Based on true stories, Robert Galinsky's solo piece explores the emotional heartbreak of five homeless characters and the catastrophic hysteria surrounding AIDS in the 1980s. More…
'The Bench's' sparse set is integrated with graphic novel art projections, from Daphne Arthur’s adaptation of the play, and the production is scored live by composer and multi-instrumentalist Deep Singh.
See it if You appreciate hearing one mans journey presented in a way that is accessible and interesting. His struggle though unique becomes universal.
Don't see it if You don’t like one person shows. This guy’s presentation needs a bit of work but the material is worth overlooking his rough spots.
See it if you'd like to sample the lives of an assortment of New Yorkers, homeless or inadequately housed, at the height of the AIDS crisis.
Don't see it if you do not like one-person shows, or shows about the urban underbelly.
See it if you want to spend an hour "meeting" interesting characters who have lost their way. The stories resonate and humanity shines through.
Don't see it if You can get tickets to Freight instead. The characters are not always easily distinguishable. The delivery stilted and unpolished.
See it if You enjoy one person shows and are interested in the stories of the homeless. It opens your eyes to the homeless as individuals.
Don't see it if You have no compassion for the homeless.
See it if you'd appreciate a very good actor playing several characters; you're interested in the background stories of the homeless we pass every day
Don't see it if you need a fully realized play and plot-this felt more like a synopsis of these people's lives..
See it if you want to learn more about relationships in the homeless community
Don't see it if you don't like solo performers playing multiple characters or tiny "theaters.
See it if you want to live with eyes wide open to the stories of 5 homeless characters portrayed at breakneck speed by a virtuostic writer/performer.r
Don't see it if theater is your favorite escapist means - this is very compelling portraiture drawn from the author's experience with real people in the 80s
See it if you are open-minded to seeing a piece of theatre that is thought-provoking and heartfelt even if it's rough around the edges and needs work.
Don't see it if you really struggle with one-man shows. It has compelling content, but not all the performance logistics are worked out. Can get confusing.
See it if if the topic interest you. want to see something different.
Don't see it if you will have a hard time differentiating characters that are not physically clarified well
See it if You like solo performance pieces inhabited by multiple characters.
Don't see it if If you are not a fan of one-person shows, or uncomfortable faced with the humor and pathos of addiction, homelessness and illness.
See it if you like one-person shows and are interested in the stories of the homeless.
Don't see it if you're looking for a large production or something light hearted.
See it if You want to see a one man show with multiple characters dealing with issues of AIDS and homelessness, set in the late 70's.
Don't see it if If the above isn't your thing, or one man taking on all characters might be confusing for you. The actor does a great job, though.
See it if You enjoy a one man show describing the lives of 5 homeless individuals and what brought them to their homelessness
Don't see it if You want an upbeat linear show with fancy sets and multiple performers
See it if you enjoy intimate, one-person shows and are concerned about social problems. If you're able to work imaginatively with an actor.
Don't see it if you prefer lighter fare or shows with a large cast.
See it if You're interested in seeing homelessness in a different way. We all walk by them everyday. Robert makes us see them.
Don't see it if You're not interested in changing your perception.
See it if You will enjoy how fast the creator/actor can switch characters. Very believable. Very insightful to the characters.
Don't see it if You have no empathy for the homeless
See it if you like to watch workshop and if you want to see what does not work as a one man show
Don't see it if you like finished products
See it if You like one-man shows of all stripes. This one is less than polished.
Don't see it if You dislike one-man shows where one actor plays all the roles. You like professional performances of fully developed plays.
See it if You like plays where 1 man plays multiple people. Dives a bit into the lives and conversations of homeless people.
Don't see it if Easily confused or agitated by the back and forth of one man having quick whipped conversations with himself playing multiple people
See it if A prodigious acting talent, focusing on issues as relevant today as they were in the 1980's. Thought provoking, compassionate, rousing.
Don't see it if Don't see this play if you want mindless, trivial fluff. This play is not that. It will make you think. Be warned.