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The Institute for the Opposite of Longing

ensemble theatre · lindsay beamish and vanessa peters · Ages 12+ · world premiere · United States of America

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CINDY LOPEZ certified reviewer June 30, 2019
Beautifully heart-wrenching & surreal... full review
KATIE CHEN certified reviewer June 28, 2019
tagged as: dark · emotional · funny
Wonderfully acted. Hauntingly beautiful. This piece was hilarious, dark, thought-provoking, and compelling. It really took me by surprise in all the best ways.... full review
MELISSA ARCARO certified reviewer June 27, 2019
Very well written and a beautiful dark comedy. Out of the shows I saw at this years fringe this was my favorite by far. So well acted and an interesting story told with so much thought being put into every movement. ... full review
ROBERTO WILLIAMS certified reviewer June 24, 2019
I was blindsided in the best way. An initially ludicrous concept that ropes you into something exquisitely human.... full review
JULIAN HIGGINS certified reviewer June 23, 2019
A unique, inventive, and unexpectedly emotional piece!... full review
TRESSA TINGLE certified reviewer June 23, 2019
This show moved me in so many different directions. Vanessa and Lindsay did a brilliant job bringing to life a variety of perspectives circling around some of the most painful, yet often ignored moments a human being experiences in a lifetime.... full review
KRISTINA MUELLER certified reviewer June 20, 2019
STAND OUT!! I loved this show. It was eerie, moving and thought-provoking.... full review
CHRISTINE DEITNER thetheatretimes.com [https://thetheatretimes.com/] certified reviewer June 17, 2019
I am so glad I was able to see this. This piece is beautiful, mesmerizing and sad - I'm not going to lie to you - bring the tissues and open your heart but don't be afraid. Lindsay Beamish and Vanessa Peters have constructed the world of this theatrical experience so expertly that you are able to experience all they go through without having to take the weight of it with you. In other words, without explaining a thing, they make their story very clear and ultimately give us hope for a future where their pain, and whatever our pain might happen to be, is ultimately something we can bear. ... full review
PETER STICKLES certified reviewer June 17, 2019
My favorite thing about shows like these are having absolutely no idea what to expect. I don't even think I read a summary beforehand. What sucked me in immediately were the performances. Lindsay Beamish was the performer you heard first and her ability to completely submerge you into the universe they created was completely remarkable. I was hooked from the start. Both her and Vanessa were hilarious and the entire show felt like something they had been working on for their whole lives - you could tell it was personal and unique. ... full review
ANONYMOUS certified reviewer June 17, 2019
tagged as: funny · sad · profound
The Institute for the Opposite of Longing was absolutely gorgeous. It touched on every emotion of the human experience and left me feeling alive, as well as pondering my own longings and relationship to grief and loss. ... full review