Thom Pain (based on nothing)

Thom Pain (based on nothing)

January 8 - February 14, 2016
Audrey Skirball Kenis Theater

Written by Will Eno
Directed by Oliver Butler
Featuring Rainn Wilson

"Rainn Wilson is masterful as Thom Pain. The play is constructed of rapidly changing, contradictory thoughts. It's not flashy acting, it's not full of emoting and grandstanding – but it's stunning... The only really important thing – is that you go."
– KCRW's Opening the Curtain
“Butler, in working with Wilson in 'Thom Pain,' exquisitely directs the actor through a quirky and taxing performance of a marvelously ingenuous play.”
Santa Monica Daily Press
"Rainn Wilson gives the 80 minutes of turn-on-a-dime, mood-swinging monologue a letter-perfect delivery... Wilson's edgy intensity pins us to our seats in silent wonder, allowing just enough wiggle-room for uneasy laughter." – The Theater Times
"Gleefully deconstructed our understanding and expectations of theatrical form, storytelling and even audience participation, Eno's billiantly crafted monologue is a direct descendent of the spare, absurdist writings of Samuel Beckett."
- Los Angeles Times
"Eno's unique comic voice – often described as 'stand-up existentialism' – to which Wilson's impeccable deadpan delivery is ideally suited." - Los Angeles Times
"An arrestingly moving experience ... A quintessential example of artistic collaboration at it's most important." - Arts in LA
“It’s one of those treasured nights in the theater – treasured nights anywhere, for that matter – that can leave you both breathless with exhilaration and, depending on your sensitivity to meditations on the bleak and beautiful mysteries of human experience, in a puddle of tears. Also in stitches, here and there.”
The New York Times
"Thankfully, Wilson exhibits the discipline and control not to reach for laughs, though they came aplenty. Director Oliver Butler orchestrates the craggy rhythms and thorny tone with a rigorous mastery of pitch, with Wilson a virtuosos instrument." - Stage Raw

Directed by OBIE Award winner, Oliver Butler, the play concerns the life of a tragic and funny character named Thom, who has been described as, “just like you, except worse. He is trying to save his life, to save your life — in that order. In his quest for salvation, he'll stop at nothing, be distracted by nothing, except maybe a piece of lint, or the woman in the second row.”

“Mr. Eno might be called a Samuel Beckett for the Jon Stewart generation ... To sum up the more or less indescribable: Thom Pain is at bottom a surreal meditation on the empty promises life makes, the way experience never lives up to the weird and awesome fact of being. But it is also, in its odd, bewitching beauty, an affirmation of life's worth.” - The New York Times



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Performance Info

80 minutes, no intermission.

This production contains strong language and themes.

There is no late seating and no re-entry while the performance is in progress.