New York | 1h 25m | Ends Apr 14

After

From 12 critic and 99 member reviews
Members say: Absorbing, Great acting, 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.



95
Carole Di Tosti

“This is a riveting, powerful and timely production. The greatness of the play in its themes, conflicts and revelation of the importance of communication among family members is evident from the outset. The adroit actors carry the tension throughout. Indeed, each actor hits the ball out of the park so that no one character 'dominates' the other which would ruin the dynamic and theme that all have a responsibility in the events. This is ensemble work at its best, its most alive.” Full Review

95
Reviews Off Broadway

"'After' is a gut punch that sneaks up on you. Set in an upscale house, typical of something you would see in Westchester, it is all smoothing blues and tasteful furniture. Populated by the nice mid-upper class semi-repressed white inhabitants you expect. The very normality is what lulls you into the expectation of a simple story with simple answers. Director Joe Brancato gives us a straightforward, albeit not simple, story and a cast that delivers the raw emotions that go with it." Full Review

90
TAPinto.net

"Just about any set of modern parents who’ve reared kids...will find relatable themes, dialogue and characters in Michael McKeever’s finely-crafted drama 'After'...The acting is first-rate across the board, with believable, sudden mood shifts and emotional engagement. Director Joe Brancato is at the top of his game in keeping us riveted to every utterance each step of the way. This is worthwhile, timely and important theater to see—and to think about." Full Review

85
Melinda's Malarky

"A compelling one act drama...The bantering & blaming between the parents is sharp, unrelenting & wickedly humorous...'After' is entertaining throughout. The import of the play is to be an up stander rather than merely being a bystander. An up stander is someone who sees what happens and intervenes or speaks up to stop the bullying...Parenting, gun violence & our political climate all weigh into this provocative, dark comedy with timely messaging." Full Review

80
Broadway Blog

"Holds you in a viselike grip as its characters engage in fraught discussions of sensitive issues. Its first two scenes offer some of the most gripping dialogue and character interactions on any current Off-Broadway stage…Blessed with consistently engaging and thoughtful dialogue, pleasant to look at, beautifully acted, and smartly staged. Some moments are chilling, others moving. A more organically convincing ending would make it far more satisfying." Full Review

80
New York Stage Review

"To McKeever’s credit, he expands broadly on the characters’ psychological underpinnings...Audience members who haven’t seen 'God of Carnage' are in for a fresh and strong ride...'After' looks clear-eyed at the marred institution of marriage and at rampant bullying, but it doesn’t shy away from other current concerns...Brancato directs 'After' with the iron hand it requires, which means that the cast is uniformly strong. It’s an impressive ensemble." Full Review

80
Theater Pizzazz

"A suspenseful journey directed with the utmost perceptive sensitivity...The scenes change as titles above the stage reflect the 'Before,' 'During,' and 'After' of this suspense driven psychological drama that asks and attempts to answer questions that plague our existence. Other than the fact that there can be some repetitious moments in this 85 minute, no intermission drama, I will leave this as a Spoiler Alert and add that the cast is uniformly wonderful and this is a play to be seen." Full Review

78
Front Mezz Junkies

“McKeever’s clever new timely play ramps up the energy and suspense with precision and smarts...It’s thoughtful and brittle in its humanity, covering the bases of each interaction with clarity, but not dousing the drama...The play sometimes is overcome with overt sentimentality and characters flipping into caricatures...but even within the overly written moments of contrived orations, there is an essence of clear purpose and a thoughtful curiosity.” Full Review

60
Lighting & Sound America

"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 voice, and the people in it aren't individual enough to capture one's interest. It's a technical exercise, a thesis play that spends its ninety minutes decrying materialism and lax gun laws." Full Review

55
Theatermania

"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 performances that only occasionally succumb to the heavy sentiment of McKeever's script...A play that sputters to its conclusion." Full Review

55
Theatre is Easy

“’After’ turns out to be just talk itself, with relatively little to say...Everything we’re going to learn about these people—all white, by the way—can be gleaned in their first few minutes onstage...Some of the snippy humor early on lands adroitly, but it all feels like it’s buying time until the great ‘event’, the aftermath of which becomes unnecessarily contrived and melodramatic with a last-minute reveal that undermines the play’s attempts at moral ambiguity.” Full Review

45
The New York Times

“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 unworthy...The story is too baldly engineered — too bullying, in fact — to engage the audience in the manner necessary to produce empathy.” Full Review


100
Must see, Profound, Intense, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if It was truly amazing from start to finish. So relevant to what is happening in our world. The dialogue and acting is terrific.

