Love Me Forever Billy H. Tender (FringeNYC)
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Love Me Forever Billy H. Tender (FringeNYC)
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Love Me Forever Billy H. Tender (FringeNYC) NYC Reviews and Tickets

89%
(23 Reviews)
Positive
96%
Mixed
4%
Negative
0%
Members say
Clever, Original, Great acting, Absorbing, Entertaining

About the Show

Part of FringeNYC: January 31st, 2021: Enter Billy H. Tender, Canadian child-star. Billy’s family has splintered; today, they’ll need each other more than ever. After a sold-out premiere in Toronto, this virtuosic tragicomedy reckons with the cultural pandemic of superstardom.

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Member Reviews (23)

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406 Reviews | 188 Followers
65
Disappointing, Slow, Original, Confusing, Great acting

See it if You like plays about fading pop stars and their lesser known siblings who suffer in silence.

Don't see it if You expect to understand what is going on at all times. You like a coherent story.

22 Reviews | 7 Followers
90
Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Quirky, Thought-provoking

See it if you're looking for a refreshing, original piece of theatre unlike anything else you've seen!

Don't see it if raunchy material makes you uncomfortable, or if you hate audience participation.

7 Reviews | 1 Follower
94
Absorbing, Enchanting, Exquisite, Intelligent, Resonant

See it if you are ready to sit with the live wire of genius.

Don't see it if you are scared of the sort of jungle gym play you did as a kid

2 Reviews | 1 Follower
90
Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Quirky, Thought-provoking

See it if You like one-man shows, are familiar with contemporary pop culture and news, and enjoy quirky, fun music

Don't see it if you are made uncomfortable by taboo topics, audience interaction, or have trouble following shifts in character among a single actor

1 Review | 2 Followers
90
Ambitious, Clever, Great writing, Original, Relevant

See it if You like original, new, relevant content, created by young, ambitious artists.

Don't see it if You're looking for an epic Broadway musical. This is small scale. Intimate setting and show.

1 Review | 2 Followers
95
Great writing, Hilarious, Original, Riveting, Intense

See it if You think that pop music, phone sex, and a hilarious future for today's pop stars can still make a meaningful show.

Don't see it if Can't handle something that's serious and hilarious at the same time.

1 Review | 2 Followers
100
Great acting, Must see, Hilarious, Thought-provoking, Resonant

See it if you're young. Teenagers, 20-somethings, 30-somethings. It resonates with anyone who uses social media, & loves brilliant writing & acting.

Don't see it if you have never used the Internet or social media. You might feel left out. This is a work for 'today'.

1 Review | 2 Followers
90
Delightful, Entertaining, Great writing, Intelligent, Relevant

See it if You want to laugh your way through the existential terror of our weird-fucking present.

Don't see it if You have a vanilla sense of humour.

Critic Reviews (5)

The New York Times
August 16th, 2016

"Jesse LaVercombe’s charming, bittersweet, oddball comedy about a pop star in crisis, his adoring little brother and their theater-theorist mother — all played by Mr. LaVercombe, though I bet a bunch of the crowd had no idea it was the mother who was engaging them in audience-participation sex-chat dialogue."
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Time Out New York
August 18th, 2016

“There’s a lot going on in this intense show, from a predictable mental-breakdown arc to a critique of social media and some awkward audience-participation phone-sex banter - as well as diverting folk songs that start out charming and then turn creepy. It doesn’t quite add up, but it’s enough to make your wonder where LaVercombe might be in five years.”
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Theatre is Easy
August 15th, 2016

"What LaVercombe lacks in musical technique, he more than compensates for with boyish charm, impeccable timing and aching vulnerability. Moreover, his writing is taut, funny, and shrewd...Ultimately, ‘Love Me Forever’s’ rocketing pace also proves its own worst enemy; minimal action and narrative progression make this solo show feel stretched even at an hour...Yet this does not detract from a show that is otherwise probing, sincere, and highly entertaining."
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Theater In The Now
August 29th, 2016

"LaVercombe's visceral play is unique in the sense of approach. LaVercombe has versatility as a performer. Through his speech, musicality, and movement, he showcased his vast skills. Yet when it came to character, he didn't necessarily create distinct characters in the common sense of a solo play...Director Lazarus took LaVercombe's script and elevated the material in a manner some solo works never achieve...'Love Me Forever Billy H. Tender' is a play geared best for the millennial mind frame."
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NY Theatre Guide
August 27th, 2016

"This mind-blowing, substantial, and manifold text is from an eagle-eyed public voyeur – Jesse LaVercombe. He has not only written the script and co-written the music, but also performs in this one-man labyrinthine, psychological, tragicomedy masterpiece. The mirror he holds up to the world is enormous and reflects all of the warped fun house, distorted aspects of ourselves, as well…I would like to write a thesis on LaVercombe’s acting abilities."
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