Pull up a stool, and grab a drink. It's Nickel Beer Night at Freddie's Place. Ken has come to drown his sorrows, but no amount of alcohol can wash away the pain of his broken relationship with Levi, nor the secrets of his past.
“An immersive experience. While not interactive, the action is as close as a whisper and as affecting as a lightning strike, especially magnified with the reach-out-and-don’t-touch closeness of the cast...Villar-Hauser’s direction and staging give us tantalizing emotional and intellectual glimpses and this amazingly talented cast exposes the pulpy nerves of the psyche.” Full Review
“The playwright’s poetic symbols meaningfully represent the mother/son relationship, establishing...the unique beauty of the love between them...The exceptional talents of a powerful ensemble with precise, empathetic direction...bring the production to life. They allow its complexity to soar. Without this cast and director, who ironed out the potential problems with characterization, the production would have been less memorable, less dynamic, less authentic.” Full Review
See it if You like the idea of a fully immersive play that is set in a live bar where you can drink during the show if so inclined
Don't see it if You are uncomfortable with gay love scenes and sexual abuse . Don’t like an intimate setting of less than 50 people
See it if you love a good non linear memory play that is superbly acted, emotionally powerful, intimately performed, & beautifully written.
Don't see it if you don’t like cramped performance space, non linear storytelling, difficult subject matter, gay love story.
See it if You can be in an intimate setting as part of the audience. The writer was brilliant in the way you learned about each character.
Don't see it if If you’re intimidated by being part of the set in this beautiful performance.
See it if you like huge love drama in intimate (very effective) setting that puts you very close to the action yet w/o required interaction w/ cast.
Don't see it if you prefer a big venue/production. This is in a bar setting of less than 30 capacity which may be too close for comfort but a drink may help
See it if Man with problems meets a helpful soul in a bar. Immersive performance in a real bar. Heavy themes of addition, breakup and incest.
Don't see it if You aren't interested in those heavy themes. Well written & acted but no big surprises. Protagonist slowly discovers his past. Non-linear.
See it if You want to experience an immersive play experience that succeeds in telling a painful, intimate story subtly and powerfully. Nicely done.
Don't see it if If you don't like immersive theater and the topic of incest makes you uncomfortable.
See it if You're ready for a strong dramatic story of a young man with lots of issues seeking a better life and freedom from his demons. Strong stuff
Don't see it if You don't like seeing a play performed right in your midst--in a bar/cabaret setting. I didn't think it would work, but it did.
See it if interested in communal theatre, different theatre going experiences, exploration of incest, addiction & gay relationships, drink while C-ing
Don't see it if hate cramped quarters & summer heat, dislike gay issues & countryMusic, prefer not 2 visit problems of Kentucky denizens, prefer 2 stay home
See it if you'll enjoy 4 fine performances in a play with dark themes which nevertheless leaves the characters and the audience in a hopeful place
Don't see it if you'll feel uncomfortable viewing a play with incest and addiction as themes which also has gay men kissing.
See it if you're interested in an intense exploration of the multigeneration legacy of sexual abuse, and the lasting effects of a parent's suicide.
Don't see it if you're squeamish about dark psychological topics. You prefer a conventional theater setting to a small setting with smallish folding chairs.
See it if you like family dramas that deal with trauma and abuse. Also if you love GAY LOVE!!
Don't see it if you are not okay with graphic depictions and descriptions of child abuse on stage. Also if you hate GAY LOVE!!
See it if you are up to explore the human condition, how the past brings one to the present. Strong acting in a unique setting that has many moments.
Don't see it if you are up for a linear story - many flashbacks here to two other periods. Not the most comfortable seating tends to destroy the experience.
See it if you're interested in scrappy productions set in untraditional spaces, and want to support downtown theater & a brilliant company.
Don't see it if you need big production values, or truly original source material.
See it if You want to see some good acting in a play dealing with issues of suicide, child abuse, alcoholism, and drug abuse. The staging is unique.
Don't see it if You want something with a narrower focus. While the writing is good, the play attempts to cover too much in a short 70 minutes.
See it if You like intense family drama and plays about folks dealing with and battling addiction.
Don't see it if Don’t see if you might be uncomfortable about plays that deal with abuse, addiction and suicide.
See it if you want to see a unique production in which the action happens around you.
Don't see it if you don't enjoy non-linear plots. Also be aware that there are depictions and discussions of physical abuse and substance abuse.
See it if you enjoy almost being part of the show in an intimate barroom setting; don't mind a very slow paced drama
Don't see it if you dislike a slow moving show, don't enjoy vulgar language, depiction of homosexuality & graphic discussion of incest
Also Bonus: pre-show entertainment-a singer
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