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Antlia Pneumatica

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Members say: Slow, Confusing, Disappointing, Great acting, Absorbing

About the show

Playwrights Horizons presents the world premiere of Anne Washburn's new play about a group of old friends who reckon with their pasts as they bury a loved one. More…

In a ranch house deep in Texas Hill Country, a once tight-knit group of friends reunites to bury one of their own. Sadness and nostalgia go hand in hand, as they begin to reminiscence. But as they look back through their lives, it becomes clear they’ve lost more than just their old pal. The boundaries between then and now grow disarmingly blurry as these estranged friends confront their slippery past.

Member Reviews (79)


Slow, Confusing, Disappointing, Great acting, Absorbing
Avg Score

Thought-provoking, Resonant, Funny, Enchanting, Absorbing

See it if You're a fan of The Big Chill or are from The Hill Country of Texas or have a dear friend who has recently died or all three like me.

Don't see it if You're looking for a fast paced story that spoon feeds you all the answers. This one is going to make you think.

Disappointing, Banal, Confusing, Great acting, Excruciating

See it if you're an Anne Washburn fan, like "Big Chill" style reunions, fans of Annie Parrisse and Rob Campbell who deliver, like out-there themes

Don't see it if you lack the patience to figure out how all are related and wait for key information, eerie mysteries and drawn out stories tax you

Pretentious, Bad script, Bad direction, Slow, Excruciating

See it if you enjoy very pretentious theatre. This is a very big disappointment from Anne Washburn. Even Ken Rus School couldn't fix this disaster.

Don't see it if you're smart. Stay away.


See it if you might enjoy a cool visual effect where the theatre is lit up like a starry sky. that's about it.

Don't see it if you don't want to be disappointed

Original, Slow, Disappointing, Entertaining, Insipid

See it if Entertaining for awhile. Drew me in with engaging performances. Wasn't as weird as the author's other plays.

Don't see it if But ultimately added up to not much. Left with questions that I didn't care much about knowing the answers to.

Bad, awful, boring

See it if you want to see an ambitious work.

Don't see it if if you get annoyed at confusing, mixed up, plots

Ambitious, Great acting, Intelligent, Resonant, Slow

See it if you like ambitious, intelligent theatre even when it's not fully successful.

Don't see it if you have little tolerance for ambiguity and experiments with form.

Ambitious, Clever, Intelligent, Resonant, Quirky

See it if you want to think about the nature of life, love, death and the human condition. Like a confusing dream, and an hour later the meaning hits

Don't see it if you like straightforward plots with clear resolutions

Great staging, Intelligent, Resonant, Slow, Intense

See it if u like a v well staged new play by a young and very promising playwright. It's haunting, mysterious and goes its own way. I was fascinated!

Don't see it if is slow and somewhat etherial. But it's bravely -- and daringly -- written. Admirable...and Annie Parisse is tops.

Confusing, Funny, Edgy, Quirky, Disappointing

See it if you like Anne Washburn or surreal plays that deal with the theme of death

Don't see it if you want a coherent ending, explanations, or something fun.

Slow, Surreal, Disappointing

See it if you're an Anne Washburn completist or if you like ghost stories with obvious endings.

Don't see it if you're searching for an evening of compelling theater.

Slow, Insightful, Touching

See it if Thoughtful, psychological

Don't see it if slow pacing, extraneous dramatic devices

Slow, Excruciating, Dizzying, Disappointing, Frustrating

See it if you don't mind unexplained and uncleared situations or see the always talented Anne Parrise.

Don't see it if You get frustrating by seeing a play that has tons of voiceovers and is incoherent.

Confusing, Disappointing, Edgy

See it if You are new to Off Broadway

Don't see it if You want a coherent, entertaining evening of theatre

Absorbing, Clever, Intelligent

See it if you enjoy smart, captivating writing and are capable of really listening to long exchanges between characters without a lot of "action".

Don't see it if You are easily distracted. Her work requires (and deserves) your full attention at all times.

Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Great writing, Thought-provoking

See it if you like naturalistic dialogue and a clever story

Don't see it if you don't like ghost stories

Thought-provoking, Slow, Great acting

See it if you like shows that require you to think and go with it. Great writing and acting especially by Annie Parisse.

Don't see it if you're easily confused

Ambitious, Great writing, Intelligent, Slow

See it if you like The Big Chill. This show is a slow burn that requires you to think and just go with it. Great writing and acting make it worth it.

Don't see it if you want all he answers given to you and don't want to use your brain inside a theater. This isn't escapist at all.

Confusing, Slow, Meh, Ambitious, Thought-provoking

See it if you enjoy shows that leave you thinking afterwards, partially because you're trying to figure out what exactly happened.

Don't see it if You want a show with a clear-cut story that comes to a conclusion at the end.

Absorbing, Enchanting, Ambitious, Profound, Thought-provoking

See it if you want to see a brilliant writer experiment with form and theatricality within a low-fi, gorgeously-designed production

Don't see it if you're less interested in something a little dryer, a little harder to hold onto-- ruminative, elliptical, and strange

Ambitious, Confusing, Quirky, Slow, Edgy

See it if Bizarre southern ghost stories with extremely strange dialogue sounds appealing

Don't see it if You like to care about the characters onstage

Confusing, Great acting, Interesting set

See it if you like odd shows that don't follow storytelling norms.

Don't see it if you get confused easily.

Soporific, Indulgent, Droning, Uninspired, Predictable

See it if You enjoy being captive for 1 hour 45 minutes with no intermission, listening to confused voice overs and sitting in the dark, listening.

Don't see it if You want theatre to engage you fully.

Absorbing, Great acting, Original, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if You like new plays

Don't see it if You dislike plays that make you think

Confusing, Enchanting, Quirky, Great staging, Great writing

See it if you love Anne Washburn, clever sound & lighting design.

Don't see it if you love Anne Washburn (à la Mr. Burns). This does not match some of her other works.

April 4th, 2016
"'Antlia' has been directed with a mix of bright whimsy and dark portentousness by Ken Rus Schmoll and features a likable cast. It is definitely a downer to report that the play’s ghost story feels as leaden and unsurprising as its collective portrait of midlife doubts in the face of mortality......
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April 4th, 2016
"Washburn is not your ordinary playwright. The pleasures of her work are fugitive, sidelong and slippery...The dialogue is often glib, funny and heartfelt, making 'Antlia' a sheer joy as a listening device...Washburn’s witty, surprising language makes you laugh in self-recognition...I think every...
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April 4th, 2016
"A supernatural twist is introduced that upends our perceptions of everything that's come before. The revelation is jarring, not so much for its spookiness but rather for the perfunctory manner of the storytelling. The proceedings are tonally inconsistent and the plotting full of holes only adds ...
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April 4th, 2016
"Anne Washburn writes weird plays, and 'Antlia Pneumatica' is no exception...Childhood friends who meet over a funeral feast waste considerable stage time catching up on other old friends we never meet...It sounds like an audience challenge, trying to identify the ghosts among the dreamers. But w...
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