Rapture, Blister, Burn Personality Poll

Rapture, Blister, Burn Personality Poll

Posted by: at 01/08/2015 04:28 PM

Now that you've seen "Rapture, Blister, Burn," take the personality poll below. After you answer each question, you'll be able to see how other audience members have responded as well.



  • Posted by: David del Valle at 01/18/2015 01:47 PM
    Betrayal of love and commitment is unforgivable and should lead to a new life towards the unfilled goals and aspirations.
  • Posted by: Larry williams at 01/19/2015 08:25 AM
    I particularly liked the discussions about feminism. I'm more skeptical about some of the relationships depicted to illustrate the implications of feminism. One thing I think the author got wrong was saying its easy to create a family. It may be easy to beget children, but creating a family is a whole different matter.
  • Posted by: Evelyn Johnson at 01/19/2015 09:02 AM
    Loved this play! The opinions of the different generations was spot on. As a woman 65+, I really related to this play. The dialogue was sharp, the humor spot-on. The set design was ingenious, and the casting was perfect. Recommend this play. Kudos to everyone associated with this production.
  • Posted by: margaret schlegel at 01/19/2015 04:11 PM
    Please explain the Title of the play. I'm still processing the play from yesterday's matinee. That says to me that some rather profound issues were presented; dialog would be great fun.
  • Posted by: Karyn at 01/19/2015 05:28 PM
    OK, so the play was just OK. It was very hard to hear (esp. the main character). At times the actors seemed to be pausing and trying to remember their lines. They mixed up the names of the two children more than once. The best characters were the 21 year old student and the elderly mohter. They need to edit some of the material. Give the 21 year old more lines (she has a great delivery) and stop using the work Fuck so often. It was just Too much!!!! I brought my 80 year old mother to this performance, but I would not recommend anyone else do the same.
  • Posted by: Goodman Theatre at 01/20/2015 10:58 AM
    Margaret, stay tuned for a blog post about the title coming this Thursday!
  • Posted by: herb malkind at 01/22/2015 02:15 PM
    Just enjoyed it. People being thenselves.
  • Posted by: Marilyn & Craig at 01/24/2015 02:29 PM
    Great play . . . funny and thought-provoking. Really connected with the audience, especially with insight from three generations.
  • Posted by: Ahsan Khurshid at 01/24/2015 11:43 PM
    Delightful play! Very artistically articulated the generational gap with powerful sharp dialogues, timings of humor was spot on ... great coordination on actor’s side. On top of all that, VERY thought provoking, humorous and sensational play about the idea that grass always looks greener on the other side - if you get chance, totally recommended :)
  • Posted by: Ruth Lambach at 01/25/2015 06:58 AM

    The title of the play does not match the deep way the playwright chooses to explore the question about what women want. I thought of the popular song "The Rose" sung by Bett Midler and others. Verses three and four of that song speak to the sentiments expressed in this play.I did not like the Avery character at all. She may be clever and have a fresh perspective but she could not build a home. I loved the play. I will tell everyone about it. I'm a little disturbed about how unattractive the man is portrayed. He comes across as a twisted, confused, pot bellied and immature 'boy' who allows himself to be manipulated by women. Is this what feminism has done to men?

