The Lifespan of a Fact Reviews
Broadway World- Highly Recommended
"...These contradictions construct the rabbit hole that is THE LIFESPAN OF A FACT. Written by Jeremy Kareken, David Murrell and Gordon Farrell - adapting the book by John D'Agata and Jim Fingal - the 80-minute play is a three-handed intellectual argument couched in drama. Simon Levy's production at The Fountain Theatre is a smartly-acted brain-tickler that makes its points and lands its blows with humor and intellect. The time spent with author D'Agata, fact-checker Fingal and editor Emily Penrose should make any thinking theatergoer eager to start reading, start writing or at the very least, hop the next flight to Las Vegas."
LA Splash- Highly Recommended
"...THE LIFESPAN OF A FACT is a fascinating study of a basic ethical question – but also an absorbing exploration of the intersection of two – and then three – strong personalities with very clear-cut and immutable beliefs from which they will not budge. It also proves to be an intriguing look at issues related to maturity – youth vs. age; newly minted vs. experienced. When D’Agata stands behind the bar in his home and asks Fingal if he wants a drink, he never expects: “Do you have craft beer?”"
Stage Scene LA- Highly Recommended
"...A simple fact-finding assignment pits Gen Z against Gen X and accuracy against truth in The Lifespan Of A Fact, the very funny—and very discussion-prompting—latest from the Fountain Theatre."
On Stage Los Angeles- Highly Recommended
"...In eighty minutes, director Simon Levy guides his actors smoothly through the sticky wickets of well crafted staging. The play flows nicely with three very disparate characters working together: at odds from the get-go: to find their way to the Facts, ma'am, just the Facts?"
Night Tinted Glasses- Recommended
"...While Fingal flails around, facing an existential crisis about his most dearly held beliefs, D'Agata finds himself having to defend himself in ways he perhaps never has, and in truth he clearly is in the wrong sometimes. While Primrose, who must make the final decision, listens to both and fends off both sometimes fighting dirty (at least emotionally)."
Stage Raw- Not Recommended
"...The Lifespan of a Fact contains some scintillating, if inert, arguments: inert, because none of its three characters budges from their cemented, partly truthful, partly conflated, and partly nonsensical arguments. This is one of those plays where the co-authors say, well, believe what you want. Okay, thanks. Not exactly moving the dial, or even the dramatic action. It's a bit like watching a block of ice remain frozen. You can observe it from a number of angles, which is interesting for a while, but when the theater lights dim at the end of the play, it's still a block of ice. All that heat, and it hasn't even dripped."
Glamgical- Highly Recommended
"...The Lifespan of a Fact is a captivating play that makes us take a closer look at the avalanche of information to which we are exposed. Media interests, personal opinions, personal experiences, and ethics are all displayed on stage in an entertaining and thought-provoking theatrical experience."