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Anna Christie
East Village
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Anna Christie NYC Reviews and Tickets

81%
(37 Reviews)
Positive
95%
Mixed
5%
Negative
0%
Members say
Great acting, Great writing, Absorbing, Great staging, Thought-provoking

About the Show

The Wild Project presents a modern adaptation of Eugene O'Neill's Pulitzer Prize-winning drama about a young woman’s struggle for redemption and a chance at a new life.

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Member Reviews (37)

83
Dated, Enchanting, Entertaining, Great writing, Great staging

See it if Never can go wrong with O'Neil. Very simple stage, very good directing and acting. Main character is outstanding as is the cast.

Don't see it if Gets slow at times, must like O'Neil and his style of writing. If you don't like deep, oft depressing stories.

69
Great writing, Melodramatic, Dated, Uneven

See it if you are an O'Neill fan and prefer intimate stagings of his work. The set is simple but effective.

Don't see it if you expect cohesiveness in an ensemble. Anna's characterization felt much too contemporary in what is supposed to be a period setting.

Critic Reviews (6)

December 22nd, 2016

"Working Barn Productions’ earnest re-imagination of Anna Christie brings the Eugene O’Neill classic up to date…Therese Plaehn brings out the strength and vulnerability of O’Neill’s multifaceted heroine…Plaehn and Chase’s easy chemistry makes the love at first sight believable. Chase’s presence is electrifying as Mat Burke…Working Barn's production makes an excellent case for this piece's continued relevance."
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December 10th, 2016

"Plaehn has a strong stage presence...Aiello and Johnson convince and amuse in their supporting roles while D’Ambrose plays beautifully...Chase’s Irish accent often wanders too big an ocean and it appears to distract him from being altogether present...Towards the end of the play, there is too much demonstrative melodrama as the two men react to Anna’s confession, which raised titters from the audience. This aside, Richards' handling of 'Anna Christie' anchors a steady balance."
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December 9th, 2016

"The results are mixed...The production remains mostly faithful to O’Neill’s original script, save Plaehn’s interpretation of Anna...In quieter instants, her interpretation clashes with the character’s actions. Plaehn’s Anna might possess a more updated psychology, but her motives no longer make much sense...If only fate had led to a production that better connects the outmoded morals of the past to the ideals of today."
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December 18th, 2016

"In addition to embodying the vernacular poetry of O’Neill’s language, the actors capture the human, often comically contradictory traits of characters’ personalities. D’Ambrose’s Chris is both worldly and naïve, Plaehn’s vibrant Anna shows the scars of a hardscrabble life along with the angelic purity that causes Mat to mistake her for a mermaid. The show’s impressive production values also help to deepen the mood and advance the story."
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December 18th, 2016

"While some of the text does feel dated in these actors’ mouths, the themes that were so cutting edge in 1921 are still surprisingly, or perhaps depressingly, relevant...Combined with a slight directorial confusion around Anna’s objectives in her relationship with each man, this production has a slightly muddled point of view. Chinks aside, this production is effective, and manages to find the truths in its world."
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December 18th, 2016

"A thoughtful, atmospheric revival...Anna’s decision to tell both men the truth about her past is the tortured heart of the play. O’Neill doesn’t victimize her; she accepts the consequences of her actions...Director Richards and the actors keep the outbursts to a minimum. In doing so, Anna is neither a suffragette nor flapper of her era, but an independent woman...Therese Plaehn’s Anna succeeds at being both plain-spoken and vulnerable."
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