Playreaders Brings The Pain
By Lola Smith
Thom Pain by Will Eno swoops into Playreaders this week. The New York Times reviewed this Pulitzer Prize finalist as a “masterpiece.” Additionally, the Times said this about Eno’s hilarious and heartbreaking existential ramble, “Astonishing in its impact. It’s one of those treasured nights in the theater—treasured nights anywhere for that matter—that can leave you both breathless with exhilaration, and, depending on your sensitivity to meditations on the bleak and beautiful mysteries of the human experience, in a puddle of tears. Also in stitches here and there. Mr. Eno is the Samuel Becket of the John Stewart generation.”
Wed, Sep 16 and Thu, Sep 17, 7:30pm
St. Paul’s Church
Who is Thom Pain? He is trying to save his life, and save your life in that order. In his quest for salvation, he’ll stop at nothing, be distracted by nothing, except maybe a piece of lint, an old friend, or the pretty woman in the second row. He has a story to tell, about him, you, and all of us.
The London Daily Telegraph said, “It’s hard to imagine more dazzling writing on any stage. Eno is light, rhythmic, and meticulous. He is one of the few writers who can convert discomfort and outright agony into such pleasure.”
Thom Pain is at bottom a surreal meditation on the empty promises life makes—the way experience never lives up to the weird and awesome fact of being. But it is also, in its odd and bewitching beauty, an affirmation of life’s worth.
Michael Gottlieb plays Thom Pain. Lights and sound by Dic Simandl. Performances start at 7:30pm or earlier if the house is full. Doors open at 7pm, no advance tickets. Donation 20 pesos.