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Comedy

I Need That

by Theresa Rebeck

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A photo of piles of clutter, including an old TV set, a mountain of clothes, a guitar, and stacks of newspapers and boxes, against a muted floral orange wallpaper. A photo of piles of clutter, including an old TV set, a mountain of clothes, a guitar, and stacks of newspapers and boxes, against a muted floral orange wallpaper.

It’s a clutter-ful life!

Meet Sam, an obsessive pack rat bordering on hoarder lost in his own possessions. Faced with the threat of eviction unless he cleans up his property, he can’t seem to let go of anything, despite pleas from his daughter and his friend of thirty years. In his attempt to hold onto his things and thus hold onto his past and himself, Sam is forced to reckon with what’s trash, what’s treasure, and whether we can ever know the difference between the two. Award-winning playwright Theresa Rebeck (Omnius Gatherum, NBC’s Smash) directs this hilarious, heartfelt, and human play about life’s messes following its successful Broadway run.

Run time: ~1 hr, 40 min with no intermission

Content warning: After decades of knowing each other, Sam and his companions have no problem being candid with each other, using adult language and touching on some tough topics like PTSD and other mental illnesses, death and suicide, racism, and violence, all while humorously trying to clean up life’s messes.

Photo credits | First Timer’s Guide, Brooke Steele in The Frog Princess; Ticket Info, Bryant Bentley, Burgess Byrd, and Leslie Goddard-Baum in Detroit ’67 (Mikki Schaffner); Subscriptions, Cast of Hedwig and the Angry Inch; Ticket Discounts, Torie Wiggins in Your Negro Tour Guide. All images by Ryan Kurtz unless otherwise noted.