A Delicate Ship
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A Delicate Ship
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A Delicate Ship NYC Reviews and Tickets

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Great acting, Intelligent, Absorbing, Lovely, Beautifully acted

About the Show

The Playwrights Realm opens their 15-16 season with Anna Ziegler's poetic play about a haunting love triangle that triggers an unexpected chain of events.

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533 Reviews | 488 Followers
75
Lovely, Great acting, Small, Absorbing, Intelligent

See it if you want to see great performances in a sweet little play.

Don't see it if you have trouble with characters turning out and narrating.

178 Reviews | 279 Followers
82
Great acting, Crisp direction, Thought-provoking, Dramatic

See it if tend to reflect on what-ifs and the roads not taken; you wonder if you are like your parents, you have romantic exes who still haunt you

Don't see it if you dislike relationship dramas, fourth-wall-breaking philosophizing about the meaning of time

164 Reviews | 94 Followers
81
Intelligent, Absorbing, Beautifully acted, Modest, Fluidly staged

See it if you appreciate see-worthy new work that's as emotional as it is literate, with a yar ensemble that's wonderfully alert to each other.

Don't see it if it's hard to connect with characters who quite Kierkegaard. The play is delicate & small, so won't appeal if you want set& costume changes.

94 Reviews | 37 Followers
85
Funny, Great acting, Intelligent, Resonant, Absorbing

See it if you want to see a contemporary play about young (30something) people trying to sort out their lives in a fascinating manner.

Don't see it if you dislike relationship plays or plays with some ambiguous details.

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52 Reviews | 19 Followers
75
Indulgent, Great acting, Uneven

See it if complicated and complex interpersonal relationships do it for you, or if the lives and loves of millenials are intriguing.

Don't see it if you're easily annoyed by personality quirks that become heightened over the length of a play.

1 Review | 0 Followers
70
Clever, Edgy, Great writing, Original, Profound

See it if You love art

Don't see it if You're bored easily

Critic Reviews (18)

The New York Times
August 28th, 2015

"Ms. Ziegler’s quietly lyrical language has a luminous beauty, and her talent for creating characters whose complicated depths are just visible on their surfaces is still more remarkable. She has found a sympathetic director in Margot Bordelon, who gives the play’s fluid structure a strong grounding in reality that never interferes with its elliptical aura. And it’s impossible to imagine a cast better able to infuse Ms. Ziegler’s story of love, pain and loss with more natural poetry, or more piercing honesty."
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Time Out New York
October 4th, 2015

"Were Ziegler (who makes origami of time) not so deft, the situation might lend itself to sitcom banality. She digs beneath the laughs, of which there are plenty, to plumb the pain that lurks below."
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New York Post
August 28th, 2015

"The play is competently written, but lacks any noticeable personality. Who are these people? Why should we care about them? In many ways 'A Delicate Ship' is typical of a certain contemporary American drama. Bred at elite universities and workshopped to death, it’s as overprocessed and tasteless as American cheese. Watching the show, you find yourself wishing for imperfections. In other words, for a sign of life."
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New York Daily News
August 27th, 2015

"Anna Ziegler’s compact, compelling Off-Broadway play glides along until eventually sinking into melodrama...“A Delicate Ship” ends up being too tidy for its own good. Still, Ziegler’s voice comes through. And she’s got plenty to say."
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Theatermania
August 27th, 2015

"A gorgeously sweet and sad three-character drama being given an excellent production by the Playwrights Realm... Ziegler has written a lovely piece that not only has the musicality of a fugue, but also contains an emotional center that will be familiar to anyone who has ever seen a relationship end. That Ziegler's script has been given such an engaging production is almost an added bonus. Director Margot Bordelon guides her cast into three deeply felt, thoroughly human performances."
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Theatre is Easy
August 27th, 2015

"An out of this world script with talented actors who can pull it off...Sadness and confusion and memories are intricately bound throughout 'A Delicate Ship.' The hilarity that stems out of awkwardness is a spectacular construct that Ziegler captures. Paired with director Margot Bordelon's through-the-roof talent, this production, or rather this 'ship,' not only got me across the ocean, but I enjoyed every second. All aboard!"
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Theater Pizzazz
September 1st, 2015

"Three of New York’s best Off-Broadway actors are attempting to keep Anna Ziegler’s 'A Delicate Ship' afloat in Margot Bordelon’s generally effective production for the Playwrights Realm. Sometimes compelling but too often talky and irritating, 'A Delicate Ship,' on the surface at least, is a straightforward, seventy-five minute, romantic triangle drama...It doesn’t quite sink, but it’s nonetheless a somewhat leaky vessel."
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New York Theater
August 29th, 2015

"'A Delicate Ship' is a lyrical play with some of the rich intricacy and circumlocution of a poem. To appreciate Ziegler’s play, theatergoers should be open to spending time with the kind of characters who philosophize about suffering over glasses of wine on Christmas Eve...Director Margot Bordelon treats us to a lively pace for such a contemplative piece, and the actors are so good I never once had the urge to yell out 'Oh, get over yourselves and go bowling.' (Well, maybe once.)"
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