Sometimes solo shows do something unique. The author writes a story that is not their life story. They craft a play inspired by vital themes but generate a new character to tell the tale. Such is the case in Adin Lenahan’s Pilgrim Notes. Playing an array of Louisiana-tongued personas, Pilgrim Notes is the intimate tale of a young man’s correspondence with a convicted serial killer and the bond the pair find.
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Whether it was a choice or simply how the play unfolded, director Caroline Kittredge Faustine kept Lenahan close to the secretary desk in the corner. She didn’t have him travel much. It kept the piece moving but it meant an immense amount of unused dead space between Lenahan and the audience. It’s only a tiny woe from an overall solid production.
Pilgrim Notes is one of those rare solo plays that captures the audience’s emotions in a hypnotizing way. Planet Connections is likely not the last time you’ll see Adin Lenahan or Pilgrim Notes.