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Actually

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Members say: Absorbing, Relevant, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Great writing

About the show

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

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?


Member Reviews (68)

MEMBERS SAY:

Absorbing, Relevant, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Great writing
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Avg Score

80
Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Edgy, Relevant, Contrived

See it if Indictment of college drinking & hookup culture. Kids with vastly different motivations & expectations get in trouble. Good characters.

Don't see it if You are bothered by unconvincing elements. The legal hearing was a contrivance. Real college students actually(!) study during the week.

74
Interesting play for 42-1/2 minutes; problem is that it's 85 minutes; still, it's an eye-opening 42-1/2 minutes

See it if insightfully shows how important personal history & context are in adjudicating college rape charges; engaging performances in 2-hander

Don't see it if too much of a "he said she said" vehicle; heavy-handed in demonstrating unfair process; lacks big dramatic moments

Also This is second Anna Ziegler play I've recently seen w The Last Match (... Read more Read less

72
Absorbing, Confusing, Intense, Relevant

See it if you enjoy a drama about an alleged rape. Action goes back and forth in time and was confusing. Plot itself is very relevant to our times.

Don't see it if you don't like a very annoying voice. The girl has annoying sing song voice that took away the strength of her story.

Also I thought it would be more of a he said she said story. This drama kee... Read more Read less

80
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if You are interested in sexual politics on a college campus. A friendship turns into a controversy after a casual date takes a turn.

Don't see it if You are uncomfortable with sexual activities or multiracial dating; cannot sit through a 90 minute show; have hearing problems

Also The relationship between the two students of different backgrounds dev... Read more Read less

79
Needs editing, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Timely, Intelligent

See it if You're interested in sexual dynamics, the challenges/disorientation of college freshmen, looking at both sides of "he said-she said".

Don't see it if Don't like a series of monologues to audience, want more action, can't relate at all to the college experience of today's youth.

Also There's a lot to ponder in this incisive and intelligent look at the m... Read more Read less

80
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if you're interested in issues of gender, race, consent, and sexual politics. Great performances, particularly from Joshua Boone.

Don't see it if you want to see something light and fluffy. Play has plenty of humor, but issues raised are serious and require some thought & attentiveness

71
Provocative

See it if You want to see a well acted story about an interesting subject.

Don't see it if You don’t like two person he said she said about sexual accusations.

72
Disappointing, Thought-provoking, Over done

See it if you want to see a show that tackles the issues of race, consent and rape. Staging is very interesting, But show goes on too long and is dull

Don't see it if you want a show that gives a fully developed argument about a very difficult subject.

Also The play has a lot of potential. I loved the point/counterpoint. But i... Read more Read less

85
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Thought-provoking, Timely

See it if you enjoy a piece about two individuals that have differing opinions about a mutual sex act. Very contemporary

Don't see it if you are offended by a piece that presents both sides of an issue and draws no conclusion

84
Relevant, Thought-provoking, Great writing

See it if Ugh, missed writing this while it was open. GREAT Writing! Weaker production than in LA. I would even recommend reading the script.

Don't see it if Sadly, it's closed, so you can't. This is a series of Monologues. - Little interaction between the actors other than spoken exposition.

Also This is a really beautifully crafted piece.... Read more Read less

85
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Intense, Resonant

See it if You are looking for a thoughtful piece on a difficult topic

Don't see it if Rape is a difficult topic for you

92
Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Great writing, Entertaining

See it if you ever wondered how reality and confusion often get mistaken for each other.

Don't see it if you would rather believe what you think you know instead of opening yourself up to ALL the facts of the situation.

Also Playwright Anna Ziegler’s play’s subject matter dominates our newspape... Read more Read less

80
Complex, Powerful, Thought-provoking, Resonant

See it if you want to see a balanced he said/she said account of a date that snowballs into a debate about sexual consent

Don't see it if date rape is a triggering issue or you aren't willing to see and debate the story from both sides

Also The concept of this piece was really good and for the most part it pre... Read more Read less

77
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Indulgent, Intense, Repetitive

See it if You want to dig into the murkiness of sexual politics.

