THE THINKING MAN’S IDIOT
“Adrian Deane’s enthusiastic, confused, and frightened performance as Maggie, which holds the entire play together.“
"As you’ve probably figured out by now, this show made me cry. This is – after 4.48 Psychosis – the second show I’ve seen in several months that dealt with death in a way that was hauntingly real, despite its stylized presentation. (And both shows star Adrian Deane as the departed.) It’s a show that takes humanity’s long-held questions about death, filters them through the lens of social media, and punctuates it with the occasional pop song. So, by the time Cyndi Lauper’s “Time After Time” is sung by a character in denial of her own grief, I was a mess.”
FOR ALL EVENTS
“Maggie (Adrian Deane) fills the difficult role of spirit who remains ever-present thanks to her still-existing social media presence.“
"'When someone dies,' as several of the characters say toward the end of the piece, 'you don't get over your grief by forgetting—you get over your grief by remembering.' And so it is with Seen/By Everyone: it shows us—in its yugen way [a sense of the ineffably profound in art and nature]—that when memory is all we have of a person, we embrace them still by keeping them in mind."
"If you are looking for answers to the big questions of life and death, you won't find them here. All you will find are more questions. You will be unsettled and unsatisfied, yet if you open yourself up to the underlying emotions being presented in such a mannered and precise form, you may find the experience of Seen/By Everyone compelling."