Off-Broadway Comedy Assistance at Pinch 'N' Ouch Theatre
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The last date listed for Assistance was Saturday May 4, 2013 / 8:00pm.
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Written by one of Atlanta's theatrical talents, these thought-provoking one-act plays from Rising Sage Theatre Company examine what it means to be a black man in America and look at the aftermath of gun violence. Chainz tells the story of four men who meet in a police station holding cell following the protest of a young teen's death. Their discussion turns inward as the men discuss being an endangered species in America. Broken centers on five women who have all lost a child to gun violence. Together they search for strength after experiencing such an intense loss. Playwright Paris Crayton was recently named to ArtsATL's 30 Under 30 list. Learn More
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Featured review from Jonathon Huber
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The excellent cast has perfect timing and delivery of a script loaded with rapid-fire repartee and lightening-fast one-up-manship. The problem here resides with the script which, despite it's clever sarcasm and engaging quips, never really moves toward any meaningful or substantive destination. The state of degradation and stagnation the cast finds themselves in as minions for a Trump-like financial mogul is made clear from early in the show. However, not much more than that is revealed by the time it all ends 90 minutes later. The one spark of hope, provided by the leads' romantic kiss in the shadows during the final scene, offers little satisfaction to a viewer hoping for some epiphanic payoff after such a long stretch of humorous yet cynical-to-the-core dialogue. That said, the play has some brilliantly written and staged moments of flippant self-debasement, such as the English assistants' drunken take on what role she plays for her boss, devolving into an alcohol-fueled rendition of a Fred Astaire dance.
_By Leslye Headland
For these young assistants, life is an endless series of humiliations at the hands of their hellacious boss, a powerful uber-magnate. In rare moments of calm when the phone calls stop rolling, Nick and Nora and their traumatized co-workers question whether all their work will lead to success — or just more work. Leslye Headland’s Assistance is a biting, high-octane satire about our attraction to power and what we’re willing to sacrifice to stay in its orbit.