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The Flick

a Comedy/Drama
CATEGORY : DRAMA
by Annie Baker

COMPANY : Out of Box Theatre [WEBSITE]
VENUE : Artisan Resource Center
ID# 5246

SHOWING : March 16, 2018 - March 25, 2018

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PRODUCTION DESCRIPTION

In a run-down movie theater in central Massachusetts, three underpaid employees mop the floors and attend to one of the last 35 millimeter film projectors in the state. Their tiny battles and not-so-tiny heartbreaks play out in the empty aisles, becoming more gripping than the lackluster, second-run movies on screen. With keen insight and a finely-tuned comic eye, "The Flick" is a hilarious and heart-rending cry for authenticity in a fast-changing world.


CAST & CREW LIST
Director Matthew Busch
Avery Jacobi Hollingshed
Skylar/The Dreaming Man Jeffrey Sneed
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REVIEWS

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WHAT THE FLICK?
by playgoer
Monday, March 19, 2018
3.0
You’ve been taken to a movie you’re not much interested in seeing, are bored by it, but are forced to stay and watch it through to the end of the credits. Then you stay and watch the staff clean up the theatre -- for nearly three hours. Welcome to Out of Box Theatre’s production of Annie Baker’s "The Flick."

The action supposedly takes place in an outmoded movie theatre in Worcester, Massachusetts, although "Worcester" is mispronounced horribly in this production. The set itself is a terrific representation of the back three rows of a small movie theatre, although the theater seats from Wally Hinds are in better condition than might be expected in a run-down place. The set design by Matthew Busch and Carolyn Choe indicates some grime and makes fine use of the space, with one door stage right and a plexiglass window up center. Lots of 35MM projection equipment appears as props.

Bradley Rudy’s lighting design is featured right from the start, when subtly changing lights play over the movie theater seats, simulating the reflections from a movie screen. During this extended sequence, we hear movie soundtrack music playing in Matthew Busch’s sound design. It’s a long sequence with nothing happening except for the subtly changing lights, and it’s not the only time this occurs in the show. This opening sequence is a warning to the audience that the show is going to move s-l-o-w-l-y.

Annie Baker’s writing style aims for super-realism, with lots of "likes" and "ums" and unfinished sentences in the dialogue of the millennials who make up the cast. The primary characters are Sam (Ben Barlow), a sweetly burly employee who has twice the seniority of projectionist Rose (Julia Weeks), and new trainee Avery (Jacobi Hollingshed). Jeffrey Allen Sneed takes on a couple of minor roles, first as a snoozing patron and then as a replacement trainee. All do terrific work, although the show takes a l-o-n-g time to catch fire.

Matthew Busch has brought Ms. Baker’s work to life, but watching people play six degrees of separation or list favorite movies can be pretty lifeless in a theatrical sense. Watching people sweep and mop also lacks dramatic tension (unless you have OCD and obsess about when those pieces of popcorn under the first row chairs are going to be swept up). Attending "The Flick" has its rewards, but it requires a great deal of patience. There are wonderful, heartfelt performances in Out of Box’s production, but this show is definitely not for everyone. There’s more to admire than to actually enjoy. [POST A COMMENT REGARDING THIS REVIEW]


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