5

Jay and Evan run a convenience store in a rapidly changing neighborhood. Their friendship and way of life is thrown in flux after a visit from a real estate developer with a once in a lifetime offer. Over the course the play, 5 explores a friendship tested by money, unearthed family secrets, and the end of the world.
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  • Nick Malakhow:
    3 Jul. 2021
    Superb piece that tells a gorgeously rendered, human story amplified with moments of high theatricality and some potent and powerful metaphors and stage images of biblical proportions. Johnson manages to explore huge themes of privilege, race, gentrification, found and blood family, legacy, and much more with his microscopic focus on the relationship between Jay and Evan. All the characters are compelling beyond those two, however, especially Stacy who is so awesomely empathetic and antagonistic all at once. I hope to see this on its feet sometime soon!