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Death and Coffee

immersive theatre · annie lesser · Ages 7+ · world premiere · United States of America

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DANIEL MINUCHIN certified reviewer June 23, 2018
This is the first time I have gone to a play where the audience was just me. The play is a conversation about the performers relationship with her grandfather, and about his death, and about the way we assume other people are judging us. It takes place in an apartment over a cup of coffee ( or tea). Though it is actually quite short. It doesn't feel it. It feels rich and involving.... full review
MADELINE ROSENSTEIN certified reviewer June 19, 2018
See It LA ...This piece is beautifully cathartic without causing the audience to feel like a therapist. Lesser didn’t force any emotion nor added any dramatics to merely evoke emotion from the audience - it was simply a conversation that is guided by Lesser’s story. Lesser’s exploration of loss and memories leaves the audience to ponder their own life, but more importantly the lives of those around them... For the full review visit SeeItorSkipItLA.com or click on the “original article” link. ... full review
DREW PETRIELLO certified reviewer June 18, 2018
Annie provides a lovely story about loss and memory that made me feel a gamut of emotions, and even though she was doing almost all the talking, she really made me feel listened to and drew me into her world.... full review
RUSSELL EATON certified reviewer June 15, 2018
tagged as: intimate · immersive · heartfelt · solo show
This brief show feels completely authentic and manages the pitch-perfect tone of a friendly (but very serious) chat. Not truly a play, not truly a monologue… what is Death and Coffee? A confessional, perhaps? With a brief running time, it feels like a quick, grabbed conversation with someone you know on your way to something else. Relaxed and rushed at the same time, somehow. ... full review
BENJAMIN SCHWARTZ certified reviewer June 04, 2018
Each person will take away something completely different from this conversation over coffee (or tea, hot cocoa—your pick) with Annie. You could walk out of this with tears streaming down your face; it might be dry. You might find solace or reaffirmation. You could be expecting more. You might expect less. Quite truthfully, this will be a polarizing performance for many. Personally... it’s sort of sent my mind down a rabbit hole and I’ve caught myself pondering the themes several times after setting down my mug. Hmm. Hmm. Hmm... I like anything that spins the wheels in my head. This did.... full review
ANONYMOUS June 06, 2018
As another reviewer noted, this is likely to be a polarizing performance. I am very happy to see the positive response that others had to the show, however, I did not experience the same emotional connection to the material that they did. I don't want to be dismissive to Annie Lesser's loss, and I admire her attempt to grapple with the death of her grandfather through such an intimate experience with an audience member, but the show did not resonate with me or cause me to reflect on my own close relationships or experiences with death (which is clearly the intent). ... full review
SPENCER FRANKEBERGER June 06, 2018
I loved that, even in a short amount of time, what I took away from this show was that life goes by too fast, and it's okay to stop, breathe, and enjoy precious moments in life. And in the 15 minutes I was in the experience, I totally forgot about all my stresses, cares, and worries and realized there's more to life than panicking/freaking out--I do agree that some people will get more out of this experience than others, but going in with a clear mind will help the experience even more!... full review
MICHAEL FONTAINE June 09, 2018
Sometimes the shows that seem the simplest are the most complex. A cup of coffee (or tea or vegan hot cocoa) and a conversation. On the surface, that seems pretty simplistic, but what follows are emotional ups and downs. This isn’t a Fringe show, this is a conversation you’re having with a friend. This is your friend wanting to open up and let out things that are on her mind. This is the type of thing we all need to do, but rarely get to.... full review
TIM BEEDLE certified reviewer June 10, 2018
tagged as: honest · Brave · intimate · grief · Relationships · human
This is performance at its most stripped down, intimate and human. While Death and Coffee may be a bit rough around the edges and I suspect will resonate with some a lot more than others, it offers a remarkable perspective on processing loss and making sense of not-so-simple relationships.... full review
JAMES HENDRY certified reviewer June 10, 2018
tagged as: emotional · honest · crafted · innovative
“Death and Coffee” is actually about life. It’s about finding the truths of the people we know. Some very close to us, like friends and family. Some who are strangers, extras in our personal stories. The play asks us to be open to the possibility that what we perceive to be the motives, agendas and emotions that others have could be mistaken. And our misconceptions could be robbing us of more honest and richer relationships. That all this is accomplished in such a simple, seemingly straightforward production, with only one (very gifted) playwright/actor, is truly amazing. ... full review

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