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A Play By Ron Simonian

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Thantos: Audio Theatre

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Thantos: Audio Theatre
By Ron Simonian
Directed and Adapted by Daniel T. Green
Plays on Tape and CD, (1996)
ISBN: 1889889008
Genre: Humor, General Fiction

Reviewed by Rochelle Caviness - August 9, 2001

In Greek Mythology, Thanatos is the personification of death, and it is an apt name for a play centered on a man who is obsessed with death. The main character in Thanatos is Ted, a disaster specialist who constantly must deal with death. As the play opens, he is in his hotel room with his partner Sam, after a harrowing day at the site of a building collapse. Sam is light hearted, seeing no reason to let his job effect his enjoyment of life. Ted, however, is beset by doubt about the meaning of life. The reason - he has come to the simple understanding that, just like everyone else, he too must die and there is nothing he can do to prevent it.

In this quick paced play, we witness Ted come near to the brink of a mental breakdown, and back again. With the aid of a disaster groupie and a schizoid exterminator, Ted learns to reconcile himself to death - in a most bizarre and surreal manner. This full cast production of Ron Simonian's play Thanatos is both humorous and thought provoking. G. Charles Wright is especially invigorating as the overly conscientious insect assassin. And Ted's (Ferrell Barron) interaction with Mary (Jessica Pennington), the disaster groupie, is electrifying. The cast also includes Rod Porter as Sam, Ted's go-happy partner, and Tom Bellin as the always ' just a few seconds too late' hotel security guard. This Plays on Tape production was directed and adapted by Daniel T. Green, as is a fully staged audio play complete with a musical score and background sound effects.

This play contains obscene language and other content that may not be suitable for all audiences.


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