I Love You So Much I Could Die (2024) – Play/Musical Review

For an hour, we spend time with Mona, who, with Microsoft David, walks us through some of her recent struggles and the salve of having people there for you when in a dark place.


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Mona Pirnot from behind. Photo by Natalie Powers.

Summary

While Mona has experienced the highs of a good relationship, the past year or more has caused overwhelming grief, and for the hour you spend with her, whether it is through music or a robotic voice, she walks you through what happened and how she is trying to manage, and eventually heal.

Content Information

  • Dialog: Cursing (Occasional)
  • Violence: N/A
  • Sexual Content: N/A
  • Miscellaneous: N/A

General Information

Director(s)

Lucas Hnath

Writer(s)

Mona Pirnot

Language

English

Attendance Type

In Person

Event Status

On Schedule

Venue or Network (New York Theatre Workshop)

79 E 4th St, New York, NY 10003

Performance Date

February 2, 2024

First Performance At This Venue

February 1, 2024

Opening Night Performance

February 1, 2024

Last Performance At This Venue

March 9, 2024

Venue URL

https://www.nytw.org/

Tickets Starting At

$45.00

Genre(s)

Play, Solo Show, Comedy, Young Adult, Musical

Duration

1 Hour 5 Minutes

Noted Performers

Mona

Mona Pirnot

Crew

Scene/ Set Design

Mimi Lien

Costume Design

Enver Chakartash

Lighting Design

Oona Curley

Sound Design

Mikhail Fiksel, Noel Nichols

Choreography

N/A

Character Descriptions

Please Note: This character guide is not an exhaustive list of every cast member, and character descriptions may contain what can be considered spoilers.

Mona (Mona Pirnot)

Mona is a 28-year-old creative from Florida who was in LA until she moved to NYC to be with her boyfriend of five years, who is a playwright.

Review


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Notable Performances or Moments

The Indie Movie Soundtrack

The four to five songs transport you to an indie movie like “Juno” or “Garden State.” Laced in the tracks, whether it is about missing being a good time girl, professing love, or how Mona wants her remains to be handled, even when there is a darkness to the song, there is either a sense of humor or the expectation of peace.

It all feels like the kind of music used to transition from one location to the next, and as the lights continually dim, you realize we’re on the journey through Mona’s moods and what makes them ebb and flow.

Highlights

Microsoft David

Rather than have Mona speak and sing, she only sings and uses text to speech (this might be the tool) to explain what happened. The use of this technology is comical as the pronunciation or deadpan delivery of the Microsoft David voice somehow makes topics about death, grief, and mourning comical.

Mind you, clearly, Microsoft David was written to take beats and be robotic yet awkwardly natural in their comedy. But there is no denying that, as a narrative tool, this is genius.

Sad, But Not Overbearing

From the title to what Mona left behind in Florida, “I Love You So Much I Could Die” can be seen as depressing. However, it never goes so far as to bring you to Mona’s dark place. The comedy is strategically placed so while enough is revealed to get you emotional and understand what Mona is going through, even Mona sometimes breaks as she pretends to make the sounds of an electric guitar while doing a song.

Because of this, we didn’t find ourselves crying, yet we were able to hold a place of empathy for Mona. With her showing how processing darkness isn’t about quickly finding the light but breaking it up into pieces, storing some in songs, and learning to digest what you can, while there may always be some darkness left, it can eventually be manageable.

Good If You Like

  • Dark comedies

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I Love You So Much I Could Die (2024) – Play/Musical Review

Summary

Our Rating: Positive (See Live)Recommended “I Love You So Much I Could Die” is good both for those in a neutral and happy state and those who need a light in what can feel like an unending tunnel. It taps into the frustration of helplessness and guilt of being able to leave a situation but also reminds you that you have to live. It will be hard, but that person, that pet, ultimately would want you happy and knows you love them whether or not you are physically there or checking in from afar.

Overall
85%
85%
  • The Indie Movie-Styled Soundtrack - 87%
    87%
  • Microsoft David - 84%
    84%
  • Sad, But Not Overbearing - 83.5%
    84%

Highlight(s)

  • The Indie Movie Soundtrack
  • Microsoft David
  • Sad, But Not Overbearing

Disputable

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