After the Blast
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After the Blast
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After the Blast NYC Reviews and Tickets

82%
(77 Reviews)
Positive
94%
Mixed
6%
Negative
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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.

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Member Reviews (77)

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705 Reviews | 214 Followers
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.

MJK
677 Reviews | 187 Followers
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.

481 Reviews | 316 Followers
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.

432 Reviews | 93 Followers
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.

370 Reviews | 147 Followers
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. Read more

288 Reviews | 63 Followers
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.

276 Reviews | 39 Followers
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. Read more

248 Reviews | 65 Followers
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.

Critic Reviews (21)

The New York Times
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 beyond their functions as avatars of a new social order. The relationship between Oliver and Anna never acquires the heat to make us feel anxious when it’s in jeopardy."
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Time Out New York
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 roles, director Lila Neugebauer surrounds them with a top-drawer production and Arthur is downright merchandisable."
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New York Magazine / Vulture
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 partner feel like tiny miracles...'After the Blast’s' brilliance lies in its use of science fiction’s black mirror to cast light on human betrayals both global and personal."
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The Hollywood Reporter
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't help, making the evening feel even longer than it actually is. She has, however, elicited superb performances from the lead actors."
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The Wall Street Journal
November 2nd, 2017

"It pulls off the bedazzling feat of taking a hyper-politicized topic and using it as the occasion for a taut, sermon-free drama whose true subject is the inability of men and women to see each other plain...Milioti brings a disciplined yet utterly natural intensity that makes it impossible for you to look at anyone else whenever she’s on stage...The true star of 'After the Blast,' however, is its creator. Kazan has emerged as a writer of real individuality."
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Deadline
October 25th, 2017

“'After the Blast' teeters disturbingly on the loomingly intrusive interplay between artificial intelligence and basic human instincts and emotions...Kazan has something bigger in mind and not futuristic at all...Under the keenly sensitive direction of Lila Neugebauer, ‘ After the Blast’ has been given a dream showcase, starting with the cast.”
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New York Daily News
October 23rd, 2017

“Director Lila Neugebauer’s production is sleekly designed — sets and clothes hit subtle futuristic notes — and skillfully acted. Milioti is particularly fine at capturing Anna’s intense feelings. But at 2 1/2 hours, the play loses momentum and the play becomes more pedestrian. Bottom line: Hot jobs post-apocalypse include scientist, doctor, marriage counselor.”
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Theatermania
October 23rd, 2017

"Full of sensitive insights and glimmers of horror, this domestic drama still moves at the sluggish pace of a recluse who refuses to change out of her pj's...Undoubtedly, that robot is the thing everyone will remember about 'After the Blast'...Milioti and the robot have the most natural chemistry of anyone in the cast...Kazan's play contains echoes of earlier (and more fully realized) science fiction...Director Lila Neugebauer realistically creates this sunless world."
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