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Occasionally Nothing

From 19 member  reviews
Members say: Great acting, Edgy, Absorbing, Clever, Thought-provoking

About the show

Set in a foreseeable dystopian future, this play centers around three British expats sheltering from nearby bomb blasts in a bleak room. Part of the 2018 Dream Up Festival. More…

They cope by taunting each other with warped games of verbal wordplay and by blurring each other's realities while losing touch with their own. The trio's ordeal is meant to offer a bleak glimpse at life in the wake of a dystopian presidency, where wars will abound, words will have lost their meaning and people will have lost their way. How did the world get there?

Member Reviews (19)


Great acting, Edgy, Absorbing, Clever, Thought-provoking
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Witty, Dystopian, Evocative, Fragmented, Well played

See it if you’re interested in innovative scripts that eschew the tried & true, even while evoking the long tradition of experiment in the theater.

Don't see it if you have no patience with fragmented scenes, lots of them, that leave you with fewer answers than you have questions.

Also I found “Occasionally Nothing” witty, well written, well-played & (occ... Read more Read less

Great acting, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Clever, Entertaining

See it if you want to immerse yourself in the lives of three people coping with a difficult situation with smart language and excellent performances.

Don't see it if you are not willing to listen carefully (lots of repetition here,) think about the situation and understand what people do to survive.

Edgy, Absorbing, Slow, Great acting

See it if Dark semi-comedy about the end of the world.

Don't see it if If you want a high paste show. No action. Its slow.

Also One thing I will say is the music they use in the show is good. It ope... Read more Read less

Clever, Funny, Great acting, Great writing, Hilarious

See it if You like untraditional plays, very well written dark plays that are thought provoking, alot of word playing (could not stop repeating lines)

Don't see it if You like classic plays, scared of sounds of bombing, not a fan of dark comedy, or clever word playing. The show is well written.

Ambitious, Absorbing, Great acting, Slow, Edgy

See it if You will enjoy the slow development of a story, as it was needed. Some simple lines can really impact, maybe nothing is never something ...

Don't see it if You just want to be entertained and laugh your heart out...

Clever, Edgy, Entertaining, Relevant, Great acting

See it if you like a combination of theater of the absurd and post-apocalyptic social commentary. Good acting and an interesting premise.

Don't see it if you prefer a more traditional type of play. This play is creative, silly at times yet serious and a bit disjointed.

Quirky, Clever, Great acting

See it if you enjoy entertaining, play on words dialogue.

Don't see it if you are impatient. There are several quiet moments with little to no conversation.

Also The actors were really great. It will leave you very appreciative of t... Read more Read less

Clever, Great acting, Funny, Edgy, Slow

See it if you like dark plays; you like thought-provoking shows; you like dark humor and post apocalyptic settings

Don't see it if you don't like dark humor or apocalyptic worlds; don't like slower moving shows and don't appreciate the use of silence in a play

Absorbing, Edgy, Great acting

See it if You want to see a amazingly well written play that has great acting and directing. Thought provoking with great insight.

Don't see it if you don't like dark comedy.

Intelligent, well-written, insightful, exquisite, absorbing

See it if you love plays that are intelligent and prompt you to think about relationships, politics, memory, semantics, and life itself.

Don't see it if you prefer musicals or light entertainment.

Also This is a play that will endure in mind and leave you pondering life l... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Edgy, Thought-provoking

See it if If you like masterful playwriting in the form of Beckett and Ionesco, this is for you. Natalie Menna makes you laugh and makes you think.

Don't see it if If you don’t like to intently listen to the dialogue, don’t like thought provoking plays,don’t like great acting & pauses to absorb it all

Absorbing, Intelligent, Masterful

See it if You want to see something original, deep and thought provoking. Great acting. Very witty. Dark humor to the max.

Don't see it if You don't like anything too dark.

Absorbing, Edgy, Relevant

See it if you want Becket to write on the op-ed page about our evil times.

Don't see it if you want a "tired businessman's" show.

Also Be prepared to think. The cast of three deliver Natalie Menna's enigma... Read more Read less

Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Great writing

See it if Post-apocalyptic revolutions against the word-police seem likely.

Don't see it if Sparse dialog however clever doesn’t satisfy you.

Also Samuel Beckett would have written this play had he had the misfortune ... Read more Read less

Thought-provoking, Profound, Great writing

See it if You want questions, not answers. The play includes a "complex Rockette".

Don't see it if Want bright lights and an "easy Rockette".

Also The playwrite Natalie Menna takes you on a final trip to nowhere with ... Read more Read less

Funny, Great acting, Great writing

See it if you like plays that aren't traditional, dark plays that provoke thought, lots of wordplay.

Don't see it if you like classics or are scared of bombs or dark comedy.

Also Playwright Natalie Menna's very well written script is 3/4 words and 1... Read more Read less

Intelligent, Masterful, Riveting, Great acting, Great writing

See it if you fancy an absurdist view of the apocalypse.

Don't see it if you lack patience (the payoff is worth the wait.)

Also Natalie Menna gives her cast a lean script. Brad Fryman, Sean Hoagland... Read more Read less

Thought-provoking, Riveting, Relevant, Quirky

See it if You miss the absurdist plays of the 50s.

Don't see it if You like 50s musicals.

Also Natalie Menna writes about the near future in the manner of a Becket o... Read more Read less

Clever, Riveting, Intense

See it if Becket and Pinter are your favorite playwrights.

Don't see it if Niel Simon is your favorite.

Also Three characters wait for doomsday, playing word games with each other... Read more Read less

July 3rd, 2017
for a previous production “We find ourselves in a bleak world where three survivors are hiding out after a nuclear holocaust. Virtually nothing is left...Dumeng brings out a lot of musical humor and the glory of being an American, even when there is no more America. It really is like a one-hour roller coaster ride, for wh...
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July 2nd, 2017
for a previous production “The writing here is spare, brutal, and emotionally resonate. Menna has imbued her work with a musicality for both the words and the long silences that fall in between...Menna’s dialogue crackles with energy and wit...The play takes a turn and lands an emotional wallop on the audience...Dumeng in...
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June 28th, 2017
for a previous production “If British accents don’t spark your interest, come to watch the fantastic actors perform. Physical comedy adds a delightful layer to the quick humorous exchanges over the meaning of nothing...The writer plays with the meaning of words as we watch the characters struggle to survive and maintain p...
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