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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
80
Avg Score

84
Great staging, Resonant, Great acting

See it if You like mature content and can stay engaged for 75 minutes.

Don't see it if Allergic to fog machines. Not appropriate for young kids / teens. (lots of crude sex talk)

Also 1st) it's general seating so get there a bit early if you can... Read more Read less

83
Intense, Great staging, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you enjoy witty, very dark comedy, challenging ideas,

Don't see it if you're easily disturbed you're sensitive to strobe lighting and/or light fog

Also A show not for the faint of heart when discussing the aftermath of sui... Read more Read less

90
Immersive, Thought-provoking, Intense, Great acting, Absorbing

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.

Also This is about the experience. I felt like the ending did not hold toge... Read more Read less

91
Intense, Intelligent, Great acting, Clever, Absorbing

See it if you enjoy thought provoking theatre with dark themes

Don't see it if you just want to be entertained

85
Unexpectedly hilarious romp through the aftermath of suicide

See it if you're ready to laugh at topics that seem taboo to joke about. You enjoy a tight one-person show. Excellent light design in an austere set.

Don't see it if you're easily made uncomfortable. Dust treads masterfully where few dare to go, and some might find the crossed lines offensive.

85
Great acting, Intense, Absorbing, Ambitious

See it if To see a mesmerizing one-woman performance. Ambitious and utterly engaging in a sparse stage.

Don't see it if You want to avoid some graphic topic matters.

80
Intense, Ambitious, Great acting, Clever, Absorbing

See it if She is a brilliant storyteller. The piece is wholly absorbing, gut wrenching at times, funny, original and stayed with me.

Don't see it if You don't want to hear what an intelligent, bold, powerful, young woman has to say about an important subject. Or hear her experience.

82
Great writing, Profound, Great acting, Entertaining, Ambitious

See it if I thought she did a great job. Wonderful acting, writing & movement.

Don't see it if sometimes it felt like she was trying to shock for the sake of it, rather than it being necessary to the story.


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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