Losing Tom Pecinka OFF-BROADWAY REVIEWS

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  • NY TIMES

  • Opening Night:
    July 8, 2015
    Closing:
    July 11, 2015

    Theater: New Ohio Theatre / 154 Christopher St, New York, New York, 10014

    Synopsis: 

    When Tom Pecinka, a promising young MFA acting student dies in a tragic car wreck, his best friend, brother, and girlfriend try to make sense of the world without him. But between gay bashing, Tom's ghost, drug abuse, and a budding love affair destined to end in heartbreak, will these three friends ever be the same? Or will they truly…LOSE TOM PECINKA? Grief, survival, happiness, sadness, joy, anger, pride and empathy combine in this epic drama for our troubled times.

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  • NEW YORK TIMES REVIEW OF Losing Tom Pecinka

    ‘Losing Tom Pecinka’ Challenges Audience to Get the Message

    Laura Collins-Hughes

    July 9, 2015: The real Tom Pecinka didn’t die. He left for drama school. Still, loss is loss, and the handsome ghost who addresses the audience at the start of Morgan Gould’s “Losing Tom Pecinka” in the New Ohio Theater’s Ice Factory festival wears a Yale T-shirt, an emblem of that abandonment. Produced by Morgan Gould & Friends — the little theater company of which Mr. Pecinka, ahem, remains a founding member — this is a comedy about mourning the fictional Tom (Zack Segel), who died in a ridiculous car accident. The people who loved him figure out how to go on without him, and whether it’s O.K. for his older brother and ex-girlfriend to act on their attraction. Ms. Gould, who also directed the 80-minute play, intends it as a sneak attack on theatergoers, calling them out for their complacency in accepting cliché theatrical elements: “Tough straight guy with secret pain inside, hardened but mysteriously attractive main female love interest, self-destructive gay man, etc.,” she writes in a note in the script.

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