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Tuesday, April 19, 2016

DON'T THINK TWICE

A Tribeca Film Festival 2016 Selectiion

By D.E.Levine

This is a smart, bittersweet comedy about a six-member comedy troupe, the Commune, toiling for 11 years in relative obscurity in New York City.

Dreaming of breaking into television, the members of the Commune eke out very meager livings and live like starving students in small, dingy apartments.

At the beginning of the film members of the Commune learn that the small theater in midtown Manhattan has been sold and the troupe must find a new performance space.

Suddenly, one member of the Commune is hired for Weekend Live (a Saturday Night Live type program) and when this confers almost instant celebrity status, other members of the troupe show their anxiety about the future, envy of each other and raw competitiveness.

Mike Birbiglia plays Miles, who fancies himself the originator and "father" of the Commune.  An accomplished Improv artist himself, as we; as an actor and writer, Birbiglia has given us a realistic picture of show business hopefuls who live in fear of their expiration date.