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

About the show

Parenting, bullying, and its fallout are examined in this heart-wrenching new play from the playwright and director that brought you "Daniel’s Husband." More…

An incident of bullying leads to a horrifying consequence in this timely new play that follows the journey of two families: before, in the moments leading up to the event; and after, as they pick up the pieces once the news cameras have gone home.


Member Reviews (157)

MEMBERS SAY:

Great acting, Absorbing, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Intense
86
Avg Score

69
Poorly plotted, Relevant, Ambitious, Overstuffed

See it if you'd like a combative upper class hot topics fest: gun control, bullying, wealth/male privilege, motherhood, marital discord, texting, etc.

Don't see it if you want coherent plot or chars. Turns into a murky mess. Lots of speeches. Unconvincing. And why all white cast? Great set.

82
Great writing, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Resonant

See it if great show, full of real pathos and plot twists. Surprising and timely.

Don't see it if you don't care about issues of bullying, or parenting in the face of tragedy.

Also Phillips was a bit miscast. His acting was a bit melodramatic in compa... Read more Read less

79
Entertaining, Absorbing, Great writing, Great acting

See it if You enjoy conflict dramas. Great performances and writing. Show moves by at a quick pace.

Don't see it if You would prefer something light.

87
Thought-provoking, Resonant, Relevant, Intense, Great acting

See it if You want to see a different point of view on the topic of bullying. It’s intense and thoughtful. Will hit you on many levels.

Don't see it if A show about bullying will cause you to struggle. It gets to the heart of some intense themes.

75
Contrived, Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Clever

See it if Two sets of parents try to cope with conflict between their teenage children. Well-drawn characters and relevant issues.

Don't see it if As the events and revelations spiral out of control, they get harder to believe. The ending is preposterous. The actors save the show.

82
Relevant, Intense, Thought-provoking, Absorbing

See it if u want to see an intense, if somewhat contrived, post-Sandy Hook "God of Carnage", full of passion, rage, twists, humor & reasoned arguments

Don't see it if you don't appreciate psychological dramas; you're triggered by frank discussions of gun violence & bullying; you seek pure escapism.

Also Although the direction is slightly heavy-handed at times, and some plo... Read more Read less

85
Intense, Relevant, Intelligent, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if for the intense performances. All of the actors inhabit their characters with vigor.

Don't see it if bullying or family issues are triggering issues. If you require deep understanding to work though a horrific event, you will not get it here

91
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you enjoy plays on current topics with good actors playing real people reacting to realistic situations that do not have easy answers.

Don't see it if you want light entertainment. While some chuckles are provided throughout this deals with bullying, homophobia and violence.

82
Relevant, Intense, Intelligent, Great staging, Great acting

See it if The before and aftermath of tragedy, processed by two families, when the instigator of pain is perpetrated by one of their own. Arresting.

Don't see it if Heartstring tug here. Here. And here.

Also Line:"You're doing more harm to your son than (his) text."

94
Riveting, Relevant, Intelligent, Great writing, Great acting

See it if You like drama that is so current it could be on the front page of The NY Times tomorrow ! You are interested in the aftermath of an event.

Don't see it if You can’t deal with heart-wrenching stories. You have no interest in family dramas. You are looking for a happily ever after.

Also I loved this play as much as I loved Michael Mc Keever’s other domesti... Read more Read less

91
Relevant, Intense, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you enjoy a very intense drama about the results of bullying on both the victim, the bully and the families involved. Excellent writing.

Don't see it if you do not like the issue of bullying or use of guns on the stage. One scene was particularly upsetting.

Also I compliment the playwright for his eliminating the issue of politics ... Read more Read less

76
Repetitive, Thought-provoking, Disappointing, Absorbing

See it if you want to see three good actresses doing their best with some blunted dialogue; interested in exploring severe ramifications of bullying.

Don't see it if the male actors are a little stiff, they overact & I found them not to be believable; you're looking for something uplifting.

75
Contrived plot, Nice set, Thought-provoking, Absorbing

See it if Timely, intense drama touching on TOO MANY complex issues. Well-staged. Bullying, guns, gay themes, toxic masculinity, marriage w kids, more

Don't see it if Don’t want several HUGE non-credible plot pts intro’d at very end, some 1-note characters, & revelations that don’t make sense. Gets muddled

81
Clever, Great acting, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if you're interested in a play that focuses on school gun violence and bullying but from perspective of parents before, during, and after.

