Part of FringeNYC: The play takes place on the eve of Annie’s twenty-fourth birthday, when she is ditched by all but two of her friends. Although she tries to portray a cool and uncaring exterior, on the inside it kills her. More…
Categories: Comedy, Drama, Local. From The Flashbulb Project. Written by Isabelle Barbier. Directed by Michael Malanga.
FROM THE ARTIST:
"It's Chill" is brought to you by The Flashbulb Project, a NYC based production company formed in 2014 out of The Atlantic Acting School Conservatory.
Flashbulb: (noun) Burns with a brilliant flash to provide momentary illumination to a subject.
"It's Chill" by Isabelle Barbier . Director: Michael Malanga. Cast: Isabelle Barbier, Eleonore Ley, Shimrit Ildis, Theo Maltz, and Michael Malanga. Assistant Director: Pedro Aijon. Stage Manager: Justin Chiao. Production Manager: Emily Seymour.
"A refreshing take on the common relationship drama packed with witty banter and a wonderful structure...Barbier’s dialogue is fresh: heartbreaking realities are told unabashedly, and hard truths about being a young twenty-something are contemplated in earnestness...I’m thrilled to see a play that explores this suffocating aspect of our humanity so well. Barbier has such a special voice, and with its great sense of structure and rich dialogue, her play is a real winner." Full Review
"There is a temptation to pigeonhole this as a play about Millennials, written by them for them and only of interest to them...The themes she unveils resonate most powerfully for them, but they also echo across the years...The actors have a fine chemistry...Director Malanga has used that space effectively...If I have a bone to pick with the production, it is the lack of resolution in the plot...If this production is representative of their talents, Flashbulb has a bright future." Full Review
See it if you are or have been in a similar place, young people navigating relationships and being unsatisfied with where you are in life.
Don't see it if you don't have any patience for me-first millennials whose direct address is always only about themselves with no concern for others.
See it if You want to see something that's both funny and very honest about the insecurities people have in their relationships.
Don't see it if You're not okay with hearing the vulnerable and sometimes self-absorbed things the characters might tell their therapist.
See it if You're into a developed exploration of insecurities shared by young adults, whether they are searching for or tethered to a romantic partner
Don't see it if You're bothered by frequent 4th-wall-breaking (unnecessary) monologues by characters to explain their true selves to audience.
See it if You like thinking about love and navigating relationships of all kinds.
Don't see it if You don't care for watching plays about sex and love and dating and relationships with twenty-somethings.
See it if You want to see some incredible, soulful performances, and if you crave honesty.
Don't see it if You're lame. Or if you didn't bring a sweater! The venue's air conditioning was on blast! Prepare yourself.
See it if You have an interest in social dynamics. I could relate every relationship in "It's Chill" to relationships I've had throughout my 20s.
Don't see it if No reason not to see it.
See it if You want to remember that it is okay to be vulnerable. It was as if the characters were reading my diary outloud. Tender and raw.
Don't see it if Everyone should see this. There are no prerequisites.
See it if You're single , not so single, twenty something, sixty something, talking to yourself in the mirror and think you're the only one
Don't see it if You think you know all the answers to "how to be happy always with everybody and yourself"
See it if You want to see great chemistry between the actors. Great acting and directing from upcoming artists in Ny
Don't see it if If you ate too much jalapeños... There's no reason to not see it.
See it if You want to remember what it's like to be young and navigating through NYC, dating life, and having some great laughs along the way.
Don't see it if You're anti-millenial storytelling. The story would resonate with everyone but there are certainly aspects that geared towards millenials.
See it if You don't mind 4 young people having issues that might seem superficial till they realize they haven't been honest with one another.
Don't see it if You want to have a more emotional experience.