  • Posted by: Bob Schwarz at 01/25/2015 02:23 PM
    In the dilemma of career vs husband and family, the play makes it too simple. The male was an underachiever, beer-drinking, unfaithful, porno-addicted slob. Hmmm..Any career would be better.
  • Posted by: Carol Hirsch at 01/25/2015 11:07 PM
    The three female actors were wonderful, especially the young girl and the older mother. I was not happy with the husband as an actor. Being married in 1962 it gave my husband and I a lot to talk about on the way home.
  • Posted by: Ahsan Khurshid at 01/26/2015 08:55 AM
    Delightful play! Very artistically articulated the generational gap with powerful sharp dialogues, timings of humor was spot on ... great coordination on actor’s side. On top of all that, VERY thought provoking, humorous and sensational play about the idea that grass always looks greener on the other side - if you get chance, totally recommended :)
  • Posted by: Melaine at 01/26/2015 09:51 AM
    My one criticism is that the one man in the play was a terrible example of manhood! Women have much better choices out there!
  • Posted by: Terry Mehan at 01/26/2015 01:43 PM
    I really enjoyed the production. Living in those time frames was great fun. So much to relate to during the performance. The husband could use a little upgrade.
  • Posted by: Aaron Seefeldt at 01/26/2015 01:56 PM
    Excellent play. Funny & thought provoking. Would recommend to all. I sat in the upper balcony, first row. Seats were excellent. Sound was excellent. Went with my older brother & we had a great time. I just bought 2 tickets to see it again with my girlfriend on Valentine's Day.
  • Posted by: Leena Nanda at 01/27/2015 02:07 AM
    Excellent play! I came with two other professional women friends and we all loved the play. We are going have dinner just to discuss our feelings about the play, its characters, the choices they made and the choices we have made. It was very thought provoking and certainly caused me to reflect on my life choices.
  • Posted by: Judi Freedman at 01/30/2015 11:21 AM
    Men certainly took a beating in this play. Why would either of the women want this charmless clod? Also, why do older women have to be portrayed as out-of-it ditzes? We're obviously involved theatre-goers and, at 76, I scored 9 out of 11 on your feminism quiz. I may not have marched, but I was certainly aware of and felt strongly about the social issues addressed by the feminist movement. during my younger years. Phyllis Schlafly got a pass in the play. Nobody pointed out that, hypocritically, the life that she was leading (with her house-husband, legal degree and political aspirations) was very different from the traditional one she was advocating for other women. Or that she cynically promoted totally false assertions about the ERA in her drive to defeat it. Other than these cavils, the play was fine. The production was, as always, very good.
  • Posted by: Robert W at 01/31/2015 10:32 AM
    I liked the play while my wife was a little less than enthused. The first act was great and better then the second. I agree that the volume of the microphones could have been turned up a bit as I to found it hard to pick up the voices a few times. (I attend the Goodman often and usually the sound is okay.) Many of the bloggers expressed a dislike for the husband. I thought he was pretty convincing as someone who could have been more if he had chosen a different woman to spend his life with. After being married for 15-20 years, he now believed he had no ambition, no drive, no passion and was settling for what he had. (I have seen this happen.) The young woman's language was a bit rough but not too different from what I hear all the time. The fact that she started out with a black eye said a lot about her upbringing and social standing. I loved her line when the wife made some comment to the effect that her marriage was just fine and the girl responded by saying "I baby sit for you, I know what your marriage is like". She knew what really went on in that house and in that relationship. The ending was disappointing only from the standpoint that it was realistic. People drift back to what they are comfortable. Twenty years earlier I think the man would have struck out on a different path. Now it may have been frightening and looked like too much work.
  • Posted by: Eileen at 01/31/2015 11:23 AM
    I attended with my daughter-in-law, a working beautiful woman aged 53, who very recently married for the first time and I am a married woman of 79, mother of 6, grandmother to 15, 3 of whom are married and thus have made me a great-grandma to 3. I worked outside the home for about 25 years. We both loved the characters and the choices they made which made us talk about the choices we made in our lives.
  • Posted by: John Manos at 02/06/2015 08:08 AM
    I loved the play. IT said nothing new, but it said it all beautifully - very well written, very intelligently written. But what made it sing was the extraordinary cast! Every player was absolutely excellent in the performance we saw. The directing and staging were also first-rate. Hat's off to the director for the pitch-perfect naturalism of the performances and kudos to all five of the actors for being able to do it so damn well!
  • Posted by: Gail at 02/07/2015 10:25 AM
    I absolutely loved this play! I was surprised when people commented that they couldn't hear. I attended the Thursday, Feb. 5 production and had no problems. Normally I have some hearing issues with any production. This play kept my attention and interest from start to fifiend. I would recommend it to all women, and most men.
  • Posted by: Phil davis at 02/07/2015 09:46 PM
    I enjoyed the play. At first I thought where is this going but as I kept with it I started to like it more and more. The only thing confusing to me was the title of the play. All in all it was well acted and very interesting to watch...
  • Posted by: John R. Dolphin at 02/08/2015 09:39 AM
    As with most new plays presented by the Goodman, I'm impressed with the new-fresh material. Last night, as usual, the play, the flflcast, the direction, lighting, and flclever sets, were all there, were all up to the high standards of first class theatre. It was a two hour presentation evening, very well spent. Thank you.
