Tell us what you think of BRAHMAN/I…

_MG_3395We hope your experience at Quantum’s Brahman/i was a good one. Our staff and board are interested to hear what you think, and encourage you to talk with others as well, so we have initiated an online conversation you can join with fellow attendees. What did you like/dislike about the production? Was there something in particular that resonated with you? Something particularly confusing? Any comments or suggestions are greatly encouraged.

Leave your comment in the comment box below. Be sure to click the box that will notify you of responses to your comment.  Some will come from Karla, and some (we hope) will come from other patrons.  You’re a valued member of the Q-mmunity.  We’re all hoping for greater understanding through the art that we experience.

We greatly appreciate your thoughts and look forward to continuing the conversation of Brahman/i… and of Quantum Theatre experiences to come, we hope there will be many more.

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24 comments on “Tell us what you think of BRAHMAN/I…

  1. Randy says:

    Enjoyed the show very much. It felt a bit rushed to me. i felt like Sanjiv could have taken a bit more time to let things breath. I think it will hold even at a longer run time.

  2. Cheryl Johnson says:

    Opening comic was horrible…show itself was emotional, enlightening

    There should be a curtain or booth for the water breaks (excluding the dressing into the sari part) it just was super awkward

    The free food and drinks were great…should have more to to offer then beer or chai tea as the free drink.

    It was the first nights the kinks should get worked out but some of the transitions from topic to topic were a little hard to follow.

    Maybe using a headset instead of a standing mic would make it easier. Aunty just isn’t the same without the hand gestures!!!

    Great job!!!

  3. susanloucks says:

    I missed it in Boston last fall and was delighted to have the chance to see it after I moved here! Overall – very professional. Hard to imagine learning 1.5 hours worth of speech to perform solo, but it absolutely worked. Ironically I thought the few parts engaging with the other fellow on stage were less convincing. Thanks for your generosity in sharing this with the neighborhood.

  4. Gary Rugel says:

    The show is continuous making it difficult to get up, go to the bar, and get another beer. You should figure a way to create a 5 minute break approximately 45 minutes into the show.

    • Hi Gary! Thanks for you comment. Since the show is set as stand-up, we felt it wouldn’t be right to have any breaks. With that said, we are encouraging folks to get up and move around, get another drink, or hit the restroom if necessary. You won’t miss much (if anything at all). We want people to feel comfortable moving about the space, or flagging down our servers for another drink. Thanks for the feedback!

  5. SamB says:

    I enjoyed the show very much. I got a lot of the English references. I actually thought the show was a biographical one from the main actor, with the second actor on the musical instruments being a genuine musician (having seen this arrangement before). I liked the venue, the staff were tremendous, very friendly and always smiling. The food was great. I like the transformation of the main character and I thought the storyline was very powerful.

  6. Dan says:

    This was one of the most engaging and introspective theater experiences I’ve had in a very long time with many gray-zones of nuance. First, the ‘comedy club’ setting, complete with drinks and snacks, created a quite rare combination of immersion and audience/performer separation, where, at times, I really felt it was a standup and at others, was keenly aware of the mastery of the script and acting. Secondly, there was the subject matter itself, the fuzziness of sexual identity. Then, was it Sanjiv, Brahman or a real comic? The openness of the dialogue, where the story line and ‘personal’ vignettes were almost psychiatric, blending these personas beautifully and with great finesse. Sanjiv was amazing. And the interaction of the “J” character, who was silently and sometimes not, doing his own reacting and interacting on the sidelines, was a great foil/surrogate for the audience. All in all…loved the entire experience.

