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  • Alexander Perez:
    21 Apr. 2022
    A borderline absurdist meditation on regret, memory, and coincidence that unpacks the myriad of ways we torture ourselves over what we have no control over. Hindsight and guilt go hand in hand. There's sadistic comfort in feeling like there was something that could have been done rather than relinquishing power to time's ceaseless inertia.

    Being present is important. Easier said than done.
  • Cheryl Bear:
    9 Jul. 2020
    Airline travel encapsulated in this fantastic play with an existential crisis and the food court delights we grip onto. Well done.
  • Robert Weibezahl:
    22 May. 2020
    Certainly one of the most intriguing and accomplished short plays I have read. Carnes creates an encompassing world—totally relatable yet tantalizingly alien—that is neither here nor there, now or then. She then conjures up an encounter that is rife with questions about fate and human existence. Questions for which, perhaps, there can be no answers. This one will keep you thinking. A small masterpiece.
  • Emma Goldman-Sherman:
    15 May. 2020
    Such a brilliant play!!!! It is completely strange and completely recognizable simultaneously. The dialogue is fabulous! The characters are clear as day. This is my new favorite short play of all time! A must read! A must produce! Wow!
  • Alina Rios:
    2 Sep. 2019
    Loved this surprising play! It has undertones of The Dumb Waiter and while absurdist, the relationship between two men is anything but. I can't wait to see this one on its feet. Great parts of men in this one with many potential layers.
  • Matthew Weaver:
    1 Sep. 2019
    Carnes just lets loose and PLAYS with this play, and it is the purest delight to behold. Two guys in a hole, reliving past mistakes that led up to hear and fantasizing about what they'll do when they get out.
    Oh, and there are some hysterical observations about giant sloths.
    "Absurdist," sure. "Experimental," yes. But the words "wonderful," "adorable" also apply, albeit with the word "grimly" coming in at the start. SYZYGY is a gift.
    It's as though Carnes took the entire DVD box set of LOST, ran it through a blender and is pouring out yogurt parfaits for all.