This Is Not A Theatre Company presents an interactive homage to the importance of radical play for a healthy society. More…
From the show:
What do mass murderers have in common? They are play-deprived. What happens to rats when you deprive them of play? They die. The answer to inefficiency is not more work, it’s play. And the opposite of play is not work, it’s depression. Come PLAY! with us. PLAY! is an interactive dance-theatre piece co-created by Charles Mee, Erin B. Mee, Jonathan Matthews, and Ezra Brain, with additional text by Stuart Brown, Frederick Winslow Taylor, and Buzzfeed. Performed by Jonathan Matthews.
See it if you appreciate masterful dance coupled with thoughtful poetry, philosophy, psychology, and audience participation in an intimate spare space
Don't see it if you prefer plays with extensive dialog, more than solo casts, complex sets and costumes, multiple acts, linear plots, not breaking 4th wall
See it if Joyful movements of dance & words. The actor’s approach was very honest with a believable Intention to bring love to this experimental work.
Don't see it if Because this experimental work was a bit disconnected and missed its mark despite the spirited attempt to infuse love, happiness & harmony.
See it if You want a silly experience and don’t care about story or text. Be ready to play and dance.
Don't see it if You like the script to matter. It was muddied by the movement. You dislike participation (about 50% is interactive).
See it if If you are interested in the concept of playtime and how our society views it. The audience interaction is very gentle. It’s a small space.
Don't see it if If you prefer a more traditional plot, or zero aud. participation. I was hoping the show was longer.
See it if you want a stereotypical modern art/contemporary theatre piece... It felt like a parody. Absurdist, barely immersive, and just confusing
Don't see it if you want a connected story, traditional theatre, or real immersive theatre. It's a strange creation, well performed, but I was left bemused
See it if See it if you’d like experiential theater? That feels like a yoga dance pop poetry improv with adult Gymboree added. Fun and strange.
Don't see it if Don’t see if you hate to participate, or if you prefer traditional theater. It’s a personal expression of joy and inclusion and playfulness
See it if you are looking for (or don't mind) a 1/2 solo performance and 1/2 participatory experience
Don't see it if you want a traditional theatrical experience; you don't want to get up and act a fool with strangers (even though you should!)
See it if You are interested in dance theatre and want to see Jonathan Matthews absolutely slay some ribbons
Don't see it if You want a very traditional theatrical experience
See it if You have an open-mind and are comfortable with being touched by strangers with your consent.
Don't see it if If you have no sense of humor and will freak out if a stranger touches you with your consent.
See it if you want a break from everyday stress and enjoy thinking big about daily thoughts and can let loose and PLAY.
Don't see it if You're looking for serious or drama or linear or passive
See it if you enjoy movement centered pieces performed by a delightfully charming, engaging dancer/actor and audience participation in fun play time.
Don't see it if prefer a play with clearly defined plots and character development and don't enjoy audience participation.