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Members say: Funny, Clever, Quirky, Ambitious, Edgy

About the show

The Flea Theater presents the world premiere of this dramedy about a young woman infatuated with an inanimate object. More…

Erica, shy and more than a little socially awkward, is in love with Dee. The problem is that Erica's politician mother, her friend, and the nosy residents of their Massachusetts small town don’t understand at all, because Dee is a letter in the Dairy Queen sign. 'Inanimate' explores objectophilia, feeling like an outsider, listening to your heart, and finally finding your tribe.

Member Reviews (27)


Funny, Clever, Quirky, Ambitious, Edgy
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Edgy, Resonant, Quirky, Romantic, Funny

See it if I found this lovely story both moving and eye-opening. It made me ponder how distinctive and special each person can be.

Don't see it if You don’t have an open mind for unusual sexuality. You don’t have a soft spot for romance.

Edgy, Quirky, Great acting, Great staging, Thought-provoking

See it if You like cutting edge plays and are open to learning about an unusual form of sexual attraction. The Flea Theatre is in its new home.

Don't see it if You like conventional love stories and linear plots. Do not like small, intimate theaters.

Also The Flea Theater has moved into its new building on Thomas Street. The... Read more Read less

Funny, Great staging, Quirky, Edgy, Thought-provoking

See it if you want to see a clever play about sexual attraction to inanimate objects, in a fine production in the Flea Theater's new building.

Don't see it if you are uncomfortable with offbeat sexuality and don't like plays with rough edges.

Also The production is topnotch with a fine cast, great costumes and sensit... Read more Read less

Ambitious, Funny, Entertaining, Great acting, Different

See it if you’ll enjoy strong, consistent performances and smart, economical production design even if the play's intentions aren't 100% clear

Don't see it if you want to be able to explain to someone else the meaning of what you saw; you don’t want to feel very conservative in your theater tastes

Also This show’s likeable and funny—but I wish I knew what we were laughing... Read more Read less

Clever, Funny, Quirky, Intelligent, Delightful

See it if you enjoy edgy theater that helps you care about and understand people on the fringe.

Don't see it if you object to watching a play about non-traditional forms of sexual attraction.

Also In its new home the Flea still never fails to disappoint.

Intense, Thought-provoking, Great costumes, Strong lead performance, Humorous

See it if You are interested in convincing portrayals of alternate love choices.

Don't see it if You need all your plot lines to go somewhere or if you want your plays fully formed; alternate sexualities turn you off.

Also The play's strength centers on creating a believable, convincing lifes... Read more Read less


See it if You have a taste for the offbeat. The unusual story follows a coming of age tale for one of alternative sexuality.

Don't see it if You were thinking weird might be wonderful. It is different, but awfully normal too, and there seems to be no magic about it.

Clever, Ambitious, Edgy, Funny, Relevant

See it if 1st of all, the "New Flea" is awesome; beautiful & gender-neutral bathrooms! This play is not for the close-minded. 90-min, refreshing topic

Don't see it if Alternative sexuality, cussing, darkness, small town, otherness, etc are all displayed here. A tough subject matter handled delicately.

Clever, Funny, Quirky, Romantic, Ambitious

See it if you will enjoy a unique piece of theater involving a subject you might not be aware of; you like seeing talented young performers

Don't see it if you would be uncomfortable with a play that centers around object sexuality, involves a gay character, and such.

Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Great writing, Quirky

See it if You like small, well-acted, story-driven productions that challenge norms. A beautiful play about finding out and accepting who you are

Don't see it if You are uncomfortable with anything outside the norm, with stories about sexuality or finding yourself. GA, but front row long/accessible

Also Lead actress an amazing talent to keep an eye on. All supporting actor... Read more Read less

Thought-provoking, Quirky, Edgy, Ambitious

See it if You like non-straightforward plays about esoteric subjects performed by enthusiastic young actors with great gusto

Don't see it if You are not entertained by the examination of odd human behavior and have trouble following intricate plots.

Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Quirky, Refreshing

See it if for an unconventional and amusing take on the inanimate world

Don't see it if offbeat topics might not be your cup of tea

Funny, Clever, Edgy, Masterful, Intelligent

See it if From the writing to the brilliant actors to the tech... this is as perfect as off-off-Broadway gets. Ingenious, thought-provoking & FUNNY!

