american (tele)visions
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american (tele)visions NYC Reviews and Tickets

61%
(83 Reviews)
Positive
45%
Mixed
32%
Negative
23%
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Ambitious, Confusing, Disappointing, Great acting, Slow

In a secluded Walmart in the 90s, Erica rolls a shopping cart through a series of fractured memories

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Member Reviews (83)

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906 Reviews | 924 Followers
75
Resonant, Relevant, Intelligent, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you like cool ways of telling a story, great staging and acting. Absorbing.

Don't see it if Sometimes repetitive/redundant in a way that lolls and sucks some air out of the show. Needs 20-25 min trimming to make it more powerful.

880 Reviews | 1014 Followers
74
Great acting, Repetitive, Entertaining, Clever

See it if You like unconventional ways to tell a story. I liked the storytelling device. Cast is great.

Don't see it if Felt repetitive at times and was too long. Hopefully gets tightened in previews.

997 Reviews | 409 Followers
53
Poorly staged, Slow, Quirky, Confusing, Disappointing

See it if You can overlook a lot of irritating aspects to what could be an interesting play. Confusing timeline. Staged with terrible sight lines.

Don't see it if If you want a plot that makes sense, with characters you care about on a set the actors don’t have to work so hard with and still block you. Read more

1040 Reviews | 251 Followers
12
Insipid, Excruciating, Disappointing, Banal

See it if A really poorly written play. Was the kinda show you keep looking at your watch.

Don't see it if Bad direction and boring. What happened to NYTW? It used to be edgy, and cool. Now it's woke and bad!

861 Reviews | 243 Followers
84
Entertaining, Relevant, Great staging, Great writing, Great acting

See it if you want a different look at a immigrant family's struggles that are influenced by the boob tube, with multiple media projections.

Don't see it if you do not like quick-paced action that bounces around a bit among the five characters relationships that sometimes go a bit outlandish.

546 Reviews | 1881 Followers
10
Indulgent, Insipid, Excruciating, Disappointing

See it if Do not under any circumstance. Couldn’t wait to leave.

Don't see it if Worst show produced by a theater that usually shines. Hope the season gets way better.

754 Reviews | 124 Followers
80
Resonant, Intense, Confusing, Original, Ambitious

See it if significant current themes such as the lives of immigrants in a astonishing computerized set simulating a video game makes you curious

Don't see it if you need plot certainty. A lot of the events are suggested in ways that might be actual or simply imagined by the child narrator

641 Reviews | 279 Followers
76
With lgbt advocacy, Formulated as absurdist fantasy, Essentially marxist critique late stage capitalism

See it if story undocumented family victims materialistic US culture; at times laugh out loud; innovative set simulates flipping thru TV channels

Don't see it if repetitious, slow, fragmentary, does not tie together various themes; characters merely embody ideas; acting often devolves into shouting

Critic Reviews (11)

The New York Times
September 30th, 2022

" 'American (Tele)visions' can be a bit repetitive at times. Yet the production still manages to surprise and entertain — so don’t touch that dial."
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Time Out New York
September 29th, 2022

"'american (tele)visions' takes an ambitiously wide look at major themes (consumerism, gender, technology), but its jumpy approach is less HDTV than ADHD. The channels keep changing, but a lot of the play is static."
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The Wall Street Journal
September 29th, 2022

“'american (tele)visions' is strongest in its early scenes, ripely evoking the strange universe that is any big box store, and the thirst for possessions they inspire."
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New York Theatre Guide
September 29th, 2022

"Despite the swirling projections and the peek-a-boo sets, at its core, 'american (tele)visions' is a static portrait of a family in pain. There is no absolution or hope, just trauma with no release."
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Theatermania
September 29th, 2022

"Theater Mitu has come up with a production that is bound to appeal to both the head and the heart."
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Lighting & Sound America
September 29th, 2022

It's a big, messy, ambitious tale of family dysfunctions spiked with critiques of US immigration policy, homophobia, and capitalism, loaded with scenic surprises and a cascade of video and sound effects. The result is exhausting and overwrought.
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Talkin' Broadway
September 29th, 2022

" 'American (tele)visions' doesn't lack for imagination. In fact, it may have too much of it. Would it be too much to ask, amid all the bells and whistles, for a little more straightforward storytelling?"
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New York Stage Review
September 29th, 2022

"The best impression one can take away from a murky production is the wish to see a standout performer resurface in the future."
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