  7. Adrienne Dickos says:

    We loved this show. It was a cold snowy night and we had no interest in leaving the house, but, we had tickets to a Quantum show and have learned not to miss them. so, out we trudged. Walked through the ice and snow to the Comedy Club.
    Quantum transformed a little community center into a club quite nicely. The room was comfortable, and hallelujah, not cold!
    We had no idea what to expect. My fear, from the little I’d read about the show, was that there would be much whining and complaining. My joy was to find an uplifting show where at the end, I wanted to adopt Brahmani. Thank you, Karla, for once again, turning theatre on its ear and showing us something new. Can’t wait til next time!
    Adrienne & Frank

  8. Lonnie Jantsch says:

    This is a thought provoking show. Three days later, I’m still thinking about it. This is a unique and brilliantly acted play.

  9. The playwright and actor were absolutely amazing. I did feel the show needed some cutting as it was a bit too long and rambled into extraneous territory. The setting, venue and concept for the play were a stroke of genius.

  10. Madelyn says:

    I loved the food, I loved the venue, but somewhat uncomfortable with the show….but don’t stop Quantum….

  11. Sharon says:

    I saw the performance on ladies night February 4th. I enjoyed the performance very much! It amazes me how actors can remember those lines so well! I especially liked the very end, the last couple minutes. Thought provoking bringing tears to my eyes.

  12. Barbara says:

    It was a remarkable production and the actor sustained energy, wit and pathos for the entire two hours. I particularly liked the mix of gender confusion/issues, adolescent anxiety in MS and HS and mature reflection on many subjects not least of which is colonization and the immigrant experience. Thank you Karla for your daring.

  13. Mike F. says:

    Saw the show on Feb 6. Virtuoso performance. One person onstage for nearly 2 hrs. Subject matter was unusual, crafted in an interesting way and delivered with grace and power. This was so well performed that I did not realize it was an actor and not the interesex person themself telling their story until after the show.

  14. Steve says:

    Excellent; educational; insightful! Thank you!

  15. Alexis says:

    I saw the performance on Grapenuts Night. My friend and I picked this performance because of the wine tasting. A day before the event we were notified that it would start a half an hour later. This worked for our schedule but it had me wondering why there was a time change. I’m glad that we ate dinner at People’s Restaurant beforehand. The wine choices seemed to go well with the type of food being served. However, the food was just ok (except for the dried out potato triangles). The space was awesome. I think it was a great choice of venue and a great way to get people back on Penn and in Garfield.

    Upon entering the building, very awkward staff were attempting to put wristbands on us. Even though the event was starting later, it seemed that half, if not more, of the room was filled up when we got there. Did they ignore the time change or weren’t they notified? My friend was bumped into by a staff member, which in itself isn’t a big deal, but this same person wasn’t able to tell us what food she was putting in front of us and then later insisted she needed to put bar stools back at the bar during the wine tasting. There wasn’t much room to stand there let alone put chairs back at that moment. Another staff member, who was passing out food, seemed very bothered when asked questions about the food. I was confused and iiritated by my interactions with these people and was hoping the night would get better.

    Well, the opening comic turned me off. It didn’t make sense to me to have this type of comedy before the show. I was wondering if anyone knew the content of the comedian before he went on stage. it was so loud in the room that it was hard to hear him anyway but if you did want to hear him you weren’t missing much.

    Finally, the story was very interesting and important, the acting, accents and memorization of material were equally impressive. Overall, I tried to enjoy the performance but was still somewhat bothered by the events leading up to the start of the show. I was glad we were notified that there wasn’t going to be an intermission when it started but I do think it needed one.

    like: venue
    dislike: hospitality (wine guy was nice though)
    resonate with you: everyone deserves love
    confusing: time change, social skills of some staff, choice of first comedian

    • Thanks for your comment, Alexis! We really appreciate getting your feedback. I’m sorry to hear that you were upset by the behavior of our staff. We strive to have friendly, helpful customer service so this is something we will certainly consider and discuss as a team.

