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A Parallelogram

Members say: Great acting, Clever, Thought-provoking, Ambitious, Great staging
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Second Stage Theater presents the latest from Tony and Pulitzer Prize-winning scribe Bruce Norris, a dark comedy that questions whether we can make peace with those things we don’t have the power to change.

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If you knew in advance exactly what was going to happen in your life, and how everything was going to turn out, and if you knew you couldn't do anything to change it, would you still want to go on with your life? That is the question facing Bee who, much to Jay’s confusion, can click through different moments in her life with the touch of a remote control. Starring Drama Desk winner Celia Keenan-Bolger ('Peter and the Starcatcher') and directed by Drama Desk winner Michael Greif ('Rent.')

 
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75
During previews
Great acting, Thought-provoking, Confusing, Interesting, Entertaining

See it if Well acted time travel story with humorous moments. A solid play all around.

Don't see it if The characters don't change, learn or grow by the end, which was a little deflating.

86
During previews
Funny, Ambitious, Clever, Edgy, Intelligent

See it if You enjoy Bruce Norris's writing.So good to see Anita Gillette on stage again. She was great in this role.Her comedic timing is still there.

Don't see it if You think life is too hard to endure & watch on stage.

85
During previews
Absorbing, Clever, Entertaining

See it if You like new, smart, well written plays with some good actors. Has some funny moments as well as some sad/make you think moments.

Don't see it if Modern plays with time travel and perhaps not the most sympathetic characters, is not for you.

48
During previews
An idea that doesn't work.

See it if You feel you must see Bruce Norris new work.

Don't see it if You want a good play with a good story that makes sense.

85
During previews
Funny, Clever, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if you enjoy a brain twister with great acting, writing and staging. Funny, entertaining and thought provoking

Don't see it if you like a linear plot

86
During previews
Absorbing, Ambitious, Clever, Intelligent, Confusing

See it if you like plays with a twist, plays that present a theory on something, plays that involve mystery, plays that challenge you

Don't see it if you are easily confused, don't like plays about science, aren't comfortable with a person possibly with a cancer diagnosis,

Also There was a controversial line in the play about the holocaust and 9/1... Read more Read less

89
During previews
Clever, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Quirky, Great staging

See it if you want to catch up with the work of one of our most interesting playwrights in a topnotch production with a superb cast.

Don't see it if you like plays that spell everything out for you and don't require any thought.

88
During previews
Absorbing, Ambitious, Clever, Great acting, Great staging

See it if You enjoy great writing and great acting. Everyone in the four person cast was excellent. Interesting story that keeps you guessing.

Don't see it if I'd say to see it.

83
During previews
Funny, Absorbing, Clever, Thought-provoking, Resonant

See it if You'd love a darkly funny, thought-provoking piece about the meaning of life & knowing your future.

Don't see it if Anything involving time travel (even if it's not sci-fi) isn't up your alley, or you don't like thinking about death whatsoever.

50
During previews
Banal, Disappointing, Insipid, Slow

See it if you like the cast members, and a play that has some ideas, but really does not resonate.

Don't see it if you want to be transported by a play. This one is resolutely earthbound and clichéd - the author isn't telling us anything we don't know.

Also Celia Keenan Bolger is playing one of the most annoying and unappealin... Read more Read less

78
During previews
Funny, Great acting, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Confusing

See it if Some terrific performances. Great to see Anita Gillette again. An interesting premise. You're left with questions.

Don't see it if Some characters are one-dimensional. A bit weird. A bit confusing. You're left with questions - was what you saw real?

40
During previews
Ambitious, Quirky, Disappointing, Cliched, Insipid

See it if Suicide in a life without change is a fait accompli or just Fatalism for Dummies. Grim play is all pretentious banter between unkind people.

Don't see it if Humor derived through forced illogical concept and ridicule is a Twilight Zone episode for sadists. Unsatisfying and poorly argued polemic.