  • Posted by: Mary Clark Ormond at 02/09/2015 08:04 AM
    I thought Mark Montgomery did a superb job of acting the character Don, because I know someone exactly like that, even makes that apologetic, squinty face all the time. However, I thought the valorous struggles of the women characters could have been played off against a more nuanced man. Although he starts out interesting, Don is SO spineless and SO attention-challenged that by the end the playgoer doesn't really care which alpha female he rolls belly-up for. I would hate to think that feminist points of view can only be conveyed by crunching men underfoot. I loved the play, nonetheless! Smart and thoughtful while maintaining the polish of top-notch entertainment. Thank you playwright, director, Goodman and cast!!!
  • Posted by: Eileen Soderstrom at 02/09/2015 10:48 AM
    I enjoyed the play, but it was not at all realistic. The character of the husband needs a lot of work. As he is written, you wonder why either of the women would want anything to do with him. Somehow the supposed charisma he used to have needs to be shown.
  • Posted by: Sue Charpie at 02/09/2015 12:17 PM
    I really liked this play a lot. Very thought-provoking. I have to agree with some of the other people that it was difficult to hear the main character. The two friends I was with also thought it was difficult to hear her. Other than that, fantastic play!
  • Posted by: Mary Ann Lawson at 02/09/2015 03:35 PM
    I thought the play lacked depth, in that to me and the friend who attended with me, the characters were stereotypes. It was almost like attending something akin to watching a morality play. (Probably a poor example but the best I can think of at the moment.)
  • Posted by: Kevin M. OBrien at 02/12/2015 01:53 PM
    My wife and I loved the play. Probably our favorite at the Goodman Theater these last few years! I liked it so much, I texted my twenty-something daughter during intermission to tell her to be sure to get tickets to see it ASAP. We both thought that the character of Don could have been written to make him currently be a little more appealing to either Gwen or Catherine. The memory of what he was versus what he became would not be enought to attract someone as "successful" as Catherine. Even if she was trying to recapture lost youth. Also, it is unlikely that Gwen would be 12 years sober, going to AA meetings, and not see how her dropping a dime on her husband at an AA meeting could have serious repercussions for him in a small town.
  • Posted by: Evie at 02/12/2015 03:16 PM
    Not only a very thought-provoking plan, but very humorous. I enjoyed both parts in this play more than most plays at the Goodman. Hearing the main character in the first half was difficult and I missed some great laughs from some others.
  • Posted by: Mark at 02/13/2015 08:54 AM
    This play does not seem to have any relevance to today. The characters all seems to be unrealistic and extreme. It portrayed women in a very poor way with the only winner being the man (also portraying men in a bad light) I found much of the play offensive to men and women. It played out like a bad version of Wife Swap. The need to use vulgar language to hold our attention, became old real fast. I will admit that I do have a completely different view on the subject. I am a stay-at-home dad (by choice) with 4 kids. My wife is the breadwinner. We both "lead" in different ways.
  • Posted by: CarLynn Negele at 02/13/2015 11:38 AM
    No one considered the relationships from the point of view of the children involved. They do not easily bounce from person to person and place to place. All the adults seemed selfish and self-absorbed.
  • Posted by: arthur bostwick at 02/15/2015 10:13 AM
    It was surprisingly a good play on a good subject aging and dealing with it. The cast did an outstanding job. The sets were superior. It held contemporary perspectives on sexuality and morbid remanesance on opportunity missed. It ended with acceptance of things as there are...a positive.
  • Posted by: Helena at 02/15/2015 05:31 PM
    Saw the play yesterday and loved it. Very smart, thought provoking. To those who wonder why Catherine would still go for a slug like Don...she's panicking about possibly being left all alone so Don's faults are not obvious. Don knows this better than she does. The title is part of lyrics from some song by the icky band Hole.
  • Posted by: Riegan at 02/16/2015 07:59 PM
    Meh. It was good. Not amazing. The actors, designers, director, and playwright did their jobs well. The ideas were interesting and there were some really big moves made in the second act that were great. I guess I was left a little unfulfilled because for such a messy subject it was too neat. Everything got wrapped up tidily at the end of the show. No questions went unanswered. Make me think and then leave me pondering. I saw it with my grandmother who said "predictable" and though I tried to argue with her about it... the conclusions of each act really were exactly that.
  • Posted by: Mary Anne at 02/20/2015 11:37 AM
    I thought the play was entertaining, but not important...much ado about nothing - which may or may not have been the point. I thought Don was more of a schlemiel than he needed to be, and would have been more interesting if he weren't such a complete loser. I thought the two women in the middle didn't resonate as true, but the Mother and the college student did.
  • Posted by: Tom E at 02/22/2015 12:06 PM
    Excellent performance by the entire cast. I am shocked by individuals that could make connections with the play. The challenges of maintaining relationships continues to be relevant especially for those who are evolving as life goes on. It was honest and fresh, anything but offensive. Challenged viewers to take responsibility for choices made. I will seek out future performance by the entire cast.
  • Posted by: Val at 02/23/2015 09:36 AM
    What moved me the most was the mother-child relationship. It's so true that no one ever cares about you to the degree that your mother does. When that person dies, you've lost something you'll never have again. I think you should enjoy the moments you have with her and not be so consumed about life without her. Focusing on that makes you miss the present, a real waste of time.

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