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BASH (latterday plays), by Neil Labute
Spooky, Unsettling, Brilliant BASH
Tuesday, April 24, 2007

I always read the reviews posted on this site and never take the time to actually register and give my opinion of a show. However, after seeing the production of BASH at Onstage Atlanta this past weekend I felt compelled to let everyone know what a truly amazing night of theatre I was privy to in hopes that more people will take the time to check it out.
I went into the show not really knowing much about it except for the graphic picture of a bloody drain that I found intriguing on the poster for the show (I'm a sucker for that kind of advertising I guess!). Regardless, I found the show to be stunningly staged on a blank stark black stage, relying on nothing more the crafty disturbing storytelling, creative blocking and some very haunting and unnerving lighting design.
The direction itself was seductive and disarming and although all of the characters had committed unbeliveable violent criminal acts, I found myself laughing with them, relating to them and even at the end of their confessions, I felt a sort of uncomfortable pity for them as well. I was not quite sure if they were victims or despicable human beings or both. A testement to the actors and director for not forcing an opinion down our throats! The production did not judge these people, it simply allowed them to speak, unleash and persude.
All four of the actors were outstanding and, as said in the other reviewer of this show, give some of the best performances I have seen in Atlanta all year. I would go as far to say this is one of the better shows I have seen in the Atlanta area in a few years. The show is simple, engaging, frightening, well directed and acted theatre that left me and my friend talking about it long after we left the theatre. Go see this show if you truly want the experience of superior well-executed live theatre.

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