      In regard to the time change, it was necessary to do so because of the artists needing a bit more time to warm-up before the performance. As you saw, this show was a tour de force for the primary actor, so we wanted to be sure he has the time he needs before hitting the stage (I’m sure you understand!). And because we set the schedule months before we begin rehearsing, we sometimes need to change it slightly to address any new challenges that come to light in the moment. We did let everyone know about the time change, but it seemed that not everyone had checked their email, but most had. We appreciate everyone’s understanding and did not hear any complaints about the time change. Those who arrived a little early were served wine out in the lobby 🙂

      I hope you will return to Quantum for another experience, as each is very different from the one before!

  16. Michael says:

    Last night’s performance was the only one in the run that was followed by talkback with a shrink from the Pgh Psychoanalytic Society. They schedule only one talkback for each production they’re doing this season; hence we subscribed to that series. We both felt the talkback was one of the best we’ve ever experienced after any Pittsburgh performance of any sort—certainly better than the one following Tamara at Rodef Shalom–and added greatly to our understanding of the play, which the PR describes a little misleadingly as stand-up comedy. If you decide to attend any remaining performance, you may well enjoy the stand-up comedy routines even more than we did; the audience certainly laughed out loud more than we did. But you need to remember from the beginning that this is not just a sometimes strained standup comedy routine but a play about someone doing standup comedy that ultimately raises questions about whether the comedy is really all that funny and why. Without the talkback that we enjoyed, the point of the play as simply a drama may not emerge so clearly. Approached in this way, it struck us as a powerful piece of theater worth attending even if it—or indeed perhaps because it—leaves one feeling slightly uncomfortable, wondering whether what you saw was a barrel of laughs, a sentimental tearjerker about yet another poor misunderstood teenager, or whatever.

  17. Ken says:

    It was a difficult show in ways, but very rewarding. The play provided a lot of insightful comments on a variety of interesting subjects, but I experienced the play as primarily a very sweet love story.

  18. John says:

    I had my doubts, but it gradually grew on me, and I got hooked when it went into overdrive when he dressed female. Well crafted monologue – liked the tectonic plate allusion – and so much more.

  19. Mariana says:

    I thought everything was great–until the end. After so much (funny! entertaining! truthful!) discussion of oppression and postcolonialism, the play basically ended with a white guy saving the day by loving Brahmani just the way she is. Come on. Haven’t we had enough of that storyline?

  20. Tanvi says:

    Sanjeev did a brilliant job! I was absolutely immersed in the story and really felt like I was hearing from Brahman/i himself! I really enjoyed the stand up comedy format, and also the elements of drama that worked themselves in quite effortlessly. It was also great chatting with Sanjeev after the show.

  21. queenalmond says:

    I guess with a title like Brahman I was expecting something more mystical similar to Dream of Autumn from a couple years back which I loved. I wasn’t expecting a teenage coming-of-age story, and I was disappointed it turned out to be that. But the actor looked awesome as a lady.

    People didn’t seem to know how to act in the audience, or maybe I just went on the shy crowd night. There were times when I wanted to applaud or laugh louder but the silence in the room made me hold back. I guess the experience put us in the in-between space of ‘is it a play, or is it a club’ perhaps owing to the in-between theme. It was kind of awkward and uncomfortable in that space but I guess that’s the point!

    The tea was really good and I’m glad there were options for teetotalers. So many arts events are alcohol-centric and I barely feel welcome. All in all it was an okay night.

  22. Kyle W says:

    Just wanted to say that, I’m very glad that I saw the show. I would agree with some reviewers that they warm up was a little rough, but at least he kept it together so we didn’t feel alone in the comic cold. The comedy club setting did create some expectations of light comedy that were not, ultimately, fulfilled in this monologue. The performance was good, but dense and maybe a little more than necessary for someone who had spent a fair amount of time thinking about such issues. My biggest take away did not happen until the end in which the relationship between the accompanist and the lead were made more apparent. The insecurity of being in an unknown category and wanting the person that one loves to approve is a very real point of fear. Ultimately though, it is Brahman/i that needs to accept his/herself to fully engage with a person who has expressed unconditional love towards him/her. After all… it is her show.

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