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The Gravedigger's Lullaby

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Members say: Great acting, Absorbing, Intense, Thought-provoking, Relevant

About the show

TACT presents a new drama about the life of an honest, hard-working gravedigger who sweats and bleeds to support his small family. More…

Baylen is a gravedigger, a working-class man trying to keep food on the table in a world in which other people make the rules. There’s a baby who can’t sleep at home, and plenty of holes to be dug. But a chance encounter with a rich young man brings the hope of a different life. What will Baylen do? 'The Gravedigger's Lullaby' is a bold contemporary drama about a time that has passed...and how little things have changed.


Member Reviews (58)

MEMBERS SAY:

Great acting, Absorbing, Intense, Thought-provoking, Relevant
79
Avg Score

75
Great acting, Gritty, Dark, Relevant, Absorbing

See it if You like dark dramas exploring themes of class & struggling to make ends meet. Performances are excellent.

Don't see it if You prefer lighter fare or a comedy.

90
Great acting, Great staging, Intelligent, Resonant

See it if great acting esp by Ted Koch.Lighting and Sound match to perfection. 90 minutes. Be ready for some woe"Not now, before" as the author says

Don't see it if You want a fun musical It is as somber as it can get. Some lives are tough to see. 90 minutes Tense action re: relationships among pals kin

80
Great acting, Resonant, Relevant, Slow, Intense

See it if Talbott's blue collar drama wears its heart on its dirty sleeve but Koch's excellent Baylen has us in grip from his first sigh of exhaustion

Don't see it if Drama takes too long to reach its points about economic injustice & strives for a questionable mythic quality; good direction helps focus

86
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Relevant

See it if You want to see a brilliant contemporary drama that will keep you riveted from first word to last ! Realism is on stage.

Don't see it if You can't tolerate physical fighting and raw language and dialogue sometimes incredibly loud. No intermission in intensity in this drama !

82
Great acting, Great writing, Intense, Relevant

See it if You'd like to see a well-written premier about hard working people just barely ekeing out a living.

Don't see it if You can't understand someone who gets so angry at the boss and his situation that he lashes out at a co-worker.

84
Great acting, Masterful, Must see

See it if today because there are only two more shows left both on april 1st

Don't see it if you are in the mood to see something light

Also I was very excited to see this and was not disappointed. Everything ab... Read more Read less

91
Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Intense, Thought-provoking

See it if You like serious tough thoughtful plays. A gravedigger stuck in his life. Sad, touching, powerful. Super set. The lead actor is terrific.

Don't see it if You want laughs humor or light play. This is not that. There is a sex scene that goes on too long.

Also Only a week left before it closes!! Go.

83
Great acting, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Emotionally powerful, Absorbing

See it if plays about class/financial struggles engage you and you can handle gut wrenching situations.

Don't see it if you want to leave the theater with a song on your lips and a smile on your face.

78
Intense, Absorbing, Intelligent

See it if You like emotional plays showing the have and have nots.

Don't see it if You don!t want to see simulated sex, and some physical fighting.

85
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Intense, Thought-provoking

See it if you like great acting in an interesting piece

Don't see it if you are looking for a light hearted evening in the theatre

86
Grave, gritty and grim

See it if Plot free first half is acceptable. Scenes effortlessly held interest.

Don't see it if Playwright creates misdirection in final minutes, playing audience for cheap emotional impact. Wife cast against type. Too upscale for role.

Also Great elevated set. After 24 years, co decided to produce original wor... Read more Read less

77
Great acting, Masterful, Intense, Slow, Thought-provoking

See it if You are looking for serious acting and a serious play

Don't see it if Masterfully done, but serious plays exploring human psyche and emotions aren't too your liking

70
Touching, Moody, Somber, Bleak

See it if stories of struggle and redemption,

Don't see it if somber and depressing

71
Absorbing, Great acting, Intense, Slow, A bit slight

See it if you like intense scene work and fine acting and can handle a fairly bleak narrative

Don't see it if you're bothered by author contrivances and some over-reaching poetic passages

78
Ambitious, Great acting, Profound, Slow, Depressing

See it if interested in watching a tough, hard piece

Don't see it if you don't like plays that are depressing

78
Absorbing, Great acting

See it if you like good acting about the subject of the haves and the have nots in this world. Great thesis on poverty and what it does to the people

Don't see it if You don't like depressive story lines about the wealth gap in this country.

