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I AND YOU reviews around the country

I AND YOU reviews around the country

I and You at Manbites Dog Theater

I and You is a sharp and funny 80-minute drama. Everything’s primed for pathos, yet Gunderson taps into a buoyant spirit. ” – Washington Post

“It’s usually a good sign when I’m holding my breath while reading a script. I expect audiences will do the same when the haunting two-person drama I and You opens this week. When two high-school misfits are thrown together in a last-minute English project on Walt Whitman, playwright Lauren Gunderson swiftly shapes the ensuing chaos into a deft, knowing and heart-filled meditation on a constellation of topics including mortality, compatibility, first love—and the importance of personal pronouns. Gunderson’s genius lies in revealing the toughness and vulnerability of her mismatched characters; as their defenses retreat, the benediction in the last eight lines of Whitman’s Leaves of Grass changes meaning, before changing again. Small wonder the script won the 2014 Steinberg/American Theatre Critics Association New Play Award after its premiere this spring.” – Indy Week 

“On the surface, “I and You” seems an amusing tale of two high schoolers working on a class project. But it’s a Manbites Dog Theater production, so of course there’s more. By play’s end, two impressively talented actors, under a master director’s hand, have progressed through Lauren Gunderson’s ever-deepening script to a thought-provoking new level that will have audiences talking long after it’s over.” The News & Observer 

” I and You is one of those rare artworks that exists on levels and levels behind the scrim of its apparent simplicity… a play written with such acumen that its intellectual sophistication is nearly self-effacing… I and You lets you lay your burdens down, that your soul may be light enough to rise on its column of love. Floating there, disembodied, you may remember that “your very flesh shall be a great poem.” – Classical Voice of North Carolina

“I’m not sure when the last time I went to a live theater performance and left it thinking ‘I need to tell everyone about this!’ That’s the way I feel about I and You.” Jane Sutter, Democrat & Chronicle

“Five stars! Emotionally blindsiding. Sensational.” – DC Metro Arts

I and You is unforgettable,” – Washington Speaks

“Astonishing. A validation of the human experience.” – DC Theater Scene

“Exquisitely cathartic, shattering. And that is what live theater is all about: getting rocked, and being grateful for the opportunity.” – Rick Levin, Oregon Weekly 

“The play ripples long after you leave the theater. The story haunts.” Arizona Daily Star
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