Atlantic Theater Company presents Adam Rapp's new play about an adolescent abandoned as an infant who meets her mentally ill father for the first time. More…
Ellis Shook lives alone in a small duplex apartment in Kentucky. He works nights buffing floors, keeps to himself—except for the occasional game of Monopoly or Yahtzee with his neighbor—and always remembers to take his medication. When two teenage girls arrive at his doorstep one afternoon, their visit forces him to confront a tragic past while also offering him a glimpse of hope.
See it if /for rich stew of issues: mental illness-violence-creativity linkage, race problems; fascinating Pinteresque powershifts, Mamet linguistics
Don't see it if /for sheer weirdness of play/some in audience left befuddled, slow reveal of secrets leaves audience in the dark/guessing
See it if want to gain insight into the life of a person whose problems are difficult to imagine.
Don't see it if you avoid plays about mental illness and are unwilling to examine our assumptions about appropriate punishment.
See it if you are intrigued by interesting characters and a slow reveal of secrets. Takes a long time to unravel. Excellent acting. Sticks with you.
Don't see it if you are annoyed by slowly unfolding stories or colorful language, or want face-paced action, happy subject matters or likeable characters,
See it if you like even uncomfortable social topics on stage; like plays about mental illness; like uncomfortable topics presented on stage
Don't see it if you don't like uncomfortable topics on stage; don't like to talk about mental illness; don't like blood.
See it if You are interested in the lasting and reaching effects of mental illness on families. Nice theater. Decent acting
Don't see it if You want a fast paced, well written play This would have benefitted from editing and should have been presented as a playlet or short
See it if You are offered free tickets and have nothing else to do; painfully slow w/no moral or thoughtful purpose; cast tried hard but poor script
Don't see it if You want faster than snail paced action in a thoughtful entertaining play that you can chat about with friends after show.
See it if you are interested in mental disorders and can stay awake during slow exposition to get to the real ,not realistic, action.
Don't see it if finally making a human connection does not make up for slow beginning and having to sit through an endless country song.