A Slow Burn: The Flick at Steppenwolf Theatre (February 27, 2016)

The Flick is a very slow burn. It’s about the only three employees working at a single screen movie theatre in Massachusetts. They run the projector and sweep up stale popcorn. While working they have serious and funny conversations. There are long stretches without dialog where they are simply cleaning up.  After some intense conversations, the silence is powerful as the characters take their time to react truthfully. At other times, the silence seems unnecessary and simply boring. The play is a long three hours and ten minutes with one intermission. By the end, you just want to get out of that run-down movie theatre. In this way, it does accurately portray what it is like to work there.

Ultimately, the time invested doesn’t seem to pay off. The laughter and strong emotions are a bit too spread out.  If it were edited down to about two hours, the experience would be much more fulfilling. The Flick is running now through May 8th.

Quinn Delaney

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