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Antlia Pneumatica

From 79 member  reviews
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

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.

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, 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

Ambitious, Confusing, Disappointing

See it if you prefer ambition to content and don't need to be given much to feel compelled in the theater.

Don't see it if you're looking for a tangible story/experience.

Confusing, Disappointing, Dizzying, Slow, Overrated

See it if you like something puzzling.

Don't see it if you don't like something puzzling.

Disappointing, Insipid, Confusing, Quirky, Great acting

See it if The Big Chill set up seemed promising but it was a great disappointment.

Don't see it if You like good playwriting.

During previews
Pretentious, Pointless, Disappointing

See it if you like recent M Night Shyamalan films (pretentious, empty works with unsatisfying and obvious spectral "twists").

Don't see it if you loved Mr Burns, A Post-Electric Play and are hoping for another great work by Anne Washburn.

During previews
Confusing, Banal, Excruciating, Overrated

See it if You like sitting through almost 2 hours with no intermission of talk, talk, talk. You need to rest your eyes as many scenes are in the dark

Don't see it if You like shows where you can follow what's going on.

During previews
Confusing, Excruciating, Ambitious

See it if This was in the top 5 of the worst plays I've ever seen. Silly, talky ghost story. Indulgent. Skip it.

Don't see it if You don't want an hour and 45 minutes to feel like 4 hours.

During previews
Banal, Disappointing, Cliched, Insipid, Slow

See it if you like the edgy but often disappointing work done at Playwrights Horizon

Don't see it if because it is slow, boring and largely pointless.

During previews
Banal, Confusing, False, Pretentious

See it if Insipid drivel, dull wandering plot served up in tedious limp language. "You were slumbering, slumbering, slumbering." Weren't we all.

Don't see it if You might be afraid, as I was, that for the first time in your life you might scream out in the middle of the show, "Who cares??!!!" Agony.

During previews
Great acting, Slow, Disappointing, Overrated, Banal

See it if You like great acting with lousy content.

Don't see it if You prefer plot and character development.

During previews
Poorly concieved

See it if If you like watching a faucet drip--yes that bad.

Don't see it if You have anything else to you could be doing. This was absolutely the worst play I have seen at playwrights horizons. There was no real plot

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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