Members say: Great acting, Thought-provoking, Funny, Absorbing, Entertaining

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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.

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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.


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70
The New York Times

"Insightful but uneven new play...Ms. Brewer’s presence lends a compelling center of gravity...The problem is much of what surrounds her...Despite eager performances from Mr. Blum and Ms. Monk, their characters feel cut from shiny, synthetic cloth...Wisely, Ms. Ferrentino allows Amy to have the last word in a monologue...While you’ve probably heard most of these words before, it’s unlikely they’ve ever had the defiant, heartbroken resonance they acquire here." Full Review

80
Time Out New York

"Jacob and Maggie are forced to reckon with the mistakes of their parents, and Ferrentino gives the audience a leg up on that understanding through flashbacks to their mother and father at a couples-therapy retreat. These scenes carry the bulk of the play’s dramatic weight; otherwise, 'Amy' is slim...The main attraction is Brewer’s presence. It’s not just a gimmick; it’s the point of the play, a statement for visibility. The casting is the message, and Brewer makes it effective." Full Review

80
The Hollywood Reporter

"Attempts a delicate balancing act in its audacious blending of pathos and humor. It sometimes falls off its high wire, veering too heavily into sitcom-style characterizations and one-liners. But the consistently powerful beating heart in the writing makes it easy to overlook its tonal inconsistency...Granted, there are times when the play's humor feels a bit too broad, lessening the effect of the dramatic elements...But these are minor quibbles with a play that boasts a rich, aching humanity." Full Review

45
Theatermania

"Almost everything about the production, directed by Scott Ellis with as many zigzags as a car that missed the exit, feels disappointingly inauthentic...We've seen this story since time immemorial, and considering how deep 'Amy and the Orphans' has the potential to be, her willingness to take the easy route is particularly disappointing. There's a much more stimulating play in here...It's not a total loss, though. There are two actors that keep us — and the play — going." Full Review

85
Lighting & Sound America

"So loaded with stellar performances that it might be a little while before you notice what a cunning trap the playwright, Ferrentino, has laid...What this young couple has to do with Amy and her orphaned siblings is not clear for a long time...It raises new questions about their characters and their view of their collective past...A rather raucous, wisecracking comedy is turned into the poignant account of one family's unraveling...She is a writer with many more surprises in store." Full Review

85
Theater Life

"Tightly focused and moving. Ferrentino’s darkly funny family drama centers on three siblings, each with coping issues...Amy is played by Brewer who also has Down’s Syndrome. She delivers an insightful and assured performance...Monk and Blum capture Jake and Maggie’s yearning resentment and need to be loved. Aspillaga is a fiery cannonball as the opinionated Kathy...Ellis’ direction skillfully balances Ferrentino’s bleak humor and compassionate pathos." Full Review

70
New York Theater

"Quotes some of the well-worn formulas of several comedy genres, but it doesn't make them fresh...The play has so many one-liners - some of which are funny, all of which fit a familiar Borscht Belt sitcom rhythm...Beneath the slick surface of 'Amy and the Orphans,' though, lies the same admirable impulse to make us see people normally rendered invisible, and disarm our uninformed assumptions about them in the process." Full Review

45
Theatre's Leiter Side

"Ferrentino pads out the plot by a variety of desperate comic strategies…Jacob and Maggie are written and played as farcically obnoxious New York Jews…They lack the credible humanity required for us to see them as flawed humans…The only thing worthwhile in this uncomfortable enterprise is the presence of Brewer, someone who actually has Down Syndrome…She carries it off with spunk and bravado, giving the production its most endearing and human performance." Full Review

55
Times Square Chronicles

"Brewer is completely moving, impressively talented, and takes your heart in her hands...This play is actually hard to review because the material really needs to be fleshed out and it is not...Ferrentino has something here, it’s just not complete. Scott Ellis' direction does not help with keeping this play on track. Everything here just feels like it’s skimming the surface and is not truthful." Full Review

60
New York Daily News

"There’s much to admire about Lindsey Ferrentino’s new play 'Amy and the Orphans' — and just as many nagging issues. Pluses include its big heart and fine-tuned ensemble...On the surface, the play is jammed with laughs and comic relief. But ugly truths lurk underneath. But not all of the jokes or dramatic revelations convince." Full Review

76
Front Mezz Junkies

"I would love to see a documentary about the history behind this play’s inspiration and creation as it might be more captivating than the play itself. It’s not a bad play, but it does need some structural refining work and a big shovel to dig a bit deeper into this fascinating terrain...Although the play as a whole is flawed and doesn’t dig deep enough into that box of familial memories laced with shame and guilt, the actress...shows us all the magnificence she is capable of." Full Review

90
CurtainUp

"Lindsey Ferrentino has written an extraordinary play about an ordinary American family. It packs all the elements of a Greek tragedy into just ninety minutes...Besides the very apt casting of Brewer and the terrific Monk and Blum in the leading roles, this tragicomedy is smartly structured...Amy's story will, like one of those ear-hugging tunes in a musical, stay with you long after you leave the theater." Full Review

