Sartre's masterpiece, re-translated by Michael Baker and re-envisioned by director Brian S. Kraszewski, tells the tale of the afterlife for the damned.
If only you could get out of your existential funk, maybe you'd go see this play. Nothing happens, and the implication is that it goes on for eternity. The only hope in your real life is that it won't last forever, so maybe you'd feel better watching people onstage as it dawns on them that never-ending nothingness is their fate. But the stage actors are playing out what Jean-Paul Sartre envisioned happening after you've finally escaped this life--you enter an even more pointless state, forever. So seeing No Exit likely won't improve your mood. Somehow, though, it must be an escapist pleasure worth paying for, because it is a classic, even if it doesn't make you feel any better. And we've heard the Mobtown Players are doing it justice. So go see it. Maybe, just maybe, it'll give you some perspective on your so-called life. (Van Smith)
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