70
During previews
Ambitious, Great acting, Slow

See it if you are interested in a high-concept play that deals with an old question (can we change what's fated?) in a somewhat new way

Don't see it if you like your plays short and clear-cut.

Also CKB and Anita Gillette are both great. This show is very ambitious in ... Read more Read less

88
During previews
Absorbing, Great acting, Confusing, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if you want to see another take on the 'what if I had taken a different course?' theme but with a twist

Don't see it if you can't handle repetitiveness or breaking of the fourth wall

81
During previews
Dizzying, Great acting, Quirky, Riveting, Disappointing

See it if You like twisty, piercing, bitterly funny, thinkers. As one audience member put it, "There's a lot of talking; and it's all about life."

Don't see it if Not going to give any content warnings here aside from profanity. If slightly confusing plays about relationships aren't your thing.

Also There is so much going on, and the two acts are different enough, that... Read more Read less

80
During previews
Funny, Clever, Thought-provoking, Great staging

See it if you like plays that engage in existentialism and consider whether one's choices can really change anything. Good use of humor & great design

Don't see it if you want a play firmly grounded in reality, you prefer more straightforward plays that require less thought

90
During previews
Great acting, Thought-provoking, Resonant, Great writing, Great staging

See it if you're a person. Seriously. Every person should see this show.

Don't see it if you want to keep pretending you've never had any sort of existential angst.

80
During previews
Interesting, Entertaining, Well-acted, A little confusing

See it if You want an interesting and sci-if-ish story kept me engaged throughout. Liked but didn't love.

Don't see it if You want a strictly linear narrative or if you want a clear moral resolution.

83
During previews
Absorbing, Ambitious, Clever, Great acting, Great writing

See it if you're a fan of the writer or the actors who deliver top-notch perfs, enjoy innovative plots presented with fresh staging and warmth

Don't see it if you have trouble with mental health issues & talk of the meaninglessness of life, wondering what you would do if you knew all the future

Also This is an extremely clever and rewarding work, hysterically funny at ... Read more Read less

85
During previews
Clever, Great acting, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Profound

See it if a comedy that makes you think. At age 80, Anita Gillette is amazing as is the rest of the cast. Bravo!

Don't see it if you are looking for a straight forward fluffy comedy. This one heeds your attention.

50
During previews
Confusing, Tedious, Contrived, Good sets, "2 hrs & 15 mins you will never get back"

See it if You appreciate dramatic examinations of mental illness & brain trauma. You are a fan of Anita Gillette who is a high point.

Don't see it if You are expecting something on par with Clybourne Park, Norris' Pultizer Prize winning play. .

73
During previews
Clever set/staging, Gillette is great, Waaaay too long

See it if Want interesting premise & writing that spins your thoughts in new directions. This has magical realism, unexpected twists, some funny bits.

Don't see it if Get cranky w stupidly long tangents, irrelevant humor, over-extended exposition, or plays w repeating scenes. Needs 20-45 mins cut.

Also The writing poses some new ideas and it's all executed well. The set c... Read more Read less

87
During previews
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Philosopical

See it if You want a fulfilling evening. Story was involving, acting solid, laughs and deeper questions. Scenes repeated in new contexts.

Don't see it if You do not like a does of unreality in your shows. You do not like to sit through more than 90 minutes.

Also I saw the first preview. It was really solid. I saw the producers wrot... Read more Read less

82
During previews
Funny, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Quirky, Entertaining

See it if you enjoy out-of-the box thinking, thought-provoking premise, clever use of lighting and staging, characters to whom you can relate.

Don't see it if you only like musicals, linear plots, realistic drama with no imagination involved.

80
During previews
Funny, Absorbing, Entertaining

See it if you want a show with great acting and funny, snappy dialog. The show nicely move along and does not drag. Interesting premise to ponder.

Don't see it if you don't like thinking about the past, present and future. Not for anybody who does not like plays about interpersonal relationships.