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An Arrangement of Euphoric Illusions

From 53 member  reviews
Members say: Slow, Disappointing, Confusing, Excruciating, Banal

About the show

Told from two perspectives with distinct narratives, Hanging Cow Productions' new play examines a couple's relationship and the aftermath of a secret revealed. More…

Though newly engaged couple Nate and Gemini share an intense love for each other, they are also nervous about their impending nuptials, but for different reasons. On the eve of Nate's 30th birthday during a dinner party, a complicated secret is revealed. Not only must Gemini and Nate navigate through their hopes, fears, and insecurities, but their close friends must, too. Everyone is forced to take an honest and raw look at what they really want and who they really are, ultimately learning that perception is completely subjective, ever-changing, and unique for each individual.

Member Reviews (53)


Slow, Disappointing, Confusing, Excruciating, Banal
Avg Score

Confusing, Indulgent, Slow, Banal, Disappointing

See it if you are interested in productions with developmental potential. The cast works hard with an uneven, sometimes incomprehensible script.

Don't see it if the title leads you to expect a magic show. There is no magic here on any level. The author's salacious concepts fail to be sexy or amusing.

Disappointing, Badly structured, Good idea ruined by baffling "twist" at play's end, Feels like a 1st draft, Insipid

See it if You know someone in the cast or crew. You want to see a play in a VERY early stage of development. You need to kill some time.

Don't see it if You value logic in a play. You want a fully developed play. You have anything better to do with your time.

Confusing, Disappointing, Amateur, Indulgent, Original

See it if You know someone in the play. Or want to see one good actress among a plethora of bad ones.

Don't see it if You like well acted plays, this is not one. Or if you don't like to be confused or bored. This was disappointing and melodramatic

Cliched, Confusing, Slow, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if you can overlook mediocre acting and sometimes tedious script to find a few thought-provoking ideas.

Don't see it if you have no tolerance for over-thought and drawn out theatrics. While the idea of the show has promise, it was not ready for "prime time".

Banal, Cliched, Disappointing, Excruciating, Insipid

See it if You enjoy watching student actors learning their craft.

Don't see it if I feel badly for criticizing this show. The actors aren't really professionals. They're learning. They shouldn't charge for it.

Banal, Confusing, Quirky

See it if you do not mind amateurish plays about personal relationships dealt with in a somewhat banal manner. OK acting.

Don't see it if you like profound subjects dealt with in though-provoking ways.

Dull, Poorly written, Poorly acted, Excruciating, Cliched

See it if Premise of story told from the different perspectives of a newly engaged couple suffers from poor writing and acting; dull and amateurish

Don't see it if The lead actress repeatedly flubbed her lines and didn't project her voice over the loud hum of air conditioning; this was just bad theater

Ambitious, Slow, Unclear, Flat, Wordy

See it if You haven't seen Rashomon & don't mind sitting through an unfocused, unclear, at times lecturing, rumination on individual truth & reality.

Don't see it if You bore easily; or, if seated House Left, want a clear view of actors completely blocked by a prop computer screen for all of Act 1.

Disappointing, Excruciating, Bad writing

See it if I really can't think of any reason to see this. The actors tried their best but the writing was so bad that it was painful at times.

Don't see it if Just don't see it.

Tedious, Pointless, Insipid, Boring

See it if you like superficial dialogue & have an inexplicable affinity for vapid, immature yuppies bemoaning turning thirty

Don't see it if you abscond at intermission when you see that overacting lout in the main role is the one & the same from a play you split on 2 months ago

Ambitious, Confusing, Disappointing, Slow

See it if You want to support actors starting out. Second half picks up slightly & ending is a surprise.

Don't see it if You expect Bway quality show. Bad theatre & acoustics. Not actors fault, they are learning craft. Great potential for them in future.

Cliched, Slow, Relevant

See it if You like relationship dramas, good supporting actors

Don't see it if Compelling story

Cliched, Confusing, Excruciating, Slow, Insipid

See it if you literally have nothing else to do. Even then, I'd recommend seeing any other show available on or off Broadway.

Don't see it if just don't see it. I hope the cast/crew learn from the experience & grow, but I have seen better high school theater productions.

Banal, Disappointing, Insipid, Indulgent, Confusing

See it if You feel like seeing a short play & do what I did for the 1st time (had to happen sometime!), & leave at intermission. Horrible & pointless

Don't see it if You'll get ticked off at the playwright/producer/director person behind this for ruining any prospective theatergoers experience of theater

Disappointing, Quirky

See it if you want to experience two perspectives of the same scene

Don't see it if you desire good writing, good acting, or a strong, interesting plot.

Slow, Excruciating, Raunchy, Original, Amateur

See it if you like Jerry Springer with bouts of amateur philosophy and discussions of privilege. You want to support self-made theater

Don't see it if you don't like to watch sex. It starts with an office floor fantasy orgasm. While there are good ideas in the script, not all flow together

Banal, Disappointing, Slow, Too long, Uneven acting

See it if you want to support a novice production that has a kernel of potential

Don't see it if want a well-written, play with seasoned actors.

Confusing, Excruciating, Slow, Too long

See it if you like amateur productions with weak acting and staging, a convoluted and confusing plot, and bad staging and lighting.

Don't see it if you don't like bad theater.

Disappointing, Slow, Poor writing

See it if You know someone involved with the show

Don't see it if You like plays that make sense, are well acted, directed and written and have standards for theater

Disappointing, Excruciating, Raunchy, Slow, Banal

See it if Have a family member in the cast.

Don't see it if You don't think fat shaming and racism should be equated. Also, don't see it if you expect decent acting or good writing.

Cliched, Disappointing, Slow

See it if you're a friend or family of those involved in the show.

Don't see it if you expect higher quality than student productions.

Banal, Cliched, Disappointing, Slow, Thought-provoking

See it if You want different theater (strange location, strange at all, small).

Don't see it if You're not into amateur actors. But overweight secretary was good;)

Entertaining, Thought-provoking, Resonant, Confusing

See it if Interesting look at relationships. Good monologues and I left talking about the show and analyzing it. Good acting. Left me thinking.

Don't see it if A little confusing and slow at times.

Confusing, Disappointing, Indulgent, Slow

See it if You enjoy strange, disconnected, trying-to-be-innovative theatre. Fantasy, point of view, none even made sense. Actors worked, show didn't.

Don't see it if You want a clear message or experience.

Confusing, Disappointing, Slow, Thought-provoking, Intense

See it if If you like character dramas or dialogue heavy pieces. It has an interesting premise with a unique presentation

Don't see it if Both scenes in each act retread the same ground. Felt redundant. There is no resolution to the conflict, which comes to a head at the end

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