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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)

MEMBERS SAY:

Slow, Confusing, Disappointing, Great acting, Absorbing

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.

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

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.

76
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

75
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 Well...it is slow and somewhat etherial. But it's bravely -- and daringly -- written. Admirable...and Annie Parisse is tops.

80
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.

85
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

70
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

85
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.

90
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

85
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

88
Amazing use of off stage space, Great sound design, Flawless cast, Quirky, Great writing

See it if Anne Washburn continues to playfully stretch & prod theatrical conventions. Here she is aided by amazing production design & an able cast.

Don't see it if looking at an empty stage while listening to an epic dirge for a dead ant will not fill you with equal parts sadness and joy

86
Enchanting, Absorbing, Subtle, Surprising, Creative

See it if you like quiet, quirky theater that is subtle and beautifully staged with well-rounded performances and an unconventional script.

Don't see it if you find Washburn's work to be too weird/pretentious or have difficulty with slow-paced works with little plot.

100
Clever, Delightful, Funny, Great singing

See it if Love to see talented kids to perform

Don't see it if You Don't like kids 😉

80
Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting, Intelligent, Quirky

See it if Interesting and mysterious. Plays with space and time.

Don't see it if You only like traditionally structured plays.

100
Clever, Entertaining, Must see, Funny

See it if You loved the original film

Don't see it if You expect it to be exactly like the movie

During previews
80
Meandering, Delicate, Great acting, Great writing, Resonant

See it if you want to see a very lovely, thoughtful show that feels both super honest and very magical all at once.

Don't see it if you can't handle a show that meanders a bit.

During previews
92
Absorbing, Original, Relevant, Quirky, Thought-provoking

See it if You are ready to think out of the box. Ms. Washburn is a brilliant young playwright who sees the world in 3D

Don't see it if You expect traditional and banal

During previews
75
Confusing, Great writing

See it if You like smart interesting dialogue even if you don't really understand what it means.

Don't see it if You don't like to be confused. You like action.

During previews
88
Quirky, Mysterious, Satisfying

See it if You are open to imagination and willing to go wherever Anne Kauffman's peculiar tale brings you.

Don't see it if You need a traditional story, logic, action or a good laugh.

During previews
83
Absorbing, Great acting, Intense, Thought-provoking, Clever

See it if You appreciate a stellar performance by a cast working well together, and are willing invest some deep thinking in order to follow the plot.

Don't see it if You need closure in the play. There is none here. You'll be disappointed if you prefer pure entertainment rather than a thinking piece.

During previews
95
Absorbing, Great writing, Refreshing, Thought-provoking, Cerebral

See it if You love Anne Washburn's writing and exploration of themes such as mortality, time and memory. Or you want a play that requires discussion.

Don't see it if You need everything spelled out for you and wrapped in a bow at the end. Show is 110 mins, no intermission.

During previews
72
Great acting, Great writing, Indulgent, Entertaining, Quirky

See it if you appreciate witty, thoughtful dialog and great characterization that works great on a scene-to-scene level.

Don't see it if you need a solid a-to-z plot and can't tolerate a meandering, ultimately sort of pointless piece.

During previews
70
Confusing, Quirky, Thought-provoking, Original, Intelligent

See it if you enjoy non-linear theater; you enjoy thinking about what you are watching; you enjoy theatre for the mind

Don't see it if you like closure; you like linear writing; you don't like to have to concentrate and think about what you have just watched.

During previews
85
Ambitious, Enchanting, Great acting, Great staging, Original

See it if You're interested in a meditation on life/death/memory. Beautifully acted and stunningly designed. Flawed, confusing and totally unique,

Don't see it if If you're not willing to over look the play's flaws or can't make it through the plays slower moments. This play will really make you think.


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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