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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.
  • Craig Houk:
    11 Feb. 2021
    This delightful, thoughtful, and at times startling play is sort of an Oz for middle-aged men going through midlife crises. It’s also much more than that. It’s epic. It’s literally colorful. It’s a beautifully expressed ode to art, culture, cuisine, travel, astronomy, languages. It’s about a man eclipsing his colleagues in an unintentional and intangible way. It’s about a man who fails repeatedly, but finds the strength to discount his inner demon (COMPÈRE). The dialogue is simultaneously profound and comical. Solid piece. Highly recommend. [P.S. I want to play the title role ;)]
  • Kim E. Ruyle:
    28 Jan. 2021
    For Benny V., the perfectly average man, world’s tallest dwarf, shortest giant, smartest imbecile, and dumbest genius, his transformation begins with art. As Benny V., the boring, timid copywriter, he finds his creativity ignited and embarks on a journey that has him exploring cooking, Mount Denali, astronomy, language, and more. Will Benny V. overcome naysayers, self-doubt, and a lackluster track record? This play holds out promise. Read it, and join Benny V. on a journey of transformation.
  • Travis McDearmon:
    2 Jul. 2020
    The Subtle, Sublime Transformation of Benny V. is a poetic collage of humor, drama, intrigue, self-discovery and the realization that change comes with both pleasure and pain. Benny V. is a heroic reminder that life is what we make of it...not what others think it should be.
  • DC Cathro:
    21 May. 2020
    A beautiful, theatrical reminder that life begins and begins again and again, whenever you decide. Thrillingly visual and emotional. I want to hug this play.
  • Isaac Otterman:
    9 Feb. 2020
    I would describe Benny V. as a coming of age play about a middle aged man who should have died two years ago, and it is wonderful. Benny V.'s adventure is about the joys of discovering and embracing something new and and finding that it is never too late to start living. From the wry meta commentary the Compere touts, to the poignant strangers turned friends it's the characters that bring this Benny V. (both the show and the man) to life. I hope Benny V. finds his way to your local stage sometime soon.
  • Doug DeVita:
    15 Oct. 2019
    Engaging, enchanting, and theatrically exciting, Steven G. Martin's "The Subtle, Sublime Transformation of Benny V. is pure delight from start to finish. I was caught up in the world Martin created, a world populated with wonderful, sharply drawn characters whirling around the adorable Benny V., an everyman to love, root for, and cheer as he realizes his own self-worth. A beautiful play.
  • Cheryl Bear:
    30 Sep. 2019
    An engaging and beautifully written play about mid-life crisis and transformation. About realizing one's self-worth and deciding to be happy. Highly recommend!

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