Opens Oct 23

After the Blast

Members say: Great acting, Relevant, Absorbing, Intelligent, Thought-provoking
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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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'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.

 

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Reviews (19)

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85
During previews
Absorbing, Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if you like dystopian narratives with strong central performances. A terrific and promising debut by Zoe Kazan, seamlessly designed & directed.

Don't see it if if dystopian narratives aren't your jam. The script also leaves a little something to be desired. At times it feels unfocused.

Also Special shout out to the terrific robot by Noah Mease and the beautifu... Read more Read less

92
During previews
Intelligent, Must see, Profound, Resonant, Heartfelt

See it if you have a working mind, beating heart, and two hours and thirty minutes worth of patience.

Don't see it if you are expecting to be hit over the head with dystopia.

Also Zoe Kazan has marvelously crafted three complex characters that ask an... Read more Read less

70
During previews
Ambitious, Great acting, Quirky, Relevant, Confusing

See it if You enjoy post apocalyptic dramas with a twist

Don't see it if Like stories with a consistent level of competency. This piece falls off the edge in the second act

76
During previews
Ambitious, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Slow, Great robot

See it if you want to see an intelligent play about personal life in a post-apocalyptic future

Don't see it if you don't like robots

Also The premise is interesting, Cristin Milioti and the robot make a cute ... Read more Read less

73
During previews
Explores interesting question: psychological pressures of living in post-apocalyptic society but doesn't cohere theatrically

See it if story interesting - couple tries to find happiness living underground after atomic wipeout; Cristin Milioti fine as depressed wife

Don't see it if tries to do 2 much in adding a major subplot where wife finds in robot a child substitute; unlike best sci fi does not create new world

82
During previews
Clever, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Great writing

See it if you want a story examining the responsibility humans have to each other as well as the earth. You like well-written plays with strong leads.

Don't see it if you expect a story all about the post-apocalyse. The dystopia is secondary, even unnecessary, to Anna and Oliver's relationship.

Also I am surprised and pleased with how thought-provoking After The Blast ... Read more Read less

98
During previews
Great acting, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Riveting, Great writing

See it if YoYou love original drama that takes your breath away by how relevant and terrifying it is ! You aren’t afraid to get a look at our future

Don't see it if You are afraid to be faced with scenes of what human life could become if we keep destroying our earth !

86
During previews
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if You enjoy plays set in dystopian futures that muse on what life may be like in hundreds of years. Or if you like Black Mirror.

Don't see it if You dislike dark comedies, especially if they deal with depression and the inability to bear children.

85
During previews
Absorbing, Great acting, Refreshing, Resonant, Great writing

See it if you enjoy smart science fiction, where the imaginative is just the hook for real, human stories. It's a gripping, moving story, well-acted.

Don't see it if you don't like robots, or don't like smart sci-fi in general.

79
During previews
Ambitious, Great acting, Disappointing, Slow, Great staging

See it if you are want your politics mixed in with your theatre. I do! The 2 lead actors do an excellent job in a play that needs to be trimmed.

Don't see it if you want something fast paced, or you are not interested in post apocalyptic stories.This isn't grim, just heavy handed.

Also My biggest objection is that this play is really a 2 person show (plus... Read more Read less

65
During previews
Disappointing, Slow, Well acted, Clever staging

See it if A look into the future after the destruction of civilization by those who survived is play for you. Can be childish at times.

Don't see it if You are looking for a play with substance on a very serious subject. This play is lacking that.

76
During previews
Clever, Great acting, Intelligent, Relevant, Slow

See it if you are a sci-fi fan interested in post-apocolypse tales; have an interest in psychology; are amused by robots (yes, it IS cute).

Don't see it if only like realistic dramas; do not believe that there will be an apocolypse; don't like use of gimmicky robots to move the drama forward.

Also this play was overly long, but amusing in the clever use of the robot.... Read more Read less

79
During previews
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Relevant, Entertaining

See it if you like plays about the future and/or about the devastation of the earth. Also about human emotions and how they can be manipulated.

Don't see it if you don't like post-apocalypse stories with robots. (He's very cute.)

70
During previews
Great acting, Disappointing, Slow, Poor playwrighting

See it if you like like play depicting the future.. The acting was great. The robot was good - I wish he had a curtain call.

Don't see it if you like well written plays about relationships between people. As a play it didn't amount to much - but the acting was good.

78
During previews
Absorbing, Profound, Refreshing, Cliched

See it if You are interested in relationship dynamics. You don't mind a somewhat tired premise.

Don't see it if You don't like robots.

89
During previews
Absorbing, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Resonant

See it if you're intrigued w/ futuristic what-ifs, technology, robots, post-nuclear survival, & an imbalanced female w/ a gorgeous husband all around.

Don't see it if you'd rather avoid depressing possible scenarios of where Trump is leading us (the few who survive); if you need laughs or happy endings.

85
During previews
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if You're interested in seeing a really impactful depiction of someone battling depression in an interesting setting.

Don't see it if You need a lot of special effects or fast-paced action (though the robot is awesome).

79
During previews
Captivating, Absorbing, Great acting, Resonant, Cliched

See it if you're interested in dystopian themes, mental health, and relationship struggles. Also if you want to see some great performances!

Don't see it if you are expecting a harsh post-apocalyptic feel to the show (the font used in the marketing may be misleading)

Also The futuristic premise of the setting is weaved well into the plot. In... Read more Read less

80
During previews
Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Relevant

See it if You want to see a great performance by Cristin Milioti

Don't see it if You get antsy, since it is a bit of a longer show.