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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 CHRISTINE DEITNER

June 17, 2019

What I liked

They chose such a small space for this piece and it works so very well. When faced with this kind of deep emotional issue it is tempting to pull away but there is simply nowhere to pull away to in this experience and that makes this all the richer.

What I didn't like

Not one thing.

My overall impression

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.

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