Is This A Room (Broadway)
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Is This A Room (Broadway)
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Is This A Room (Broadway) NYC Reviews and Tickets

80%
(195 Ratings)
Positive
89%
Mixed
9%
Negative
2%
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Absorbing, Great acting, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Intense

The true story of Reality Winner told through text from the FBI transcript of her interrogation.

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57 Reviews | 4 Followers
100
Relevant, Riveting, Profound, Great acting, Ambitious

See it if ...the fractured nature of reality compels interest. ...you're curious to see a flawed hero try to escape a trap...

Don't see it if You have trouble with lifelike imperfect rapidfire dialogue, or moral quandaries

81 Reviews | 15 Followers
100
Intense, Masterful, Intelligent, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You want to experience an FBI interrogation vicariously. It's harrowing. Worse so in that the case against Reality Winner is a travesty.

Don't see it if You're not ready for a heavy drama yet. There are cathartic moments provided for a smile but it's intense. Clocking in just over an hour.

Eug
191 Reviews | 31 Followers
100
Thought-provoking, Resonant, Astounding, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you want to experience a must-see and bear witness.

Don't see it if you don’t like plays rooted in reality.

262 Reviews | 57 Followers
98
Riveting, Great acting, Intense, Dizzying, Absorbing

See it if you are interested in slow burn thrillers

Don't see it if you don't like thrillers or intense drama or if you are looking for a traditional broadway production

50 Reviews | 19 Followers
97
Riveting, Profound, Masterful, Edgy, Absorbing

See it if You’re curious how transcribed text can be brought to electrifying life through the most sublime and dynamic staging.

Don't see it if You’re looking for easy, sit-back-and relax theatre.

e8
226 Reviews | 40 Followers
97
Quirky, Great acting, Great staging, Edgy, Clever

See it if a brilliant staging of a FBI interrogation performing the transcript in verbatim. emily davis is giving an astounding performance

Don't see it if you want to see a show with a ton of special effects or big moving elements. this is all about the written content and how it is performed.

98 Reviews | 23 Followers
95
Ambitious, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Great acting

See it if you love documentary theater, if you are a fan of verbatim theater, great lead performance and a though provoking story.

Don't see it if you only like musicals, you don't like experimental work, you aren't a fan of short plays.

535 Reviews | 155 Followers
94
Riveting, Must see, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You are an intelligent theatre goer who needs to be informed of the ways in which our government subverts the truth ! It’s shockingly sad.

Don't see it if You are a Trump supporter who doesn’t want to know that another country interfered in our 2016 election !

Critic Reviews (13)

The New York Times
October 24th, 2021

"By the end of the tautly sustained 70 minutes of “Is This a Room” — the extraordinary documentary theater work by Tina Satter ... — you’ll probably feel the need for a drink, or a yoga session, or a full-throated scream. [A] sharp, blindingly polished slice of theater vérité."
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The New York Times
October 11th, 2021

"How does mind-numbing banality become heart-racing excitement?...a 65-minute verbatim transcript has now become the basis for one of the thrillingest thrillers ever to hit Broadway. “Is This a Room,” which opened on Monday at the Lyceum Theater, turns the ums and stutters and bizarre non sequiturs of recorded speech into astonishing — and astonishingly emotional — theater."
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Time Out New York
October 11th, 2021

"Is This A Room is a formally unconventional play with downtown energy...In this larger forum, the play acquires a certain added weight: It demands to be taken seriously, and the questions it raises about power, surveillance and sacrifice are worthy of the platform."
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New York Theatre Guide
October 23rd, 2021

"If you were only going to go to one play the rest of the year make it this one. The issues raised are too important not to be a part of the conversation."
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New York Magazine / Vulture
October 12th, 2021

"Satter’s production treats her actors as sculptures and the stage as their gallery... I have adored it everywhere I’ve seen it, but the huge box of the Lyceum does change the dynamics of Satter’s extraordinary staging, making it seem both more gorgeous and more severe."
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Deadline
October 11th, 2021

"Throughout the course of its taut 70 minutes, the remarkable Is This A Room, opening tonight at Broadway’s Lyceum Theatre, prompts a steady, gut-churning stream of “what ifs"...performed by a flawless cast headed by Emily Davis."
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Variety
October 11th, 2021

"As the title hints, “Is This a Room” is as much about atmosphere as the words it enacts...If any element of the production is worth the uptown price tag, it’s Davis in a kinetic and magnetizing debut."
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New York Stage Review
October 11th, 2021

"Four stars!...For many of the audience members the verbatim reproduction may pass merely as an up-close look at FBI tactics, a kind of unmoored Dragnet episode."
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