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Actually

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Manhattan Theatre Club presents Anna Ziegler's comic and thought-provoking play about two students who meet at a raucous party during their freshman year at Princeton.

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Tom and Amber connect in ways that seem innocent enough at first. But as things progress, they find themselves in murky territory, with ramifications that could affect the rest of their lives. What actually happened between them? And when it comes to relationships, how often is the truth completely objective? Can we ever shed our pre-conceived notions?

 
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Reviews (6)

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Talkin' Broadway

for a previous production "An exceptional two-hander...This work is not heavy-handed, melodramatic stuff; instead, it is extraordinarily realistic...It would not be accurate to call this seat-squirming theater, but the very natural performances bid theatergoers to consider, to contemplate...Blain-Cruz gives these actors space to create. The director, fortunate to be working with a sharp script and insightful actors, helps to fuel this 90-minute piece. It's all terrifically absorbing." Full Review

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Boston Globe

for a previous production "What emerges over the course of Ziegler’s riveting new drama...is something subtle, a story that extends even beyond the two anguished students at the center...Ultimately Amber moves beyond one-dimensionality as, bit by bit, with consummate skill, Ziegler assembles the intricate jigsaw puzzle of the people Tom and Amber were before they met...The playwright ultimately does not scant the psychological and moral complexity of either of the students." Full Review

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Berkshire Eagle

for a previous production "'Actually' is not a typical he-said-she-said play...The tone throughout is heartfelt and authentic; not given over to melodrama and theatrics but, rather, pain, confusion, anger, and, yes, humor, all of arises naturally as a function of who Amber and Tom are...Ziegler has written an honest, open play whose characters are fully formed; whose points of view, attitudes, and...from who they are as dimensional human beings, rather than mouthpieces." Full Review

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Critics at Large

for a previous production "Contemporary plays on hot-button topics tend to be didactic, with an unwavering point of view, but 'Actually' holds fast to its ambiguity...It’s an unusually sensitive and non-doctrinaire piece of work, emotionally detailed and seeded with humor, and Ziegler does a superlative job of finding distinctive voices for the two characters...It’s only with Ziegler’s sketching in the background of Tom’s side to the story that the narrative gears creak somewhat." Full Review

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Berkshire On Stage

for a previous production "Socha and Boone are skilled actors and perfectly cast...The technical weaknesses of this production are largely mitigated by the riveting performances and Ziegler’s incisive use of language...The lack of genuine academic ambience leaves Ben Stanton’s lighting design to fill us in on the changing times and spaces. I confess that at times I thought I understood what the lighting changes were telling me, and other times I was hopelessly lost." Full Review

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The Alt

for a previous production "A timely, true-to-life production...Blain-Cruz, Socha and Boone work flawlessly together to set the scenes, with excellent results. Both Socha and Boone were stellar in their roles...The electricity between the two crackled, which made the hearing scenes even more emotional...There are very seldom clear-cut heroes or villains in every story–and empathy lies in understanding that. This show’s power is in its realism, and it will affect everyone lucky enough to see it." Full Review

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