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  • Aly Kantor:
    20 Feb. 2022
    This play felt like a grown-up, contemporary riff on Catcher in the Rye - broken humans seeking connection in a broken world.

    Both of these fascinating characters have clear and obvious needs - and they SEEM to have found a way to meet them. This play is the slow, thoroughly compelling, completely character-driven reveal of all the ways that is and isn't true.

    'Spoons' sits in the sweet spot between foreign and familiar. These characters have wonderfully unique stories that are somehow beautifully, painfully relatable. How much authenticity do we really owe others in a transactional relationship under late capitalism?
  • Jan Rosenberg:
    14 Nov. 2019
    This is a really beautiful, concise play about what happens when we let ourselves get too close. Or when we suddenly let someone in. I loved that this was a play about a transactional relationship between 2 strangers and it was never about sex and never went into romcom territory.
  • David Hansen:
    26 Apr. 2019
    “Spoons” is an urgent and intimate two-hander, one with crackling, witty dialogue and compelling, charismatic characters. It walks a careful line down the middle, present issues of trauma, sex work and compassion from male and female perspectives. I would love to see this performed on-stage.
  • Steven G. Martin:
    3 Feb. 2019
    How difficult is it for damaged people to connect, trust, and open up? Ben Firke's humane, full-length drama "spoons" is a thoughtful examination about contemporary loneliness.

    Firke's empathy for Molly and Brad runs as deep as their complexity. Through their actions and dialogue, the audience's perceptions about them shift and evolve -- they're more than just the initial impressions of "loser" and "savior." And Firke puts them through a lot, including unforgivable betrayals, soul-bearing revelations and the awkwardness of needing more than just transactional intimacy. Strong characters, strong dialogue, strong story.