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Absolute Zero (How Lovers and Sad People Hold Up the World)

ensemble theatre · n/a · Ages 18+ · includes nudity · world premiere · United States of America

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June 08, 2016 certified reviewer

What I liked

I really appreciated the level of love and care the artists clearly put into this piece. The commitment and dedication was admirable.

What I didn't like

I struggled to accept and get behind some of the circumstances, and the characters portrayed therein. Many of the characters seemed to deal with their incredibly intense circumstances in a near-absurd fashion. This drew me into wondering if I was supposed to laugh at the apparent comedy, or if in fact I was the twisted one for finding it humorous in the first place. This dichotomy made me feel guilty for laughing, and simultaneously made it impossible for me to take the rest of the show at the level of gravitas I think it deserved. I wish I was given permission to laugh, that I might also discover the reality presented in the play.

My overall impression

I enjoyed my time watching the show, though the experience was a bit confused. I wanted so badly to laugh at some of the apparent comedy, but wasn’t sure if I was supposed to.

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