Piece Comment

Review of A Tribute to Spalding Gray

"One of the hells I suffer is that I am in the past a lot of the time because I don’t have boundaries. Because if the past is fuel for your stories, then you’re not going to draw boundaries on what part of the past you want to go to – that’s the painful part for me... ...it’s having to let that stuff flood in."

This little moment, a bit buried in the piece, speaks volumes about Spalding Gray, his work and why many who are drawn to him, are drawn to him. The value Spalding put on raw emotion and re-feeling events is remarkable and rare in this world. Most of us prefer to put the past far behind us because we can’t risk the pain we may feel. It is the rare few, like Spalding Gray, who cannot do that. And that is truly a great gift to the rest of us.