Blue Ridge NYC Reviews and Tickets

72%
(143 Reviews)
Positive
70%
Mixed
23%
Negative
7%
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Great acting, Absorbing, Disappointing, Intense, Confusing

About the Show

Set in Southern Appalachia, Atlantic's world-premiere is a pitch-dark comedy about heartbreak, hell-raising, and healing.

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Member Reviews (143)

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897 Reviews | 374 Followers
68
Slow, Disappointing, Very real characters, Uneven plot development, Predictable

See it if You don’t mind sitting through two hours of play to get to the interesting climax that you saw coming twenty minutes into the play.

Don't see it if You can’t amuse yourself with things like set and lighting design or don’t mind Lind meandering plot lines.

MJK
677 Reviews | 187 Followers
72
Disappointing, Great acting, Cliched, Inconsequential

See it if u want to see a wonderful cast, esp. the always wondrous Ireland, portray broken people dealing w/recovery, insecurity & socialization.

Don't see it if you want to avoid a play that is as flawed as the residents & caretakers of this halfway house; you need a play with a point & a purpose.

456 Reviews | 256 Followers
60
Disappointing, Great acting, Overrated, Slow

See it if you want to see a fine ensemble overcome a third-rate play. There is not one weak link in the cast; just wish they had a better play.

Don't see it if you expect better than a third-rate play.

402 Reviews | 86 Followers
75
Great acting, Relevant, Intelligent

See it if you're interested in plays about people trying to work through recovery, or want to see a great performance by Marin Ireland

Don't see it if you're looking for a play without flawed or troubled characters or prefer to see something more cheery.

344 Reviews | 54 Followers
85
Absorbing, Great acting, Edgy, Masterful, Riveting

See it if an interesting play about interesting characters makes you want to venture out to experience live theater.

Don't see it if riveting performances by theater veterans just doesn't interest you into journeying to a theater. Read more

294 Reviews | 67 Followers
85
Absorbing, Entertaining, Great acting, Intelligent, Resonant

See it if Clever writing, interesting and unexpected plot, great acting, uncomfortable subject but surprising twists.

Don't see it if The subject​ matter is complicated--if you have issues with addiction and trust, this may be hard on you.

276 Reviews | 39 Followers
94
Intense, Riveting, Must see, Real, Emotional

See it if Great actors depicting heartwrenching characters dealing with trauma, purpose, and the ties that bind

Don't see it if You want a happy play (although there are plenty of laughs), a traditional narrative, or want to avoid themes of abuse (in many forms). Read more

270 Reviews | 53 Followers
77
Funny, Great acting

See it if Some stellar performances esp Ireland and Kendall. Witty and funny dialogue. Fast paced.

Don't see it if Three meltdowns in one play are too many for you - especially when they come out of the blue. Read more

Critic Reviews (28)

The New York Times
January 7th, 2019

"Ms. Ireland pours such mesmerizing energy and inventiveness into Alison’s wrecking-ball antics that you almost forget that this charming, dangerous woman doesn’t quite track as a credibly motivated character. And as the show’s tone veers from anxious comedy into psychodrama, with each of the characters erupting into set-rattling implosion, it becomes increasingly hard to suspend disbelief...None of the cast members oversell the attendant conflicts and confrontations."
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Time Out New York
January 7th, 2019

"A devastating examination of how even smart, strong women can be deformed by a society that raises them to please...Director Magar ably steers the show through various modes, from biting dark humor to emotional outbursts and quiet confessions. Although the script and the accents sometimes wander, Rosebrock beautifully fleshes out all the characters...Thanks to Ireland’s expertly modulated performance, you never turn on her; you just wish she’d find a way to start healing."
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New York Magazine / Vulture
January 8th, 2019

“Rosebrock’s muscular, roiling new play...luminously acted...under the swift, sure hand of Magar...In its early stages, Rosebrock’s play nimbly balances on a knife edge between weird, excitingly uncomfortable comedy and deep, hideous pain...’Blue Ridge’ deals courageously in hard, sad human truths, the kind of metastasized stuff that might take a lifetime to heal. Rosebrock’s unsentimental insight and the ensemble’s raw fearlessness make it sting, and Ireland makes it stick."
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The Hollywood Reporter
January 7th, 2019

"Under the diffuse staging of Magar, the actors attempt to make the most of their poorly defined characters. Their herculean efforts mainly go for naught, although Beltran brings a swaggering charm and Ireland is superb as the clearly damaged Alison. The actress delivers a riveting, emotionally intense turn that seems to expose her character from the inside out...But there's only so much even this talented, protean performer can do to alleviate the general torpor afflicting this lifeless drama."
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Theatermania
January 7th, 2019

"Rosebrock intimately captures the fragile ecosystem of this group home...Rosebrock and director Taibi Magar also show how, even in this obsessively confessional place, the truth can easily be obscured...It all feels chillingly true to life...Rosebrock strings us along with fully formed characters, all given relatable and sensitive performances by this excellent cast."
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BroadwayWorld
January 12th, 2019

“‘Blue Ridge' is at its best when focused on Alison and her issues...Despite a fine ensemble, the other characters aren't as interesting. Neither is the plot concerning Alison putting herself in the middle of a situation she perceives as a woman being taken advantage of by a man in power...‘Blue Ridge’s’ well-written central character, and the actor who is brilliantly portraying her, deserve a richer drama.”
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Lighting & Sound America
January 15th, 2019

“Although the group's meetings often seem more like coffee klatches than therapy...Rosebrock's characters are an engaging lot...Magar's direction neatly exposes each of the undercurrents flowing underneath the group's apparent harmony...Ireland is one of the few unmissable leading ladies in NY, and her efforts go a long way toward making Alison into a fascinating, troubling creature. But ‘Blue Ridge’ often rambles...In this case, the action is dogged by too many nagging questions.”
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Talkin' Broadway
January 7th, 2019

"Economically directed with the steady hand of Taibi Magar and performed by a superb cast led by the incandescent Marin Ireland...It's easy to recommend 'Blue Ridge' because the performances, particularly Ireland's, are so strong. And it's easy to imagine more forgiving audiences overlooking the lapses in common sense Rosebrock either neglects to recognize or chooses to ignore in her writing...In 'Blue Ridge' the theatricality is unearned. "
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