Already closed | 2h 15m | Upper W Side

After the Blast

From 77 member  reviews
Members say: Great acting, Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Clever

About the show

Lincoln Center Theater presents the world premiere of Zoe Kazan's drama about a couple who hopes to have a child in a post-apocalyptic world. More…

'After the Blast' is set in the wake of total environmental disaster, when the human population has retreated underground. Experience is simulated. Fertility is regulated. And Anna and Oliver have one last chance to have a baby.

2h 15m | Already closed | Claire Tow Theater (Upper W Side)

Member Reviews (77)

MEMBERS SAY:

Great acting, Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Clever
82
Avg Score

80
Quirky, Enchanting, Slow, Thought-provoking, Clever

See it if Immersion in sci-fi world from within a small apt. Interesting themes. Endearing robot. Need we be honest about an unpleasant reality?

Don't see it if You aren't interested in philosophical discussion about the purpose of life. Long winded in spots.

81
Absorbing, Clever, Refreshing, Engaging

See it if you want an apolitical, sensitively-written, plausible (if somewhat bleak) vision of the future, w/an authentic relationship at its heart.

Don't see it if you can't face another fictional post-apocalyptic drama in this real pre-apocalyptic atmosphere; you can't endure a long, cloying ending.

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

See it if You want to see fantastic acting in an engaging story. Very interesting and thought provoking throughout.

Don't see it if You don’t want to see a depiction life after a nuclear holocaust.

71
Absorbing, Entertaining, Indulgent, Quirky, Slow

See it if You want a beautiful and interesting look at what life might be like post apocalypse. You like to see good actors having fun on stage

Don't see it if The main character is a little bit whiny, conceited, and annoying- which makes the show feel long at times.

85
Original, Heartfelt, Committed actors, Resonant, Better than expected

See it if post-apocalyptic works that infuse all that makes us human, displacing most "sci-fi" elements to the borders of the story, sounds alluring.

Don't see it if eschewing anything even slightly moralizing--here, about how we're destroying our environment; losing ourselves in technology; losing touch.

Also After the Blast could’ve been a cliché mess of a post-apocalyptic work... Read more Read less

90
Great staging, Intelligent, Must see, Quirky, Resonant

See it if You want an inventive, searing portrayal of existential questions and human bonds set in the future, underground.

Don't see it if you disdain science fiction narratives or can't suspend your disbelief.

Also A wonderful play that made me wish we saw more scifi on stage. There i... Read more Read less

92
Clever, Great acting, Great staging, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if You want to see a post-apocalyptic drama with heart, brought to vivid life through fine acting, direction and staging.

Don't see it if You don't like future-set post-apocalyptic themed plays.

85
Absorbing, Great acting, Clever, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if you like stories about individual life in a post-apocalyptic society, where free choice is limited, and most experiences are simulated.

Don't see it if you dislike sci-fi, robots, or plays that take time to reveal their strength, but do see it if you appreciate fantastic acting.

73
Ambitious, Cliched, Great acting, Resonant, Slow

See it if you enjoy plays that use unfamiliar or speculative settings to delve into timely issues and anxieties

Don't see it if you're not willing to see something that feels overlong and needs tightening, or doesn't end up really focusing its ideas on a central theme

74
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Slow, Indulgent

See it if You’re up for the latest post-apocalyptic show, with depression, robots, and strangely good acting with all of the above.

Don't see it if You get bored easily. This should have been 90 minutes, but was about an hour longer. There were lots of slow moments.

71
Clever, Edgy, Quirky

See it if you are looking for an interesting futuristic story. It's well written and it makes you think, but I wasn't enthralled.

Don't see it if you aren't a sci-fi fan, it might not be for you.

Also There is a robot that they spend a lot of time talking to. It was cute... Read more Read less

69
Ambitious, Clever, Great acting, Slow, Indulgent

See it if you like post-apocalyptic dramas that focus on a relationship (or if you think robots are cute)

Don't see it if depression, betrayal and a general bleakness aren't your idea of entertaining theater.

