The dingy back alley of a sleepy Vermont coffeehouse is home to trash bins, weathered patio furniture, and two affable slackers. KJ and Jasper fill their languid days with Bukowski references, low-key jam sessions, and ‘shroom-spiked tea. When a new employee—the smart but awkward teen Evan—attempts to evict them from their makeshift perch, KJ and Jasper recruit him as their unlikely summer protégé. Praised by The Village Voice as “an eloquent meditation on creativity and time’s passage,” this drama is a subtle ode to the truth and compassion hidden in unexpected people and places. From the critically acclaimed writer of Circle Mirror Transformation.
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A pristinely acted production.
McKenzie is mesmerizing as KJ, with all the innocuous potential of a smothered stick of dynamite.
Neugebauer possesses skilled talent in making Annie Baker’s scripted silences, one word monologues, and the sense of nothing much happening in ordinary situations -authoritative, heartbreakingly touching, and truly unforgettable.
In The Aliens, KJ and Jasper—an affable yet listless duo of drop-outs—hold court on the weathered back patio of a Vermont coffeehouse, filling their languid days with Bukowski references, ’shroom-spiked tea, and discussions of Jasper’s beat-inspired novel (still in progress).Read More
It’s almost too easy to imagine The Aliens as the name of an action-packed outer space thriller, but Baker’s indelible ode to music, art, and unlikely friendship draws its title from a different kind of extraterrestrial: poet Charles Bukowski.Read More