After their father’s death, two unhinged siblings reunite with Amy, their movie-loving sister who has Down syndrome. Hop in, buckle up, and hold on for dear life in this raucous family road trip. More…
Together, they careen down the Great American Long Island Expressway, navigating strip malls, traffic jams and some serious (and not-so-serious) family drama. An unexpected turn reveals the moment that changed their lives…and the fact that Amy may be the only one who knows her own mind. Written by Lindsey Ferrentino, who made her New York debut at Roundabout with the world premiere of 'Ugly Lies the Bone,' and directed by Scott Ellis ('The Elephant Man,' 'She Loves Me'), 'Amy and the Orphans' is a rollicking ride that proves it’s never too late to follow a new road.
See it if Jamie Brewer shines as Amy despite the mediocre play surrounding her Flashback subplot about Amy's parents far more interesting storyline
Don't see it if Disappointing & flat attempts at humor register as bad sit-com Three stalwart actors try to generate some speed into this lame "road-trip"
See it if you have a loved one associated with the production & have to see it to keep peace with them.
Don't see it if you like your live theater to feel alive, not like a TV retread.
See it if follow 3 adult children suddenly orphaned & their relationship with their sister who has Down Syndrome, & discover secrets held from them
Don't see it if don't like presentations of of a mental incapacity on stage or family plays that bring up growing-up issues & offer inconclusive resolution
See it if You want a well-written, realistic family drama that goes beyond the cliches. You want a look at the treatment of people w/Downs Syndrome.
Don't see it if You dislike family dramas. You prefer a 100% comedy or drama.
See it if you're interested in family based true stories and how parental decisions can affect their children; serious topics served up with humor.
Don't see it if you're looking for fantasy. This is important subject matter and I feel the book falls short. Sometimes too much humor is a distraction.
See it if You want to see a play that deals with people that have special needs and how their families and other individuals treat them.
Don't see it if There is a female that plays one of the characters most nights but if you go on a Wednesday or Saturday afternoon you get a male
See it if You like contemporary plays about a family dealing with the issue of a Down Syndrome sibling after a parent’s death. Lots of challenges
Don't see it if Mental illness topics upset you. You have no compassion. Recent family death upset you.
See it if you want to see the latest work of a fine young playwright who combines comedy and pathos skillfully.
Don't see it if you like your comedy straight without serious overtones.
See it if A family drama with a Down Syndrome twist interests you. It also reminds us how shamefully we used to and often still treat the disabled.
Don't see it if Wed and Sat matinees unless you want to see Andy instead of Amy. You can’t accept disabled actors.
See it if you want a show that explores the effect of abandoning disabled children into "the" system.The impact on the family and child is irreparable
Don't see it if you want a tight, coherent story.A plot device is clever but weakens the impact of the play. Acting is uniformly excellent.
See it if A delightful play focusing on the abilities of a Down syndrome individual. Nicely developed family interactions adds depth and humanity.
Don't see it if Do not see if you perfer musicals or are sensitive about handicapped individuals.
See it if family dramas are your thing, especially if you have a handicapped person in your life. The humor was a bit repetitive, a la TV sitcoms.
Don't see it if family dramas are upsetting, or if a handicapped person on stage would be unsettling. I found it interesting; my companion was in tears.
See it if Guilt-ridden siblings on a road trip w/their Down syndrome sister & her nurse after their fathers death. Told with warmth & lots of humor.
Don't see it if Addresses issues of institutionalization & guilt. I found the Willowbrook reveal hard to believe; how little anyone knew about their sister
See it if want a different type of disfunctional family story with an extra perspective not normally seen on stage
Don't see it if want more depth than just surface issues
See it if Count on the Laura Pels to bring exciting new work to NYC. I have experience working with mentally challenged population, but I learned
Don't see it if You do not want to be exposed to needs and suffering of others. You do not want to open you heart & understanding to those less fortunate
See it if A play centered around a person with Downs Syndrome is of interest to you.The play explored family and related societal attitudes Great cast
Don't see it if You aren't interested in learning more about people with Downs Syndrome.The play explores how a higher functioning person lives and relates.
See it if you want to see a good example of inclusion in the arts. The acting is great and the script is pretty solid.
Don't see it if you don't enjoy dysfunctional family humor and some larger than life, sometime overly exaggerated characters.
See it if you are longing to see Debra Monk back on the stage.
Don't see it if if a play about a feisty down syndrome character who is smarter than her two non-down syndrome siblings doesn’t sound interesting.
See it if You care about the ways in which we have and continue to fool ourselves in the ways we treat people with disabilities
Don't see it if You are not interested in stories based on fact that have to do with the disabled.
See it if You like shows that explore how we value life. This play explores the hard decisions people make and does so with understanding.
Don't see it if You don’t want to see that good people can make really bad decisions
See it if you want to see a play serving underrepresented characters and experiences, even if it's in a "message" play.
Don't see it if you want that play to feel finished, with well-written characters and strong motivations.
See it if you enjoy plays that give you fresh insight into something you knew little or nothing about (in this case Down Syndrome) and are funny too.
Don't see it if you are turned off by the subject or, in general, you don't like plays that explore a "problem" issue.
Also Do get the hearing assist device!
See it if Wonderful performance by the actress with Down’s syndrome. Tackles difficult topic of family choices and their dire consequences.
Don't see it if You can’t handle family coping with recent death and with not being supportive enough of family member with a disability. There is humor tho