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Arlington NYC Reviews and Tickets

(61 Reviews)
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Confusing, Thought-provoking, Ambitious, Absorbing, Edgy

About the Show

St. Ann’s Warehouse presents an avant-garde, multi-media work by Tony winner Enda Walsh that conjures a strange and tender love story set in a terrifying world.

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Member Reviews (61)

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1003 Reviews | 412 Followers
Confusing, Absorbing, Relevant, Disturbing, Great acting

See it if You like dystopian ambiguous drama. It's certainly good for conversations about what it was you just saw!

Don't see it if You want a clear story line or any sort of resolution.

506 Reviews | 1001 Followers
Confusing, Overrated, Dizzying, Disappointing

See it if nice sets, nice dancing but...

Don't see it if not to my taste as quite confusing

534 Reviews | 132 Followers
Cerebral, Emotional, Confusing, Thought-provoking, Great acting

See it if you enjoy avant guard theater with enigmatic meaning; extraordinary acting and dancing; tugs on your heartstrings.

Don't see it if you need to read the reviews to almost understand the story; get bored when meaning is just beyond your reach.

475 Reviews | 260 Followers
Boring, Confusing, Disappointing, Indulgent, Overrated

See it if you enjoy plays where a lot of information is held back by the playwright. It will not be easy for the viewer to come to any conclusions.

Don't see it if you like everything spelled out for you. Read more

431 Reviews | 130 Followers
Thought-provoking, Haunting, Disturbing, Intelligent/absorbing, Edgy

See it if want theater to keep you guessing, are ok w little plot/unexplained worlds. This is a character study in a dystopian future. Not easy.

Don't see it if Don't like dark, experimental/edgy stuff. It's confounding, intense, melancholy both in script & production. Read the Brit reviews before. Read more

437 Reviews | 66 Followers
Banal, Confusing, Disappointing, Excruciating, Indulgent

See it if you want to be bewildered for 85 minutes and wonder what this is all about.

Don't see it if if you are looking for theater that has something to say.

414 Reviews | 74 Followers
Confusing, Dizzying, Edgy, Ambitious, Thought-provoking

See it if you like dark Orwellian play with little dialogue; "experimental" works including dance; don't care about plot

Don't see it if don't like modern choreography (I do so deduct 10-15 points from score); plays about totalitarianism, isolation; don't like blackouts Read more

424 Reviews | 99 Followers
Haunting, must see, beautiful integration of sound, words, and movement

See it if you want to think. want to feel. want to see redemption and hope. To call it dystopian is accurate but ultimately untrue.

Don't see it if You want a straight narrative which requires no interpretation, you want a light comedy. Read more

Critic Reviews (15)

The New York Times
May 10th, 2017

"A riveting fever dream of a play...Jolts the system through some of the most sophisticated visual and sound effects on display in New York...The subjects of these experiments are portrayed by Murphy, Doherty and O’Conor, in bravura performances...In the play’s final sequence, Walsh lets this entity explain itself...and I wish he hadn’t...As a whole, though, 'Arlington' is as creepy and compelling a vision of a blasted tomorrow as you’re going to find these days."
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Time Out New York
May 11th, 2017

"While there is frequently beauty in Walsh's works, there's also self-indulgence...Walsh is looking in the mirror, and he can't tear himself away. And when he directs, as he does here, we're fully in an environment of his devising, which only has one criterion: what's coolest...Taken in images, 'Arlington' is quite beautiful...Beckett and Sartre are clearly influences here, but Walsh hasn't got their bite. He's a sentimentalist, and a cheeseball one."
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May 9th, 2017

“A dystopian cocktail of theater, dance, and performance art that somehow still leaves you with the sweet taste of a love story…It's a testament to Walsh's talent for dialogue that we care so deeply about the connection between two strangers who have never met face-to-face...It's also a testament to Murphy and O'Conor's performances that they're able to nourish this subtle chemistry, as well as the charm and humor that Walsh embeds within such depraved circumstances."
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Lighting & Sound America
May 12th, 2017

"A fairly straightforward drama, if an enigmatic one...I fear that such vaguely conceived dystopias tend to be surprisingly uninteresting...'Arlington' is never boring, however, largely because of the extraordinarily committed performances by its three-person cast...A lot happens but what it all means is never very clear. Walsh asks the audience to infer too much, and his intentions remain thoroughly cloudy."
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Stage Buddy
May 16th, 2017

“Walsh binges himself on multiple loose theatrical forms and multi-media formats, all expertly done, but the clang made when they all come together can make more noise than sense. At times. At other times, the raw emotion is astonishing...Amidst hard times, the done thing in creativity is to visit dystopian isolation. There’s a sense that whatever Walsh is doing here is far less political than it is personal, giving him free rein."
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Exeunt Magazine
May 12th, 2017

"It’s hard to describe without trying to impose an interpretation, or see hints of '1984,' but we do so at the risk of reductivism. Walsh provides scant narrative from which to draw concepts like character, plot, theme, setting or meaning...Walsh manages to tap into both our nagging daily anxieties and our most conspiratorial fears. 'Arlington' looks and feels like that dream where familiar settings suddenly become menacing, for no identifiable reason, and we start running like hell."
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New York Theater
May 10th, 2017

“‘Arlington’ invests more attention on sensory stimulation than clarity or coherence…Walsh’s gift for dialogue shines through…For those theatergoers with a taste for avant-garde, multimedia performance art, ‘Arlington’ is well done. The two actors and the dancer are appealing and credible. The rock score is fast and furious. The design offers a near-constant barrage of in-your-face lighting changes, sound effects and projections.”
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The Wrap
May 10th, 2017

“Walsh withholds so much information – the time, the place, the relationship of the imprisoned Isla and her interrogator — that chronic disorientation is the immediate and arguably appropriate response to ‘Arlington’…The story of ‘Arlington’ becomes clear, not because of Walsh’s powers as a storyteller. It’s that he borrows so much from other sources.”
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