I love describing a movie I liked as a “great flick.” Truthfully, I find it more fun to say than “movie” and potentially less pretentious than the word “film.” My guess is the term came from how the first moving pictures likely “flickered” while being shown with mechanical (then state-of-the-art) projection equipment. The digital and technologically influenced age in which we live is already notorious for making our relationships feel superficial, and many people are yearning for an authenticity that seems to be somewhere in the past. Interpersonal community is deeply engrained in the ethos of theatre, and Annie Baker’s new play The Flick shows us the importance of community through the eyes of three employees at one of the last remaining movie theatres in Massachusetts with a 35 millimeter film projector. Ms. Baker has established herself as a dramaturgically potent and skilled playwright, and her vivid characters are brimming with all-consuming emotions: when they are sad they completely shut down; when they are happy they illuminate everyone in the room; and when they are full of love we see it explode within them. The Flick is a rare play that makes good cases for both theatre and film’s vitality, while also giving the audience high-definition portrayals of three individuals with their own distinct passions, faults, and fears.

Ben Mandell, development intern

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