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?
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 which we should thank the talented cast and writer. Even if you aren’t familiar with anti-nuclear tales such as ‘Threads’ and/or post-modern theater, there is much to enjoy.” Full Review
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 infuses an elegiac tone into the work to stunning effect...It speaks to the dark shadows of the 21st-century in a vibrant and yes comic voice. It should be seen." Full Review
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 positive spirits...Overall, ‘Occasionally Nothing’ is witty, worth seeing, and will leaving you pondering the meaning of your own utterances.” Full Review
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.
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
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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
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
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