don't see it if The play & its amazing performer are funny, angry, cryptic, ballsy, off putting, bold, indulgent, informative & eye opening. Slightly 2 long

Also For obvious reasons, don't see this play if suicide is a topic you do ... Read more Read less

68
Not profound or thought-provoking, Disappointing, Great acting

See it if Well-acted. Thomas switches between garden variety troubled young adult and other roles fluidly. All characters well defined.

Don't see it if you're inexperienced/impatient w/ this pervasive sort of depression that doesn’t have a cause. I'll admit I was unsympathetic. Sorry.

Also Doesn’t really have a philosophical, moral, or metaphysical interest. ... Read more Read less

88
Riveting, Great writing, Great staging, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You are not put off by the subject. Do not like small intimate work.

Don't see it if Suicide is a trigger.

Also I loved this play. Despite being a one woman show I felt I knew all th... Read more Read less

80
Relevant, Intelligent, Edgy, Great staging, Great acting

See it if you want to reflect on suicide from both the pov of the people left behind as well as the person who makes a choice to end their life

Don't see it if you don't like shows with a solo artist, and you are squeamish about death and intimate human interactions and body parts.

Also this is a very three dimensional view of depression, and suicide and h... Read more Read less

78
Indulgent, Intense, Riveting, Intelligent

See it if Raw and dark. Strong performance by writer.

Don't see it if Raw and dark.

83
Witty, Harrowing

See it if you strongly believe in freedom of expression, audience accountability and enjoy skilled solo performance.

Don't see it if you have any sensitivity depictions to suicide, self-harm, or sexual violence.

Also this could've been improved upon with a less tentative audience. I can... Read more Read less

70
Thought-provoking, Profound, Intense, Great acting, Edgy

See it if you want to watch a powerful one-person you about suicide and the impact it has on those left behind.

Don't see it if you want a more light-hearted evening and/or a more elaborate production. This is an intense show with a bare bones set & a cast of one.

92
Thought-provoking, Intense, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you are at all interested in mental illness and the consequences both for the patient and for those around her Insightful powerful difficult

Don't see it if you are either disinterested in the torments of emotional illness or you are too close to be able to tolerate the frustration and anger

81
Intense, Thought-provoking, Edgy, Dizzying, Great acting

See it if You want to experience a young woman’s study of suicide and its aftermath, profoundly well-acted and beautifully thought through

Don't see it if You have lost someone to suicide, this will be too painful; have epilepsy (flashing lights). There are trigger warnings for good reasons

68
M for mundane millenial miasma, Good sound design + spooky effects, T for trigger warnings: self-harm, drugs, suicide, D- for a shallow, uninspired script, A for acting

See it if you find mundane millenial miasma an intriguing concept pregnant w/ potential; you can overlook shallow writing when the acting is masterful

Don't see it if hearing F-bombs irks; if you expect a drama on suicide, drug abuse, mindless sex, depression to lead to an epiphany or a modicum of insight

Also "An unexamined life is not worth living." And a play that fails to plu... Read more Read less

85
Great writing, Edgy, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You can sit through a post-mortem what if dealing in suicidal ideation and action.

Don't see it if A not-so-negative look at suicide is a discomfort for you.

Also The writer-actor here is morbidly witty and wicked, but in need of a d... Read more Read less

80
Raunchy, Edgy, Great acting, Riveting

See it if You want to see a one woman, 'from the grave' exploration of suicide and its aftermath. Be prepared this is raw fare.

Don't see it if You are the least squeamish about sex, death, profane language, dysfunctional relationships or suicide.

Also This show should, perhaps have some more warnings regarding strobe lig... Read more Read less

77
Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing, Intense

See it if A moving intense solo play writ&perform by a talented artist focusing on the serious probl of suicide&how that would affect her loved ones.

Don't see it if PLEASE do not go if you experience depression or if the problem of suicide hits home.

75
Different, Gripping, Thought-provoking, Absorbing

See it if Well-told story in a unique style that is often difficult to watch especially if you know someone who has lost a loved one in this fashion.

Don't see it if Unlike the theme song, suicide is not painless. And a graphic, realistic tale of suicide and its aftermath may not be to everyone's liking.

82
Thought-provoking, Resonant, Intense, Great staging, Great acting

See it if This is an excellent solo production.Direction, staging and acting are incredible well done,even if the writing needs a small revision.

Don't see it if If you don't like subjects like mental illness and suicide.

Also I'm so delighted with the actress ability to change beautifully from o... Read more Read less

88
Thought-provoking, Great writing, Intense, Edgy, Great acting

See it if you want to see terrific character work, are a fan of Fleabag-style stories, and want to see some brilliant acting by a raw young talent

Don't see it if you are sensitive to the topic of suicide, very graphic descriptions of sex and violence, loud noises, or strobe lights

Also Suicide is a tricky subject to dramatise without glorifying it or prea... Read more Read less

69
Intense, Indulgent, Disappointing, Edgy, Clever

See it if I saw it because I read the review in the New York Times and because I am interested in one-person shows. I was disappointed on the whole.

Don't see it if You are triggered by suicide, strobe lights, direct address to the audience, incoherent plots, unnecessary fixation on vaginal penetration.

Also Having read the New York Times review prior to buying my tickets, I al... Read more Read less

76
Edgy, Intense, Thought-provoking, Riveting

See it if you’re Interested in great physical and emotional performance pieces and/or an exploration of darker, suicidal instincts

Don't see it if You’re squeamish, prudish, or congentially optimistic.

71
Slow, Thought-provoking, Great acting

See it if you like one-woman performances that are unique, dark, thoughtful.

Don't see it if you find slow-moving plays difficult to sit through, or find the topic of suicide hard for you.

92
Edgy, Intense, Resonant, Intelligent, Great acting

See it if You are brave. This is graphic, violent, gritty, emotional and raw. Acting is superlative—you feel as though you saw ten people, not one.

Don't see it if suicide, emotional pain & sex bother you, or if you don't like intimate theatre. This piece is provoking, no intermission. It's NOT fluff.


September 5th, 2019
CRITIC’S PICK "In ‘Dust,’ the Measure of a Life After Suicide: A woman watches those she left behind in Milly Thomas’s unsentimental solo show at the Fourth Street Theater."
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September 6th, 2019
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..."
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September 6th, 2019
"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."
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September 6th, 2019
4 of 5 Stars "Milly Thomas Wrote, Performs an Ashen but Lively Monologue: A raw look at what happens after a death that isn't exactly final"
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