81
Great acting, Relevant, Resonant, Intelligent, Intense

See it if You want a smart drama about the have and have nots. A family drama of trying to make it in life. Like gut wrenching peformances.

Don't see it if You don't want to acknowledge the real poverty that exists. That real people work the best they can & still don't have enough to live on.

75
Absorbing, Great acting, Slow

See it if you enjoy wonderfully-acted and staged plays. The cast is stellar, the staging is clever, and the writing avoids falling into cliché.

Don't see it if you don't enjoy slow-paced shows about "the poor, working man." The script doesn't surpass previous ones in the genre, but holds its own.

88
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Intense, Relevant

See it if You like plays that are powerful and show how characters struggling, barely making it in this world hold on. Great ending.

Don't see it if You like cheerful musicals and don't really care for intense drama

50
Good acting, slow, clichéd

See it if you like slow-paced talky plays about good honest stupid dull rural folk.

Don't see it if you're looking for new ideas or an exploration of difficult issues.

Also It seems that this play has been written before by other urban playwri... Read more Read less

79
Absorbing, Great staging, Great writing, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if you are open to all kinds of story telling & like seeing the world from another's point of view.

Don't see it if you're looking for a happy, upbeat, warm & fuzzy kind of show- although there are some very tender moments.

71
Great acting, Great staging, Thought-provoking

See it if You like dramas that are melancholy and give a perspective on the class divide.

Don't see it if You want a drama that is uplifting and resolves happily.

59
S l o w moving, good actors...but why bother?

See it if You enjoy paying to listen to silence, there's a lot of it... you like watching snails race, that's the pace of the play. No Intermission.

Don't see it if You enjoy a good comedy...this one Ain't... You want to feel uplifted stay home...Seneca the Younger' s Medea is more uplifting.

60
Cliched, Dated, Disappointing, Great acting, Intense

See it if you love exploring the common man and the idea of blue collar workers getting profound

Don't see it if you have already seen Fences, Streetcar, Glass Menagerie, or any other well known play about working class patriarchy, this is nothing new

Also This is a well written play, but unfortunately nothing feels original,... Read more Read less

82
Absorbing, Great writing, Resonant, Great staging, Thought-provoking

See it if you like Pinter and dark edgy plays with beautiful scenery and great staging

Don't see it if You are looking for a fast pace comedy or musical.


March 14th, 2017
“There’s a core of honest emotion at the center of Jeff Talbott’s ‘The Gravedigger’s Lullaby.’ That isn’t enough to redeem this new play’s problems, but it fuels a few poignant scenes in this fablelike story…The cast members handle the script with deftness…That script could stand to trim some sel...
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March 20th, 2017
"The bones of great drama are there, but the execution is stolid and sluggish, a problem sometimes exacerbated by Thompson's direction...The playwright has avoided any details that would ground the action in a specific reality. Similarly, the characters are lacking in shading...Whenever the actor...
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March 13th, 2017
"Emotionally involving due to its engaging performances, but ultimately unsatisfying because of its oddly, strategic lack of specificity, 'The Gravedigger’s Lullaby' is a grim, kitchen-sink drama...Playwright Jeff Talbott offers an overall well-written and plotted social drama that detours into a...
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March 28th, 2017
"There are believable, deep, layered human stories revealed by playwright and four stalwart performers, honed with subtlety and deliberate pacing under Jenn Thompson’s firm directorial hand...The world, in this production of this splendid play, is specific, charming, fearsome, intimate and haunti...
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