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“This brand of warped humor walks a fine line between inappropriate and hilarious, and Sugrue is extremely skilled at balancing right on that line…The lives of these oddballs are woven together in an extremely clever way, but for some actors, the writing serves as a crutch. While some are fantastic, others did not develop their characters as much as they could have…Despite being quite humorous, there is real pain and confusion here…Such a fun show, as long as you aren't easily offended.” Full Review
"It's a violent little play full of gallows humor, misogynistic cracks, and rambling word games that go on for too long and yet, there is something to it. 'Love Is Dead!' gave a rough premiere tonight at The Secret Theatre. Beneath its plodding pace, one thing is clear: the work is a modern-day penny-dreadful, though with more 'South Park' style than Grand Guignol wit." Full Review
"A mostly captivating couple of hours...While several of the situations depicted are far-fetched, and the performances decidedly uneven, the play is powerful enough to hold one’s interest...Sugrue’s is a voice to be heard; much of the dialogue is crisp and, more often than might be expected, quite funny. As director, he serves the writing well, keeping nearly the entire playing time at a snappy pace...Several standout performances go a long way in lending credibility." Full Review
See it if you like "in-your-face" staging - both literally and not. It's small venue adds to the intensity of the experience as if you're part of it.
Don't see it if small venues is too close for your comfort & if Queens is too far for comfort. The show/cast/plot make it all worth checking Secret Theater
See it if You like to see a series (3) of 1-act plays, which are all connected. Small theatre. Campy/decent acting, gun play, violence, drugs, sex,
Don't see it if Mayhem, vulgarity. Strong subject matter, covered by humor. Well done. If offended by any of the above- do not see.
See it if you want to see far-fetched, dark comedy, featuring 3 separate but cleverly interlaced shows
Don't see it if you are offended by profanity, sexual topics, blood and violence
See it if you like short, interconnected pieces and want to see good acting up close.
Don't see it if you're not comfortable with casual inclusion of prostitution, drug use, death, etc.
See it if you appreciate the absurdity of love, and if you like a troupe and theater that are in your face, and will even offer you a big beer.
Don't see it if you want a big lavish musical, or don't like leaving Manhattan Island.
See it if you are a masochist and would enjoy the torture of watching a mediocre production of a less than mediocre play.
Don't see it if you believe that drama should be interesting and stimulating and comedy should actually be funny.
See it if Dark yet Funny is your taste. 3 one-acts that are interconnected.
Don't see it if You're upset by gun violence, stage blood, Sexual situations, and some off color language.
See it if You like dark comedies, don't mind the envelope getting pushed, enjoy entertaining performance, enjoy good writing
Don't see it if easily offended, want to watch a play where characters make rationale decisions
See it if You love dark comedy. The play is like a rollercoaster going back and fourth between comedy and tragedy.
Don't see it if Easily offended and are scared of guns. There's also a ton of profanity, but it's justified.
See it if you like seeing very talented actors giving their all, and relentless whiplashy swings between disturbing darkness and clever comedy.
Don't see it if you're planning a lovely evening with your granny.
See it if You love to laugh and love great acting. Hilarious show. Great writing. Intense. Never a dull moment
Don't see it if Cannot handle foul language and don't have a sense of humor.
See it if You have a sick sense of humor. You will be judging yourself at certain parts where you find yourself laughing.
Don't see it if You are easily offended. There's parts of this play where I'm sure some people will get up and walk out. It's dark but also hysterical.