New Ohio Theatre and The Assembly in collaboration with IRT Theatre present this tragicomic examination of art-making and evolution through the lens of one man's death. More…
The Great Man is dead. The family of Wyatt Holloway, American novelist, squints into the light where his shadow used to be. What is his legacy, and is it possible to create a new, better order of things? Inspired by Kabuki theater and interviews with our mentors, The Assembly and a multigenerational ensemble ponder the mysteries of bourbon, coffee, and what makes a meaningful life.
"'I Will Look Forward To This Later' is rich with beautiful writing and the staging was much like William Burroughs’ 'A Naked Lunch' in that it blended fantasy and reality into one intelligent and provocative package with just enough risk taking to keep me at the edge of my seat." Full Review
"Incorporating family drama, Kabuki theatre, and real-life interviews with aging artists, The Assembly’s 'I Will Look Forward To This Later' investigates the ways in which our pasts actively shape our current existence, and asks whether we can evolve in spite (or because) of them...As The Assembly makes clear, we cannot sever ties with our past, but we can, with awareness and honesty, use it to build a better future." Full Review
"A tender, oddly conventional drama from the Assembly...What’s most surprising is how normal the resulting work is, ghosts and all. The playwrights and the director have distilled this material into a fairly ordinary family drama. Though some plot turns and directorial elements gesture toward the stylized, the characters and themes mostly feel familiar...Yet the Assembly still has its own particular flavor, an unabashed and boldly unhip sincerity that sometimes swings into sentimentality." Full Review
"The layers and multiplicities transform persistently without seeming to change at all. This unique power allows it to move beyond the hallmarks of the stage while earnestly pursuing the distance between the legacy of one’s art and one’s life...The plot doesn’t wholly escape cliché...Benacerraf and Benson create a truly communal experience that evokes the tradition of Brecht’s mirror-like Epic Theater...To the viewer’s chagrin the difference is an unearned amount of happiness and hope." Full Review
"'I Will Look Forward to This Later' is an ensemble piece that required cohesiveness. And this was a cohesive bunch. But due to the nature of the characters’ intentions, some performances were grating...'I Will Look Forward to This Later' is a fascinating examination on art-making and legacy. The Assembly offered something potentially worthwhile but if you lack empathy for the characters, you’re likely to feel like them; ambivalent." Full Review
See it if Aging & art; choice versus action & commitment; love & transience – are issues that compel. Pace is slow but Samuels monologue worth it all.
Don't see it if A deliberate pace and issues of life, death and art don't appeal, even in an intelligent and honest rumination with some fine performances.
See it if you like dramatic plays. Acting was good and staging was interesting. Thought provoking
Don't see it if you don't like though provoking shows about death and relationships dynamics between family memebers.
See it if You like thought provoking, albeit long shows, that make you think about life, death, happiness, etc. that makes the most of its small stage
Don't see it if you don't like slightly humorous and thought provoking shows that drag without much of a driving force getting it to the end.
See it if You like plots that are confusing and make no sense. Also, if you like seeing characters that don't belong together get together.
Don't see it if You enjoy good theater. This was not good theater. I felt bad for the actors. They were so enthusiastic and seemed unaware how bad it is.
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