Don't see it if you don't want to see another play about school shootings/gun violence even though this has a different perspective.

88
59e59 does it again!

See it if You like very dramatic shows that involve tough family situations

Don't see it if You want to see something that is light and happy

Also I had very high expectations for the show. It was at a great theater a... Read more Read less

78
Riveting, Relevant, Preachy

See it if you’re a parent & want to eavesdrop on two couples who openly resent each other & each other’s children. Suspenseful & tense.

Don't see it if Like eavesdropping, it’s riveting but not illuminating. Doesn’t challenge you to rethink your behavior/judgements. The deck is pre-stacked.

Also There are strong moments but I’d rather see After told from the perspe... Read more Read less

89
Relevant, Riveting, Profound, Great writing, Absorbing

See it if You want to see a timely drama which provides an highly emotional experience about the impact of bullying. Memorable theater.

Don't see it if If you perfer light dramas .

81
Great acting, Absorbing, Cliched, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if a show about bullying & parenting & their consequences; issue of guns, intense & emotional at times

Don't see it if want something uplifting; don't like contrived plots & cliches

Also seems that (between the carefully designed set & certain revelations a... Read more Read less

83
Riveting, Involving, Resonant, Relevant, Ambitious

See it if you enjoy plays that much like life, find black humor in tense, taut situations, something playwright Michael McKeever excels at.

Don't see it if you don’t like timely, relevant plays.

69
Cliched, Disappointing, Great acting

See it if you liked God of Carnage. Acting excellent, good set, moves along quickly, never a dull moment.

Don't see it if you want to see a new play. Although new, seems like a re-do of God of Carnage.This play-plot points at end that don't make much sense.

Also Two couples argue about bullying of sons. Playwright throws in sexual ... Read more Read less

90
Relevant, Great writing, Great staging, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You want to see 5 performers give a great performance about a subject we have heard of and their performance is very on point and believable

Don't see it if You are not interested in a play about parenting and bullying. You want to miss out on a powerful performance.

Also I was so impressed with this performance and how these performers deli... Read more Read less

88
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Great staging, Intelligent

See it if you'd enjoy a different perspective (from the parents of kids involved) on high school bullying and gun violence. Very well executed.

Don't see it if high school bullying and gun violence are triggers for you.

Also This is the first time I've seen this situation portrayed through the ... Read more Read less

80
Great writing, Insightful, Interesting, Relevant, Fine acting

See it if you like psychological explorations of relationships (spouses, friends, children), bullying, guns & effects of parenting on children.

Don't see it if you dislike serious psychological content that includes conflict, values, relationships, contemporary issues & favor light entertainment.

79
By the numbers, Holds you attention, Good acting, Vitally important subject

See it if Play about bullying, name calling. 2 Sets of parents disagree about the meaning and severity of teen age threats & punishment for the them.

Don't see it if 4 parents, stock characters, defend their children's actions. Unfortunately &I characters are a bit follow the numbers. But, see it

76
Slow, Relevant, Indulgent, Fluffy, Disappointing

See it if You really like shows about school shootings.

Don't see it if You want something profound. They bring up all sorts of threads that could lead to something profound here, but never quite get there.


March 19th, 2019
“If it weren’t for the play’s ludicrous reversals and recurrent eddies of argument, it would last about 10 minutes instead of 85...You can’t blame the cast members, who ride the hairpin turns of their characters with nearly convincing finesse. Nor is the subject of gun violence and its aftermath ...
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March 17th, 2019
"We suspect these Chekhovian guns will play a major part in the ensuing 90 minutes of McKeever's play, which, like the living room it occupies, is a little too perfect to be believed...McKeever makes sure to neutralize the issue of electoral politics...Brancato directs the cast to credible perfor...
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March 22nd, 2019
“A powerful and profound drama...The cast masters their portrayals of parents dealing with tensions and dire circumstances...The company seamlessly delivers McKeever's finely crafted dialogue and captures their characters' distinct personalities...A timely and cautionary tale about the prevalence...
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March 18th, 2019
"Intelligent but contrived, its characters given to making orations instead of conversing like real people...This last quality is not alleviated by Joe Brancato's direction, which lets most of the cast members face out front and deliver their lines...'After' isn't dull but it never really finds a...
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