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Dust

From 33 member  reviews
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

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.

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

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

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


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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