Actually
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Actually NYC Reviews and Tickets

82%
(68 Reviews)
Positive
96%
Mixed
1%
Negative
3%
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.

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Member Reviews (68)

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712 Reviews | 215 Followers
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.

643 Reviews | 279 Followers
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 Read more

697 Reviews | 106 Followers
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. Read more

536 Reviews | 57 Followers
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.

503 Reviews | 77 Followers
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. Read more

431 Reviews | 130 Followers
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. Read more

406 Reviews | 188 Followers
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 Read more

407 Reviews | 67 Followers
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

Critic Reviews (23)

The New York Times
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 enough in reserve to smooth over the role’s inconsistencies, but Socha is stuck making hairpin turns on unmarked roads. To say she doesn’t crash is high praise."
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Time Out New York
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, our sympathies are repeatedly tested. 'Actually’s' subject is politically charged, but its focus is squarely on the human beings behind the headlines."
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New York Magazine / Vulture
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 center hit so hard. There is brightness in this play, and in these people, and to see its sparks overwhelmed by such fearful and familiar shadows is shattering. In moments, it’s even revelatory.”
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The Hollywood Reporter
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 ‘Actually’ actually clicks...Despite its stylistic drawbacks...the play feels incisive and smartly observed. As superbly played by Boone and Socha, the characters register as sympathetic figures."
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Deadline
November 28th, 2017

“Blain-Cruz’s exquisite staging underscores Ziegler’s devotion to a kind of dramatic fair play...Absent stacking of the deck against either Amber or Tom, they emerge as complicated young people determined not to let their ambiguities undermine their conviction about what happened that night. Understanding all that is what gives the terrific actors a dreamlike power in which a gauzy truth gradually and painfully comes into sharp relief.”
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Theatermania
November 14th, 2017

"A gripping portrait of campus rape that frustratingly misses the wood for the trees...Impressively, Ziegler has created what feels like real individuals in Amber and Tom, something that comes across clearly in Socha and Boone's layered performances...Unfortunately, in devoting much of the play's energy to developing nuanced characters, Ziegler glosses over some crucial questions...I didn't leave conflicted, but sad: ‘Actually’ isn't really a reevaluation, but a reminder."
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BroadwayWorld
November 14th, 2017

“Ziegler’s absorbing and thought-provoking new drama...There's a surprising amount of character-driven humor; the kind that deals with the normal anxieties...without ever undercutting the seriousness of the situation...The major strength of Ziegler's storytelling is that she seems less concerned with having viewers take sides than she is with having us feel the mutual tragedy of the situation and be more concerned with discussing how such matters can be prevented.”
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Lighting & Sound America
December 5th, 2017

“Ziegler keeps turning the screw, adding details that constantly force us to revise our opinions of the characters...Under the sure directorial hand of Blain-Cruz, neither Boone nor Socha tips the author's hand, presenting each character's argument without fear or favor and leaving us to puzzle out for ourselves the truth...The staging is as lean and swift as the writing."
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