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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)


Great acting, Absorbing, Disappointing, Intense, Confusing

Banal, Cliched, Confusing, Disappointing, Great acting

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

Don't see it if don't like poor direction and poorly developed characters with a pointless and confusing plot

Also As many others have mentioned it is difficult to comprehend extremely ... Read more Read less

Depiction of the charcters in this dishonest play approaches uncomfortable condescension ...

See it if you want to see some good acting-but not from Marin Ireland.I found her performance irritating, fussy, mannered, full of fury but empty.

Don't see it if you value your time & know that there is so much better theatre out there to experience.

Banal, Confusing, Disappointing, Excruciating

See it if You are such a Marin Ireland fan that you must see and will enjoy everything she is in (as I thought I was — I was wrong).

Don't see it if Halfway through the first act, the story, the staging, the acting led me to conclude that I wouldn’t make it past the intermission.

Also Sorry but I left at intermission — if it got better during the second ... Read more Read less

During previews
Charmless, Unengaging, Banal, Slow, In desperate need of editing

See it if you like Gilmore Girls dialogue; chattery, banal small talk moving at a snail’s pace; have a shallow interest in 12 step programs.

Don't see it if you want something to happen already. Something. Anything. All-star talent wasted on immature playwrighting.

Also Extremely lame version of Duncan Macmillan's People, Places & Things. ... Read more Read less

During previews
Disappointing, Excruciating, Slow

See it if you are a marin ireland fan.

Don't see it if you want originality. Two hours and fifteen minutes of characters in a halfway house. Not my cup of tea. Silly thin plot.

Also Some characters unintelligible. Coincidences occur that would not norm... Read more Read less

During previews
Confusing, Disappointing, Overrated

See it if you like plays about people sitting around talking with no conflict or dramatic tension. Excellent hearing. The actors mumble. It's slow.

Don't see it if You have hearing problems, like plays with a plot and characters you care about.

During previews
I've had a more enjoyable time getting a root canal

See it if new to the work of Marin Ireland and Abby Rosebrock's writing I learned a lot from both, knowledge is power and so is cash in the pocket.

Don't see it if expectation is for a comedy, or a drama with a life changing message, it's 2 hrs. that seemed like 75 years. The Theatre's cold too

Also I truly loathed this play. I think it's after life will be classrooms ... Read more Read less

During previews
Great acting, Banal, Disappointing, Slow, Indulgent

See it if You like Marin Ireland and other good actors, but in roles that add up to nothing

Don't see it if You want a coherent, relevant, thoughtful plot.

During previews
Disappointing, Cliched

See it if If you like "12-step" discussions and are interested in the problems of group homes.

Don't see it if If you're not interested in a present day, feminist remix of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest.

During previews
Relevant, Disappointing, Excruciating, Slow

See it if You like any of the actors. Although it's not enjoyable watching them wade through this play. Unbearable, I left before it ended.

Don't see it if You like a tight, well written play, u won't find that here. You don't want to squirm in your seat waiting for it to get better. It won't!

Also Wish I'd read these reviews before buying ticket. Even the "mixed" (an... Read more Read less

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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