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Enterprise

Members say: Funny, Intelligent, Entertaining
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Members
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The Brick and Gemini CollisionWorks present the world premiere of a fast-paced and surreal workplace comedy by indie theater stalwart Brian Parks.

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With their large company suddenly on the brink of collapse, four panicking businesspeople make a desperate overnight attempt to save it–and their futures. Emergency proposals, email hacking, an animal sacrifice, a radical theory about the Ottoman Empire–will any of it work? From the same creative minds behind 'The Golfer.'  

 

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Reviews (7)

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75
Time Out New York

"'Enterprise' values linguistic acrobatics and absurd exchanges over narrative. The story, such as it is, unfurls in brisk, wordplay-packed scenes...The success of a surreal comedy like this is all in the timing. And the performers, though impressively committed, are still finding their rhythm under the directorial hand of Parks's frequent conspirator Hill...Like an entry-level job, 'Enterprise' may not stay with you forever, but it's rewarding during your fleeting time there." Full Review

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Theatre is Easy

"Modern neo-liberalism adds some relevance to this work, but otherwise it might have appeared onstage ten, twenty, or thirty years ago. It doesn't attempt to address the particular office behaviors of, for example, a startup workplace...It just highlights the comedic despair and disembodiment caused by 'business as usual'—a sort of short-form, Ionesco-flavored take on 'The Office.' It's a good time and perhaps a reminder of the strangeness of that kind of life for those who live it every day. " Full Review

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On Stage Blog

"The brisk exchange of short lines...and the rapid swirl of quick scenes create the lively and compelling rhythm of an office machine...The writing of Brian Parks is sharp, precise, and it will make you chuckle and nod in recognition. However, the question, is ‘Enterprise’ a good play for theater, remains. It is cartoonishly cheerful throughout and has just a bit of an ‘Oh my god, what I am wasting my life on?’ moment in the end, which evaporates as soon as you leave the theater." Full Review

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Exeunt Magazine

“‘Enterprise’ delivers but with a twist: the humor builds not from the absurdities of corporate culture, but from language…Despite the characters’ embarrassingly bad word play, these employees seem intrinsically aware that speech is man’s most powerful tool… To paraphrase Shakespeare, in whose tradition Parks is working here, when life gives you a 'feast of language,' it would seem stingy not to spend it." Full Review

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The Clyde Fitch Report

"A great opportunity to see two cutting-edge theater artists at work...'Enterprise' presents a charmingly dizzy view of the corporate world...This is a world in which most things assumed to be constant may not be any longer. Dozens of short, dreamlike scenes flash in and out of the darkness — flawlessly held together by Berit Johnson’s lighting and Hill’s own groovy sound design...The cast and director work overtime to give us a bewildering array of things to think about." Full Review

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ZEALnyc

“Because of the surrealistic style of the play, several of the events and actions are not completely logical, and there are frequent unusual verbal juxtapositions. Expert lighting marks the opening and closing of each successive scene, with many scenes full of non sequiturs and nonsensical verbal sparring. The actors deliver many humorous lines…Unfortunately, due to the fast-paced action of the play, the actors don’t always provide enough time for all the jokes to land.” Full Review

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Funny, Intelligent, Entertaining

See it if you like puns and absurd theater. This fast-paced play is a ton of puns strung together, but very smartly.

Don't see it if you want in depth characterizations or intricate plotting.