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This was a great show: a great script full of very natural sounding dialogue and a moving, funny, sad and engaging story (not the heavy, depressing evening you might expect from the subject matter) performed by an excellent actor. John Judd’s performance keeps us engaged and is full of levels, running a wide gamut of emotion, and is clearly, deeply felt. LaBute's ability to very convincingly write about the intimacies of a character who is of a different generation and time than he is, make the story relatable for a wide range of theatre goers, age-wise. By the time the show is over, it becomes apparent how unique this story is, and you find yourself reflecting on the play and re-examining the journey made in it for days afterwards. The intimate setting at Profiles' Alley Stage is perfect for this kind of show, putting you right there in the heart of the story and ably creating the "not a bad seat in the house" effect. As other reviewers have mentioned it, and made false statements regarding it in some cases, I feel I should touch on the smoke situation. There are non-tobacco, artificial cigarettes smoked by Mr. Judd in the play (this is stated in at least two signs that I saw at the theatre, one of which was on the ticket desk). The smoke didn't really bother me, and I am a non-smoker who has a light case of asthma. In any case, it dissipated fairly quickly, so don't let the smoking keep you from seeing a rare story well played and presented that you only need view with an open mind and open ears to appreciate.