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Who Mourns for Bob the Goon?

From 8 member  reviews
Members say: Ambitious, Relevant, Clever, Indulgent, Entertaining

About the show

The Playwriting Collective presents Joshua Young's new dark comedy about veterans attending a therapy group because they believe they are third-tier comic-book characters. More…

Each member of the group has dealt with PTSD by identifying with less heroic, more obscure comic characters. They don't think they're Batman or Superman, but rather folks like Bob the Goon, who was a Joker henchman from the '89 'Batman.'  The group begins to unravel when an ex-pilot, Langly, joins up despite her belief that she is from an anime story, not a comic.

Member Reviews (8)


Ambitious, Relevant, Clever, Indulgent, Entertaining
Avg Score

Original, Weird, Relevant, Indulgent, Slow

See it if a strange drama about group therapy in which the participants think they're insignificant comic book characters appeals to your inner nerd.

Don't see it if you wouldn't enjoy something as bizarre at that sounds.

Clever, Entertaining, Overrated, Ambitious, Disappointing

See it if You love intricate puppet design or comic book properties. The sound & video design were top-notch. Alica Goranson & John Carhart stood out.

Don't see it if You hate puppets or anything nerdy. The acting drags at times & some actors had diction issues. The play was about 30 min too long - edit!

Quirky, Original, Indulgent, Funny, Entertaining

See it if you appreciate excellent video, sound design and puppetry, unique storytelling and comic books.

Don't see it if Some of the characters were better rendered than others with unclear diction & underacting throughout. Script would benefit from major cuts.

Entertaining, Thought-provoking, Quirky, Relevant, Ambitious

See it if you like mixed media, comic books, politics, diverse casts, strong women roles, unusual stories, dark comedies, surrealism

Don't see it if you want a kitchen sink drama or another straight play

Slow, Relevant, Indulgent, Epic, Ambitious

See it if You're a comics fan who can take a joke, love the puppets of James Ortiz(!), believe in honest work that give voices to the underserved.

Don't see it if you have no idea who Bob the Goon is.

Absorbing, Ambitious, Courageous, Great writing, Relevant

See it if you like serious drama that explores darker psychologies.

Don't see it if be cautious about seeing this if you are afflicted with PTSD from military service, though this could also be a reason TO see it.

Ambitious, Edgy, Clever, Great writing, Intelligent

See it if You are into clever and intelligent writing with fully, realized characters, especially strong female characters.

Don't see it if War and PTSD are touchy subjects for you.

Clever, Funny, Great writing, Edgy, Intelligent

See it if you're a fan of comic books, puppetry, and/or great writing!

Don't see it if you don't like fantastical or dark pieces.

July 28th, 2016
“A not-always-cohesive blend of reality, fantasy, paranoia, and dark satire...The playwright has a lot to say about the difficulties faced by war vets...It is very difficult to stay on top of the varying threads...One element that does work well is the visualization of the fantasy figures...Direc...
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August 1st, 2016
“The heart of the play is in the right place, but, though the concept is interesting, one wonders if such serious subject matter as PTSD and serious mental health issues is not handled somewhat irresponsibly here…As a dramatic thought piece, it is much fun, but as a comment on real-world problems...
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July 28th, 2016
“It is a compelling story set against a beautifully designed visual world, and containing moments of honest humor and poignancy. However, this production is a bit loose around the edges. One can sense moments of lagging action or lack of specificity that drive the audience to lose attention and f...
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September 6th, 2016
"A fiercely contemporary play...Playwright Joshua Young deftly leads us through a multifaceted story–part puppet (which are gorgeous and terrifying,) part comic, all heart...It’s a tightly directed, quickly moving story that vacillates between dangerous and fantastical, but always deliciously the...
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