All The Natalie Portmans
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All The Natalie Portmans
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All The Natalie Portmans NYC Reviews and Tickets

78%
(66 Reviews)
Positive
86%
Mixed
14%
Negative
0%
Members say
Great acting, Relevant, Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Entertaining

About the Show

In MCC's world premiere, too smart, “too gay”, and too lonely to fit in, sixteen year old Keyonna escapes into a world of rom coms, red carpets and all the iconic characters played by her muse, Natalie Portman. 

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74
Relevant, Script needs work, Well staged, Well acted, Absorbing

See it if you like dysfunl family dramedies, this one abt 16 yo lesbian brainiac. Strg perfs lift the unfocused material. A few laughs/gd reveals.

Don't see it if you want a gr script. Natalie used weakly. Mom inconsistent. BFF visits repetitive. Happy-ish ending unearned. Impt story of econ insecurity

88
Quirky, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Clever

See it if You like shows that you’ll be thinking about long after you’ve left. A real slice of life as well as decidedly quirky. Great set/lighting.

Don't see it if You’re not ready to confront some serious real life issues. The reality of how some poor life choices can haunt you is on full display here. Read more

Critic Reviews (10)

The New York Times
February 25th, 2020

"An Imaginary Friend With an Oscar: C.A. Johnson’s play stars Kara Young in a full-body, whole-heart, tensed-muscle performance."
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Time Out New York
February 24th, 2020

3/5 Stars. "The rest of C.A. Johnson's play, unfortunately, is awash in Hollywood-style clichés. Keyonna is smart as hell but skips AP calculus  ''cause it's easy.' (Between this play...and 'The New Englanders,' Young is quickly cornering the market on brash, brainy teenagers.)"
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Theatermania
February 24th, 2020

"'All the Natalie Portmans' Asks: More Natalies, More Problems? C.A. Johnson's ambitious new play makes its off-Broadway debut.":
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Lighting & Sound America
February 25th, 2020

"'All the Natalie Portmans' might have been a formulaic domestic drama, but it has plenty of grit and a mind of its own."
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Talkin' Broadway
February 24th, 2020

"A raw, blistering play that's as hopeful as it is devastating. Directed with alacrity and an eye for subtlety by Kate Whoriskey,..Beautifully realized by a superb cast led by incandescent Kara Young as Keyonna."
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New York Stage Review
February 24th, 2020

3/5 Stars. "C.A. Johnson's tender new play is illuminated by the vivacious, indomitable Kara Young."
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Theater News Online
February 27th, 2020

"Kara Young's journey from daydreamer to family savior forms the heartfelt if undercooked arc of C.A. Johnson's domestic tale."
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TheaterScene.net
March 2nd, 2020

"While the play is not entirely fresh, the characters are so honestly drawn that director Kate Whoriskey's cast not only holds our interest but makes us worry about their futures."
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CurtainUp
February 27th, 2020

"C. A. Johnson might not be a name yet in the New York theater world. But her new play should be applauded for its originality."
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New York Theater
February 24th, 2020

"Sweet if largely familiar coming-of-age play…We've seen characters literally escape into the movies before….We've also seen struggling African-American family dramas before…What distinguishes 'All The Natalie Portmans' is that it revolves around a queer character."
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