75
TheaterScene.net

"In presenting persons with Down syndrome and how their families deal with them, Lindsey Ferrentino's 'Amy and the Orphans' puts on stage a topic usually avoided by our theater. While the initial comic, vaudeville type scenes belie the serious intent of the play, it eventually packs quite a wallop as it gets to its real message: Down syndrome individuals are capable of being independent and productive members of society if they are given care and education in their formative years." Full Review

80
Gotham Playgoer

"The nature of the topic makes it all the more surprising that the play is basically a comedy with serious overtones...I thought the scenes between Sarah and Bobby struck the best balance between humor and pathos...A lot rests on the title character. At my performance, that was Andy and Edward Barbanell played him superbly...Even though I had reservations about its flaws while watching it, I surrendered and allowed it to both entertain and move me." Full Review

90
Talkin' Broadway

"A smart and perceptive blend of a laugh-out-loud 'road trip' comedy and a serious examination of the well-intentioned but faulty and potentially harmful assumptions we make about individuals with disabilities...Entertaining, provocative, wonderfully acted play, which has been masterfully directed by Scott Ellis. It is a deeply layered work that provides a sobering lesson on how we as a society have too often failed to provide for the needs of individuals with disabilities." Full Review

85
The Wrap

"Monk and Blum mesh so well in their flamboyant display of Maggie and Jacob’s many shared neuroses that you can almost overlook Ferrentino’s easy laugh lines...Brewer grabs our interest by never begging for our sympathy. And Ferrentino achieves something equally remarkable. She has written a play about abuse in which there are only survivors and no obvious villains." Full Review

85
CitiTour

"Alternately hilarious, heartbreaking and admittedly autobiographical dysfunctional family dramedy 'Amy and the Orphans,' now being given a sterling production under Scott Ellis’ expert direction...Ferrentino’s decision to end the show with both a bravura breaking-the-fourth wall speech for Brewer, followed by a misguided flashback, are both slight missteps in my opinion, but they do little to diminish one of the most sure-footed and crowd-pleasing plays in quite a long time." Full Review

95
Front Row Center

"This show is a perfect collaboration of casting, script, and directing...Ferrentino’s writing reflects reality; we cannot be sure about the resolution of Amy’s painful past and we will have to live with it...My favorite kind of theatre. Something awful happens and somehow the characters find strength to reach out to one another and the courage to find joy again. The house fills with laughter over and over and we walk out feeling a little better. Truly lovely." Full Review

75
Theater Pizzazz

"This many times hilarious comedy moves in many directions...This production, lovingly and comically directed by Scott Ellis, verges on the edge of sitcom quality, one-liners heavily relied upon and most times brilliantly executed by the older sibling orphans...There are surprises aplenty, albeit you have to allow for many unrealistic situations during the 90 minutes, but you’ll leave the theater feeling you’ve witnessed a really worthwhile production." Full Review

55
ZEALnyc

"A lot doesn't add up...Blum and Monk, are sitcom-sized nervous wrecks, with trying-too-hard neuroses...The play has heart, and great performances, but it's trying too hard and veers from genuinely funny to comedy that misses its target to heartfelt confrontations that don't always feel legitimate-or moving. Is it a comedy? A family drama? A character-driven road trip? All three, and not quite anything. It just doesn't add up." Full Review

80
Theatre Reviews Limited

"Carefully and skillfully penned by Ferrentino...A brave undertaking which reveals the fragile, yet selfish and broken elements of the human condition...The excellent cast delivers remarkable performances...The characters may seem too broad or stereotypical, but this is merely the armor they wear to protect from the slings and arrows of the truth...Not a perfectly scripted play but is able to use humor to provide a powerful and potent message." Full Review

85
Village Voice

"Funny and thoughtful comedy-drama...The writer is savvy about building her characters. She cunningly inserts little traits shared by the parents and their offspring that credibly dovetail to touching effect...Smoothly paced by Scott Ellis...'Amy and the Orphans' proves to be an endearing new play that wisely reminds us of that all-important dictum: to treat others with as much respect and consideration as we’d like ourselves to be treated." Full Review

55
Stage Left

"The two timelines end up giving short shrift to both stories, and the parents, especially, are painted with such broad and one-dimensional strokes...The ending blares from the get-go like car horn in traffic on the Long Island Expressway. That said, Ms. Brewer, Mr. Blum, and Ms. Monk each give excellent performances...Ellis keeps the action moving at a good pace...Stunted and static in character and plot development. I sense the playwright is too close to the material." Full Review

90
Magical MissTari Tour

"The play was terrific, very funny and sad and real, with sibling squabbles, shorthand and miscommunication. The acting was fantastic, all across the board, with a special shoutout to Jamie Brewer. She also has Down syndrome, and she is simply spectacular. She gives Amy such heart and humor, with a twinge of pain underneath...You can see a lifetime of being taken for granted in her performance, with no self-pity, and she is wonderful...Monk and Blum are just so effortlessly real." Full Review

70
BSonArts

"The production is stylish and well-acted...Ferretino is a skilled playwright. She carefully weaves the details about each character into each part of the play...But she apparently wants to win her audience with humor more than she appears to want to inform or challenge them. There are certainly worse things than an entertaining 90 minutes, but there was so much more potential in this subject matter." Full Review

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80
Funny, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Entertaining

See it if to think about your relationships with family members and the ties that bind us. What would you do...

