Lance Baker Back in Famed Thom Pain (based on nothing)
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This quick-witted comedy from Pulitzer Prize nominee Theresa Rebeck (Broadway's most-produced female playwright and creator of NBC's Smash) centers on Leonard, an experienced author who's hired by four aspiring novelists to conduct an intensive 10-week writing seminar in an Upper West Side apartment. True to Rebeck's reputation as a master of quarrelsome comedy, these students get much more for their $5,000 fee than they bargained for. They soon find themselves attending a master class in ruthless and reckless behavior where writing is a blood sport, words are deadly weapons and sex is just a tool of the trade. Learn More
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Quotes & Highlights
- "Beautiful, clever and darkly comic. Gives a feverish brilliance to the ordinary." --Hedy Weiss, <em>Chicago Sun-Times </em>
- "Resonant and captivating ..." --Novid Parsi, <em>Time Out Chicago</em> (4 stars)
- "Baker's intelligence, sensitivity and command of language suit Eno perfectly." --Brian Nemtusak, <em>Chicago Reader</em>
- "Deeply sad and richly funny." --Jonathan Arbabanel, <em>Windy City Times</em>
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.