Don't see it if Whiny characters turn you off or you want a sense of completion/forward movement at the end of the play.

Also A two-hander with pitiable characters and storyline that highlights th... Read more Read less

80
Absorbing, Clever, Resonant, Relevant, Great acting

See it if You like smaller productions, want to see two great young actors perform, want to hear about relevant topic in society today.

Don't see it if If you need a linear show, don't like smaller productions, don't have patience (story unveils bit by bit)

74
Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Ultimately disappointing

See it if you're interested in watching two very real and nuanced characters develop before your eyes

Don't see it if you're hoping for a message about feminism or sexual assault, or if you've ever been assaulted, as you'll find no closure here

Also Far easier to watch than you'd expect, as there is no assault depicted... Read more Read less

96
Great acting, Great writing, Intense, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if you are interested in the age-old issue of responsibility. The reference to The Cruclible is extremely apt. Timely and relevant material

Don't see it if you do not want to be challenged and potentially angry/upset. The "funny" is fleeting; the pain and damage is persistent and forever

81
Absorbing, Relevant, Funny, Disturbing, Thought-provoking

See it if Well acted depiction of possibilities and how things could go terribly wrong. He was particularly strongly and sympathetic.

Don't see it if Disturbing discussions bother you. Writing and points sometimes overdone and excessive.

85
Absorbing, Great writing, Intelligent, Relevant, Resonant

See it if Anna Ziegler always worth seeing..short-to the point interesting story line--provides food for thought

Don't see it if You can't follow a non-linear story line in play to the very end...much back and forth may leave viewer unclear on what's happening

84
Great writing, Great acting, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if you enjoy a fascinating and sad examination of sexual politics on campuses today. Ziegler is such an intelligent and provocative writer.

Don't see it if you don't want to see a classic story of "he said" versus "she said." At times the plot felt a bit contrived.

92
Great acting, Funny, Clever, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if The most refreshing and smartly written in a while. Adorable and funny characters.

Don't see it if You had enough of environmental doomsday stories and can't surrender to a sweet Romcon.

79
Great acting, Relevant, Intense

See it if Excellent actors portraying fully realized characters.

Don't see it if Issues of ( possibly untrue) rape allegations are not what you go to the theater for.

78
Absorbing, Funny, Great acting, Thought-provoking and well written

See it if You don't mind conclusions that don't tie up everything in a neat bow.

Don't see it if You want clear and straightforward solutions.

77
Absorbing, Great writing, Intelligent, Profound, Relevant

See it if You want to see very good writing related to a very difficult topic

Don't see it if You want to see a play that could make conservatives very pleased

77
Absorbing, Thought-provoking

See it if you're interested in the topics of race and consent explored through theatre

Don't see it if you're uncomfortable with talk of explicit sexual activities

Also From a dramatic standpoint, this show works pretty well. However, it r... Read more Read less


November 14th, 2017
"Blain-Cruz’s high-gloss minimalist production makes a great deal of sense moment by moment but cannot seem to accrete meaning and value as the story keeps lurching around...And the actors, called upon to switch gears constantly, have a similar problem maintaining credible characters. Boone keeps...
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November 15th, 2017
"Director Blain-Cruz and her two sharp actors infuse this talky piece with energy and urgency, and Ziegler’s meticulously detailed script is more than occasionally funny, despite its serious themes. As Amber and Tom unravel the knotty threads of their fateful interaction on an unadorned stage, ou...
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November 15th, 2017
“Ziegler’s taut, devastating new play, directed with a deft, unsparing sense of forward motion...A smart, profoundly painful exploration of the murky, treacherous sexual culture this country is mired in...‘Actually’s’ wit and its intelligence are part of what makes the complex darkness at its cen...
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November 14th, 2017
"It's a compelling and provocative subject whose dramatic potential is only fitfully realized in this talky effort, consisting largely of monologues...It's a technique often used by the playwright...But here it feels lazy...It's in the infrequent instances when the characters do interact that ‘Ac...
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