Don't see it if You are easily upset by intense drama and adolescent issues. Not for kids under 15, I would say.

100
Thought-provoking, Profound, Great staging, Great acting, Delightful

See it if you enjoy political yet highly emotional, family-focused and personal stories focusing on humanity, human bonds and relationships

Don't see it if you're uncomfortable being challenged and discussing heavier topics in today's world such as school shootings, online bullying and risks.

96
Absorbing, Great acting, Exquisite

See it if A serious show with an excellent script, great acting, fabulous set and very relevant subject matter.

Don't see it if You want a fluffy mindless show.

95
Wrenching, nuanced, insightful and beautifully done exploration of bullying, macho, and parenting

See it if You like deeply thoughtful theater on tough contemporary issues

Don't see it if You want a light and fluffy fun time out

95
Relevant, Resonant, Intelligent, Great writing, Entertaining

See it if If you want to see a full story of abouting bullying, denial and its result.

Don't see it if you want a story with simple solutions or simple blame

Also every character involved here - on and off stage - fails in some way. ... Read more Read less

94
Resonant, Profound, Masterful, Great writing, Absorbing

See it if you enjoy great drama. We written with great insight into the gestalt of both mothers, fathers, husbands and wives.

Don't see it if you are only interested in seeing lighthearted comedies.

93
Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Masterful, Intense

See it if you want a fair depiction of a difficult issue

Don't see it if bullying and/or gun violence are triggers for you

93
Intense, Great writing, Great staging, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if Standing ovation to all 5 actors; portray “parents” truthfully; script condensed with high energy; 90min passed in a sec.

Don't see it if You’re not interested in parenting problems and its aftermath (school bullying for eg); 90min without pee break is too much for you;

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.

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

90
Intelligent, Ambitious, Absorbing, Riveting, Relevant

See it if Riveting 90 minutes of theater. Was sitting at the edge of my seat biting my nails.

Don't see it if You're more into a softer subject matter or musicals

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

89
Intense, Masterful, Profound, Edgy, Absorbing

See it if Story is very relevant to today's times particularly when dealing with bullying.

Don't see it if You don't want something thought -provoking.

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 .

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

88
Intelligent, Great acting, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if You want to see great writing that is very relevant to today’s times. Acting was terrific and it was very powerful

Don't see it if You want a light hearted play that will put a smile on your face.

88
Riveting, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Great writing, Great acting

See it if This play is about the effects of bullying-but relates the story through the parents - not the children. Excellent production.

Don't see it if You are looking for light entertainment. This play deals with heavy subjects but is extremely well done.

87
Relevant, Intense, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if Story of two white affluent families facing off over an issue with their teenage son's. Brilliantly laid out. Great writing.

Don't see it if You want to see other classes/races represented.

Also Great writing, exceptional acting, surprising plot, with unexpected tw... Read more Read less

87
Absorbing, Clever

See it if you like the story line

Don't see it if you dont like bullying

86
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You can relate to family and their child related issues that are relevant

Don't see it if You don’t like bullying, harsh language and teenage suicide issues

85
Suspenseful, Riveting, Intense

See it if The show was very intense with great writing the topic is about bullying from the perspective of the parents discussing it.

Don't see it if If you are not interested in bullying and parenting. Want to see something light and fluffy. This show is sad.

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

85
Relevant, Intelligent, Great acting, Clever, Absorbing

See it if if you want to see a well written and acted play dealing with a timely subject.

Don't see it if you only want to see plays that have happy ending and that are light entertainment.

85
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Absorbing

See it if you are interested in examining the before/during/after arc of a school bullying/shooting situation through the interactions of the parents.

Don't see it if topics relating to school bullying and guns are triggering or overwhelming for you. For reference, violence is discussed, not depicted.

85
Relevant, Resonant, Intense, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You like an intense, emotional evening of theater on a small scale.

Don't see it if You like light fare and happy endings.


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