Greasepaint Productions revives Steven Dietz's 1994 AIDS drama, which is a love story, an existential meditation on human isolation, and even an absurdist comedy.. More…
'Lonely Planet' tells the story of Jody, a 40-year-old shopkeeper who has become a shut-in, and his younger friend and caretaker Carl, who wants him to go outside and take responsibility for his life. First, Jody must come to terms with the fact that his community is being decimated by AIDS, and that he needs to be tested before he becomes a casualty, too.
"The actors overact their parts while trying to drive home the profundity of Deitz’s language…Jody's reserved personality feels more affected than lived in. Smith’s Carl is another kind of affected—the stereotypical gay man…Given that both actors, clearly talented, suffer from the same issue, the problem may lie more in a lack of direction…Yet given these drawbacks, 'Lonely Planet' is still a beautiful play, something this production both understands and is able to communicate." Full Review
See it if brilliant writing, great acting, intense drama, two actors with smart material, sensitive subject matter.
Don't see it if Looking for big staging lots of action, fun easy going story.
See it if You have an open mind and don't mind a play about a relevant issue we are faced with today. You want to see great acting.
Don't see it if You don't want to see a play about a serious issue with some humor. You are sensitive to hearing about aids related deaths.
See it if You want a personal look at the early AIDS crisis. You want to see very talented actors.
Don't see it if You want sharp writing & clear transitions: the writing is repetitive & the scene endings trail off-I didn't know the act or play was over!
See it if You like plays featuring gay characters and storylines with wonderful performances in a small-scale production.
Don't see it if You think all gay plays should be a laugh riot or want thought-provoking plays to stick with you forever. The show is enjoyable but slight.
See it if you enjoy careful, intimate, indulgent character studies where the plot and world are ever-so-slowly unfurled over the course of two acts.
Don't see it if you prefer taut writing with well-defined narrative arcs. Also, the plot is slow enough that you can guess the ending before it's revealed.
See it if Touching story of friendship and crises..Well acted--dated concerning the Aids epidemic, but a gentle reminder much has not changed,
Don't see it if You don't like quiet thought provoking intelligent story telling.
See it if you are interested in the HIV/AIDS epidemic, and appreciate strong acting and a surprisingly nice set given the size of the venue
Don't see it if you expect a driving plot. Not much happens. The writing is frequently too on the nose.
See it if you want to hear Steven Dietz's early work.
Don't see it if you are at all tired. "Jody" is so subtle/somber you might not make it through. Leaves "Carl" very little to work with. Lots of missed opps.
See it if You like shows which address serious profound issues (HIV) and you are OK with not being "entertained." This is heavy stuff.
Don't see it if You are looking for glitz and glamour, and are looking for a happy ending.
See it if you are interested in another look at the AIDS crisis and are open to plays that kind of drift without a compelling plot
Don't see it if you dislike heavy-handed metaphors or endings you can see coming a mile away.
Also I have more issue with the play itself than this specific production.
See it if You like good writing acted by 2 very good performers. Affecting and still timely, funny, restrained and not weepy.
Don't see it if You're homophobic or maybe you should. It may change your mind.
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