The Journey

We’ll give you 5 reasons to see this “psychedelic comedy in 3 acts!”

By Andrew Andrews

Original photo by David Clode from Unsplash.

Straight-edge atheist Nick Landers wants to marry his not-so-Jewish girlfriend Luna.

Luna’s father expects Nick—who’s never even smoked marijuana—to share in a family ritual consuming chocolate hearts infused with the psychedelic “medicine” ayahuasca before Dad gives the engagement his blessing.

The story is narrated by the family dog named Tom Petty, who has coincidentally been possessed by the ghost of the real Tom Petty.

At first, Tom Petty only reveals himself to the audience. But after the dog gets into the extra chocolate knowing it’s been laced, he starts to share his secret in private conversations with Nick and a pet psychologist named Burt Becker, who unwittingly partakes when he samples the chocolate, not knowing what it contains.

Here are five reasons you should see this “psychedelic comedy in three acts” at The Tank:

Leif Riddell, Stephanie Roseman, Jeffrey Grover, Sami Petrucci, Kelsey Susino, Jessica Van Niel, Annabelle Fox, Marco Greco and Desirée Baxter are part of the fourteen-member cast. Original photo from the company.
  1. The Humor: I mean, any story that features a dog possessed by a dead rock star is bound to have its moments, but the comedy in this production ranges from laugh-out-loud exclamations to subtle quips you might not catch if you’re not paying close attention.
  2. The Cast: If size was all that mattered, the fact that this production features 14 different actors (with nobody serving multiple roles!) would alone meet the requirement. Even more important, every single actor is perfect for their role and performs their assignment admirably.
  3. The Price: Tickets for this show are only $20 each and the theatre only holds a few dozen people. I don’t know how much they’re paying the actors, but even if there’s a full house, they probably deserve more.
  4. The Chocolate: When it’s time to start the ritual, you’re invited to join the procession for a chocolate heart of your own. It’s not 70% cacao and probably not laced with ayahuasca, but it’s a nice treat that adds a bit of sweet immersion to the experience.
  5. The Special Moments: Just as a good drama has the right dose of comic relief, there were a few moments toward the end of the story where I actually felt a little emotional.

I’m not going to pretend this is a Broadway-quality show at a bargain basement price—after all, this black box production uses only a handful of props and a roll-up rug to convey the set and setting, and the seats around the Tank’s smaller stage can feel a little crowded when you’re sandwiched between strangers on both sides.

But if you think you can find a better live comedy than The Journey for this price, then you’re the one who must be trippin’.


Andrew Andrews attended The Journey at The Tank The 56 in Manhattan on Sunday, February 9, 2020 @ 3:00pm to write this review.