Antlia Pneumatica
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Antlia Pneumatica
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Antlia Pneumatica NYC Reviews and Tickets

65%
(79 Reviews)
Positive
47%
Mixed
37%
Negative
16%
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.

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Member Reviews (79)

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952 Reviews | 387 Followers
81
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.

692 Reviews | 152 Followers
71
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

469 Reviews | 258 Followers
10
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.

399 Reviews | 202 Followers
61
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.

402 Reviews | 86 Followers
55
Disappointing

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

385 Reviews | 72 Followers
37
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

277 Reviews | 58 Followers
60
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.

206 Reviews | 59 Followers
79
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.

Critic Reviews (32)

The New York Times
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...Washburn seems to have gotten lost between the traditional and experimental sides of her craft, never finding a comfortable voice that accommodates both."
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Time Out New York
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 everyone should see Anne Washburn’s plays, but those who demand familiar forms and takeaway messages be warned: all that’s needed here are your ears."
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The Hollywood Reporter
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 to the overall frustration. That's a shame, because the play is enjoyable for long stretches, thanks to its witty dialogue and well-drawn characterizations. The actors deliver fine performances."
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Variety
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 with the exception of Nina, the characters are so superficially drawn, there’s not enough substance to them to distinguish the living from the dead."
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The Observer
April 16th, 2016

"The title alone should warn you of the dreck that awaits you...Drags on for an hour and 45 minutes without intermission, interspersed with much cooking, many reminiscences about stars and constellations, and some boring songs that could drive you to drink...Relationships between the characters are so thinly outlined that you end up knowing nothing about any of them...The author displays no knowledge of the pace of change most people learn in a first-semester playwriting seminar."
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New York Daily News
April 4th, 2016

"A work about friendship and the impersistence of memory that starts out plump with promise but steadily deflates...Washburn has perfect pitch here when it comes to dialogue...Under Ken Rus Schmoll’s direction, the cast clicks. But for all of the convincing conversation, plus impromptu singing, these characters have as much shape and interest as empty balloons. The dramatic enterprise falls flat."
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Theatermania
April 4th, 2016

"Washburn does a fine job posing intriguing questions about the nature of relationships. But the play feels more like a series of intellectual musings than a fully immersive world...We need more than just an eloquent metaphor to keep us attached to this story. We never learn much about any of these people — who they are now or who they used to be. And the more they seem to disconnect from one another, the more we disconnect from them."
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Lighting & Sound America
April 6th, 2016

"In its sly, sideways manner, it has something - a haunting sense of the passage of time, a feeling of wonderment at the mysteries of the universe…Nothing really happens and yet, as a meditation on middle age, mortality, the passing and rekindling of desire, and the sheer mystery of existence, 'Antlia Pneumatica' casts a certain spell that I found beguiling. It helps that Schmoll has assembled a company notably skilled at expressing the unsaid. Annie Parisse is first-rate as Nina."
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