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Alligator

From 11 member  reviews
Members say: Ambitious, Great acting, Intense, Visceral, Edgy

About the show

New Georges and The Sol Project present a new drama about twin siblings trying to survive a challenging backwoods existence.  More…

Emerald and Ty are twin orphaned teenagers who live in the backwoods of the Florida Everglades and wrestle ‘gators in a roadside attraction. Careening through encounters in their small tourist town, they meet self-destructive young locals looking for a future and desperate young wanderers looking for a home; all carry secrets under ever-present layers of desire. Alternately realistic and surreal, and scored with gritty rock music, 'Alligator' is a play about learning to tame our darkest impulses.


Member Reviews (11)

MEMBERS SAY:

Ambitious, Great acting, Intense, Visceral, Edgy
64
Avg Score

67
Ambitious, Cliched, Confusing, Intense

See it if A hot mess of a playwriting debut Not necessarily a bad thing but mucho patience required. Fragmented story lines don't really come together

Don't see it if Jagged plotting & abrasive characters both interesting & off putting. Moreno as literal/symbolic alligator a highlight but underused

79
Allegorical testosterone-laden lurid fun

See it if Moreno plays another cocky, wise animal. Alcohol and sex-crazed teenagers in the Everglades. Juilliard-trained Bettis spins quite a yarn

Don't see it if Could use tightening. Granados and Martinez are a tragic couple. Swamp atmospherics in a messy stage pool. Lots of drinking & simulated sex

75
Ambitious, Great acting, Intense, Raunchy

See it if You're into intense acting, "coming-of-age" stories, teenage angst, fight sequence, homosexuality, self-hate, alligators, & getting splashed

Don't see it if Hate all of the above. The play is very Dark, grim, and sexual... If sexual violence and cuss words offend you- don't see

75
Wild, Weird, Ambitious, Great acting, Confounding

See it if you want to see some extraordinary acting from a blazingly talented young ensemble; if you're a fan of Ellen Hopkins &/or Sarah Kane

Don't see it if you're not up for a dark & filthy dive into the minds/worlds of a batch of seriously despairing folks struggling to survive late adolescence

7
Overwrought, Sluggish, Hacky, Cliched, Cheap

See it if um, it's got a cool puppet and tries to create a distinct atmosphere?

Don't see it if you respect your time and expect a story to proceed with some sense of urgency; you care about your fellow man and don't want cheap clichés.

Also What a disaster. The Sol Project was created so that Latinx writers co... Read more Read less

90
Absorbing, Great acting, Ambitious, Edgy, Intense

See it if you want a show with edge, strong women characters, intensity, Sam Shepherd for Women.

Don't see it if sex on stage freaks you out, animal cruelty and blood and guns upset you, live music is too intense, you want neat stories tied up.

84
Great staging, Great acting, Visceral, Intense, Great music

See it if you enjoy pieces that are equally physically and emotionally violent

Don't see it if you're afraid of a splash zone, you want a story tied up in a neat knot at the end/closure.

79
Great acting, Overwritten, Provoking

See it if you are interested in new plays and are a fan of strong performances that are well directed.

Don't see it if You are squeamish about sexual violence. You struggle with long-winded theatre.

Also The actors/directors/set design were very, very impressive and should ... Read more Read less

63
Ambitious, Edgy, Quirky, Slow, Relevant

See it if you like rock music in theater and a great, realistic alligator (was brilliant).

Don't see it if you're easily bored.

Also Some of the acting was good. The scenic design gorgeous, but the play ... Read more Read less

During previews
80
Gripping, Visceral, Great acting, Great writing, Unsettling

See it if you care about crazy new plays that aim to engage, challenge, and excite audiences and succeed.

Don't see it if you're more into shows that take a more intellectual tack. This show is down and dirty and hits you viscerally.

During previews
20
Ambitious, Way, way too ambitious

See it if You can tolerate bad accents, bad writing and acting which cannot overcome the writing. It's a new playwright,who does not know how to edit.

Don't see it if Your idea of an evenings entertainment does not include rape, fellatio, child prostitution, alcoholism, murder, cross dressing, & much more.


December 7th, 2016
"'Alligator' feels like two plays...The stories never entirely meld. Sometimes such messiness can be theatrically exciting. Here, it feels haphazard and squelchy. Araoz’s direction doesn’t especially help. With its thin characterizations and inconsistent tone, the play becomes a pile-on of increa...
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December 7th, 2016
"The text is thin. The metaphors are all embodied clichés…And characters get one characteristic each…So the play hasn't got texture—but there’s atmosphere by the bucketful. In this sort of overheated gothic, everything that can be extreme is extreme…It's all played in deadly earnest…Elena Araoz i...
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December 4th, 2016
"Any play that includes someone in charge of blood effects, a fight director, and a 'splash zone' is either going to be crazy funny or crazy disturbing. And while there are some surrealistically funny moments, 'Alligator' mostly falls into the latter category...It's a lot to take in, but under Ar...
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December 6th, 2016
"A bold and fresh new play…The payoff...is rewarding, but Bettis may have bitten off more than she could chew in giving almost every character a secret to unearth. With so many interconnecting characters, it can be muddy to flesh out each character’s demon. This setback does not derail an otherwi...
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