61
Banal, Disappointing, Edgy, So-so

See it if you enjoy a fluffy play and futuristic utopian imagining

Don't see it if you dislike claustrophobic stage

77
Absorbing, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Entertaining, Refreshing

See it if you're up for science fiction with heart. The post-apocalyptic setting is merely a backdrop for other themes: grief, betrayal, delusion.

Don't see it if a serious, albeit often fresh and even charming, meditation on grief and human connection is not for you.

95
Clever, Funny, Great writing, Great staging, Intelligent

See it if You like a sort of black mirroresque theater experience, that is very smart, funny, and a reaction to our political times.

Don't see it if You don't want to see a futuristic type play featuring a robot.

85
Absorbing, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Intelligent

See it if you like post apocalyptic stories. This one is well crafted and beautifully acted, especially Cristin Miliotti.

Don't see it if you really don't like post-apocalyptic tales

87
Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Resonant, Thought-provoking

See it if you want to see two excellent lead performances in a deeply touching and moving play about relationships, humanity, and mental health.

Don't see it if You shy away from darker subjects or you prefer larger more outlandish production values.

75
Funny, Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Relevant

See it if you enjoy modern stories and intimate acting.

Don't see it if you are skeptical of "not too distant future" narratives.

79
Clever, Entertaining, Great acting, Refreshing

See it if Enjoy new plays with provocative futuristic themes

Don't see it if You do not like futuristic

85
Great cast, Entertaining, Thought-provoking

See it if You like the cast (Chidi from The Good Place is amazing but also the others). You like dystopian shows.

Don't see it if You are not interested in seeing shows about a possible upsetting future. You are triggered by stories dealing with fertility issues.

60
Disappointing, Great acting, Great staging

See it if You’re anticipating a future living like a mole......underground. Or see it if you think that robots are under-represented in the theater.

Don't see it if If you’re hoping to see a play that doesn’t telegraph in act 1 scene 2 exactly how the rest of the play is going to move forward.

95
Absorbing, Clever, Great writing, Great acting, Must see

See it if You're a fan of dystopian fiction. You like Black Mirror, Bradbury, or Asimov. You want to see some truly impressive world-building.

Don't see it if You can't sit through a 2.5 hour + intermission show - but the time really does fly by.

Also The combination of an excellent script, strong acting, and incredible ... Read more Read less

70
Clever, Ambitious, Disappointing, Great acting, Relevant

See it if you like shows that question the future of humanity and our planet.

Don't see it if you are expecting to fully connect emotionally. A robot literally gave me more feels than the humans.

90
Great acting, Great writing, Profound, Relevant, Absorbing

See it if you want an exceptional heartfelt take on humanity after the apocalypse; great worldbuilding; intricate relationships; + an ADORABLE robot.

Don't see it if you don't like emotional maturity, complexity, great acting and staging, and a beautiful, funny script (seriously just see it, it's SO GOOD)

90
Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting, Funny, Refreshing

See it if you are interested in very new-feeling theater. You like black mirror, the giver, ready player one, etc.

Don't see it if You don't like fantasy/the future. You don't care about stories about marriage or depression.


October 23rd, 2017
"This overlapping of our responses to a seductive bot is the most ingenious and instructive aspect of 'Blast.' Otherwise, Kazan’s new play, although immaculately mounted and fluently acted, seldom fully grabs our feelings or stirs our thoughts...Characters often seem to have little existence beyo...
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October 23rd, 2017
"As designed by Noah Mease and voiced by Will Connolly, the robot dominates Zoe Kazan’s cautionary drama 'After the Blast'...It is palpably overlong, and there is some rather heavy-handed finger-wagging about the things we take for granted. But Milioti and Harper are excellent in the central role...
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October 23rd, 2017
"Its heart — and its strength — is its examination of despair, the daily, deadening tug toward the dark...Under Neugebauer’s meticulous, confident hand, Harper and Milioti give mesmerizing performances: painfully raw without a trace of melodrama....Milioti’s interactions with her automated scene ...
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October 23rd, 2017
"Sluggishly paced and needlessly attenuated, the drama squanders its provocative ideas through self-indulgence...'After the Blast' delivers an imaginative, understated portrait of a futuristic society...But the writing also feels flabby and unfocused...Director Neugebauer's listless staging doesn...
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