Becky Nurse of Salem
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Becky Nurse of Salem
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Becky Nurse of Salem NYC Reviews and Tickets

72%
(91 Reviews)
Positive
65%
Mixed
25%
Negative
10%
Members say
Great acting, Entertaining, Quirky, Clever, Disappointing
Sarah Ruhl's new comedy about a descendant of an accused witch living in present-day Salem. Read more Show less

Member Reviews (91)

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891 Reviews | 259 Followers
73
Slow, Great acting, Funny, Entertaining, Clever

See it if you are up for a fun take on the Salem witch story characters. It also packs a powerful message on opioids.

Don't see it if you want a dazzling set - there are a lot of scene changes here done by the cast. A bit long for the content.

716 Reviews | 157 Followers
75
Tragi-comic, Cliched, Quirky, Indulgent, Great acting

See it if fan of Diedre O'Connell, can stand an abusive, angry stubborn main character, curious about Salem's history, mix of dreams and reality

Don't see it if an out-of-control know-it-all title character turns you off, don't like references to supernatural, don't like tidy unearned happy endings,

635 Reviews | 237 Followers
77
Quirky, Entertaining, Clever, Disappointing, Funny

See it if You enjoy Deirdre O’Connell on stage — she’s in every second of this and is terrific.

Don't see it if You’re looking for the next great Ruhl play. This is solid, but lacks the heft and depth of some of her previous work.

512 Reviews | 79 Followers
88
Deirdre o'connell is brilliant, Great acting, Clever

See it if you want a pretty good show that is elevated to terrific by the amazing Deirdre O'Connell.She is worth seeing in anything.This show is good.

Don't see it if Play was a bit dull.It sort of dragged.But O'Connell is so good that I didn't care about the material!

414 Reviews | 59 Followers
85
Entertaining, Intelligent, Funny, Great acting, Clever

See it if You want a fresh take on the Crucible and witch trials. Creative, spiced with intellectual humor. Very entertaining.

Don't see it if You are not open to new concepts in theater. Show was bit weird but then again it’s a show about witches.

394 Reviews | 70 Followers
77
Quirky, Edgy, Entertaining, Ambitious, Clever

See it if you are looking for a new, interesting, and unusual play about the Salem Witch Trials told through the misty eyes of a descendant.

Don't see it if witnessing Deirdre O'Connell work her own magic on stage doesn't interest you. You have no idea what you will be missing. SHAME ON YOU! Read more

350 Reviews | 42 Followers
78
Indulgent, Insipid, Disappointing

See it if Curiosity

Don't see it if Quickly overstays its welcome. Could have been so much more.

303 Reviews | 74 Followers
72
Slow, Disappointing, Cliched, Great acting

See it if You would enjoy seeing a dark comedy with decent actors. A bit slow and over the top at times but for the most part kept my interest.

Don't see it if You would prefer a more cogent and faster paced comedy.

Critic Reviews (14)

The New York Times
December 4th, 2022

"The play spends two hours dancing around a vaguely defined feminist message...It hasn’t figured out the spell that will bring real magic to the stage."
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Time Out New York
December 5th, 2022

"3/5 Stars. Sarah Ruhl seems to be interested in the ways in which historical hysteria gets echoed in today's highly polarized America, but some of her parallels...are more convincing than others...Although director Rebecca Taichman elicits solid performances from most of the actors, she doesn’t manage to smooth over the tonal shifts...Even so, Deirdre O'Connell works wonders."
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New York Theatre Guide
December 5th, 2022

"This [point] serves as a reminder that neither historical nor current witch hunts were ever about the supernatural, but about the very natural experience of being a woman with power."
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Theatermania
December 4th, 2022

"I couldn't help thinking about the art of meme creation as I watched Sarah Ruhl's 'Becky Nurse of Salem'...It's clear that Becky Nurse isn't driven by the objectives of its characters, but the motives of its author."
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Lighting & Sound America
December 15th, 2022

Becky's problems are many and varied, including some notably poor personal choices, and her story is an uneasy mélange of comic, dramatic, and magical elements spiked with textual exegesis and feminist commentary. Its plot is less than persuasive, its comedy surprisingly mild, and its ideas often too obviously imposed on the action. It's a witches' brew that probably could have stood a little more time bubbling in the cauldron.
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Talkin' Broadway
December 4th, 2022

"The off-the-wall plot twists notwithstanding, the adventures of Becky Nurse provide us with a delightfully offbeat evening of theater in the company of some first-rate actors. And that's witchcraft of the finest sort."
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New York Stage Review
December 4th, 2022

"Too bad the author hasn’t used more of her own first-rate playwrighting witchery for this Arthur Miller-like political indictment."
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New York Stage Review
December 4th, 2022

"O’Connell effortlessly navigates Becky’s highs and lows, not to mention forays into basic witchcraft. She is, in a word, spellbinding."
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