A Parallelogram
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A Parallelogram
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A Parallelogram NYC Reviews and Tickets

79%
(179 Ratings)
Positive
86%
Mixed
13%
Negative
1%
Members say
Great acting, Thought-provoking, Clever, Absorbing, Ambitious

About the Show

Second Stage Theater presents a new existential comedy by Pulitzer Prize winner Bruce Norris in which the past, present, and future collide. Starring three-time Tony nominee Celia Keenan-Bolger. 

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Show-Score Member Reviews (179)

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133 Reviews | 36 Followers
96
Thought-provoking, Must see, Riveting, Great acting, Multi-layered

See it if you are interested in serious theater about the deep questions.

Don't see it if You loved Lion King.

Also Ignore the reviews, especially Jesse Greene's. This is terrific theater for people who think. It is also funny and very entertaining.

266 Reviews | 27 Followers
96
Clever, Thought-provoking, Refreshing, Intelligent, Quirky

See it if You like the idea of meeting yourself in the future; you like plays that explore ideas that seem impossible; you like to think about a play

Don't see it if You only like straight-forward plays with a beginning, middle, and end with no confusion

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506 Reviews | 1010 Followers
95
Absorbing, Clever, Entertaining, Great acting, Funny

See it if you enjoy great acting esp by Anita Gilette and Cecilia Keenan Bolger. Also if youu like to think. Concept re: Life is fascinating. Reality?

Don't see it if need a musical extravaganza or you prefer a play that spells out what is ahead. . .What's with revolving stages? 12 in last 6 weeks

581 Reviews | 89 Followers
95
Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Great staging, Great writing

See it if you like shows that challenge you to think, that are beautifully acted and have amazing sets. Story makes you think about time, space, etc.

Don't see it if you want a nice, pat little play.This one is thought provoking. I didn't like the set in the last act. It implied a living style. Offensive.

120 Reviews | 40 Followers
95
Clever, Great writing, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if If like us, you do not follow the vicious review of the NY Times see it before it close.An original play great writing, acting & directing

Don't see it if You do not like intelligent plays

192 Reviews | 21 Followers
94
Ambitious, Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Great writing

See it if You love theater and want to see something new and exciting. This play was absorbing from beginning to end.

Don't see it if No reason not to see it. It is a masterpiece.

290 Reviews | 92 Followers
90
Absorbing, Funny, Great acting, Great writing, Thought-provoking

See it if You like plays that leave you with a lot to think about concerning life and all the choices we make.

Don't see it if Plays with straight forward stories that you won't need to figure out in the end

135 Reviews | 37 Followers
90
Edgy, Great staging, Profound, Thought-provoking, Intelligent

See it if So completely thought-provoking; I couldn't stop thinking about this for days. Totally beguiling, well acted--an excellent night of theater.

Don't see it if I can't really think of a reason not to see it; the play/staging/acting was the total package. Maybe skip if you want a fun musical.

Critic Reviews (31)

The New York Times
August 2nd, 2017

“Offers plenty to think about and much to enjoy in Michael Greif’s sleek production. But as drama it’s not only a nonstarter but a nonender; it’s a red herring that swallows its own tail…‘A Parallelogram,’ which at first seems like a change of pace from Mr. Norris’s usual satirical approach, reveals itself as more of the same but weaker…Norris’ ginned-up climaxes go nowhere...If you knew how the play ended when it began, would you see it? In this case, I think not.”
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Time Out New York
August 2nd, 2017

“Whether you'll want to see ‘A Parallelogram’ depends on your palate for poison. Norris excels at writing conversations you heartily wish would end, and Keenan-Bolger and Kunken talk at each other with the kind of blank insistence that does, in fact, make you fear for humanity. I certainly came away with a bad taste in my mouth; the play is successful, as far as it goes, in making even the pre-apocalypse savor of ashes.”
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New York Magazine / Vulture
August 2nd, 2017

“The restless, disturbing new play burrowed under my skin…I left 'A Parallelogram' with the same feeling in my internal organs that I’ve had after watching certain episodes of 'Black Mirror'—and Norris’ play strikes me as the closest I have seen a piece of contemporary theater come to accessing that same unsettling strain of science-not-quite-fiction…Norris, director Greif, and their company have done a rare thing: They have created a production that’s not asking to be liked.”
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New York Daily News
August 2nd, 2017

"If you knew in advance what was going to happen in your life and couldn’t change it, would you still want to go on? Audiences at Norris’s darkly funny but frustrating comedy...are likely to walk away with a different query: Is that all there is? Alas, yes. Despite pungent performances all around and a crisp staging by director Michael Greif...the play leaves you wanting...Leaving things up for grabs is one thing, but copping out is another...In the end, the play doesn't square."
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Variety
August 4th, 2017

"Greif keeps a sharp cast moving at a smart clip through a static text that’s more talk than action—and more thought than talk. Most of the conversation takes place in the bland bedroom of an unmarried couple who are themselves pretty bland...The problem with the play has nothing to do with science, or even sci-fi versions of time travel. The problem is that Bee is severely hamstrung by her limited imagination and lack of human compassion."
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The Hollywood Reporter
August 2nd, 2017

“More often than not it seems to be spinning its own wheels…‘A Parallelogram’ doesn’t live up to its sharpest moments. Whatever messages Norris is trying to impart are muddled at best and depressing at worst. The shifting perspectives add up to little more than clever narrative tricks…The play also feels needlessly dragged out…The performers do solid work, but Keenan-Bolger and Kunken are hamstrung by their characters’ shrillness...The saving grace is Gillette."
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NY1
August 4th, 2017

"Far from Norris' best...Norris’ premise is an interesting one but what should have been an existential head trip ends up something of a cop out and dramatically it’s rather inert. All of the characters, including a young Latino lawn cutter, become tiresome halfway through. It is well acted though and Greif’s direction is strong enough to keep us guessing far longer than the play deserves...Disappointingly half-baked."
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Theatermania
August 2nd, 2017

“An undeniably intelligent and multilayered play…This comedy with a bitter dramatic aftertaste will leave you pondering what exactly you just saw for days after…Norris has us mentally firing on all cylinders. Every beat seems to bring a new insight or argument to consider…A well-staged, sharply designed production…Greif and Norris steadily accelerate the flow of ideas and dramatic possibilities all the way to the end as we work to keep up with a play that always feels a few steps ahead of us.”
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