Live Arts Preview: Thom Pain (Based on Nothing) from January 12 to January 27

Bill LeSueur in the title role of Thom Pain (Based on Nothing) by Will Eno. At Live Arts Jan 12 – 27. Photo credit: Jack Looney/C-VILLE Weekly.

Are you in the mood for a bit of “existential stand-up?” We’re not sure if that genre really exists, but the idea applies to Thom Pain (Based on Nothing). The monologue runs from January 12th to the 27th in the UpStage Theater at Live Arts. The play is by Will Eno, and made its international debut at the Edinburgh Festival in 2004. It was even a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Drama the following year.

Thom Pain takes place inside of a theater, as a man in his thirties attempts to tell stories about his childhood. I spoke with director Cristan Keighley during rehearsals.

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