Don't see it if You are not wanting to think during a play. This has deeper meaning than a fluffy show.

50
Ambitious, Disappointing, Excruciating

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.

Also I was great to see actress Debra Mon’s return to the stage. I just wis... Read more Read less

61
Disappointing, Fluffy

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

Also I think the subject of this play was incredible. But I have major issu... Read more Read less

76
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Entertaining, Meaningful

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.

82
Funny, Absorbing, Intelligent, Refreshing

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

Also I especially appreciated the history of willow brook as a New Yorker a... Read more Read less

88
Timely, thought-provoking, insightful, relevant

See it if you like stories that are usually overlooked and not talked about because they are difficult to handle.

Don't see it if want a straight line story - lots of flashbacks which were confusing due to costuming.

70
Ambitious, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Slow

See it if you want an innovative new subject matter. The topic is unique, interesting, & well-presented, mostly.

Don't see it if you want to avoid a sometimes oddly-paced production. The characters are barely likable at times, though it ends very strong.

75
Delightful, Thought-provoking, Resonant

See it if seeing an actor with down syndrome play a character with one. Jamie Brewer does well in her off Broadway debut. She reacts well!

Don't see it if it bothers you to celebrate persons with disabilities or differences on stage.

95
Clever, Intelligent, Must see, Profound, Great writing

See it if you enjoy short plays that are well written and acted.

Don't see it if you are a closed minded person who only sees musicals.

72
Great acting, Relevant, Disappointing

See it if Interested in issues related to disabilities, some funny moments

Don't see it if flashbacks which seem confusing and not very relevant might annoy you

Also Some humor and historical background seemed more relevant to New Yorke... Read more Read less

81
Great acting, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Great writing, Entertaining

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.

Also The Down Syndrome part is played by an actor with that mental challeng... Read more Read less

100
Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Resonant

See it if you are interested in a show about a family, that celebrates those that are differently abled. Family dynamics and Down syndrome.

Don't see it if See it. It’s a powerful story about family and disability.,

79
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Resonant

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

95
Delightful, Great acting, Masterful, Must see, Hilarious

See it if ....

Don't see it if ....

89
Absorbing, Ambitious, Clever, Great acting, Refreshing

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

Also The actress playing the daughter with Down's Syndrome actually has Dow... Read more Read less

84
Absorbing, Delightful, Must see, Refreshing, Relevant

See it if You appreciate magnificent storytelling and are thrilled to see characters with Down Syndrome played by actors with Down Syndrome (finally!)

Don't see it if You are triggered by mention of horrific treatment of people with disabilities. No graphic imagery, but descriptions.

82
Funny, Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Resonant

See it if If you are interested in a sensitively executed play about sensitive subjects.

Don't see it if See it! It will make you a better person.

80
Funny, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Great writing

See it if You want to be entertained as well as provoked to think about how we deal or don’t with people with disabilies. Talented cast, great script

Don't see it if You hate dramas about complex family issues and are uncomfortable thinking about these issues

Also I’ve never seen an audience lingering as long after a show, talking ab... Read more Read less

76
Funny, Quirky, Relevant, Resonant, Entertaining

See it if You love any of the actors in it and want to see a type of story that you don't normally get to see on stage. Love the inclusive nature.

Don't see it if You are expecting a perfect play. The ending feels rushed at times and the flashback portions were not my favorite.

83
Absorbing, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Great writing

See it if you like excellent plays with superb actors.

Don't see it if you don't like heartfelt plays with serious notes and dramatic family situations

71
Funny, Resonant, Great writing

See it if You want to see some good performances and a really good script.

Don't see it if you don’t like minimalist sets and one act plays.

81
Funny, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if you are open to a wonderfully funny/ touching family drama about dealing with disabilities. Actress with Down syndrome is one of the leads.

Don't see it if you don't mind missing an opportunity to experience the special joy in seeing a disabled actress command the stage, especially at the end.

87
Delightful, Refreshing, Hilarious

See it if All giggles and laughs until the very last few moments-which might have just become one of my favorite endings. Brava Jaime!

Don't see it if Strong self-roasting and swearing humor that may have masked the underlying message this show is trying to tell you

Also Yeah she really could’ve been somebody

85
Absorbing, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if You want to see a powerful show about what truly makes people family.

Don't see it if You are expecting great writing all the way through. The writing is great at times and eye rolling at other times.

83
Clever, Enchanting, Great acting, Must see, Relevant

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.



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