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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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Review by PETER STICKLES

June 17, 2019 certified reviewer

What I liked

The world they created felt real. I could see the front door of their house entering into the living room. I could see into the “pods” as the clients entered and talked to the institute workers. The performances were absolutely perfect. I was blown away.

What I didn't like

Maybe a bit too long. I felt like material was added in order to make the entire thing fit into a time limit.

My overall impression

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.

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