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Thom Pain (based on nothing)

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Quirky and perversely funny, this bleak comedy requires your full attention, as Steinbach’s Grant Burr doles out fragments of Thom’s life, from a shocking boy-and-his-dog vignette to scraps of a broken love story.

A 2005 Pulitzer Prize finalist by Will Eno, the tale is splintered, as if Thom’s life is passing before your eyes in a series of rapid-fire montages told out of sequence, and it’s packed with morbid pearls of wisdom and food for thought: “What would you do if you had a day to live?” he asks. “What if you had 40 years?”

The staccato format isn’t all that engaging, despite some weird audience interaction — Thom is one tricky dude — but the wordplay is clever and wickedly fun.

— Pat St. Germain

 

From the Fringe program:

Playwright Will Eno's Thom Pain, a 2005 finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, introduces you to a man who really is trying. He's just like you, except worse. He is trying to save his life, to 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, or the woman in the second row.

Cast: Grant Burr

Recommended For: Mature Audience

Length: 60 mins.

Tickets: $10

Warnings: Subject Matter, Language

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