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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
Avg Score

During previews
Enchanting, Ambitious, Confusing, Clever, Absorbing

See it if You like discussing a play after viewing and tying together loose ends. Lots to make you think and absorb. Enjoyed the recorded scenes.

Don't see it if You can't follow along a somewhat confusing talk session. You don't like plays on mortality and death.

During previews
Indulgent, Overrated, Quirky, Slow

See it if ghost, stories, but confusing talkfest that leaves few breadcrumbs as to plot. if you like forty somethings musing about their lost past

Don't see it if like action, characters, linear plot, set design

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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