The Sinnerman Ensemble’s look at the endless waves of pain caused by one person’s suicide is realistic, and more importantly, emotionally honest—but almost to a fault. The strongest element of the show is its ability to elicit and explore the dark comedy of going about life after a tragedy, where the actors shine at extracting irony and pathos from paper towels and trips to Target. But between these moments, a formulaic plot and often clichéd lines tend to drag. Of course, that’s how it goes in real life, too, but there are just a few too many awkward moments to keep up a dynamic trajectory. This is a risk-taking subject, for the reasons I’ve complained about, and the show does take risks in other ways—for example, setting the entire play in a bathroom where characters slowly cleans up the blood where a man has slit his wrists. Ultimately, however, it’s weighed down by its own message. (Monica Westin)
At The Side Project, 1439 W. Jarvis, (773)474-9070. This production is now closed.