MIDNIGHT PRESENTS THOMPAIN (based on nothing) AT HERBIE’S Vintage 72

The Midnight Company will present a 10-year anniversary revival of Will Eno’s THOMPAIN (based on nothing) at Herbie’s Vintage 72 in the Central West End, Fridays and Saturdays, 8pm,  July 22, 23, 29 & 30, and August 5 & 6.  Tickets ($15) are now on sale at BrownPaperTickets.com.
THE CRITICS:  While the play has brought critics and audiences up short trying to describe it, simply it features a man who tells about bees and their sting, a boy with a dog who died, and the man’s experience with a woman.  But critics have been almost unanimous in their raves about the script.  The New York Times called it “one of those treasured nights in the theatre…a small masterpiece.”  The Guardian of London said of it “one of the best monologues ever seen.”  In Los Angeles (where Rainn Wilson of THE OFFICE recently performed it),theatermania.com said “It’s doubtful you’ve ever seen anything resembling it,” The Los Angeles Times called it “a brilliantly constructed monologue…a direct descendant of Samuel Beckett,” and KCRW radio described it as “not flashy, not full of emoting, but stirring…the important thing is that you go.”  THOMPAIN actorJoe Hanrahan (pictured above) calls it “Existential Stand-Up,” while director Larry Dell terms it “Stand-Up Tragedy.”