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  • Ian Donley:
    3 Apr. 2024
    Paige Zubel's ACTUALLY, HONESTLY GOING TO FUCKING DIE is a hybrid of science fiction and comedy that is beautifully constructed to tell the story of finding a sense of purpose in the midst of addiction recovery. Zubel's writing is very reminiscent of Noah Haidle and Caryl Churchill and yet is able to contemporize their styles of writing in one of the most original plays I have ever read.
  • Lindsey Meath:
    3 Apr. 2024
    Wow this show is incredible! I have always been intrigued by absurdism but never felt called to it until this show. It is about very real struggles and the poetry of this piece is enlightening. The foreshadowing, character's, and stage directions are poetry in and of itself. Highly recommend this show!
  • Daniel Prillaman:
    13 May. 2023
    I don't like sand. It's coarse. Rough and irritating. You know how it goes. What I do love is this play. LIKE sand, it should get everywhere. Zubel's script is absolutely gobsmacking, insightfully and absurdly shining bright, bright light on alcoholism and sober life. To say much more would spoil the beauty of its shifts and movements, but rest assured that a full company would have a powerful, enthralling time creating the imagery here. God, how I would love to see this live.
  • Samantha Cooper:
    22 Mar. 2022
    Absurdist. Bright. Funny. Poetic. Gorgeously paced. Beautiful language. I could really go on. This play is one hell of a ride. It goes from everyday to huge and theatrical to an ending that is vulnerable, incredibly poignant, and heart-wrenching. Much like a trip through Area 51, there is so much to discover in this play about loneliness, asking for help, addiction, and ultimately recovery. A must-read and a must-produce!
  • Laurel Andersen:
    4 Feb. 2021
    I am floored, I am dumbstruck, I am filled with wonder and awe. Beautiful language bringing absurdist (and often hilarious) heightened circumstances to life -- all of it grounded in truthful human behavior, in radical vulnerability. Gripping from beginning to end. I cannot WAIT to see these images come to life onstage. I was moved, I was transported, I was so encouraged to see a play that trusts the theatrical mechanism to tell an expansive story, that challenges what's "possible" and asks us as theater-makers to dream bigger, dig deeper. Also: great roles/text for queer actors (wonderful and refreshing!)
  • Nick Malakhow:
    4 Dec. 2020
    Zubel uses absurdity and fantastical tropes to tell an incredibly wrenching and moving story about addiction, loneliness, and recovery. The progression from the whole Area 51 trip to Lee's terrifying and glorious monologue to the final moments feel all so carefully constructed even when the piece is at its most dreamlike. This play manages to be both a juicy challenge for actors and a treat for directors, designers, and movement coordinators alike. I would so love to see this realized onstage!
  • Shaun Leisher:
    19 Sep. 2020
    This play left me breathless. As a sober person I connected to so much going on here. This is an absurdist piece that I really hopes get produced. Love how Zubel is writing the impossible here about something so visceral and real.