Lance Baker Back in Famed Thom Pain (based on nothing)
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The high-stakes world of middle-school spelling competitions takes center stage in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. This musical comedy follows six overachieving would-be wordsmiths and their neurotic parents. The hilariously catchy songs capture teenage troubles at their worst, from "Woe Is Me" to "My Unfortunate Erection (Chip's Lament)." And the contest teaches the valuable lesson that winning isn't the only definition of success. With music and lyrics by William Finn and a book by Rachel Sheinkin, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee was nominated for Best Musical and five other Tony Awards in its original run, winning for Best Book. Learn More
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- "Beautiful, clever and darkly comic. Gives a feverish brilliance to the ordinary." --Hedy Weiss, Chicago Sun-Times
- "Resonant and captivating ..." --Novid Parsi, Time Out Chicago (4 stars)
- "Baker's intelligence, sensitivity and command of language suit Eno perfectly." --Brian Nemtusak, Chicago Reader
- "Deeply sad and richly funny." --Jonathan Arbabanel, Windy City Times
Thom Pain has come to a certain point in his life. But haven't we all?
A celebration of the extraordinary wonder of being utterly ordinary, Thom Pain examines a history of lost love and innocence and retained dictionaries and letters. They may even be his own. This is the breakout play by Will Eno (Middletown, The Realistic Joneses) who the New York Times described as “Samuel Beckett for the Jon Stewart generation.”
Layered on top of this seemingly traditional one-man show is a wry and cutting twisting of perspective; it challenges every aspect of the play, even as we experience it. Bouncing between heart-wrenching confession and ironic detachment, all the while reflecting on the script’s own self-examination and subverting the audience’s every expectation. The experience is intimate, mind-bending and brutally funny.
The show runs 1 hour, 15 minutes.
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