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Blue Ridge

From 143 member  reviews
Members say: 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. More…

In "Blue Ridge" a progressive high-school teacher with a rage problem retaliates against her unscrupulous boss and is sentenced to six months at a church-sponsored halfway house, where she attends to everyone's recovery but her own.


Member Reviews (143)

MEMBERS SAY:

Great acting, Absorbing, Disappointing, Intense, Confusing

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.

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.

60
Meaningless, poorly written, overrated

See it if you are patient with very fine actors in mediocre productions poorly directed and incoherently written

Don't see it if you expect insight, character development, comprehensively spoken and paced performance (not the actors fault)

65
Excruciating, Banal, Disappointing, Confusing, Cliched

See it if If you interested in self indulgence and boredom.

Don't see it if You want an interesting night at the theater.

68
Relevant, Disappointing, Quirky

See it if looking for a show on a relevant topic of recovery

Don't see it if you need a more even show

During previews
65
Weak script, Pointless, Great acting, Looong, Unfocused

See it if you love Marin Ireland. As always, her performance (even w subpar material) is strong. Act I engages, Act II doesn't. Script needs work!

Don't see it if you want a plot. Endless issues: addictn, male dominance, religion, friendship, educatn, racism, etc! Little achieved in 2+hrs. Disappnting!

During previews
64
Banal, Disappointing, Indulgent

See it if If you want a play about rehab. Some good acting.

Don't see it if A really well written play. Writing goes in and out in this one. Abrupt ending.

During previews
66
Throw together a bunch of misfits including a destructive "queen bee" in an appalachian halfway house and see what happens; play, like characters, is an unguided missile

See it if effective acting by all principals; explosive climax; shows how 1 manipulative, egocentric individual can destabilize a community

Don't see it if can’t figure out point of play; various acting styles don't mesh including Marin Ireland as amazing, frenetic wrecking ball

During previews
69
Intelligent, Disappointing, Forgettable

See it if you like stories about flawed adults working through their issues.

Don't see it if you're looking for something exciting or different. If you see a lot of theatre, this may be too "middle of the road" for you.

During previews
65
Not quite ready for prime time

See it if You like to see new original plays at any stage.

Don't see it if You want a well thought out play with a good beginning middle and end.

During previews
54
Disappointing, Great acting, Slow, Pointless, Muddy

See it if You like complex characters, you dont mind your actors visibly working hard. You like stories of recovery, what is friendship, transference.

Don't see it if You dont like cyphers as characters. YOu dont like dangling plot lines with insufficient rooting in either this world or theirs.

Also Again, a fail. I could never actually figure out what I was supposed t... Read more Read less

During previews
69
Confusing, Ambitious, Disappointing, Thought-provoking, Great acting

See it if the interactions of the residents of a halfway house, the issues that they have. A wonderful Marin Ireland with rage issues.

Don't see it if don't want group dynamics or a play where so much is thrown in that it just becomes confusing; want to hear all the lines

Also This was early in previews but sound was off so hard to hear some line... Read more Read less

During previews
58
Confusing, Pretentious, Disappointing, Thought-provoking, Too long

See it if you like analyzing psychological dynamics and personalities among a group of troubled people attempting to cope with their demons.

Don't see it if you find it difficult to comprehend extremely fast talking rural accents & dislike analyzing abstruse psychological patterns.

During previews
67
Confusing, Disappointing, Some good acting

See it if you want to explore case studies and interactions of people in a halfway house working out their problems.

Don't see it if you want to see a finished, cohesive play. For me, it just didn't hold together. There are some fine, moving moments.

Also The accents and overlapping conversations and some staging choices mad... Read more Read less

During previews
67
Confusing, Cliched, Intense, Thought-provoking, Overwritten

See it if You like to see new works in their development, even if they seem uncertain about their own raison d'etre

Don't see it if You have had enough people talking their way through rehab with no real purpose or direction

Also Actors were giving it their all. I hate to be too down on new plays in... Read more Read less

During previews
63
Confusing, Disappointing, Kept me wondering

See it if I go to see Beltrain when he is on stage. He was good as always, but the story line was not clear. Enjoyed being there, but no thumbs up.

Don't see it if You want some clarity of plot line. This was vague. And it was quite difficult to understand the lead actress, speech to fast and muffled.

During previews
60
Cliched, Confusing, Disappointing, Good acting

See it if you love a put-upon Marin Ireland without makeup play about the human struggle

Don't see it if you're expecting a full play or dislike plays about addiction.

During previews
63
Disappointing, Confusing, Slow

See it if you want to see for yourself why so many others rated this play as "so-so". Indeed life is tough in an Appalachian half-way house!

Don't see it if you want a night of entertainment.

During previews
65
Disappointing, Intense

See it if You like plays that explore rehabilitation and want to learn more how halfway houses work

Don't see it if If pschodramas that end abruptly with the stage going black drives you bonkers

During previews
51
Ambitious, Banal, Disappointing, Indulgent, Slow

See it if you can understand actors speaking in deep southern accents at lightening speed.

Don't see it if you expect to see a well written and directed play about young people and their struggles.

During previews
60
Disappointing, Quirky, Slow, Great acting

See it if you want to see great acting trying it's best to improve a poorly written script

Don't see it if you like well written scripts that move you. First Act not much happens - Second Act - what? Deep accents hard to hear the dialogue

During previews
67
Cliched, Confusing, Disappointing, Intense, Overrated

See it if you are interested in halfway houses and twelve step programs

Don't see it if you like to understand the dialogue. Actors who mumble and heavy accents made it difficult to understand what was happening.

During previews
69
Clever, Great acting

See it if Very slow play with some good performances. More character driven than plot driven. Worth seeing.

Don't see it if You don't like slow plays...Takes a while before some drama happens.

During previews
65
Disappointing

See it if I really cannot think of a reason to see this show. It isn't horrible, but it isn't very good. The story does not touch you as it should.

Don't see it if you aren't a subscriber to The Atlantic Theater or if too many biblical quotes are not your thing.

Also The play has some very funny lines. But the script itself has no beaut... Read more Read less

During previews
65
Disappointing, Great acting, Pointless, Ending?

See it if Like character studies.

Don't see it if want to get some meaning out of it. Understand the murky ending.


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 cha...
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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...
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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 truth...
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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 i...
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