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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
See it if You would enjoy extremely impressive acting diving into the mind, connections, and disconnections of a young woman who committed suicide.
Don't see it if That would be triggering; you want a clearer plot; you need more of a clear message or deeper tie together at the end.
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