January 18 - February 24
Friday, January 18 at 8pm
Saturday, January 19 at 8pm
Sunday, January 20 at 2pm
PRESS Preview Performance
Sunday, January 20 at 7pm
Friday, January 25 at 8pm
Saturday, February 2 at 8pm
Sunday, February 3 at 7pm
Friday, February 8 at 8pm
Saturday, February 9 at 8pm
Sunday, February 10 at 7pm
Thursday, February 14 at 8pm
Thursday, February 21 at 8pm
Friday, February 22 at 8pm
Sunday, February 24 at 2pm
(PREVIEW PERFORMANCES $15)
GENERAL ADMISSION $25
Members of the PRESS are invited to our
PAY-WHAT-YOU-CAN Performance as well as our Sunday Preview Matinee.
To reserve to complimentary Press Seats contact Jeff Church, Artistic Director, at
ABOUT THOM PAIN (BASED ON NOTHING)
He's 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.
“Astonishing in its impact…It's one of those treasured nights in the theatre —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. Mr. Eno is a Samuel Beckett for the John 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…a small masterpiece.”
- New York Times
ABOUT THE PRODUCTION
Rhode Island Premiere
THOM PAIN (BASED ON NOTHING)
[Finalist for the 2005 Pulitzer Prize]
by Will Eno
directed by Vince Petronio
Thom Pain, Jeff Church*
Stage Management, Morgan Clark
Set Design, Andrew Iacovelli
Lighting Design/Props Design, Jessica Winward
Costume Coordination, Morgan Clark/Liz Hallenbeck
Production Assistant, Liz Hallenbeck
*denotes a member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.
Photos by Gabrielle McCauley
January 23, 2019
PROVIDENCE JOURNAL - Jeff Church gives appealing performance in Burbage’s ‘Thom Pain'
There’s no shortage of titters and chuckles in the 70-minute monologue “Thom Pain (Based on Nothing),” but it’s far from being a comedy; in fact, it’s quasi-tragic..
January 20, 2019
MOTIF RI - THOM PAIN (BASED ON NOTHING) AT BURBAGE: EX NIHILO NIHIL FIT
It is difficult to summarize or even explain what Thom Pain (based on nothing) is about: a one-man monologue with surreal references to everything from Shakespeare...
February 4, 2019
EDGE MEDIA NETWORK -THOM PAIN (based on nothing)
Will Eno's "Thom Pain (based on nothing)" is not a conventional play, but a stream of consciousness monologue delivered by the title character over the course of 65 minutes.
January 24, 2019
WARWICK BEACON - Church is brilliant as quirky 'Thom Pain'
Burbage Theatre’s artistic director, Jeff Church, takes center stage as Thom Pain, Will Eno’s one-man, one-act, free-flowing, absurd play about a man searching for meaning in his life.
January 24, 2019
PAWTUCKET TIMES - 'Thom Pain' strikes in unusual ways
"Well, that was thought provoking," one patron opined after seeing Burbage Theatre's production of "Thom Pain (based on nothing). Or head scratching...
January 20, 2019
THEATRE MIRROR -THOM PAIN
Burbage Theatre’s first show of 2019 is “Thom Pain” (based on nothing) which is a one man show. The play was a finalist for the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for Drama...