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.
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.
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.
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)
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!
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.