Conkel wastes no time in throwing the crew into what seems like a hopeless situation, and this cast firmly grabs the helm with both hands for an engaging, well paced ride.
Conkel has not just turned his struggle into art, but infused it with a brave humor, the kind of life-sucks-but-we’re-all-in-it-together solidarity that instantly connects performers and audience.
…Glass Mind Theatre’s unpretentious, fast-paced, delightful romp through classic sci-fi and isolation, Joshua Conkel’s The Dum Dums proves to be everything experimental drama should, delivering a little under an hour of tongue-in-cheek reflections on the nature of loss, emptiness, flawed relationships, and personal failure.
You can feel a-okay about flying away with Glass Mind for The Dum Dums. The show is a refreshingly weird, interestingly performed, and adroitly written fantasyscape you’ll die for. Maybe literally. It’s space. Who knows?
I rather wanted to call Glass Mind Theatre’s THE DUM DUMS a weird little piece of experimental theatre, but it is, in fact, a plot-driven story, with regular people characters and a beginning middle and end, so not all that ‘experimental’ after all. It FEELS experimental, but in a good way.
And perhaps most importantly, a review from an honest-to-goodness scientist!
It’s a really fun show, but what struck me was the intense portrayal of the experience of being a woman in science. The play takes themes like toxic female competition, impostor’s syndrome, and depression and weaves it into a hilarious and touching show.