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  I Decided I'm Fine: A Roach Play at Studio Stage

I Decided I'm Fine: A Roach Play

Studio Stage
520 N. Western Ave. Los Angeles

When does clutter become a problem, and whose problem does it become? I Decided I'm Fine: A Roach Play considers hoarding, an American phenomenon which is often stigmatized but rarely discussed. After the sudden death of the their infant child, Ellen and Stephen find themselves faced with the difficult task of moving on from the objects that remind them of the incident. For Ellen, this proves to be too overwhelming of a task, leading to years of compulsive accumulation. Juxtaposed with the play's realism is a second layer of the play which utilizes clowning, comedy, and a cockroach musical to steer the audience through the many different ways hoarding is perceived and portrayed in society.

Thru - Mar 1, 2020

Fridays: 8:00pm
Saturdays: 8:00pm
Sundays: 6:00pm

Show Type: Drama

Box Office: 323-463-3900

  I Decided I'm Fine: A Roach Play Reviews
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Stage and Cinema - Somewhat Recommended

"...If I Decided Im Fine: A Roach Play teaches us anything consciously or unconsciously its that less is more. While audiences will likely take away personal nuggets of insight, theyre buried in a theatrical hodgepodge that, like its protagonist, accumulates without knowing how or when to stop. Like any hoarder knows, when the roaches come out, the time to reassess has long since passed."
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Marc Wheeler

Stage Raw - Somewhat Recommended

"...I should mention that there is also a lengthy interlude in which the play shifts perspective to that of the cockroaches who now populate the apartment, "feeding off Ellen's grief." These human-sized roaches are portrayed very amusingly, as they play banjoes and guitars and sing and dance. In fact, Glen-Lambert does her best directing work here, creating a cockroach world that gets a thorough dousing with bug spray. But it feels like these scenes are from a different play. Or, perhaps more accurately, they don't enlighten us any further about Ellen, or tell us anything we didn't already know. In fact, they push us farther away from the emotional core of her dilemma."
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Stephen Fife

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