The Subtle, Sublime Transformation of Benny V.

FULL LENGTH: The highlight of forty-year-old Benny V.'s day is eating his microwaved dinner and falling asleep at 8 p.m. in his apartment decorated with old college dormitory furniture. Then a mysterious invitation leads Benny V. on a journey that connects him with new people, places, and experiences. "The Subtle, Sublime Transformation of Benny V." looks at how we engage the world and how going...
FULL LENGTH: The highlight of forty-year-old Benny V.'s day is eating his microwaved dinner and falling asleep at 8 p.m. in his apartment decorated with old college dormitory furniture. Then a mysterious invitation leads Benny V. on a journey that connects him with new people, places, and experiences. "The Subtle, Sublime Transformation of Benny V." looks at how we engage the world and how going outside our comfort zone affects our lives.
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The Subtle, Sublime Transformation of Benny V.

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  • Joe Swenson:
    25 Nov. 2022
    There were about 500 moments in Steven G. Martin's marvelous play where I thought I'd tear up, and they were there. Then something funny, or uncomfortable, or surprising would happen and the tear that was there would be held hostage by the playwright. There are so many delightful theater items, too many to build into this finite recommendation. Benny V is an amazing character, well built, well defined, and an unlikely protagonist in a lot of ways. The co-workers, the blood-noses, the sublime ways his life changes, and the entire time you only mostly know what's going on! AWESOME!
  • Nora Louise Syran:
    8 Oct. 2022
    "Someone imagined this, created this. Someone changed the world by making this." Yes, Steven G. Martin certainly has. It's the most life-affirming and lovely story I've experienced in awhile. Yes, experienced. We [run] toward, looking for, something greater than [ourselves] alongside Martin's magnificent protagonist. I love this play.
  • Aly Kantor:
    1 Feb. 2022
    This is a whimsical, powerful piece with a tight but mutable structure that is just as alive as the vivid characters that inhabit the world of the play. I don't understand how it is so language-rich and funny but still so austere - every single world has such weight and intentionality. It's highly theatrical and had just the right amount of magic. Most of all, it's hopeful! After all, if Benny V. can have a sublime transformation, why can't you? Ultimately, this play is a warm, cozy, and simple story, brilliantly told, full of lots of heart and beauty.

Development History

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    Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette, Lafayette, IN
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    2015