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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)

MEMBERS SAY:

Slow, Confusing, Disappointing, Great acting, Absorbing
65
Avg Score

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
60
Disappointing, Slow, Quirky

See it if You like the playwright, Anne Washburn.

Don't see it if You are bothered by monologues that don't relate to the plot

During previews
21
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
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.

During previews
75
Confusing, Slow, Obtuse, Atmospheric

See it if You're ok puzzling between reality, dreams & the supernatural, even if the play didn't earn your curiosity by leaving enough breadcrumbs.

Don't see it if You want loose ends tied up, and weary about investing time in a worthy, thoughtful work that might be in need of a rewrite.

During previews
10
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
88
Ambitious, Profound, Thought-provoking, Great writing, Exquisite

See it if you want a cerebral yet moving meditation on life/death/memory/dreams/the firmament that reveals itself as friends casually reminisce.

Don't see it if you do not want to ponder significant matters, piece together meaning from well-crafted fragments, listen vs. watch, OR leave w/o closure.

During previews
60
Entertaining, Confusing, Disappointing

See it if There are so many things I liked and didn't like about this. cast is good in particular one actress who was like a breath of fresh air

Don't see it if you. Don't like plays with long overdrawn scenes. Very confusing

During previews
68
Absorbing, Confusing, Disappointing, Great acting, Unfulfilling

See it if you're a fan of Washburn. Or if you like theatre that isn't necessarily fully formed; if you like having to figure it out yourself

Don't see it if You want a play that clearly lays out the plot for you. This show left a lot of questions unanswered.

During previews
60
Pretentious, Thought-provoking

See it if You like Washburn's work

Don't see it if you like straight forward plays

During previews
21
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
50
Boring, Long, Indulgent, Colloquial

See it if you're interested in a meditation of sorts on how relationships of the past still affect the present/future.

Don't see it if it exhausts you to hear the everyday cadence of entitled people complaining about their mediocre lives. Such "art" simply makes me sleepy.

During previews
90
Quiet, Haunting, Meditative, Ethereal, Gorgeous

See it if you'd like a quiet, surreal, gorgeous, and deeply haunting meditation on friendship and death. This play will forever stick with me.

Don't see it if you're not interested in something sprawling, meandering, and nearly structureless. This isn't for the masses.

During previews
60
Great acting, Confusing, Disappointing, Indulgent, Original

See it if You want an old ghost story dragged into a confusing series of memories and present action

Don't see it if you thought you wanted to see another work by the creator of last year's fabulous MR. BURNS.

During previews
65
Confusing, Slow, Ambitious, Disappointing

See it if you're willing to be challenged by silence, affectless acting and a confusing plot. I saw a preview. Maybe it will be fixed by opening.

Don't see it if you're easily bored. The audience I saw it with was restless & on edge given its slowness. Want to feel invested in a character? Not for you

During previews
73
Great acting, Absorbing

See it if Will provide great discussion afterwards.

Don't see it if If you want to just be entertained and want to know what is happening to all the characters

During previews
87
Absorbing, Great writing, Profound, Original, Thought-provoking

See it if You love intimate "think pieces" that take some time to digest.

Don't see it if You want a big, flashy, fast-paced spectacle.

During previews
85
Original, Nostalgic, Great writing, Intelligent, Funny

See it if You like original plotting devices, experimental theater + a show that will remind you of growing up and the food that paints our landscapes

Don't see it if You need the plot spelled out and for it to be super clear.

During previews
90
Absorbing, Exquisite, Dizzying, Intelligent, Masterful

See it if you are equally amazed and terrified by the meaning of life, relationships, mortality, and emptiness; you aren't basic.

Don't see it if you need answers all the time about what things mean. Don't see it if you are obsessed with things like Noises Off; you are basic.

During previews
75
Indulgent, Quirky, Slow, Poor staging, Great set design

See it if you like thought provoking content that is still a bit rough, beautiful set design, and if poor staging/acting isn't a complete turn off

Don't see it if slow moving shows with a bunch of actors standing around a counter talking, may be a turn off.

During previews
90
Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Exploratory, Existential

See it if you want a show more about life itself than a character's life—and interested in listening and experiencing theatre, loosely tethered.

Don't see it if conversations about death really bother you, or don't want a show that is more about asking questions than providing situations or answers.

During previews
76
Ambitious, Intense, Slow

See it if You like shows that build slowly with magical moments but lots of talking and little plot.

Don't see it if you're not patient with a slow plot.

During previews
91
Clever, Thought-provoking, Original, Intelligent, Great writing

See it if you like surprises and good drama.

Don't see it if you don't like quiet shows.


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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