Don't see it if you lack even an ounce of tolerance for any sexual orientation other than whatever you consider normative. This is about TOLERANCE!

Also What an exciting and brilliant way for The Flea to christen its new th... Read more Read less

Ambitious, Great writing, Hilarious, Intense, Resonant

See it if You want to see theatre as it should be: risky, thought-provoking, and well-acted. A truly fantastic production and show.

Don't see it if You don't like smaller theatre experiences and aren't open-minded about sexuality.


See it if You wanna support young theatre.

Don't see it if Save for the interesting take on dialogue with inanimate objects, the writing is pretty bland.

Also Great performances from the man who plays Kevin and Erica, the sister,... Read more Read less

Tonally inconsistent, Quirky, Slight, Spirited, Disappointing

See it if you want to see something weird, different and challenging. You like unconventional love stories.

Don't see it if you'd be frustrated by an inconsistent tone wishing you to take this issue seriously in the midst of broad, over-the-top acting and staging.

Edgy, Romantic, Funny, Intelligent

See it if delightful premise, very enthusiastic staging and acting, nicely self-aware and manages to stay both ironic and unobtrusively romantic.

Don't see it if you want a completely PC treatment of the subject of alternative sexuality.

Also I can't know the playwright's intention but the end result serves just... Read more Read less

Refreshing, Clever, Delightful, Absorbing, Wacky

See it if explorations of alternative sexualities interest you. If you like a good coming-of-age story with a totally unique twist.

Don't see it if you have trouble understanding/sympathizing with people with alternative lifestyles, desires, sexualities, or ways of being.

Also The play was slow to start for me. I had trouble getting into it at fi... Read more Read less

Ambitious, Entertaining, Quirky, Great acting

See it if You appreciate creativity and fine acting.

Don't see it if You don't like quirky.

Funny, Clever, Quirky, Fluffy, Ambitious

See it if You enjoy quirky characterization

Don't see it if You're allergic to twee

Funny, Great acting, Great writing, Refreshing, Absorbing

See it if You're ready for an accepting world and a new understanding of sexuality

Don't see it if You want commercial theater lights & music

Intense, Thought-provoking, Funny, Touching, Great acting

See it if You like shows balancing comedy and vulnerability; you think your love life is hard...

Don't see it if You're uncomfortable with diverse sexuality; you cannot relate to dysfunctional family relations

Absorbing, Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Great acting

See it if You appreciate good writing and creative acting.

Don't see it if You have no compassion or a closed mind.

Clever, Funny, Creative, Enchanting, Great writing

See it if you want a positive experience that will stretch your mind

Don't see it if you don't like "weird"

Absorbing, Clever, Enchanting, Entertaining, Great writing

See it if you like to be entertained, challenged, enlightened, experience emotions form frustration to anger to delight, be inspired

Don't see it if you're a dud

August 30th, 2017
“As directed by Courtney Ulrich and performed by the Bats…this play unfolds as a sort of normcore comic variation on ‘Romeo and Juliet,’ which insists we regard its central relationship as worthy of high flights of poetic fancy. Such a perspective could so easily lean toward smirky voyeurism or c...
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August 31st, 2017
"Even a playwright with the combined skills of O'Neill, Kaufman and Hart, Wilson, and Vogel would be hard-pressed to make this syndrome comprehensible...For most of its 85 minutes, it appears to be running around in various directions, its sheer energy often signaling desperation...Ulrich's direc...
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September 3rd, 2017
“One never knows whether to laugh or to cry at Erica's predicament which makes human relationships difficult. Nevertheless, the writing is often poetic and the acting is first rate. Led by Lacy Allen as a charmingly confused Erica, the cast devours their roles with the authenticity of a new class...
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August 31st, 2017
"The Bats do a wonderful job with this material. Lacy Allen stands out as the central character, portraying Erica’s quirky sexuality without turning it into an SNL skit...Director Courtney Ulrich tastefully navigates delicate intimate moments involving a can opener...But the play feels conflicted...
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