After the Blast
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After the Blast

After the Blast NYC Reviews and Tickets

(77 Ratings)
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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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Show-Score Member Reviews (77)

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85 Reviews | 23 Followers
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. Read more

145 Reviews | 34 Followers
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.

52 Reviews | 17 Followers
Great acting, Thought-provoking, Absorbing, Relevant, Intelligent

See it if you enjoy actors with great chemistry, you like stories that are thought-provoking and relatable, and you appreciate very natural language.

Don't see it if you want an elaborate set or a huge cast, you don't enjoy a futuristic, dystopian environment, or if you don't like robots.

344 Reviews | 71 Followers
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.

82 Reviews | 37 Followers
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)

277 Reviews | 38 Followers
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

52 Reviews | 11 Followers
Absorbing, Clever, Delightful, Great acting, Relevant

See it if you like obviously modern shows, or shows about the possible future, or shows that resemble a sort of cleanliness of television.

Don't see it if you don't want to see a show about a dystopian future, you don't like shows with small casts, or you want something with more visual action.

50 Reviews | 38 Followers
Absorbing, Funny, Enchanting, Great acting, Profound

See it if You're interested in future/dystopian stories; you want to see nuanced and affecting performances (even by non-humans)

Don't see it if You don't like robots? Only complaint was that it could have been trimmed down a little, but really enjoyed it.

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 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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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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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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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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