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The Sandalwood Box and The Fez

From 14 member  reviews
Members say: Clever, Great acting, Dizzying, Thought-provoking, Edgy

About the show

An evening of two short plays from experimental legend Mac Wellman. Part of the Flea's "Mac Wellman: Perfect Catastrophes" series. More…

From the show:


In The Sandalwood Box, college student Marsha Gates lost her voice. On her way to speech therapy, she encounters Professor Claudia Mitchell, who captures the most captivating catastrophes of the world and preserves them in a sandalwood box.


In The Fez, the charmed spell of the theater has somehow absented itself, and something strange  happens. A play that was originally printed on a tee shirt is finally produced! 

Member Reviews (14)


Clever, Great acting, Dizzying, Thought-provoking, Edgy
Avg Score

Fun, Odd, Dizzying, Entertaining

See it if Two experimental works ... work! High energy and a bit dizzying. Not sure what to take away but definitely different and lively.

Don't see it if You don’t like experimental theater.

Zany, Surprising, Poetic, Confusing, Ebullient

See it if “The Bats” (Flea actors) bring terrific energy & expressiveness to these wild pieces. I enjoyed being lost in them & left on a high.

Don't see it if You want to understand everything going on. You don’t like weird performance art.

Intense, Thought-provoking, Dizzying, Confusing, Ambitious

See it if Mac Wellman is a theatre god! Both short experimental comedies exploit/exalt language in an absurdist homage (think Ionesco) Zany ensemble

Don't see it if Wellman is a theatre anti-christ! All incomprehensible drivel leading down rabbit holes Even being mercifully short can't help w/tangibility

Fluffy, Intense, Resonant, Masterful, Edgy

See it if You just want some zany fun!

Don't see it if If you’re looking for a tragedy

Delightful, Great acting, Dated, Ambitious

See it if you like zaniness

Don't see it if preferring the sensible

Also "You can only be a virgin once," says the proverb; and being that many... Read more Read less

Omg, what inspired madness! mac wellman channels ionesco and no doubt the latter is doing a tap-dance in his grave!!, Great acting, Dizzying, Clever

See it if you want to see cutting edge theater of the absurd performed with inspiring gusto and skill.

Don't see it if you are looking for normal. Exhilarating, but not always comprehensible.

Edgy, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if you like weird theatre of the absurd

Don't see it if you need to understand what's going on; you want your theater experience to be more than an hour (this clocked in just under)

Resonant, Intelligent, Great writing, Great acting, Clever

See it if Want to reflect on the existential fragile character of life. The playwright questions the basis for evil in our world.

Don't see it if You want passive entertainment.

During previews
Refreshing, Intelligent, Exquisite, Clever

See it if If you like 2 short plays that are experimental theater. Interesting in the way they are preformed. Very enjoyable takes u for a ride.

Don't see it if If you need theater to be straight forward and know everything that is going on this is not for you.

During previews
Powerfully staged, Beautifully played, Anti-conventional, Zany, Exuberant

See it if you’d like to see 2 short plays that aren't just unconventional: They plot to blow convention up—& have a huge amount of fun in the process.

Don't see it if an hour-long evening of 2 very short pieces, no matter how exhilarating, is not enough to warrant your coming out to the theater.

Also “The Fez” is a play short enough to be printed on a T-shirt. The scrip... Read more Read less

During previews
Edgy, Quirky, Enchanting

See it if You like to be thrown off, see theatre taken in its traditional form and thrown upside down! It is a wild ride and tons of fun to experience

Don't see it if You need structure and need to know what is going on all the time... Mac Wellman will not allow you to have that kind of experience.

During previews
Absorbing, Great staging, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if If you like theatre that takes you outside of the realm of traditional work.

Don't see it if You like traditional, realistic and literal work.

During previews
Clever, Absorbing, Refreshing, Dizzying, Hilarious

See it if You want to see an interesting spin on a classic...and then something strange happens.

Don't see it if You're not in the mood to think. There's always Netflix.

During previews
Thought-provoking, Ambitious, Exquisite, Funny, Clever

See it if You want something different and deliciously absurd.

Don't see it if You're looking for more standard fare like a traditional musical or drama.

“The Sandalwood Box and The Fez” hasn't been reviewed by any Critics (yet!)

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